Augustine College U.S. has 19 professors from a wide variety of backgrounds, and all possess graduate degrees from accredited institutions.
These talented people are excited about this unique model and are eager to share their passion for the Lord and for truth with the next generations. While we are still adding to these as the Lord brings more professors our way, here are some of the people on our team.
Rev. David Ansley
MDiv, Anderson University School of Theology; M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech; B.S., Engineering, Wright State University.
Rev. Ansley will teach the course New Testament Greek.
Since 2007 Rev. David Ansley has been Pastor of the Blacksburg First Church of God. Rev. Ansley was awarded both the Distinguished Senior and Academic Excellence awards at Anderson School of Theology. He has a lifelong passion for languages, having studied French, German, Russian, Hebrew and Greek. David developed a particular passion for Hebrew and Greek during seminary, and became a tutor for Greek for other seminary, as well as undergraduate, students. He has been married to Carolyn since 1993, and together they have four children.
M.A., Modern History and Politics, Edinburgh University, Scotland; M.S., Secondary Education (Social Studies), Old Dominion University.
Mr. Baker will be teaching the one-semester course Art in the Modern World.
Colin Baker teaches a college survey course, Advanced Placement European History, as well as World History at Blacksburg High School. Colin is also the Co-Chair of the College Board’s National Development Committee for AP European History, and as part of his leadership role he travels nationally overseeing the course. This includes presenting at conferences, developing online materials, and leading college faculty and teachers from around the country in scoring the national exam. His focus on art history stems from his teaching of AP European History and he seizes every opportunity when traveling nationally or in Europe to view as many of the great works of western civilization that he can. He’s married, attends Blacksburg Christian Fellowship, and enjoys watching his teenage kids play soccer and basketball locally. He is also fortunate to be able to travel back to Scotland with the family from time to time, and to be able to have made research trips recently in Europe working in World War I trenches at Verdun, the National Archives in Kew, London, and at the EU in Brussels.
Dr. Jonathan Boreyko
Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Duke University; B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Trinity College; B.S., Physics, Trinity College.
Dr. Jonathan Boreyko will be providing two lectures in the course Science and Faith.
He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Mechanics Program in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech. His primary duties include teaching courses in fluid mechanics and running the Nature-Inspired Fluids and Interfaces lab. His research is highly interdisciplinary, lying at the intersection of fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, materials science, and biology. The philosophy of his research program is that nature, as authored by God, has already solved many of the challenges humanity faces today regarding shortages in water, food, and energy. By studying the ingenious tricks that natural organisms employ to manipulate fluids and harvest energy, we can engineer technology that utilize these same phenomena to improve the quality of life of mankind.
Jonathan also enjoys reading academic literature on the interplay between science, religion, philosophy, and ethics. Outside the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children, playing piano, and hiking and running outdoors.
Dean R. Bork
M.L.A., Louisiana State University; B.S.L.A, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Mr. Bork will provide lectures in Philosophy in the Modern Word, History of Christian Thought, and Art in the Modern World.
Dean has been a professor at Virginia Tech since 1980, where he is currently Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture Program, School of Architecture and Design. For most of those years he has been interested in how to seamlessly integrate academic studies in landscape architecture with his personal Christian faith. This led him to read extensively in Christian apologetics, the theology of the built environment, and more recently, the normative grounding of professional design practice in pluralist liberal democracies. Dean has been involved in both student and faculty campus ministry efforts at Virginia Tech for over 25 years. He has been an invited speaker at national conferences for Christian faculty, is past Chair of the Christian Scholars Network and a co-founder of the Bradley Study Center at Virginia Tech.
MA, Christian Studies (Spiritual Theology), Regent College; MFA, Creative Writing, Wichita State University; BA, English, George Mason University.
Mr. Filiatreau will be teaching Literature in the Ancient World and Literature in the Modern World.
