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........ Psalm 50:12

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Daniel J. Smithwick (Dan)-    Aberdeen, SD
Dan Smithwick
Dan received a B.S. degree in mathematics/education in 1972 from North Dakota State University. He subsequently entered into business management with AT&T for 20 years and then with several small business firms in upper management positions. In addition to his business career, Dan has been active in Christian education work for over 20 years. He served as board member of several Christian schools and taught in a private school one year. Dan also worked for Dr. Pat Robertson's Freedom Council doing grassroots training on Christian worldview principles. In 1986 Dan founded the Nehemiah Institute and authored the first version of the PEERS Test. Dan continues to serve as president of the Institute with particular focus on new product development and CFO responsibilities. Dan also serves as a member of the executive committee of the Coalition on Revival (COR). COR is a ministry providing high-level worldview training in all major areas of society. You may visit COR's web site in the "Links" section.
Dennis M. Woods Houston, TX
Dennis M. Woods Houston, TX Dennis is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and earned a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He has more than twenty years experience as a church staff member in Christian Education and Administration. Currently, Dennis managers a retail outlet for Lifeway Christian Resources in Houston, TX. He also teaches a coed Bible Class at Williams Trace Baptist Church and regularly leads leadership training sessions for local sessions and state conventions. Dennis co-authored Nehemiah Institute's worldview course, Developing a Biblical Worldview.
Dr. Marc A. Clausen, Ph.D.-   Lexington, KY
Dr. Marc A. Clausen, Ph.D.- Lexington, KY Dr. Clausen brings extensive training and experience to the Institute in Christian worldview philosophy. His primary work at the Institute has been to write 'enhanced' Position Papers on PEERS Test items. The Enhanced Papers are written for college-level studies. Dr. Clausen's education includes: Marshall Univ., B.S., Physics (1978); Marshall Univ. M.A. Political Science (1980); West Virginia Univ. Dr. Jurisprudence, Ph.D. (1982); Liberty Univ. M.A. Christian Thought/Church History (1993); and Liberty Univ. M.Th. Historical Theology-Reformation/Post Reformation (1993). Dr. Clausen's work experience includes: Asst Prof. Government/Economics Liberty Univ (1984-1993); Adjunct Prof. Law, Marshall Univ. (1986); and Adjunct Prof. Economics, Lexington Baptist College (1999). Dr. Clausen currently serves as pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church, Frankfort, Kentucky.
Timothy Stafford, PHD
Timothy Stafford, PhD
Senior Research Analyst
For more than 20 years, Tim Stafford has been teaching Christians young and old to find the transformational power of renewing the Christian Mind. His passion is to help Christians become low-maintenance; high impact disciples and his ministries have impacted thousands of believers across generational and denominational lines. He holds the PhD in Education and the Masters Degrees in Education from Capella University and the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries/ Theology from Bethany University. Tim has been teaching apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, philosophy of education, learning theory, and educational technology for more than twenty years and has presented papers and given presentations for organizations of all sizes including the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), The Association of Christian Teachers and Schools (ACTS) , The Florida Education Technical Conference (FETC), the Society for Applied Learning and Technology (SALT), the E-Learning Guild, The American Society of Training and Development, and dozens of churches and Christian groups across the USA. He currently lives in central Florida with his wife, Victoria and their two children.
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