History

The year was 1996. Bill Jack, Jeff Baldwin, Randy Sims, and Todd Kent envisioned a place where Christian students could learn to live courageously in the hope of Jesus. The four men came together, with differing gifts and talents, to realize this dream and create a community where young believers could seek a deeper understanding of their faith. Forty students and a handful of staff gathered in Tehuacana, Texas for a week-long, biblically-intensive summer camp centered on worldviews, apologetics, and servant leadership. Eighteen years, 238 camps, and 30,000 students later, the mission is still the same: to train Christians to think and live in accord with a biblical worldview.

 

Statement Of Faith

Worldview Academy is a non-denominational organization dedicated to helping Christians to think and to live in accord with a biblical worldview so that they will serve Christ and lead the culture. To see our full statement of faith, download the PDF.

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What We Teach

Worldview Academy is proud to have a distinguished faculty from a variety of different professions, Christian traditions, and areas of the country. The faculty teams travel with one of three staff teams each summer, teaching sessions that reflect their areas of expertise, facilitating practicums, interacting with students and small groups, and sometimes joining in on the frisbee matches.

This list outlines the key concepts we hope to communicate at Worldview Academy Leadership Camps. It is not an index of lectures; rather, the list inventories the ideas the various lectures touch on, directly or indirectly. 

Worldview Academy Key Concepts

Faculty

Randy Sims

Randy Sims is the Executive Director of Worldview Academy. He has trained Christian teens and adults in camps and ministries for over 30 years through his service as a leadership staff member with Kanakuk Kamps, Fellowship of Christian Athletes national staff, and T Bar M Sports Camps. As director and founder of the Worldview Academy Leadership Camps, Randy is responsible for the leadership training of over 2500 students and adults each year. Randy is the author of The Greatest Among You, a student’s guide to servant leadership. His work has afforded him the opportunity to lead chapel services for both college and professional sports teams, and to participate with the Billy Graham Crusade as a platform speaker. Randy and his wife, Amy, are blessed with four adult children and live in Midland, Texas.

Bill Jack

Bill Jack is an educator with ten years experience in public schools and 14 years with The Caleb Campaign, a creationist youth ministry. Bill has appeared on numerous national radio and television programs and is the producer of several apologetic and worldview training DVDs. As a founder of Worldview Academy he continues to pursue his passion to raise up a generation who have the vision to reach their culture with the gospel, who have the valor to engage that culture with the truth and who rely on the virtue of the Word of God. Bill and his wife, Tabby, have three children and live in Colorado.

Jeff Baldwin

Jeff Baldwin is the Research Director and a founder of Worldview Academy. He has served as the humanities chair for Providence Classical School in Spring, Texas as well as Headmaster at Steadfast Classical Academy in Colorado. Jeff also served as the creative editor for Understanding the Times by David A. Noebel, and co-authored the Understanding the Times curriculum. He is the author of numerous books including The Deadliest Monster and Twelve Trademarks of Great Literature. Jeff is also the general editor for Worldview Academy’s website, TheGreatBooks.com, providing guides that help educators teach a classic work from the Christian perspective; works range from Homer’s Odyssey to John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Jeff’s articles have appeared in World, Teachers in Focus, and New Attitude, and have been broadcast on Charles Colson’s radio program, Breakpoint. Jeff and his wife, Linda, and their three children live in Colorado.

Brandon Booth

Brandon attended the first leadership camp in 1996 as a student. He returned as a staff counselor, then became a faculty member, camp director, and Associate Executive Director of Worldview Academy. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Hillsdale College and his M.A. in Historical Theology from Concordia Seminary in Saint Louis. Brandon and his wife, Liv, and their five children enjoy traveling, reading, and spending lots of time together.

Jay Winslow

Jay Winslow has been teaching in public and private schools for over thirty-five years emphasizing worldview and critical thinking skills. He has a B.A. in English and an M.A. in rhetoric and frequently speaks on issues including worldview, education, language and literacy, and the effects of the media on our culture. He has in-serviced educators through groups such as ACSI and the Systems Thinking Network Project. Jay and his wife Regina have three sons and live in Arizona.

