Distinguished Greyfriars Classical Academy Faculty


Myriam Adams, B.S. – Language: Spanish I & II

B.S. in Business – Liberty University
Native Spanish speaker born and raised in Acapulco, Mexico

Shortly after graduating from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Business, Myriam was employed by a manufacturer expanding in Latin America as its international sales marketing associate. In 1998, Myriam and her husband moved to Charlotte where she started her nine-year banking career in Treasury Management Sales. During this time, Myriam became a Certified Treasury Professional and received multiple awards for outstanding sales performance. Myriam’s career required domestic and international travel and so once her second child was born, she decided to leave behind the demands of her career life and stay home. Myriam and her husband, Craig, have two children, Leah, who is a junior at Greyfriars Classical Academy, and, Ian, who is in sixth grade. Craig and Myriam have educated their children at home since 2008 and have recently celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.


Rev. Clifford L. Blair, M.Div. – Theology: Foundations of Reformed Theology

Cliff Blair Greyfriars Classical Academy Faculty Matthews NCB.F.A. – Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
M.Div. – Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC
Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, NC

After graduating from art college, Cliff worked for 10 years in the newspaper industry as an editorial artist. He graduated seminary with honors in 2003. In that year he was the organizing pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Charlotte and continues to serve that congregation. Cliff is married to Gillian and they have 4 children (ages 13-23), one of whom is married.



Dr. David Clark, Ph. D. – Chemistry; Physics

B.S. in Physical Science – Illinois State University
M. S. in Physics Teaching – Illinois Wesleyan University
Advanced Graduate work in Physics – Kansas State U.
Ph.D. in Education – Illinois State University

Dr. David Clark has taught in both public and Christian schools in Illinois, Haiti, and North Carolina. He has taught at the high school and college levels with service to Eureka College, Eureka Illinois, CPCC and Montreat College in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has been schooled in and taught the science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, and Astronomy. Dr. Clark has served on the mission field in Haiti and in Russia with his wife, Judy. They have been married 53 years and have three grown children, as well as a child now with the Savior.


Mrs. Karen Claxton, B.A. – Anatomy & Physiology; Precalculus

B. A. in Mathematics—Mississippi State University
Adept teacher and homeschooler

As a homeschooler, Karen has learned to love and teach many subjects, but her passion is math. She began tutoring while she was still in high school, and for the last 26 years, she has taught students from kindergarten to college the joys of mathematics. Karen and her husband, Bradley, have two children and are active members at Westminster ARP Church in Albemarle, NC.




Rev. Jim Curtis, M.Div. – Theology: Reformed Apologetics

B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies and Philosophy — Erskine College
M.Div. – Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC

Jim studied Theology and Philosophy in college and seminary, while simultaneously working in youth ministry. During his time at Erskine College, Jim was introduced to the beauty of the presuppositional method of apologetics, particularly through the influence of K. Scott Oliphint. He currently serves as a pastor at the Huntersville ARP church, having graduated from RTS in Dec., 2016, and having been ordained in early 2017.  Jim and his wife, Madeleine, were married in May, 2016.



Mrs. Evelyn Fawcett, M.A. – Classical Writing II

B.A. in English – Grove City College
Experienced instructor and tutor of writing

After graduating cum laude from Grove City College with a B.A. in English and education, Evelyn moved to Charlotte with her husband, Luke, as he pursued a graduate degree. She has taught for 11 years in various roles and schools, including Central Cabarrus High School, Covenant Classical High School, homeschooling cooperatives, and Greyfriars Classical Academy. Luke and Evelyn and their four children (Margaret, Campbell, Audrey and Calum) have as a primary life goal to find and create joy of the Lord in the gift of every day given.



Mrs. Gwen Firebaugh, B.S. – Mathematics: Algebra I

B.S. in Mathematics – University of Richmond
Experienced homeschooler and teacher

Gwen Firebaugh has taught high school math to homeschoolers for over ten years, including two years with Andrew Kern’s Great Ideas Academy. She has privately tutored public, private and homeschooled students. Her four children were all homeschooled, and went on to further studies at college (three of whom have graduated). She has taught Sunday School/Bible Studies all her adult life to children and adults, and believes that teaching is her calling and passion–whether in Biblical or “secular” studies. Gwen believes that the greatest argument for learning math at the high school level is not just to understand the formulas, rules, and properties, but to develop logical thinking skills. Gwen’s goal for her students is not only for them to master the subject, but also to appreciate the order of numbers and their applications, which point to the order that God put into all He created. She and her husband, Len, have been married 40 years.


Mr. Nathan Johnson, B.A. – Literature and History: Classical Greece to Medieval (1350 A.D.); Rhetoric; Senior Thesis

B.A. in English Literature – Bryan College (Dayton, TN)
Current student at Reformed Theological Seminary

Nathan Johnson graduated from Bryan College with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. For three years, he served as a youth leader and teacher for Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dayton, Tennessee. Currently, Nathan is pursuing dual Master of Arts degrees at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, and thoroughly enjoys sharing the joys of literature, history, rhetoric, and writing with his students.



Mrs. Lori J. Lawing, B.A. – Aesthetics: Rome to Renaissance, American

B.A. in Speech Communications – University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Seasoned homeschooler

Mrs. Lawing graduated from Chapel Hill with a degree in public speaking. She competed in oral performance of literature on UNC’s traveling speech team. Married to Morrie Lawing, pastor of Christ Church, ARP, in Denver, NC, they have educated their five children at home. For the past decade{since when?} she has taught Shakespeare to groups of up to 30 children (ages 3-15) and has written eight condensed scripts of Shakespeare’s plays for her classes’ annual productions. Mrs. Lawing has a passion for teaching, especially the beauty of aesthetics.



