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.
Vice President for Ministry & Director, Washington Area Fellows Program - Tom Tarrants has lived in the Washington, D.C. area since 1978 and served as President of the C.S. Lewis Institute from 1998 to April 2010. Prior to coming to the Institute, he served as co-pastor of Christ Our Shepherd Church in Washington, D.C. He is the author of two books, and consults with churches and organizations seeking to develop discipleship programs and materials to strengthen the local church. 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.

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 formally served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Trinity Christian School (Fairfax, VA).

Arthur W. Lindsley, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
- 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
- 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 - Apologetics and Evangelism - Randy Newman is an adjunct faculty member for Talbot School of Theology and Patrick Henry College. 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 four books, Questioning EvangelismCorner ConversationsBringing the Gospel Home, and Engaging with Jewish People, 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, a delightful daughter-in-law and a remarkably adorable granddaughter.  Randy blogs at www.connectionpoints.us.  

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow - 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.
Senior Fellow - 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 - 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.

Cate McDermott, MTS
Aslan Academy Teaching Fellow - Cate McDermott is an author and a theologian working with the C.S. Lewis Institute Aslan Academy Program from her current residence in England. After obtaining her Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy from George Mason University and her Master of Theological Studies from Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, she joined the C.S. Lewis Institute in developing resources for the Aslan Academy. Her Aslan in Our World study guide series on the Chronicles of Narnia, published through her family company The Sibling Writery (www.thesiblingwritery.com), are a cornerstone of the Aslan Academy program. She writes and coordinates the publishing of the monthly Dawn Treader News.



Angie Carrai

Ed Glancy, J.D.

Connie Phelps

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