C.S. Lewis Institute Staff


Joel S. Woodruff, Ed.D.
President - Joel Woodruff has worked in higher education, "tent-making," nonprofit administration, and pastoral ministries in Alaska, Israel, Hungary, France, and Northern Virginia. He served as Dean of Students, Chaplain, and Professor of Bible & Theology at European Bible Institute, where he helped train Europeans both for professional ministry and to be Christian leaders in the marketplace. Prior to joining the C.S. Lewis Institute, he was on the leadership team of Oakwood Services International, a nonprofit educational and humanitarian organization. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, earned his M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where as a Parish-Pulpit Fellow, he studied Biblical Backgrounds & Archaeology in Israel for a year. He holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. 

Thomas A. Tarrants, III, D. Min.
President Emeritus After serving twelve years as president and nine years as Vice President, he retired from his position as Vice President for Ministry and Director, Washington Area Fellows Program, with CSLI in June 2019.  Tom holds a Master of Divinity Degree, as well as a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Christian Spirituality. He is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Church Alliance and a member of the Evangelical Theological Society. Going forward, Tom will be spending his time writing, mentoring, consulting and traveling. His life story is told in Consumed by Hate, Redeemed by Love, published by Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thomas W. Simmons, III
Executive Vice President
- Tom Simmons is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with degrees in chemistry and English literature. He has also undertaken graduate studies in business and finance. A 30-year Wall Street career led to positions as Senior Vice President in investment banking and finally as Managing Director of a venture capital firm. He has served on various boards of directors and boards of advisors and formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Trinity Christian School (Fairfax, VA).

Joseph A. Kohm, Jr., Esq.
Vice President for Development Joe is an attorney and formerly worked as a Certified Major League Baseball Player Agent.  He earned his Masters in Management Science from the State University of New York at Oswego and both his J.D. and M.Div. from Regent University.  Joe also played basketball for Syracuse University and was a member of the 1987 team that made it to the Final Four.  He has been married to his wife Lynne for 32 years and they have two children, Joe and Kathleen.  

Dr. James M. Houston
CSLI Co-Founder, Senior Fellow for Faith and Vocation
Jim Houston is one of the co-founders of the C.S. Lewis Institute.  He and Jim Hiskey launched the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. in 1976. From its beginning, Jim has served as a Senior Fellow of the Institute, lecturing at CSLI events over the past four decades and offering his counsel to the leadership. He received his Bachelor of Science and M.A. degrees from the University of Edinburgh and a D. Phil. from Oxford University.  He was a University Lecturer at Oxford from 1947 – 1971 where he taught cultural and historical geography.  While teaching at Oxford, he met C.S. Lewis and participated in a regular Bible study with him for six years. He is known as one of the “founding fathers” of Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia where he has served as the first Principal, Chancellor and Professor of Spiritual Theology. He is a prolific author, editor, and Christian scholar and is respected worldwide as a leader in educating and equipping laypersons. 

Arthur W. Lindsley, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Apologetics
- Art Lindsley has served at the C.S. Lewis Institute since 1987. Formerly, he was director of Educational Ministries at the Ligonier Valley Study Center, and Staff Specialist with the Coalition for Christian Outreach. He is the author of C.S. Lewis's Case for Christ, True Truth, Love: The Ultimate Apologetic, and co-author with R.C. Sproul and John Gerstner of Classical Apologetics, and has written numerous articles on theology, apologetics, C.S. Lewis, and the lives and works of many other authors and teachers. Art earned his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

William L. "Bill" Kynes, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Pastoral Theology
- Bill Kynes is the senior pastor of Cornerstone, an Evangelical Free Church, in Annandale, VA, where he has served since 1986. He was an undergraduate at the University of Florida with a major in philosophy. There he also played quarterback on the football team and was later inducted into the university's Athletic Hall of Fame. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving an M.A. in theology. He received an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in Deerfield, IL, before returning to England for a Ph.D. in New Testament from Cambridge University. From 1997-1999, he served as an adjunct professor in New Testament for the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Washington, D.C., Extension Program. His publications include Evangelical Convictions, 7 Pressing Questions, and several articles and reviews in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels, Journal of Theological Studies, Trinity Journal, and The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the editor of The Ministerial Forum, a publication of the Evangelical Free Church of America Ministerial Association, and has served on a number of boards of the EFCA and other Christian organizations. He and his wife Susan have four boys.