As Adjunct Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College from 2007 through 2016, Mr. Filiatreau taught the college’s western literature sequence to online and classroom students. In the classroom he also taught nonfiction writing and creative writing; the latter course includes exploration of what it means to have a Christian imagination and how to acquire one. His class on C. S. Lewis covered some of the major as well as lesser known works of Lewis’s fiction and nonfiction. Previously he taught writing and literature courses at Northern Virginia Community College, Trinity Western University, and Catholic University of America.
He has hiked down and up the Grand Canyon, lived in Europe for two years, and hitchhiked from Greece to Amsterdam through Yugoslavia. His wife, Svetlana, serves as Director of International Education at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business. They have three children, two of them still at home. Mr. Filiatreau is a founding board member with Augustine College U.S.
Dr. Curt Friedel
Ph.D., Agricultural Education and Communication, University of Florida, Gainesville; B.S., Agricultural Education, Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
Dr. Friedel will lecture on Leading Social Change in the spring semester of the course History of Christian Thought.
Dr. Friedel is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education, at Virginia Tech, and serves as Director for the Center for Cooperative Problem Solving at Virginia Tech. He is also program leader for the university-wide Leadership and Social Change minor, and the graduate certificate in Problem Solving for Leading Change. Some courses Dr. Friedel has taught include: Leadership Dynamics, Youth Program Management, Exploring Citizen Leadership, and Leading Social Change. Dr. Friedel’s research is focused on problem solving and critical thinking as it relates to leadership and managing change; as well as teaching and learning. He and his wife, Jen, have one daughter, and reside in Blacksburg.
PhD student, Ridley College; MDiv, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; BA, Radford University.
Mr. Furey is the lead professor for History of Christianity.
Mr. Furey founded and is Executive Director of Bonhoeffer Haus, which helps train and mentor pastors who will plant new churches. He is also one of the founding elders of Valley Bible Church where he continues to serve as an elder and oversees church planting. He has begun PhD work studying Jonathan Edwards at Ridley College (Melbourne, Australia). Jesse and his wife, Jenny, met at Radford University, and after graduation they served there as full-time missionaries with Cru for 10 years. Married for 14 years, they have four children: Elijah, Evie, Silas, and Haddie.
Fr. Sam Gantt
Ed.D, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership and Learning Technologies (ABD); MA, Theology, Biblical Studies, and Marriage & Family Therapy (pre-PhD, equivalent to MDiv), Fuller Theological Seminary; BA, Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; BA, Architecture, North Carolina State University, Raleigh.
Fr. Sam Gantt will provide two lectures each in History of the Christian Church and History of Christian Thought and lead several sessions in Christian Spirituality.
Fr. Gantt is an Eastern Orthodox Christian priest in the Archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America. He is currently serving three parishes in Virginia, St. Ambrose in Roanoke, St. Peter’s in Danville and St. George in Lynchburg. Formerly on faculty for 20 years at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, he is currently adjunct faculty at Roanoke College and New River Community College, teaching Ancient Greek philosophy, Ancient and New Testament Greek, Latin, Introduction to Christianity, and World Religions. Fr. Sam is also a professional artist and graphic designer.
Dr. Ty Hopkins
MD, University of Iowa; BA, Hope College
Dr. Ty Hopkins is the lead professor for the course Science and Faith.
Dr. Hopkins serves on the Board of Augustine College US and is passionate about mentoring medical and college students. Since completing his residency in Family Practice in Maine in 2003, he has served as medical director for organizations working in various mission fields including prisons, disaster relief, academia, families in crisis, and several locations in Latin America and Africa. He is currently chairman of the board for Teamwork City of Hope, doing wholistic transformational development in Tanzania.Dr. Hopkins is called to mentoring young men and to teaching a biblical understanding of health. He lectures on science, ethics, sexuality, culture, the Bible, and more. He loves to read C.S. Lewis, Walker Percy, Peter Kreeft, and Michael O’Brien. Dr. Hopkins is married, has four young children, and makes his home in Blacksburg.
Dr. Alice Inouye
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine; BA, Microbiology, University of Tennessee.
Dr. Alice Inouye will teach two classes in the course Science and Faith.
