Distinguished Greyfriars Classical Academy Faculty
Myriam Adams, B.S. – Language: Spanish I & II
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 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 have recently celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary.
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
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 27 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.
Mrs. Evelyn Fawcett, B.A. – Classical Writing II
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
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
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. He and his wife, Joni, have one daughter, a current student at Greyfriars, expected to graduate in 2019.
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.