Seminar Leaders

(In alphabetical order)

Carrie Birmingham

Carrie Birmingham has been a professor of education at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, for eighteen years, where she teaches courses for prospective teachers in educational foundations, instructional methods, and English language development. She has been a teacher in public and private schools in Kentucky, Colorado, and California. She also teaches English to adult beginners.

Carrie has written and presented on a variety of topics, including the role of Christian teachers in public schools, bilingualism and reading, hope and wisdom in teaching, mothers of children with autism, and Harry Potter.

Besides reading C.S. Lewis, Carrie enjoys Shakespeare, knitting, classical music, reading about education, and listening to people. Her current project is an exploration of Christian faith and teaching.To learn more about Carrie, visit here site here:

Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is an internationally bestselling author with more than seven million books in print in twenty languages.

Davis has now been a professional novelist for twenty-four years. Some of his works include, Miramar Bay, Lion of Babylon, and Rare Earth. Bunn has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with every major U.S. bookclub.  Davis has been honored with four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction, among other accolades.

Bunn serves as Writer in Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. He has conducted scores of workshops at writer’s conferences over the years. Davis and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between the English countryside and the coast of Florida.

Michael Christensen

Michael J. Christensen is an author, speaker and practical theologian affiliated with Drew University in New Jersey and Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego where he lives.

A noted Lewis scholar, Michael is author of C.S. Lewis on Scripture, contributor to the C.S. Lewis Bible, and has taught courses on Lewis and the Inklings at Drew University over many years.  The C. S. Lewis Foundation recently appointed him Senior Fellow in the Scholars-in-Residence Program at the C.S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns in Oxford.

Michael is the author or editor of eleven books on spirituality and theology, including the Henri Nouwen Trilogy: Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Formation and Discernment. With the encouragement of Walter Hooper, this summer Michael plans to update and produce a new edition of his first book—C.S. Lewis on Scripture—which he wrote as his senior honors thesis while a student at PLNU and which was published by Word Books in 1979.

Larry Crabb

Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, conference and seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries.

Crabb has authored many books including: Understanding People, The Marriage Builder, Finding God, Connecting, The Safest Place on Earth, The Pressure’s Off, Shattered Dreams, and SoulTalk. His latest book, Fully Alive, was released in June 2013.

In addition to various other speaking and teaching opportunities, Crabb offers a weekend conference throughout the country entitled Life on the Narrow Road and a week-long School of Spiritual Direction held in Colorado Springs, CO. He currently is Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University in Colorado and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Francis Fast

Francis Fast received his undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from the Great Books program at Thomas Aquinas College. He acquired his M.A. in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas, where he is a doctoral candidate in their Institute of Philosophic Studies writing on Thomas Aquinas.

He has been an instructor in various Great Books programs on both the secondary and post-secondary level for the last seven years, most recently at Founders Classical Academy in Lewisville, TX – a charter school affiliate of Hillsdale College – where he teaches Moral Philosophy. He is currently Director of Graduate Programs for Great Hearts Academies.

Francis has been an avid reader of C.S. Lewis for over twenty years, and one of the great joys of his education in the classics has been to begin to understand both the sources that Lewis drew from for the structure of his thought, but also the degree to which Lewis was a truly original and insightful thinker in his own right.

Kim Gilnett

Kim Gilnett serves as Marketing Associate for the School of Fine and Performing Arts, Seattle Pacific University.

His study of Lewis has afforded him the opportunity to meet a number of Lewis’s friends and scholars.

He has spent 20 summers at The Kilns, where he has been actively involved in ensuring the historical accuracy of its restoration and in the conduct of the Summer Seminars-in-Residence.


Terry Glaspey

Terry Glaspey is a writer, an editor, a creative mentor, and someone who finds various forms of art — painting, films, novels, poetry, and music — to be some of the places where he most deeply connects with God.

He has written over a dozen books, including 75 Masterpieces Every Christian Should Know:  Fascinating Stories Behind Great Art, Music, Literature, and Film, which was recently given Christianity Today’s 2017 Book Award; Not a Tame Lion: The Spiritual Legacy of C.S. Lewis; The Prayers of Jane Austen; 25 Keys to Life-Changing Prayer; and Bible Basics for Everyone. Terry enjoys writing and speaking about a variety of topics including creativity and spirituality, the artistic heritage of the Christian faith, the writing of C.S. Lewis, and creative approaches to apologetics.

