Board of Directors
Corey Miller, PhD, is the President/CEO of Ratio Christi (2015). While he grew up in Utah as a sixth generation Mormon, he came to Christ in 1988 and he has since been a youth and college pastor, a Bible college and university professor, campus minister, lecturer, and first and foremost an evangelist. From 2009-15 he served on staff with Cru's Faculty Commons ministry at Purdue. He is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy and Comparative Religions at Indiana University-Kokomo. He is variously published in journals. He is co-author of Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed their Minds (2017), co-editor of Is Faith in God Reasonable? Debates in Philosophy, Science, and Rhetoric (2014), and author of Moses, Maimonides, and Thomas Aquinas on the Good Life: From the Fall to Human Perfectibility (forthcoming 2018). He holds masters degrees in philosophy, biblical studies, and in philosophy of religion and ethics. His PhD is in philosophical theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Miller lives with his wife Melinda and three children in Indiana. He is passionate about defending and proclaiming the truth of the Gospel in winsome and bold ways.
Clay Jones, is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ratio Christi and is an Associate Professor of Christian Apologetics at Biola University. He holds a D. Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Formerly hosted Contend for Truth, a call-in nationally syndicated talk radio program. On his program he debated many people over eight years including John Cobb, Jr.; a professor of Buddhism; Jamal Badawi, Islamic Information Institute; a Muslim cleric; Lee Holzinger, Church of Scientology; Mormons; Jehovah’s Witness Greg Stafford; Dallas Blanchard, RCRC; Peta representatives; a euthanasia advocate; a secular humanist, Rep. Loretta Sanchez; KFI talk show host Bill Handle; Jimmy Creech, SoulForce; Bruce Ware; R. C. Sproul, Jr.; Robert Morey; R. Scott Clark; and a KJV only advocate. Dr. Jones was the executive director of Simon Greenleaf University (now Trinity Law School) has been on the pastoral staff of two large churches; has authored apologetic software as well as encyclopedia and journal articles; is writing a book, Why God Allows Evil, and speaks widely on that subject.
Bart Morrison is a Member of the Board of Directors of Ratio Christi. He is also Chief Executive Officer and Founder of HGS-Worldwide.
Bart Morrison is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and of Creek/Cherokee ancestry who draws on vast experience in the executive and judicial branches of government to provide superior strategy and service to an elite group of clients. Mr. Morrison served as Director, Strategic Business Effects on the DoD Task Force for Business Stability Operations (TFBSO) led by the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense - Business Transformation focused on industrial revitalization and private sector development, where he spearheaded efforts to use US military contracting activity in Iraq to bolster the nascent Iraqi industrial sector, reduce unemployment, and take cash off the battlefield. In 2004, Mr. Morrison served as Chief of Contracting Policy in the Coalition Provisional Authority, Baghdad, Iraq. For his service in Iraq, he received the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award, the highest ranking civilian honor presented by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has also served as Director, Acquisition Workforce Policy for the Department of Defense and was a Professor of Acquisition Management at the Defense Acquisition University.
In his 15 years as president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Dr. Everett Piper has become known for his defense of intellectual freedom. Piper advocates tirelessly for cultural courage grounded in the conservation of time-tested truths, and he is the 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom. His commentary on religion, education, leadership and politics is routinely featured in local and national news and talk-radio, where he persistently challenges the intolerant tolerance of today’s academic community.
Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is Not a Daycare, It’s a University.” His newest book on safe spaces and trigger warnings is the best-selling Not a Daycare: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth. Piper has been featured on variety of media outlets including FOX News, FOX and Friends, FOX Business Channel, The Tucker Carlson Show, the Glenn Beck Show, The Factor with Bill O’Reilly, NRA TV, the Dana Loesch Show, The Adam Carolla Show, and the 700 Club with Pat Robertson. He has also been a guest on dozens of talk-radio programs from coast to coast.
A native of Hillsdale Michigan, Dr. Piper grew up in a family that valued hard work, a mindset he carried with him as he moved from industry into pursuing a college degree. Dr. Piper attended Spring Arbor University for his undergraduate education, earned his M.A. from Bowling Green State University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.
Dr. Piper and his wife, Marci, along with their two sons—Seth and Cobi—have served as OKWU’s First Family since August of 2002. Dr. Piper actively participates in the Bartlesville community and the Wesleyan church, and he serves on a variety of councils and boards relating to Christian leadership, public policy, and community service.
Jeremy Tedesco, Esq., serves as senior legal counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he currently leads litigation efforts to protect the rights of Christian students, faculty, and staff at public schools across the nation. In 2004, he earned his J.D. from the Regent University School of Law. Tedesco is admitted to the State Bar of Arizona; the Supreme and District Court of Arizona; the District Court of Colorado; the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 9th Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves on the Board of Ratio Christi.
He has extensive experience litigating religious freedom for Christian students, faculty, and staff at public schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. He serves as senior legal counsel and the director of the Secondary School Project with Alliance Defending Freedom at its headquarters in Scottsdale, Ariz., directing public school litigation efforts for the Center for Religious Liberty.
Since joining Alliance Defending Freedom in 2004, Tedesco has passionately defended religious liberty, free speech, and the sanctity of human life. He currently specializes in protecting the First Amendment freedoms of students and faculty at public colleges and universities nationwide.