Dr. Inouye currently serves on the faculty of the Lewis-Gale Family Practice Residency Program, where she seeks to impact the next generation of family physicians. Given the radical changes impacting medicine, this most recent opportunity is to bring the teaching and ideas from Augustine College U.S. and Scripture to influence future doctors.
Dr. Inouye was reborn as a child of God in 1985, after her first five years of family practice in Stokes County, North Carolina. After she made one particular house call in 2003, the Lord led her out of academia to a Christ-centered house-call practice serving the homebound chronically or terminally ill. She was a volunteer teacher’s aide as well as music teacher at Calvary Christian Academy. In 2011, she became the medical director of the nonprofit community hospice Good Samaritan Hospice, serving amongst the dying and suffering. She also has served alongside women in the small village of Los Ocotes, Guatemala, for the past five years, sharing Jesus while providing medical care every four months at their church as well as making house-calls to the elderly or injured. Some of the mighty work the Lord has done amongst His people has been published in the book House Calls for Jesus. Besides writing, teaching and meditating on Scripture, her favorite pastimes are swing dancing, rock climbing, and rollerblading. Dr. Inouye is mother of three adult children and grandmother to three grandkids.
Mark Kardel received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Michigan and a masters degree in music from the University of Texas (both in piano performance).
Mr. Kardel is the lead professor for the course History of Western Music.
Since graduation, Mark has been employed as a teacher in diverse venues including private and public schools and has written curricula for high-school-aged students. Since the last year of his masters degree program his life has been shadowed and affected in the physical realm by multiple sclerosis. His faith and life, however, remain anchored in the Lord Jesus.
Dr. Paul LaPenna
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine; B.S., Virginia Tech.
Dr. Paul LaPenna will teach six classes in the course Science and Faith.
Dr. LaPenna is a neurologist at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System in Greenville, SC. He completed his neurology residency at Indiana University in 2018. His special interests include neuroelectrophysiology, neurological emergencies, and medical ethics. He has publicly discussed the Catholic perspective on physician assisted suicide in a secular university setting. Paul is married and has two children. His passions include spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors. His ministry is serving those who suffer from neurological diseases and ministering to students in academia.
Captain Christopher Love
M.A. Philosophy, Virginia Tech, 2018; Certificate of Higher Education in Philosophy, University of London, 2014 (Distinction); B.A. English Literature, Hamilton College, 2010 (cum laude).
Christopher Love will be providing eight lectures in Philosophy in the Ancient World and Philosophy in the Modern World.
Christopher Love is a captain in the U.S. Air Force and an Instructor of Philosophy at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. He is interested in ethics and philosophy of religion generally, with specific interests in civil disagreement and the challenge of living well together in modern pluralistic societies. He has written on these subjects in Public Discourse as well as in his blog. Chris has an M.A. in Philosophy from Virginia Tech and a B.A. cum laud in English Literature from Hamilton College. He is married to his best friend, Lauren, and they have four wonderful and energetic children.
MA, Christian Thought, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; BA, Bible & Biblical Studies, Life Pacific College. Currently, PhD Theology student, University of Aberdeen.
Ryan Lytton is the lead professor for the course Reading the Scriptures.
Mr. Lytton is currently Professor and Academic Coordinator at Ignite-Life Pacific College in Christiansburg, Virginia, which is a few miles from Blacksburg. In his undergraduate program he learned to read both Greek and Hebrew and developed a passion for studying the Bible in its original languages. At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary he focused on Patristic Theology and how the church fathers interpreted scripture. In his PhD program he hopes to shed light on Paul’s use of the Old Testament by examining Patristic authors such as Hilary of Poitiers. He has been married to Samantha Lytton (also a Life Pacific graduate) since 2008. Their first child, Marshall, was born in 2014, and their second, Amelia, was born in 2016.
Having admired the classical model of education for some time, Mr.Lytton is excited to join a team that seeks to bring that model to a college environment. He is also increasingly concerned with the state of discipleship in the broader body of Christ. Augustine College U.S. plans to do something about that, and he wants to help in any way he can.
Fr. Wade Miller
MDiv (Major: Historical Theology), Concordia Theological Seminary; BA, History, Cedarville University. Additional studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago; Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; and Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.
