Faculty

Ben Merkle

President, Fellow of Theology

Ben Merkle

DPhil in Oriental Studies, Oxford University, 2012

MSt in Jewish Studies, Oxford University, 2007

MA in English Literature, University of Idaho, 2005

Additional Graduate Studies in Theology, Greyfriars Hall, 1998-2000

BS in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry), University of Idaho, 1996

Fellow of Theology Dr. Ben Merkle is the College’s second President, having previously served as the Undergraduate Dean. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies and an M.St. in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, England, a Master’s degree in English Literature, and a B.S. in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry, with a minor in History) both from the University of Idaho. He also studied theology at Greyfriars Hall from 1998 to 2000.

Dr. Merkle served as a Lecturer at New Saint Andrews from 2000 until 2005, when he was promoted to Fellow of Theology. He has taught the freshman introductory theology course, Lordship Colloquium, and Hebrew. He has also team-taught Anglo-Saxon. Dr. Merkle was promoted to the office of President in 2015.

He has served as a minister at Christ Church, Moscow. He previously served as a part-time campus minister with Collegiate Reformed Fellowship, a campus ministry of Christ Church.

Dr. Merkle is the author of The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009) and Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae (Oxford University Press 2015). He is a contributing editor and former managing editor of the periodical Credenda/Agenda.
He and wife Bekah (B.A., 1998), the first graduate of New Saint Andrews, have five children.

Brian Kohl

Instructor of Rhetoric, MFA Faculty

Brian Kohl

MSt in Creative Writing, University of Oxford, 2020

BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College, 2011

Brian Kohl holds an M.St. in Creative Writing from Oxford University, England and a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College (2011).

Mr. Kohl serves as Rhetoric Instructor teaching freshmen how to speak and write, and is also on the faculty for the Camperdown MFA, lecturing on literary criticism and self-editing.

Mr. Kohl has more than a decade of experience in the publishing industry as an editor, having worked on fiction, nonfiction, curriculum, and everything in between. He has had poems published by The Curator and The Hopper, and has written an introductory guide to Macbeth.

He and wife Christy, also an alum of New Saint Andrews (B.A., 2010), have four small sons.

Christopher Schlect

Senior Fellow of History

Christopher Schlect

PhD in History, Washington State University, 2015

MA in History, University of Idaho, 2005

BA in History, Washington State University, 1990

Christopher R. Schlect, PhD, has taught at New Saint Andrews College for many years. He has earned eleven competitive awards for his research on early 20th century Protestant religious life. He was a 2012 Research Fellow at the Presbyterian Historical Society, and has been awarded the 2016-17 distinguished lectureship for the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities. Schlect has presented his research at meetings of the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Idaho Council for History Education. His historical work includes service as a ranger for the US National Park Service, where he specialized in Protestant missions to the Nez Perce people and interpreted historical sites and material culture for the public. As Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College, Schlect teaches courses in ancient and medieval civilizations, US history, the history of American Christianity, medieval education, and Classical Rhetoric, among other subjects. He has also taught introductory and advanced courses in US history and Ancient Rome at Washington State University. Schlect is the Director of New Saint Andrews College’s graduate program in Classical and Christian Studies. He also serves Classical and Christian Schools around the country through his consulting and teacher training activities.

Schlect has authored Critique of Modern Youth Ministry, The Christian Worldview and Apologetics and an official history of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. His articles have appeared in Credenda/Agenda, Table Talk, Classis, and the National Park Service’s “Getaway” series. He has also contributed chapters to Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education (Canon Press), the Omnibus series (Veritas Press), and the Latin Alive series (Classical Academic Press).

Dr. Schlect is a teaching elder at Trinity Reformed Church (CREC) in Moscow, Idaho. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children and five grandchildren.

Cole Tutino

Lecturer of Music

Cole Tutino

D.M. in Cello Performance, Indiana University, 2016

M.M. in Cello Performance, Indiana University, 2011

B.M. in Cello Performance, San Jose State University, 2009

Dr. Cole Tutino is Lecturer in Music at New Saint Andrews College, where he teaches cello, music theory, and orchestra. He was previously Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Miami University in Oxford, OH, and Visiting Instructor of Cello at Luther College in Decorah, IA.

