C. S. Lewis Foundation


Southwest Regional C.S. Lewis Retreat 2008

"Redeeming the Time:
Overcoming 'Screwtape' in our Everyday Lives"


Speakers & Performers


Ralph Wood Ralph Wood University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University, Waco, Texas.   From 1971 to1997 he taught at Wake Forest University where he held the John Allen Easley Professorship in Religion. At Baylor he teaches in the departments of English and Religion, as well as the Truett Theological Seminary. His books include The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists (Flannery O’Connor, Walker Percy, John Updike, and Peter De Vries), Contending for the Faith: The Church’s Engagement with Culture, The Gospel According to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-Earth, and Flannery O’Connor and the Christ-Haunted South. He also serves as an editor-at-large for the Christian Century and on the editorial board of the Flannery O’Connor Review. He has given dozens of invited lectures on O’Connor and Percy as well as on Tolkien and Lewis at major universities and churches across the U.S. and Canada.

Michael Wyckoff Third Rector of St. Luke's on the Lake, Austin, Texas, since the summer of 2004. Previously, he served churches as Rector (Senior Pastor) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Temple, Texas. Michael is committed to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19,"...go forth therefore and make all nations my disciples..." He believes the local parish is the most effective avenue for this evangelism, and wishes to build on St. Luke's vision of becoming "a community in Christ and Christ to the world." As the Rector, he is the primary preacher, and also teaches a bible class on Sunday mornings.  

Andrew Lazo

Andrew Lazo Scholar and speaker. Andrew Lazo holds an M.A. in English from Rice University, where he was Jacob K. Javits Fellow in the Humanities.  He also teaches Mythology at the University of Houston and is author of several articles and book reviews on C. S. Lewis and other Inklings and is co-editor of Changed Lives: C. S. Lewis as Spiritual Mentor, forthcoming on Baker Books.  A nationally-known speaker on the Inklings, Andrew speaks regularly in churches and schools and at events for the C. S. Lewis Foundation.  He is currently working on two book projects, one unlocking the mysteries of Till We Have Faces and the other doing primary research on friendship in the Coalbiters, Tolkien’s Old Norse reading group.

Louis Markos Louis Markos Professor in English at Houston Baptist University. Louis is the author of From Achilles to Christ: Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics, Pressing Forward: Alfred, Lord Tennyson and the Victorian Age, and Lewis Agonistes: How C. S. Lewis Can Train us to Wrestle with the Modern & Postmodern World
George Musacchio George Musacchio Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas.  Before moving to Belton in 1990, he taught for 25 years at what is now California Baptist University.  His Ph.D. in English is from the University of California Riverside.  George edited The Lamp-Post of the Southern California C. S. Lewis Society in its infancy (1977-1980) and has since presented papers on literary topics at conferences from California to Oxford and Cambridge.  He has published numerous articles on Lewis, many of them collected in his book C. S. Lewis, Man and Writer: Essays and Reviews (1994). His Milton’s Adam and Eve: Fallible Perfection was published in 1991.  George retired from teaching in 2004 and now holds the honorary title of Vann Research Professor at UMHB.




Michael Kelly Blanchard Michael Kelly Blanchard – For more than twenty years Michael has written songs, prose, and plays which connect us to the merciful heart of God. As a solo performer on guitar and piano, Michael tells stories with a tender touch to help us laugh and cry at both the human condition and the renewing power of God's unconditional love. Raised in a Christian, arts-loving home, he saw firsthand the blending of belief with the blessings of creativity. He started writing songs in his early teens. This coincided with ever-expanding work as a performer in local clubs and coffeehouses. In his early twenties, he studied composition at Berklee College of Music, sharpening his music skills. Since then he has recorded ten albums, written two music dramas, one cantata and three novels.

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Randall Flinn

Ad Deum Dance Company – a professional Houston, Texas based contemporary/modern dance company founded and directed by Randall Flinn. The company is comprised of dancers that have found home in Houston from all across the globe. Dramatic passion, flowing grace and fierce athleticism abound as these artists explore the mysteries of faith, grace, beauty and redemption through the freedom created by God for the expressions of the human body, soul and spirit.


Randall Flinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Ad Deum Dance Company, has served on the artistic faculty for Houston Ballet Academy, Project Dance NYC, and as an artist-in-residence for The High School for Performing Arts, Ballet Magnificat, Belhaven College and Youth With A Mission. As a lecturer, he has addressed many artists on the topic of “Servant Artistry.” He is now celebrating the grace of twenty five years as a Believer-artist.


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