J. Mark Bertrand

J. Mark Bertrand is a “major crime fiction talent” according to the Weekly Standard, which compares his three novels––Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide––with the work of Michael Connelly and Ian Rankin. Mark’s nonfiction book Rethinking Worldview is taught in university and seminary classrooms, and is the basis for a number of his lectures. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston, and has lectured on theology and culture for more than a decade at Worldview Academy. Mark and his wife Laurie live in South Dakota.

Mike Schutt

Mike Schutt is Associate Professor of Law at Regent University and Director of the Institute for Christian Legal Studies (ICLS). ICLS seeks to encourage Christian law students, professors, and lawyers to seek and study biblical truth as it relates to law and legal institutions. He also serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the national coordinator of its Law School Ministry and is the author of Redeeming Law: Christian Calling and the Legal Profession. He lives with his wife, Lisa, and their three children in Mount Pleasant, Texas.

Dell Cook

Dell holds two masters degrees (M.Div and ThM) in theology. He has served in several camp ministries around the nation as well as Director of Student Ministries in North Carolina and Florida. He is currently the Superintendent of Cary Christian School, a classical academy in North Carolina. In addition, he lectures in Historical Theology at the Christus Rex Study Center. During the summers, Dell travels with his family teaching Worldview Academy students. He, his wife Ginny and their three children live in North Carolina.

Paul Jordan

Paul Jordan is a professor of Computer Science at Southern Wesleyan University. He serves as an elder at his church and has a passion for teaching the Word of God. He is the founder and a teacher of Community Bible Institute, where faculty train adults in hermeneutics, apologetics, Biblical studies, Christian theology, and worldview issues. Paul and his wife Vicki have two children and live near Clemson, SC.

Mike Tiland

Mike Tiland began serving with Worldview Academy as a college staff member, staff director and now faculty/camp director. Mike graduated from Oregon State University with a B.S. in accounting and a minor in philosophy. In the camp off season, he is an Executive Pastor in South Carolina where he lives with his wife Angela and their two children.

Andrew Frye

Andrew Frye lives in Grants Pass, OR with his wife Terry and their two children. He teaches history at Grants Pass High School, serves as adjunct faculty in the Concordia University graduate education program and is a history instructor at Rogue Community College. He has served the church as a worship leader, elder, and teacher. Andrew is a James Madison Fellow-Scholar and holds a MA in history and philosophy from Excelsior College, where he did work at Georgetown University and Oxford University, England.

CHRIS SHARP

Chris Sharp resides in Oregon where he is completing his PhD in Mechanical Engineering. He has served with Worldview Academy as a student, college staff, staff director, and camp director. An avid outdoors man, Chris has ascended mountains, rafted rivers, and traversed deserts. A gifted leader and teacher, he enters his second year as a camp director for Worldview Academy Leadership Camps.

Holly Nelson, Registrar

Holly Nelson has served with Worldview Academy since 2002 as a college staff member, staff director and associate camp director. Holly graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Education and has since served in student ministries both with the local church and Worldview Academy. Living in Midland, Texas, Holly works in the Worldview office as the camp registrar.

Amelia Capo, Special Events Coordinator

Amelia attended camp as a student in high school and hasn't recovered. She has been a part of the Worldview Academy team since 2009 and has served as a staff member, staff director, program director and associate camp director. She grew up and lives in Austin, Texas and travels with Worldview as the Conference Coordinator and Promotions Director.

Hannah Ballinger, Communications Director

Hannah has served with Worldview Academy as a college staff member, staff leadership and, currently, as Communications Director. Born and raised in northern Oklahoma, she studied the Great Books, Church History and other liberal arts, before pursuing a B.A. in English and Journalism from Thomas Edison State College. With a love for writing and biblical thinking, Hannah is excited to serve students and families through communications.

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