He serves on the board of directors of the Society to Explore and Record Church History. Terry has been the recipient of a number of awards, including a distinguished alumni award and the Advanced Speakers and Writers Editor of the Year award.

Malcolm Guite

Malcolm Guite is an Anglican priest; Chaplain & Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge University; a poet; and the lead singer and founder of the rock band Mystery Train.

His books include nonfiction – Beholding the Glory and What Do Christians Believe? – and poetry – The Singing Bowl; Waiting on the Word: A Poem a Day for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany; and The Word in the Wilderness: A Poem a Day for Lent and Easter. He also contributed to The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis.

Guite teaches Literature and Pastoral Theology for the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. He is involved with a number of projects linking theology and the arts, and has published poetry, literary criticism and theology in various journals. As founder of the rock band, Mystery Train, he writes lyrics and performs on guitar and vocals. He has been a regular contributor to Oxbridge since 2005 as well as to Foundation conferences and retreats throughout the U.S.

Scott Key

Scott Key is professor of philosophy at California Baptist University.

He has served CBU for 26 years in a variety of areas including: Director of the Great Works Program ( a 4 year great books program), Department Chair, director of two off-campus program sites, and a regular part of the Honors Program faculty.

He is currently working on a book exploring the nature of truth in the Gospel of Mark.



Andrew Lazo

Andrew Lazo is a speaker, teacher, and writer on C.S. Lewis and his fellow Inklings. Andrew currently serves as teacher of English and C.S. Lewis at Houston Christian High School in Houston.

Lazo has published several articles and book reviews on Lewis and has co-edited Mere Christians: Inspiring Stories of Encounters with C. S. Lewis. His latest article, published in the journal VII, has corrected the accepted dating of Lewis’s conversion to Theism.

As a speaker on C.S. Lewis and the Inklings, Lazo’s resume includes: weekend conferences at Laity Lodge, St. Mark’s Episcopal (Jacksonville, FL) and St. Michael’s by-the-Sea (Carlsbad, CA) and a regular summer series at Christ United Methodist Church (Sugar Land, TX). Lazo presented to the clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, and he has offered a number of courses and lectures at The Jung Center of Houston.


Christin Ditchfield Lazo

Christin Ditchfield Lazo is an author, popular conference speaker, and syndicated radio host.

She is the best-selling author of A Family Guide to Narnia: Biblical Truths in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia. Her literature curriculum guides have introduced thousands of elementary school children to the world of Narnia. She has written more than 70 other books and Bible studies, including What Women Should Know About Letting It Go.

Christin first met Andrew Lazo when they were interviewed on a radio program about their respective contributions to Women and C.S. Lewis. They were married earlier this year.

Greg Leith

Greg Leith is the CEO of Convene. He was born in Canada and lived in all four corners of North America. His career spans over 35 years of senior leadership roles in corporate, non-profit and academic sectors. Recently, he served as Director of Strategic Alliances for 13 years at Biola University in California.

Leith has served the persecuted church with food, brought relief and long term jobs to Orissa, India, assisted mission agencies in China with strategy, and helped envision a School of Journalism in Haiti. For over a decade, he and his wife, Shelley, traveled across Canada speaking for FamilyLife on marriage and parenting. Leith was a senior executive for 20 years with the $9 billion ServiceMaster Company, serving in various leadership capacities. He was Vice President of Arrow Leadership and Director of Leadership Development for Christian Leadership Alliance, creating learning experiences for the most influential Christian organizations in the world.

Leith serves on various boards related to his passion of faith integrated with the marketplace, and he loves helping people get clarity on mission and purpose as a certified life coach.

Christopher McCluskey

Christopher McCluskey is President of Professional Christian Coaching Institute, the world’s largest distinctly Christian coach training school aligned with the standards of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He is also co-host of the top-rated podcast, Professional Christian Coaching Today.

Frequently cited as the ‘Father of the Christian Coaching Movement’, Chris is a popular keynote speaker, media personality, executive coach, and best-selling author with his wife, Rachel, of the marriage classic, When Two Become One.

A former psychotherapist, Chris pioneered the field of life coaching because of his passion for vision, intentional living, and out-of-the-box thinking. He and Rachel have raised 4 kings and 3 queens of Narnia on their 440-acre ranch in the foothills of the Ozark mountains.




Helen Mitchell

Helen M. Mitchell is a speaker, author, teacher, consultant to business leaders and pastors, and a Faith@Work Strategist. Helen currently serves as the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work and Economics at Biola University. She is also adjunct faculty in Biola’s Crowell School of Business and Talbot School of Theology.