Randy Newman, M.Div., Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Apologetics and Evangelism - Randy Newman has taught at several evangelical seminaries. After serving for over 30 years with Campus Crusade for Christ, he established Connection Points, a ministry to help Christians engage people’s hearts the way Jesus did. He has written five books, Questioning EvangelismCorner ConversationsBringing the Gospel Home, Engaging with Jewish People, Unlikely Converts: Improbable Stories of Faith and What They Teach Us About Evangelism and numerous articles about evangelism and other ways our lives intertwine with God’s creation. He and his wife Pam live in Annandale, VA and have three grown sons, two delightful daughter-in-law and two remarkably adorable granddaughter.  Randy blogs at www.connectionpoints.us.  

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Systematic Theology - Kevin J. Vanhoozer is currently Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, a post he held, 1998-2009. Previously he was Blanchard Professor of Theology at the Wheaton College Graduate School (2009-2012) and Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990-1998). He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Vanhoozer is the author or editor of twenty books and over seventy essays. In 1999 Christianity Today featured him as one of the six “new theologians” in the issue's lead story. He was the 2003 Westmont College Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Vanhoozer won the top honor in the theology and ethics category of the 2017 Christianity Today Book Awards for his book titled, Biblical Authority after Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity.  He is married and has two daughters.

Jerry Root, Ph.D.
Christopher W. Mitchell Senior Fellow for C.S. Lewis Studies - Jerry Root is Professor of Evangelism and the Director of the Wheaton Evangelism Initiative at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.  He previously served as a college pastor for nineteen years at Granada Heights Friends Church in California and College Church in Wheaton, IL.  He also served as senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Santa Barbara, CA where he also served as the chaplain for the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept.  He received his Ph.D. from British Open University and his M.Div. from Talbot School of Theology, and both his M.Div. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation focused on C.S. Lewis.  He has taught college and university courses on C.S. Lewis continuously since 1980.  Root is the author, contributor or editor of over twenty books including The Quotable C.S. Lewis, C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme and The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis and over forty journal articles.  He is married, has four children and thirteen grandchildren.

Lyle Dorsett, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow for Spiritual Formation - Lyle W. Dorsett has been the Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism at Beeson Divinity School since 2005, and teaches courses in evangelism, spiritual formation and church history. He also serves as the pastor of Christ the King Anglican Church. He has published 20 books, including several Christian biographies and three works on C. S. Lewis. His most recent book is Serving God and Country: United States Military Chaplains in World War II. He is married to Mary Hayes Dorsett. Together they founded Christ the King Anglican Church in Birmingham, Alabama. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Stuart McAlpine
Teaching Fellow - Stuart is the founding pastor of Christ our Shepherd Church located on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. He speaks at churches and conferences around the world and also lectures for the C.S. Lewis Institute Fellows Program. He has a great knowledge of and love for the works of C.S. Lewis. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and a Master’s degree in Theology from Cambridge University in Great Britain. 

Semy Godo
Senior Administrative Associate - Semy has over 5 years experience working in the higher education and small business sectors.  Her professional experience ranges in areas including budgeting, project management, operations management, and quality analysis. She has an MBA from Florida Tech and a BS in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech. Semy had taken some time off to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her two children.  She is very excited to be part of the CSLI team!

Jake Fritzke 
Communications and Technology Associate  - Jake is a 2015 George Mason graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Jake has been a lifelong DC area resident. Before coming to the institute he worked with Cru International to develop and produce new training material for their staff.

Barry Bradshaw
Barry has over 30 years of professional accounting experience with a nonprofit emphasis. He has a Master’s Degree in Accounting with Public Auditing experience. A lover of numbers: 29 years as a Disciple of Christ; 23 years as a husband; 21 years as a father; 7 years in the U.S. Army; 13 years in Japan; 19 years in Hawaii; 13 years in Virginia.


Aimee Riegert 
Aslan Academy Program Coordinator  - Aimee is a Cajun-Texan hybrid from Dallas, where she earned bachelors degrees in mathematics and foreign language studies from Southern Methodist University. She married her US Marine in 1990 and together they have raised and homeschooled five lively children in duty stations ranging from Florida to Rhode Island and  DC to Japan. She has a passion for blessing young people and encouraging all who care for them.  She is a graduate of the C.S. Lewis Institute Year One Fellows Program and is now serving as the Program Coodinator of the Aslan Academy for CSLI in Washington, DC.



Angie Carrai

Ed Glancy, J.D.

Connie Phelps

Susan Horn

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