Dr. Tutino has performed extensively as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, and recording artist. Currently the principal cellist of the Washington Idaho Symphony, he has been principal of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (IN) and a member of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra. As a chamber musician, he has been a member of the Oxford String Quartet and the Luther College Piano Quartet. His solo appearances include performances with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, the Cedarville University Orchestra, the Miami University Symphony Orchestra, and the Luther College Philharmonia.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dr. Tutino earned his Bachelor’s in Cello Performance at San Jose State University under the tutelage of Jennifer Kloetzel and the Cypress String Quartet. He studied with János Starker and Emilio Colón at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he earned his Master’s and his Doctorate in Cello Performance. In addition to college instruction, he is passionate about teaching children and has studied the Suzuki Method with Christie Felsing and Heather Hadley. He lives in Moscow, ID with his wife and three daughters.

David R. Erb

Fellow of Music

David R. Erb

DMA in Choral Conducting, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007

MMus in Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College, Rider University, 1997

BMus in Music Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992

Dr. David Erb joined the New Saint Andrews College faculty as a Fellow of Music in 2008, leaving his posts at Trinity Church and Providence Classical Christian School in the Seattle area. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts and Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to moving to the Northwest, Dr. Erb taught and conducted choirs at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and at Bucknell University. Dr. Erb earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1997. Dr. Erb is active in the Moscow choral community and work with local churches. He and his wife Gail and their children reside in Moscow.

Doug Wilson

Trustee, Senior Fellow of Theology

Doug Wilson

MA in Philosophy, University of Idaho, 1977

Additional Graduate Studies in Theology, Regent College (Vancouver, BC)

BA in Classical Studies, University of Idaho, 1988

BA in Philosophy, University of Idaho, 1977

Douglas J. Wilson is a Senior Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews, a permanent member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and a Professional in Residence.

He teaches Rhetoric and electives at the undergraduate level and theology and writing at the graduate level.

He received a B.A. in Classical Studies, and a B.A. and an M.A. in Philosophy, all at the University of Idaho. He pursued additional graduate studies in theology at Regent College in Canada.

Mr. Wilson is widely recognized as one of today’s leading defenders of the Christian faith. He has gone head to head in debates with some of today’s leading atheists. His online debate with Christopher Hitchens in Christianity Today turned into a best-selling book, Is Christianity Good for the World? Their debates in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. were the basis for a popular video documentary, Collision. When Hitchens died December 15, 2011, Mr. Wilson wrote his obituary for Christianity Today.

Mr. Wilson is a prolific author. His most recent works include Wordsmithy, A Rhetoric Companion, A Study Guide to Calvin’s Institutes, and Five Cities that Ruled the World.

Mr. Wilson has authored numerous books related to education: The Case for Classical Christian Education, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, The Paideia of God, and Excused Absence: Should Christian Kids Leave Public School? He edited and contributed to Omnibus I: Biblical & Classical Civilizations (Veritas Press, 2005), Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education. He is one of the editors of the popular homeschooling Omnibus series (Veritas Press).

His many works on theology and practical Christian living include Mother Kirk, Reformed is Not Enough, and To a Thousand Generations. He has also written several children’s books and novels. Mr. Wilson is also a popular speaker at conferences on history, education, theology, and family issues. He is the editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine.

Mr. Wilson has been the pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, for more than 30 years. He also sits on the governing boards of Logos School, Moscow, and the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ex officio). He is active in the leadership of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (crechurches.org).

He and wife Nancy have three grown children and a whole bunch of grandchildren, all of whom live in Moscow.

Gordon Wilson

Senior Fellow of Natural History

Gordon Wilson

PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy, George Mason University, 2003

MS in Entomology, University of Idaho, 1989

BS in Education (Secondary Education-Biology), University of Idaho, 1984

Dr. Wilson is a Senior Fellow of Natural History, responsible for the College’s Natural History Colloquium and science electives.

He received his Ph.D. from George Mason University in Environmental Science and Public Policy in 2003. He holds a Master of Science degree in Entomology and a Bachelor’s degree in Education (Secondary Education-Biology) from the University of Idaho. He joined the New Saint Andrews faculty in 2003 and was promoted to the rank of Senior Fellow in 2006.

Dr. Wilson’s research focuses on the reproductive ecology of the Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina). He has published his research, field notes, and abstracts in Southeastern Naturalist, Herpetological Review, Catesbeiana, and the Virginia Journal of Science. Dr. Wilson taught in the Department of Biology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, from 1991 to 2003. He also taught at Lynchburg College, and served as a lab instructor in entomology at the University of Idaho, 1988-1989. He taught at Logos School during the 1988-1989 academic year. Dr. Wilson hosted the June 2005 Baraminology Study Group National Conference held at New Saint Andrews in Moscow.

Dr. Wilson is author of the recent textbook, The Riot and the Dance: Foundational Biology (2014), and is a regular contributor at Answers in Genesis.

Dr. Wilson and his wife Meredith have four children and a growing collection of grandchildren.

Jayson Grieser

Fellow of Literature

Jayson Grieser

PhD in Literature, University of Dallas, 2011

MA in Literature, University of Dallas, 2003

BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College, 2002

Dr. Grieser is a Fellow of Literature and coordinator of the College’s senior-year, team-taught, integrated humanities course, Traditio Occidentis. Dr. Grieser joined the College faculty in 2007 after pursuing his M.A. (2003) and doctoral studies in literature at the University of Dallas. He completed his Ph.D. work on the poetry and perspectives of George Herbert at the University of Dallas in 2011. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture, Cum Laude, from New Saint Andrews College in May 2002. At the request of the administration and faculty of the College, he represented the Class of 2002 and delivered the student address at the College’s Fifth Commencement. His senior thesis was entitled, “Jerusalem Owns Athens: Early Church Fathers on Classical Education.” Dr. Grieser and wife Hannah have five sons.

Jesse Hall

Assistant Director of MFA

Jesse Hall

MSt in Creative Writing, University of Oxford

CTS in Theology, University of Oxford

BA in Cinema & Digital Media, Vanguard University of Southern California

Certificate of Apologetics, Oxford Center For Christian Apologetics

Jonathan McIntosh

Fellow of Humanities

Jonathan McIntosh

PhD in Philosophy, University of Dallas, 2009

MA in Philosophy, University of Dallas, 2004

Additional Graduate Studies in Theology, Greyfriars Hall

BS in Philosophy, University of Idaho, 2001

Dr. McIntosh is a Fellow of Humanities, a member of the College’s graduate ​faculty, and teaches the College’s junior-year political and economic philosophy course, as well as electives in philosophical theology, natural law ethics, medieval thought, and Tolkien. Dr. McIntosh joined the College faculty in 2007 after pursuing his M.A. (2004) and doctoral studies in philosophy at the University of Dallas (2009). He received his B.S. in Philosophy from University of Idaho in May 2001. He is the author of The Flame Imperishable: Tolkien, St. Thomas, and the Metaphysics of Faërie (Angelico Press, 2017) and several academic articles on the philosophical theology of St. Anselm of Canterbury. His personal blog can be found at https://jonathansmcintosh.wordpress.com. Dr. McIntosh and wife Annie (B.A., 2000) live in Moscow with their four daughters.

Joseph Tipton

Fellow of Classical Languages

Joseph Tipton

BA Berea College, Berea KY

MA University of Kentucky

PhD University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Special Interest: Latin and Greek poetry and prose of the Renaissance and Reformation; the influence of the Classical world and Classical thought in European history and culture; the intersection of politics, philosophy and literature in the Greco-Roman world.

Joshua Appel

Fellow of Humanities

Joshua Appel

MA in Christian Thought, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL, 2004

Additional Graduate Studies in Philosophy, Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, 2001

BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College, 2001

Mr. Appel is a teaching Fellow, the freshman adviser, and teaches the first-year Lordship Colloquium and various electives, including the ever-popular Aesthetic Gastronomy. Mr. Appel joined the College faculty in 2004. He received his M.A. in Christian Thought at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He also took graduate courses in philosophy at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, in fall 2001. He received his B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture, Summa Cum Laude, from New Saint Andrews College in May 2001. Mr. Appel is the author of a companion study guide entitled Peter Leithart’s A House for My Name: Questions and Answers (Canon Press, 2010). In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Mr. Appel serves on the ministerial staff at Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow. Mr. Appel and wife Sara (Ramsey) (B.A., 2004), have six children.

Mitch Stokes

Mitch Stokes

PhD in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2005

MA in Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, 2003

MA in Religion, Yale University, 2001

Additional Graduate Study in Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL, 1994-1999

MS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Central Florida, 1994

BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1992

Dr. Mitch Stokes is a Senior Fellow of Philosophy and a member of the College’s graduate faculty. He teaches graduate courses in philosophy and undergraduate courses in mathematics and logic.
Dr. Stokes received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1992 and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1994. He worked as an engineer from 1994 to 2001 at Siemens-Westinghouse Power Corp. in Orlando and Precision Combustion, Inc., in New Haven, CT. While serving as an advanced and senior engineer in Florida in the 1990s, Dr. Stokes took theological courses at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.

He went on to complete an M.A. in Religion (Philosophy of Religion) at Yale University under Dr. Nick Wolterstorff in 2001 and an M.A. in Philosophy at University of Notre Dame in 2003. He completed his doctoral studies in Philosophy at Notre Dame under Dr. Alvin Plantinga and Dr. Peter van Inwagen in 2005, prior to joining the New Saint Andrews faculty.
Dr. Stokes is also interested in martial arts and boxing. He and his wife Christine have four children.

N.D. Wilson

Fellow of Literature

N.D. Wilson

MA in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College, 2001

Additional Graduate Studies in Theology, Liberty University, 1999-2000

BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College, 1999

Nathan Wilson is a 1999 graduate of New Saint Andrews College. He also holds a Master’s degree in Liberal Arts from Saint John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland (2001). He served as a part-time Lecturer from 2001-2004, and was promoted to Fellow in fall 2004. Mr. Wilson is the author of several Random House titles, including the 100 Cupboards trilogy and Leepike Ridge. He is also a film producer and screenwriter, and is in the midst of producing a motion picture to be released later this year. Mr. Wilson is also serves as the managing editor for Credenda/Agenda magazine. He has recently published short fiction in both The Chattahoochee Review and Esquire magazine. In 2005 he published an essay in Books & Culture entitled “Father Brown Fakes the Shroud”. The piece applied the paradigm analysis of G.K. Chesteron’s literary detective, Father Brown, to the mystery of the Shroud of Turin. The essay (and accompanying experiment) garnered him international attention and was featured in multiple news sources, including Discovery Channel News, ABC’s World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Der Spiegel, and even a segment in Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. Images from his experiment are available at shadowshroud.com. He has written two novella-length satires of evangelical apocalyptic fiction (Right Behind and Supergeddon). Nathan and his wife Heather have four children.

Ryan Smith

Fellow of Music

Ryan Smith

DMA, University of South Carolina

MM, University of South Carolina

MM, University of South Carolina

BM, Furman University

Timothy Edwards

Academic Dean, Fellow of Theology

Timothy Edwards

DPhil In Oriental Studies, Oxford University, 2004

MA in Jewish Civilization, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2000

BEd in Physical Education with Religious and Moral Education, West London Institute of Higher Education, 1991

Dr. Timothy Edwards joined the faculty in 2014 as a Fellow of Theology. The former full-time lector at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Dr. Edwards teaches the College’s signature Theology Colloquium among other undergraduate courses and serve on the graduate school faculty. As the editor of the Hebrew grammar program for BibleMesh, Dr. Edwards also offers Hebrew grammar to the College’s undergrad and grad students. A seasoned rugby player and coach, he is active in College’s Jerusalem Sevens Rugby Club.

He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from Oxford University. His research there pertained to the interpretation of the Psalms in the Aramaic Targum of Psalms and its relationship to other traditions. He completed his M.A. in Jewish Civilization from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his B.Ed. from West London Institute of Higher Education (now Brunel University College).

Timothy Harmon

Fellow of Theology

Timothy Harmon

PhD in Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen, 2019

ThM (Master of Theology), Western Seminary, 2015

MA in Biblical and Theology Studies, Western Seminary, 2014

BA in Ministry Leadership, Northwest University, 2011

Dr. Timothy Harmon is a Fellow of Theology and a member of the College’s graduate faculty. He teaches Freshman Theology, Reformed Systematics, and electives in systematic and historical theology. Dr. Harmon joined the College faculty in 2019. He completed his M.A. (2014) and Th.M. (2015) at Western Seminary, and his Ph.D. (2019) at the University of Aberdeen, writing on the doctrine of biblical inspiration. Prior to joining the College’s faculty, he served in pastoral ministry and as a theological and biblical studies instructor at Western Seminary. He is an active member and past president of the NW chapter of the Evangelical Theological Society, and an editor of and contributor to the forthcoming T&T Clark Companion to the Doctrine of Providence. He lives with his wife Shelley and their children in Moscow.

Timothy Griffith

Fellow of Classical Languages

Timothy Griffith

Doctoral Studies in Classics, University of Florida, 2011-

MA in Latin, University of Kentucky, 2002

BA in Liberal Arts and Culture, New Saint Andrews College, 2001

Mr. Griffith is a Fellow of Classical Languages. He oversees the College’s Latin program and coordinates the national Phaedrus Latin Composition Contest. He joined the College faculty in 2007 after receiving his M.A. in Classical Languages in 2002 at the University of Kentucky. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in classics at the University of Florida.

Mr. Griffith received his B.A. in Liberal Arts and Culture from New Saint Andrews College in May 2001. Mr. Griffith’s senior thesis was a translation of a portion of C.S. Lewis’s A Horse and His Boy in Latin. His Master’s degree at the University of Kentucky was in active (or spoken) Latin. Mr. Griffith and wife Casey (B.A., 2003) have four children.