Rev. John D. McGowan, M.Div. – Headmaster; Mathematics: Algebra II; Greek I & II

B.S. in Management (minors: Math., French Lit.) – Rutgers University, New Bruns., NJ
M.Div. – Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, FL
Ordained as a Minister by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1999
Pastor of Covenant Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1999-2010

Rev. McGowan served the body of Christ as a pastor for more than a decade. John loves to teach and is blessed to be used by the Lord to advance the education of covenant children. John and his wife, Martita, have four children, the youngest of whom was adopted from Ukraine in late 2008. Martita teaches the youngest child at home, the oldest is at college and the middle two are students at Greyfriars.



Mrs. Pamela Mullins, M.M.E. – Literature and History: American

A.A. General/Music – Central Piedmont Community College
B.C.A. in Music Ed./Piano – UNC-Charlotte
M.M.E. in Music Ed./Piano – Winthrop University
Lifelong student of history and literature, teacher of both

Pamela Mullins has done much work in the field of music: she teaches piano to 25 students, using both Suzuki and traditional methods, is a member at Christ Covenant Church, where she plays the piano for worship, harpsichord for special concerts and leads the K-2 choir and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the local American Harp Society and CHEA Singers choirs, where, for sixteen years, she has directed the Music Makers choir. However, as a mother of five children, now all graduated from high school, Pamela has also been heavily involved teaching in fields other than music. As a homeschool mom, she taught varying subjects passionately and has traveled extensively, with most of the family’s vacation travels spent at historical sites and museums in the United States and Europe. Recently, she toured Scotland, visited the original Greyfriars Kirk in Edinburgh and learned the reasons so many Scots/Irish ended up in America. She loves to read great books, study our nation’s heritage, ask questions, search for answers and discuss ideas. Her husband, David, is a retired pilot for U.S. Airways and continues to fly.


Mr. Morgan J. Rosser, M.Div. – Literature and History: Modern European (1785 – Present)

B.A. in English and Education – The College of New Jersey
M.Div. – Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
Recently Ordained as a Minister

Justin hails from the small town of Allentown, NJ, where he was raised in a Lutheran home and employed ten years at a lumber mill. Graduating summa cum laude in 2008 from The College of New Jersey, Justin then received his NJ teaching certificate upon the completion of a student teaching semester in Bristol, PA. Justin successfully completed his theological training at RTS Charlotte, and now serves as the Associate Pastor of Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Justin lives in Mint Hill with his beautiful bride of two years, Hannah Rosser, and their two children: Emma and Morgan.


Rev. Lee A. Shelnutt, M.A., M.Div. – Literature and History: Early Modern (1350-1785)

B.C.E. – Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA
M.A. – Atlanta School of Biblical Studies, Atlanta, GA
M.Div. – Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
Post-graduate studies – Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS
Pastor of Huntersville ARP Church, Huntersville, NC

Rev. Shelnutt is an avid student of history and literature. His interests range from modern fiction to the Patristics. His extensive study in theological graduate schools in the Reformed tradition makes him particularly well qualified to teach the Early Modern period into which the Protestant Reformation falls. Before becoming a minister, Lee worked as an engineer in the private sector and held positions at Delta Airlines and Georgia Power Company. Since being ordained, Rev. Shelnutt served first as Mission Developer, then as Pastor of Westminster ARP Church in Albemarle, and now as Pastor of Huntersville ARP Church. He and his wife, Joni, have one daughter, a current student at Greyfriars.


Rev. T. Nathan Trice, M.Div – Theology: Foundations of the Christian Faith, Ethics

B.A. in History (minors: Philosophy, Economics) – Covenant College, Lookout Mtn., GA
M.Div. – Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Post-graduate studies – Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
Pastor of Matthews OPC for 15 years

Pastor Trice is well-known in Charlotte and throughout the region as a gifted speaker and teacher. He has extensive teaching experience of all ages both within and outside of the church context. He regularly speaks in local schools and at regional conferences. Nathan is married to Ashley. They have five children, the youngest of whom they are currently educating at home.



Mrs. Barbara Van Patter, M.Ed. – Aesthetics: Early Modern, Modern European

B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) – Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
M.Ed. – Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Teacher of 40+ years, director of multiple choirs

Barbara Van Patter has taught elementary classroom and school choirs on all levels, church choirs, and musical theater. In 1992, she founded Musical Heirs, a homeschooled children’s choir, which she continues to direct, along with operating a piano studio and directing the children’s choirs at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, NC. She has been married to Scott for 39 years, and is the mother of four children and grandmother of two.


Mr. David Vogel – Logic

Completed 32 credits at Campbell University, majoring in Criminal Justice
Completed 18 additional credits at community college
Experienced teacher and debate coach

David Vogel began a career teaching homeschooled students in 2007 and has taught subjects ranging from philosophy and economics to mathematics and writing. His passion is teaching young people to think and communicate well about issues that matter. David also writes on Christian theology and living and anticipates enrolling as an M.Div. student at Reformed Theological Seminary in the Fall of 2018. He and his wife, Leah, have one daughter and are members at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where David is a deacon.