C.S. Lewis Institute Staff

Joel S. Woodruff, Ed.D.
President - 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, where as a Parish-Pulpit Fellow, he studied Biblical Backgrounds & Archaeology in Israel for a year. He holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. 

Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D. Min.
Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area 
Fellows Program, - 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 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.

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, VA).

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.

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, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism - Randy Newman is an adjunct faculty member for Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Patrick Henry College. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written three books, Questioning Evangelism, Corner Conversations, and Bringing the Gospel Home, and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons. Randy blogs at www.connectionpoints.us.

Emily Fossen
Senior Executive Assistant

Stephanie Smith
Administrative Assistant

Laura Hill

Strategic Projects Manager

Bessi Tarrants

Administrative Assistant



Cate McDermott, MTS

Aslan Academy Teaching Fellow - Cate McDermott is an author and a theologian working with the C.S. Lewis Institute Aslan Academy Program from her current residence in England. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from George Mason University and her Master of Theological Studies from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, she joined the C.S. Lewis Institute in developing resources for the Aslan Academy. Her Aslan in Our World study guide series on the Chronicles of Narnia, published through her family company The Sibling Writery (www.thesiblingwritery.com), are a cornerstone of the Aslan Academy program. She writes and coordinates the publishing of the monthly Dawn Treader News.




Melanie Sorli
Washington, D.C. Fellows Program Coordinator After completing her Masters in Business Administration at Boston University, Melanie worked with urban churches and faith-based organizations in Boston for 7 years as part of the Emmanuel Gospel Center. During this time her passion for the church grew as she helped build educational supports, worked in development and provided organizational consulting to urban churches and communities in the Boston area. In 2005 she and her husband Gisle came to Alexandria where they have been raising their three boys among wonderful neighbors and friends. Melanie is currently a Year 2 Fellow and is excited to serve Christ by helping build up the church through the Fellows Program.



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