Fr. Miller serves as Vicar/Priest of St. Philip’s Anglican Church in Blacksburg. Fr. Miller took over a dying congregation of six people in order to revitalize the church and make it a mission-minded parish. In sixteen months, they have gone from six souls attending services to now averaging forty. The church offers a four-year systematic Bible and theology course called St. Dunstan’s Academy. Fr. Miller takes the gospel outside the church by hosting Theology on Tap, a monthly Christian book discussion at a local restaurant. Before moving to Blacksburg, Fr. Miller also revitalized and served at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Brooklyn, NY. Over the years he has been a classical education teacher and has taught many college-level, middle school, and upper school classes in a wide variety of subjects for private schools and churches.
Dr. Don McKeon
PhD., Linguistics, New York University; MA, Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language, New York University; BS, Missions (Theology, Bible and Cultural Anthropology), Nyack College.
Dr. Don McKeon is the lead professor for the Fall Trivium course and will also teach two classes on the topic “Language as Evidence of God” in Science and Faith in the spring.
Dr. McKeon is retired Assistant Professor of English Linguistics, Director of the English as a Second Language Program and Graduate Teaching Assistant Training Program, and International Student Adviser at Virginia Tech. Dr. McKeon has for many decades been drawn to reaching the nations, following his conversion as a pre-teen. While studying Christian missions at Nyack College, he learned about the large numbers of international students in U.S. colleges and universities–students who would likely return to become leaders in their home countries. At the same time, he learned about a comparatively new field of teaching English as a foreign (and second) language (TEFL/TESL). Within a year of starting his master’s program in TESL at NYU, Dr. McKeon was given the opportunity to teach ESL at NYU in 1962. That was the beginning of his career of teaching ESL to university students for over 50 years, including three years in Beirut, Lebanon.
While overseas, Dr. McKeon spent part of two summers visiting L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland, learning about apologetics. He then returned to NYU to study linguistics, the formal study of how language is organized, based on innate patterns in the mind. During that time, he met Evelyn, who was studying TESL and linguistics at Queens College, and they were drawn together because of their mutual passion to serve international students. Since getting married in 1972, Don and Evelyn have been working together in ministering to internationals, especially in their home. Don has also spent about half of his career teaching linguistics, and he has been able to draw on insights from his study of language as a teaching elder in two local churches and as a Bible teacher among various Christian groups.
MA, Philosophy, Southern Evangelical Seminary; BA, Religious Studies, Southern Evangelical Bible College.
For Augustine College, Professor Casey Schmidt will be the lead professor for Philosophy in the Ancient World and Philosophy in the Modern World.
Professor Schmidt currently serves as a professor of humanities at Strayer University, where he teaches world cultures and the history of modern art. He is currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Southern Evangelical Seminary. Professor Schmidt also has a long history of tutoring in a wide variety of subjects, including logic and history, and he has long had a passion for discipleship and tutelage within the Church. To that end, he has spent the last ten years in higher education, and he chose ancient and medieval philosophy, particularly the writings of Thomas Aquinas for his area of expertise. Professor Schmidt believes that philosophy is essential to a well-rounded Christian worldview, which glorifies God and provides answers to the most pressing questions and challenges of our contemporary culture.
M.S., Environmental Science, Johns Hopkins University; Master of Theological Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary; Master of Theological Studies, Duke University Divinity School; B.S., Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech.
Mike Weaver will teach two classes in the course History of Christian Thought: “Just War Theory” and “Missiology.”
Mr. Weaver is the Executive Director of the Bradley Study Center, a Christian study center at Virginia Tech, with the aim of equipping students and faculty to engage the intellectual riches of the Christian tradition and explore its implications for every aspect of life. Prior to taking on this new role, Mike spent six years as a Deputy Commandant for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, where he provided guidance, mentoring, and education for cadets who live in a residential leadership development program. Before that, he spent twenty years in active, federal uniformed service as a commissioned officer in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Corps, where he flew aircraft and managed science and survey missions of NOAA. Mike is a proud Hokie and 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech.