"Your Worldview: Are you an 'Oreo' or a 'Hug'?" with
Lisa Van Riper*
This seminar will introduce the
definition and components of a worldview and will discuss the implications of
having a fragmented view of the world.
Lisa Van Riper is
the Director of the Honors Scholar Program and Public Affairs for North
Greenville University and adjunct instructor for Political Science. As Director
of the Honors Scholar Program, she teaches a seminar, "Worldview and Philosophy
of Life." Lisa Van Riper was a Phi Beta
Kappa, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Furman University in Political
Science, and holds a Masters of Public Administration Degree from the
University of South Carolina. Prior experience includes staff with Greenville
County Council, adjunct instructor for USC- Spartanburg (now Upstate), and
Executive Director of Putting Families First, for which she was awarded the
Order of the Palmetto and the National Governor's Association Award for
Distinguished Service. She has served on the SC State Board of Education
and currently serves on the SC First Steps Board. She is President of SC
Citizens for Life. She is an active member of First Presbyterian Church,
Greenville. She is married to attorney, Donald Van Riper. Lisa says
that her and her husband have, "two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two
objectively cute grandsons."
Evidence of Noah's Flood:
Ararat discovery with Philip Williams*
This seminar will discuss the discovery of brand new evidence of the flood as according to scriptures that Hong Kong explorers just discovered in 2010.
Philip Williams was
completing his twenty-year systematic investigation of the archaeological
evidence of a worldwide Flood when Hong Kong explorers announced their 2010
discovery on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. Pottery found in what appears the
remains of Noah's Ark relate to a type that archaeologists see originating on
the plains of Ararat and from which the author traces a second worldwide
dispersion of mankind. Using forensic analysis, Williams had previously
identified what are now understood as ancient religious burials as in fact
resulting from a worldwide Flood dated by radiocarbon to about 2400 BC. Should
his detailed findings withstand the intense scrutiny that the author invites,
what he discovered will rewrite the history of the ancient world, returning
belief and learning to the biblical foundations that the West has rejected since
the era of the Enlightenment.
American History: The Politically Incorrect Version with Dr. Tony Beam*
This session will take a comical approach to the history of America: How politicians view our history and how we should view our history from a Christian Worldview perspective.
Dr. Tony Beam
received his B.A. from Limestone College in
Gaffney, South Carolina in 1980. He went on to receive a Master of
Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North
Carolina in 1990. In May of 2002, Beam completed his Doctor of Ministry from
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well. In August of 2007, Beam was
named Vice President for Student Services in addition to directing the
Worldview Center. Dr. Beam is also the host of Christian Worldview
Today, a radio program of Christian Talk 660. Christian Worldview Today
can be found at 660 AM, 92.9 FM, and online at ChristianTalk660.com. As the Director of the Christian Worldview Center,
Beam states, "I have the joy and priviledge of speaking in chuurches and
at conferences about the importance of possessing and clearly expressing the
Christian Worldview as it relates to every area of life. I seek to
influence the culture and defend the Christian faith through teaching, the
radio program, speaking, and writing.
Session on Public Policy with Joe Mack
Joe Mack served as Director of
Public Policy for the South Carolina Baptist Convention from 1999 till his
retirement in December of 2010.Before
serving South Carolina Baptists Joe spent 30 years in South Carolina
Government, first as Deputy Director of Human Resources for the Budget and
Control Board, and later as Deputy Director of the Budget and Control Board.Joe finished up his service in South Carolina
Government as Deputy Director of the South Carolina Retirement System.
As Director of Public Policy
with the Christian Worldview Center, Joe works with the South Carolina
Legislature to pass laws that reflect biblical values.He also works with the South Carolina
Congressional Delegation making sure the Christian worldview is being heard in
Joe and his wife Beverly
live in Columbia where they are faithful members of Shandon Baptist
Church.They have a daughter, Meredith,
and two granddaughters, Elizabeth (11) and Mary Austin (8).
Session with Dr. Walter Johnson*
Dr. Walter Johnson is the Christian Studies Division Chair at North Greenville University.
Session with Dr. Ron Marks*
Dr. Ron Marks is a professor at North Greenville University of Chemistry, Science and Mathematics. Dr. Marks is also the Chair for the NGU Faculty.