Lauren graduated summa cum laude from Covenant College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. She has experience with a variety of forms of Christian education as she attended a Christian school in State College, PA during elementary school, was home schooled in middle school, and attended Berean Academy, a classical Christian school in Tampa, FL for high school. She considers the education she has received as one of the greatest blessings given to her by God and her parents. Her academic accomplishments include being footnoted for her research assistance in the essays, “Frame in the Context of Recent Apologetics” and “Calvin’s Legacy in Philosophy” by Covenant professor Dr. Bill Davis which have been published in the books Speaking the Truth in Love: The Theology of John Frame and Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview, respectively. After graduating from Covenant College, she returned to her high school alma mater for two years to teach a variety of subjects including The Bible as Literature, American History, History of Ideas, Classical Greek, and Biblical Greek. She currently lives in Tampa and is working on a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando while teaching classes through Cambridge and independently. An active member of Tampa Bay Presbyterian Church (PCA), she is involved in children’s, youth, and music ministry. Lauren loves being a lifelong learner and is passionate about sharing the lessons that God has taught her with her students. Areas of particular interest to her include theology, philosophy, history, apologetics, literature, and Greek. Activities which she enjoys include attending Bruce Kirby’s adult Thoughts Captive class, writing anything from poetry to research papers, singing, playing piano (and learning to play both the guitar and djembe), swing dancing, reading, and engaging in good conversation over a cup of tea.
Eric Von Fullgraf teaches the Cambridge Preparatory program, The Art of Leadership and many of the Thoughts Captive classes. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Florida and his M.A. in Liberal Studies from USF’s interdisciplinary program. As a writer/illustrator, he has a special interest in the relationship between literature and the visual arts. He wrote his master’s thesis on the illuminated printing of William Blake. Eric has has been a regular contributor to The Mars Hill Review including “Shipwrecked at the Sable Door” a music review of The Boatman’s Call by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Communication Breakdown” a music review of Ghostyhead by Rickie Lee Jones and “Have Mercy on the Criminal” a music review of Tidal by Fiona Apple. In 2001 he was a winning contestant on ABC television’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Eric serves as a ruling elder at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA). Eric, his wife Britney and son Simon, live in Lakeland, Florida.
Jeffrey Fullgraf has been producing films since he was in high school in Lakeland, Florida. He studied Film, Television and Theater at the University of Central Florida and received a B.A. in Film. He has continued to write and produce creative movies while pursuing a career in industrial and corporate video. He has been a video producer for Lakeland Regional Medical Center since 1987. He is president/producer of Clarity Talking Pictures International which produces a mix of commercial and entertainment films. He received a Graduate Certificate in Creative Writing – Comic Scriptwriting, a program instructed by David Flaherty, former SCTV and Maniac Mansion writer/producer, at the Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts in Toronto, Ontario. He created and produced the comedy website “This is Swampwater, FL” and is currently developing the commercial, comedy web series “Attic Snapz.” He lives in Lakeland with Carolyn, his wife, of 23 years and four children Sylvia, 21, Alec, 19, Kurt, 19 and Meredith, 16.
Bryan Ickes graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Visual Arts. He teaches Creative in His Image, a four year class on the arts, as well as workshops on the arts. Bryan also serves Cambridge as the creative and marketing director. Since college, he has worked as a graphic designer and marketer in Asheville, North Carolina and Tampa, Florida. He is the owner of Ickes Creative, a design and branding firm. He is the founder of Woven Image, an arts fellowship in west central Florida, now part of Cambridge. Bryan and his wife, Sarah, presently live in Tampa. They are active congregants at Tampa Covenant Church, have served as foster parents, and are currently pursuing a private adoption.
Lou Kaloger holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and is currently working of his Doctor of Worship Studies degree at the Institute for Worship Studies. He has served as a teaching elder at Tampa Covenant Church since 1987 and as a pastor since 2000. In addition to his responsibilities at Tampa Covenant, Lou teaches the history and theology of religious imagery at Trinity College of Florida. Lou and Angela have been married since 1978. They have three wonderful daughters, a great son-in-law, and two stinkin’ cute granddaughters.
Bruce Kirby is the founder of Cambridge Study Center. He is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a B. A. in Religious Studies. For eleven years Bruce served at Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Lakeland, Florida where he began as Director of Youth Ministries, later serving as Director of Education and Administration. During his tenure at Covenant he began the “Reach Out Ministries of Evangelism” and “The Covenant Cup Olympics,” a yearly ministry to young people in the Lakeland area. Since 1998 Bruce has served as the Director of Cambridge Study Center. He also served for four years as headmaster of a classical Christian school in Tampa. He has written and taught Thoughts Captive, is a four year interdisciplinary study of Literature and the Arts, Cultural Apologetics, Theology, Philosophy and History. He has lectured on the interpretation of film at The Christian Study Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Bruce has consulted and spoken on education topics for churches and schools. Bruce has been a featured speaker on Parabolic Method, Constructive Duality and cultural engagement at the Association of Christian Schools International annual convention. In the community he has led “The Forum,” a weekly seminar for business men and women studying the intersection of faith, vocation and culture. He also leads the “Cambridge Community Seminars” which hosts noted Christian scholars addressing front-page cultural issues. Additionally, Bruce leads “Film Fridays,” a monthly screening and discussion of important films. From time to time he is a guest on radio shows where he discusses cultural trends and issues. He has completed a stage play based on the fairy tale The Light Princess by George MacDonald and a children’s book, Hairy Scary. His poetry has been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal (Johns Hopkins University Press) and Magnapoets. Bruce is the founder of CARES: Concerned About Responsible Education on Sex, a lobbying organization promoting abstinence, and has served on the boards of FISH: Florida International Student Hospitality, Alafia Youth Home and the New Creation Pregnancy Center. In his spare time he enjoys reading, golfing, fishing, writing poetry and the beach. He loves fine films and enjoys spectator sports. Bruce and his wife Jane live in Lakeland, Florida. They have three grown children and seven wonderful grandchildren.
Barbara Mesh provides Basic Guidance services to all Cambridge students and offers, for a charge, specific guidance services which by appointment. Barbara has a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Florida State University. She and her husband Ron home schooled their two children: Aaron, a journalist in Portland OR, who graduated from Covenant College and Kate, who earned a BA at New College of Florida in Sarasota and is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Texas. Barbara and Ron were Co-Founders of Homeschoolers on the Ridge, a Polk County home school support group for which Barbara continues to serve as advisor. Both Aaron and Kate plus Barbara were students at Cambridge, which makes Barb’s guidance assistance to current Cambridge families all the more valuable.
Harriet Montgomery is a Yankee by birth and a Southerner by choice. She was born in Pennsylvania, but moved south as soon as she was old enough to leave her mama. Her education includes conversations with her father, Tennessee Temple College, a degree from Bob Jones University, and post graduate work at the University of South Florida. The capstone of her education was Cambridge Study Center’s Thoughts Captive class; she and her classmates completed the four year course in a mere five years. She has traveled extensively abroad and her favorite destination is Florence, Italy. She loves reading and discussing fiction, biography and children’s literature. She is writing a memoir about growing up a coal miner’s daughter. She lives in a large house in Lakeland with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren, a dog and two cats.
We need men and women on our teaching staffs that are intelligently unafraid. We need men and women on our teaching staffs who are confident of their own regeneration, who gladly work for the realization of an ideal that the world ridicules. We need men and women on our teaching staffs who understand the Christian philosophy of education, and also the anti-Christian philosophy of education that controls the pedagogy of our day. Such teachers will have the power of discrimination that is so all-important for their task. ~ Cornelius Van Til