As an early adopter of faith, work, and vocation in the local church, she is the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church. Mitchell started her business career with AT&T becoming a Vice President at the age of 30, and holding various leadership roles.

She is passionate to see people fully activated and engaged in their calling and to see the local church equipped to lead people into a Biblical understanding of work and vocation and its value and service to Christ.

Holly Ordway

Holly Ordway is Professor of English and faculty in the M.A. in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University.

She is the author of Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius, 2014) and Apologetics and the Christian Imagination: An Integrated Approach to Defending the Faith (Emmaus Road, 2017). Ordway is also a published poet, and the Charles Williams Subject Editor for the Journal of Inklings Studies. Her academic work focuses on the writings of the Inklings, especially C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.

Her current book project is Tolkien’s Modern Sources: Middle-earth Beyond the Middle Ages (forthcoming from Kent State University Press, 2019). Her website is

Joseph Pearce

Joseph Pearce is writer in residence at Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee; and Director of the Aquinas Center for Faith and Culture.

He has written a number of critically acclaimed, best-selling biographies of great 19th and 20th-century Christian authors, including Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G. K. Chesterton, Tolkien: Man and Myth, C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, and Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile. His books have been published and translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, Dutch, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Polish.

Pearce is also editor of the St. Austin Review, an international magazine dedicated to reclaiming Catholic culture.

Ryan Pemberton

Ryan J. Pemberton is an author and speaker who serves as the Minister for University Engagement at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

A former Scholar-In-Residence at the Kilns Study Center and past president of the Oxford University C.S. Lewis Society, Ryan authored Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’ House and Back Again, a memoir on calling, and Walking With C.S. Lewis, a multimedia curriculum covering 16 of Lewis’ most beloved works. In addition, Ryan has written for Christianity Today, Relevant, Bible Study Magazine, and Image Journal, and he has spoken widely on the topics of C.S. Lewis and calling.
As Minister for University Engagement, Ryan enjoys connecting the life of the church to the life of academic community at UC Berkeley. Ryan teaches and supports undergraduates and graduates on the themes of faith in higher education and Christian vocation.

Mark Pike

Mark Pike is Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds. Due to a research grant from the John Templeton Foundation, he is also director (Principal Investigator) of the Narnian Virtues Character Education research project. 

He writes and speaks widely on literary, moral and religious issues in education and is the author of Mere Education: C S Lewis as Teacher for our Time (The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 2013), Ethical English – Teaching and Learning English as Spiritual, Moral and Religious Education (Bloomsbury, 2014). His articles have been published in journals such as the Oxford Review of Education, Journal of Curriculum Studies, Journal of Character Education and  Journal of Beliefs and Values – studies in religion and education. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Moral Education.

Pike’s specialized research areas include: character education, Christian education, C.S. Lewis as an educator, reading and response to literature, and values and virtues in schooling and society.

Lancia E. Smith

Lancia E. Smith is a writer, photographer, speaker, and an owner of a consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado.

A long-time friend of the C.S. Lewis Foundation, she hosts the website Cultivating the Good, the True, and the Beautiful. She is also the founder of The Cultivating Project an initiative dedicated to whole-life discipling of writers and artists. Lancia is currently writing two books related to discipling writers and the process of cultivating artful lives.

She has loved and studied C.S. Lewis since she first read “Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

Randy Steele

Randy Steele is a church consultant, preacher, teacher, and mentor to pastors and ministry leaders.

He is an associate with SoulShepherding, a ministry that coaches leaders in their spiritual formation. He also serves on Christian Resource Ministry’s reFocus Team where he specializes in mentoring pastors and leaders who, in turn, are engaged in empowering men and women in their witness to their surrounding communities.

Prior to this, he served for 40 years in pastoral ministry, including 12 years as Pastor/Head of Staff at Laguna Niguel Presbyterian Church in Laguna Niguel, California. He is committed to empowering leaders in their spheres of influence to help them thrive and flourish in their unique Christian calling.

Gail Standish Ward

Gail Standish Ward is a visual artist and writer. She trained as both an art historian and visual artist at Vanderbilt University and earned a Master’s degree from Peabody College of Vanderbilt.

Having taught art classes for high school students for 20 years, she shares studio space with Franklin Creative Suites in Franklin, Tennessee, a spot where writers, photographers, designers, and other artists rent affordable studio space.

In addition, she teaches writing workshops and cooking classes and can be spotted on the hit TV series, Nashville.

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