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 C.S. Lewis 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.

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 Evangelical Convictions, 7 Pressing Questions, and several articles and reviews in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, 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.

Randy Newman, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Teaching Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism - Randy Newman is an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology 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 EvangelismCorner 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.  

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. 

Austin Suter
Finance and Technology Manager Austin has lived in the DC area for the past six years. Prior to coming to the C.S. Lewis Institute, Austin worked for several other Christian ministries, including the Christian Legal Society and 9 Marks. He serves as the Deacon of Community Outreach at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC.

Betsy Johnson
Senior Executive Assistant - Betsy Johnson worked in the U.S. Senate for six years, and then had a career with Cox Enterprises, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving back to the DC area a few years ago. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English, and lives in Alexandria. Betsy was a Year One Fellow and Mentor last year, and attends Christ the King Church. 

Stephanie Smith
Administrative Assistant  - Stephanie was born and raised in the DC area. Prior to joining the Institute’s staff in 2013, Stephanie spent time in Northern Ireland working with several churches to bring encouragement to the congregations, build relationships with local teenagers, and reach people in the surrounding communities with the gospel. Since being at the Institute, she has participated in both the Year One and Year Two Fellows Programs.

Bessi Tarrants
Administrative Assistant - Bessi was born and raised in the DC area. Prior to joining the Institute staff in 2013, she spent several years in North Carolina working in the mortgage industry. In her part-time position, Bessi handles numerous administrative duties and projects, as well as working on the Institute's DC area events.

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 Master's 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.



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