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 began an 11-year career in sales and marketing, after which she decided to leave behind the demands of corporate life to stay home. Myriam and her husband, Craig, have two children, Leah, who is a graduate of Greyfriars Classical Academy, now attending UNC-Charlotte, and Ian, who is in ninth grade. Craig and Myriam have educated their children at home since 2008 and will be celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2019.



Dr. David Clark, Ph. D. – 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 55 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
Lifelong learner and classical educator

Karen first encountered the “classical model” when she was searching for a way to homeschool her children. Realizing that she had always learned that way, she embraced the method. As a homeschooler, Karen 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 30 years, she has taught students from kindergarten to college the joys of mathematics. Demonstrating her willingness to learn new things, Karen also teaches the Anatomy & Physiology class and enjoys learning alongside her students from the guest lecturers that frequent that class. Karen and her husband, Bradley, have two children–Rebecca, a GCA graduate and Erskine College student, and Jonathan, a junior at GCA. They are active members at Westminster ARP Church in Albemarle, NC, where Bradley serves as an elder and Karen is a musician and treasurer.


Mrs. Evelyn Fawcett, B.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 13 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 five children (Margaret, Campbell, Audrey, Calum and Virginia) have as a primary life goal to find and create joy of the Lord in the gift of every day given.



Mr. Nathan Johnson, M.A. – Literature and History: 9th-grade Classical Greece to Medieval (1000 A.D.) & 12th-grade American; Theology: Foundations of Reformed Theology; Rhetoric; Senior Thesis

B.A. in English Literature – Bryan College (Dayton, TN)
M.A. in Biblical Studies and in Theology – Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte, NC)
M.A. Liberal Arts (Candidate) — St. John’s College

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. Recently, Nathan completed degrees in Bible and Theology from Reformed Theological Seminary and is now currently pursuing a Master’s of Liberal Arts from St. John’s College. He is entering his 6th year teaching at Greyfriars and delights in sharing the joys of literature, history, rhetoric, theology, 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 more than the past decade 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. The oldest three (all Greyfriars graduates) are at college.



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. In 2017 he served as the Moderator of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and he presently serves on the board of Erskine College and Seminary. In addition to these labors, he also does volunteer work for the ARP’s foreign missions agency, World Witness, primarily mentoring Pakistani pastors. He and his wife, Joni, have one daughter, Neidin, a 2019 graduate of Greyfriars, attending The King’s College, in New York City.


Dr. Ashley Trice, Ph. D. – Literature and History: 11th-grade Modern European

B.A. and M.A. in English – Mississippi State University
M.A. and Ph. D. in English – Vanderbilt University

Ashley has been married to Nathan Trice since 1998. They have five children: two in college, two at Greyfriars Academy, and one homeschooled in Greyfriars Tutorials. She has been Head of Tutorials since 2016, serving also as Grammar Director until this past June. She has enjoyed teaching middle school writing for many years, and she is excited to be studying History and Literature with our juniors.



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 since 1996

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. The oldest two graduated from Greyfriars.


Mr. David Vogel, B.Div. Student – Logic & Composition

Currently enrolled at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
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 is enrolled as a B.Div. student at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Leah, have one daughter and are members at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, where David is a deacon.


Mr. Nathaniel Vroom, B.A. – Theology: Apologetics

Current M.Div. Student – Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC
B.A. in Liberal Arts – New College, Franklin, TN
Freshly learning each day the realities of God’s grace and forgiveness, which are a constant comfort to him

Nathaniel has, from a very early age, known Jesus Christ as his Savior, being raised in a godly home where the Word of God was daily read and taught. He longs to honor and proclaim Jesus’ reign to others, be it in the classroom, from the pulpit, or in his living room. Nathaniel and his wife of three years, Emma, have one child, Adelaide, born in late 2018.