Ccom: Who is teaching? MM: We are still, excitedly, putting together the faculty, but already have Dr. Fowler White, the Vice President of the Academy, slated for courses in New Testament; R.C. Sproul, Jr. will be teaching in the Great Works department, which includes courses in literature and philosophy, as well as in the area of apologetics; I am looking forward to teaching on the Old Testament, and some of the Great Works, too; Keith Mathison will probably do some teaching in church history and historical theology as an adjunct. We are in the process of interviewing some robust theologians for the systematic theology courses. In addition, Ligonier Ministries has developed a good relationship over the years with reputable professors around the country, and will likely have some adjunct teaching from among these. We are, not surprisingly, often asked: "Will R.C. Sproul be teaching?" Happily, the answer is yes, although these will likely be in the form of guest lectures within a course taught by another professor. For example, one of R.C.'s favorite novels is Melville's Moby Dick, so he will probably be giving that specific lecture. We could also see him teaching on justification by faith either in the Romans course or in the systematic theology course that covers salvation.

Ccom: What are some of the courses? MM: In biblical studies, there are classes on the gospels, Paul's epistles (focusing primarily on Romans), the Pentateuch, the prophets, two courses covering the Old and New Testaments under biblical theology; we offer eight courses through systematic theology; eight classes going through the Great Works of philosophy, literature, and music; and classes in the biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek, as well as in ecclesiastical Latin. These are just some of the offerings we are eagerly looking forward to teaching.

(Photo below: Dr. R.C. Sproul in the early 1970s
at The Ligonier Valley Study Center) 

 The Ligonier Valley Study Center began in 1971 in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, where students came for the clear biblical instruction of Dr. R.C. Sproul. Since then, Ligonier ministries has expanded and moved, but never wavered from its founding vision.




Ccom: The Academy is hosting a special preview event coming up in January (21st 12-2pm)… what can you tell us about this event?

MM: Yes, we are very excited about this event. To begin with the larger picture, there is an Academy Conference scheduled for January 21-22: History. Truth. Faith. -Pillars of Christian Orthodoxy, with speakers Stephen Nichols, R.C. Sproul, and Carl Trueman. Before the conference begins, we are having a campus preview luncheon at the Academy building here in Sanford, FL. In addition to providing lunch, we will offer an overview of the Academy programs, have a time of Q&A, and give a walking tour of the stunning campus. Also, everyone who attends the preview luncheon gets free admission to the following conference—how's that sound?

Ccom: Who can study at the Academy? MM: Generally speaking, we are looking for students from a broad range of evangelical affiliations who desire to engage in the rigorous study of Scripture in the context of historic Christian orthodoxy. Some of our students will enter one of the Academy's programs with the goal of pursuing further graduate studies, in seminary or otherwise.  Others will come for the two-year AA degree to get a solid foundation and biblical worldview before going on elsewhere to become doctors or homeschooling housewives. Some will come with a two-year degree from another institution and, by adding two years at our college, will earn a BA of Biblical and Theological Studies from Ligonier. Finally, there will be those who simply want to take a course or two at a time for personal enrichment.