C.S. Lewis Institute Staff


Kerry A. Knott
President
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Kerry Knott became president of the Institute in 2010. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Board, and was in the first CSLI Fellows class in 1999. Kerry has a long history of senior level government and corporate experience, working as Chief of Staff in Congress for fourteen years and later as a senior executive at Comcast and Microsoft. He is a 1982 graduate of Auburn University. Kerry and his wife Michelle and three children live in Arlington and attend Little Falls Presbyterian Church.


Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D. Min.
Vice President of Ministry 
- Tom Tarrants has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1978 and served as President of the C.S. Lewis Institute from 1998 to April 2010. Prior to coming to the Institute, he served as co-pastor of Christ Our Shepherd Church and Director of The School for Urban Mission, both based in Washington, D.C. He is the author of two books, and consults with churches and organizations seeking to develop discipleship programs and materials to strengthen the local church. Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance.


Joel S. Woodruff, Ed.D.
Vice President of Discipleship & Outreach - Joel Woodruff has worked in higher education, "tent-making," nonprofit administration, and pastoral ministries in Alaska, Israel, Hungary, France, and Northern Virginia. He served as Dean of Students, Chaplain, and Professor of Bible & Theology at European Bible Institute, where he helped train Europeans both for professional ministry and to be Christian leaders in the marketplace. Prior to joining the Institute, he was on the leadership team of Oakwood Services International, a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. As a Parish-Pulpit Fellow, he studied Biblical Backgrounds & Archaeology in Israel for a year.

James A. Phillips
Vice President of Partnership & Expansion - Jim Phillips has served as the City Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute Annapolis since 2009.  He has over 30 years executive management experience in the Information Technology industry serving IBM and Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI).  Jim is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a U.S. Marine Corps Harrier pilot.  He and his wife Ann live in Annapolis, MD and attend the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel.


Thomas W. Simmons, III
Executive Vice President
- Tom Simmons is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with degrees in chemistry and English literature. He has also undertaken graduate studies in business and finance. A 30-year Wall Street career led to positions as Senior Vice President in investment banking and finally as Managing Director of a venture capital firm. He has served on various boards of directors and boards of advisors and formally served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Trinity Christian School (Fairfax).


Arthur W. Lindsley, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
- Art Lindsley has served at the C.S. Lewis Institute since 1987. Formerly, he was director of Educational Ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, and Staff Specialist with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. He is the author of C.S. Lewis's Case for Christ, True Truth, Love: The Ultimate Apologetic, and co-author with R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner of Classical Apologetics, and has written numerous articles on theology, apologetics, C.S. Lewis, and the lives and works of many other authors and teachers. Art earned his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.


William L. "Bill" Kynes, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
- Bill Kynes is the senior pastor of Cornerstone, an Evangelical Free Church, in Annandale, VA, where he has served since 1986. He was an undergraduate at the University of Florida with a major in philosophy. There he also played quarterback on the football team and was later inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving an M.A. in theology. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, IL, before returning to England for a Ph.D. in New Testament from Cambridge University. From 1997-1999, he served as an adjunct professor in New Testament for the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Washington, D.C., Extension Program. His publications include A Christology of Solidarity: Jesus as the Representative of His People in Matthew (University Press of America, 1990), and several articles and reviews in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (IVP, 1993), Journal of Theological Studies, Trinity Journal, and The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the editor of The Ministerial Forum, a publication of the Evangelical Free Church of America Ministerial Association, and has served on a number of boards of the EFCA and other Christian organizations. He and his wife Susan have four boys.


Christopher W. Mitchell

Christopher W. Mitchell, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
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Christopher W. Mitchell is Professor of Christian Thought, Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. Prior to coming to Biola he served as the Director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois for nineteen years where he held the Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Biola, he serves as a Consulting Editor for Seven: An Anglo-American Literary Review, a journal published annually by the Wade Center on its seven authors. Mitchell received his M.A. from Wheaton College, and a Ph.D. from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He and his wife Julie live in La Habra CA, and have four children and four grandchildren..


Stuart McAlpine
Teaching Fellow -
Stuart is the founding pastor of Christ our Shepherd Church located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He speaks at churches and conferences around the world and also lectures for the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program. He has a great knowledge of and love for the works of C. S. Lewis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Theology from Cambridge University in Great Britain. 


Randy Newman
Teaching Fellow -
Randy Newman has been with the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ since 1980 and currently serves with Faculty Commons, their ministry to university professors. He ministers on campuses and elsewhere in our nation's capital to students, professors and policy shapers. He is an honors graduate from Temple University and has a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he is also engaged in doctoral studies. Randy is a Jewish Believer in Jesus and is the former editor of The Messiah-On-Campus Bulletin. He lives in Annandale, Virginia together with his wife Pam. He is the author of numerous articles and the books Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People's Hearts the Way Jesus Did and Corner Conversations: Engaging Dialogues about God and Life, both published by Kregel Publications, and Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well, forthcoming from Crossway.


Karen Adams
Senior Executive Assistant


Stephanie Smith
Administrative Assistant


Laura Hill

Strategic Projects Manager


 

Part-Time Administrative Support:

Bessi Tarrants

Volunteers:

Ed Glancy

Karen Olink

Connie Phelps

 


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