Tedesco has numerous courtroom victories, including Krestan v. Deer Valley Unified School District, where he prevailed in defending a Christian club’s right to publicize meetings via PA announcements. In O.T. v. Frenchtown Elementary School District Board of Education, he successfully argued that a student should be allowed to sing a Christian song during a school talent show. He obtained a favorable court ruling in Ward v. Polite on behalf of a Christian student unfairly expelled from a graduate counseling program because she was unwilling to affirm sexual relationships that are contrary to biblical teachings. He authored a friend-of-the-court brief in Van Orden v. Perry, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a carved granite display of the Ten Commandments on the Texas State Capitol grounds did not violate the Establishment Clause. He was also the primary brief writer in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, where the Supreme Court ruled that taxpayers who are offended cannot make unwarranted constitutional challenges. This significant victory curtailed one of the main avenues through which “offended observers” filed lawsuits under the federal Establishment Clause despite having no personal legal injury.
A staunch pro-life advocate, Tedesco’s career path was shaped by the heated debates he had on abortion with his high school friends. After studying Roe v. Wade, he discovered a love of constitutional law and our country’s legal heritage. He continued to be an activist in college, taking on the homosexual agenda. He experienced first-hand, as do so many of his current clients, the vilification and mistreatment of Christians for expressing their faith on campus. Without a doubt, Tedesco knew he needed to pursue a law degree and defend religious freedom.
Tedesco has numerous media appearances, including numerous radio and print interviews and as a guest on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom and Fox and Friends. He has also published an article in the Pepperdine Law Review.
John Popp has had two careers; the first as a realtor and real estate developer. He developed several large subdivisions in southwestern Fort Wayne. Then he was asked to take over the reins of the family business. From 1980 to present John has served as President and CEO of Aunt Millie's Bakeries, Inc.; a regional commercial bakery serving the six-state Great Lakes Region. John is the third generation to lead Aunt Millie's Bakeries which was founded in Fort Wayne by John's maternal grandfather, J.B. Franke in 1901.
Jon Loftis was born and grew up in West Virginia and graduated from West Virginia Tech and did graduate work at Abilene Christian University. He taught for ten years in the public school system in West Virginia and then went into cemetery business. Having the faith challenged early in life, he became agnostic in his views on life. After years of attacking Christianity he decided to investigate with an open mind to determine if it was really credible. This investigation led him to a rebirth in his faith and life for Christ. He formed his own cemetery and expanded into many states. Upon selling his company he established the Loftis Foundation, with the main purpose of starting new churches and assisting para-church organizations. His passion has grown for apologetics and the cause of Jesus Christ.
Ken Miller is a CPA and a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ken has 31 years of public accounting experience, primarily serving public energy clients. Since 2004, he has served in PwC’s National Office located in New Jersey. Prior to that, Ken was part of PwC’s Houston office. He holds a BBA from Texas A&M University and a MBA from Southern Methodist University. Ken’s previous significant Christian service roles include being a board member at Northeast Christian Academy (an ACSI accredited K – 12th institution in Kingwood, Texas) and a group leader in Bible Study Fellowship classes in Texas and New Jersey. He is the Treasurer of the Ratio Christi Board of Directors.
Leo Percer grew up near the Mississippi River in Millington, Tennessee. He is currently the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary (LBTS) and the Program Director for the PhD in Theology and Apologetics at LBTS. Having a Ph.D. in Religion with minor in Philosophy from Baylor University as well as an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an MA in Humanities from Western Kentucky University, his emphasis is in New Testament Studies and has done research on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Early Christianity, and the Second Temple Period. He has written many academic articles including for the Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics. He enjoys engaging in worldview, apologetics, and evangelism conversations and brings a wealth of practical and academic experience to the RC team. Dr. Percer represents Liberty University on the Ratio Christi Board of Directors. His and his wife Lisa, married in 1994, now reside in Lynchburg, Virginia with their two children.
Mark Hanna is the founding member and current director of Markus Partners, a real estate and investment firm, and also currently serves as CEO of his newest venture, Heritage Tea Company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. As a lifelong entrepreneur, he has been involved in several other corporate startups including Private Networks where he served as vice president of network development and rStar, a publicly traded educational technology company as a vice president in its AutoNetworks division. He has also held positions with CNN in Washington, DC where he assisted in producing the political debate program Crossfire, as well as with PBS and NBC affiliates. An avid writer, his work been published in Real Clear Politics, PJMedia, American Thinker and The Investigative Project.
He holds an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Utah where he focused on worldview studies and specialized in international politics and Islam. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Mark has a passion for education, application of Biblical principals in every area of life and communicating the Christian worldview in the public square, the marketplace and academia. He has been involved in mission work in several countries throughout the Middle East, as well as in Singapore and Malaysia. Immediately after the Velvet Revolution and the collapse of communism in Slovakia, he co-founded The Logos Center in Bratislava, an English language and Christian worldview learning center that was later incorporated into Youth With A Mission as one of its global mission bases. More recently he founded Testimony Networks, a ministry which focused on supporting Christian PhD candidates as missionaries at non Christian universities as well as translating Christian worldview material into Arabic and Chinese. Mark is a board member of Ratio Christi.
Mike Keas earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Oklahoma. He experienced some of the last historic moments behind the Berlin Wall as a Fulbright Scholar in East Germany. He is Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at the College at Southwestern and an adjunct professor in Biola University’s M.A. program in Science and Religion. He teaches physical science, biology, philosophy, logic, apologetics, hermeneutics, rhetoric, intellectual history, and the history of science and religion. As a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute, he co-authors high school and college science curriculum. He also leads workshops for science teachers on how to teach about controversial subjects such as Darwinism. His work in the history and philosophy of science has received funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. He has addressed such topics in presentations at the East German Akademie der Wissenschaften, Humboldt University, Oxford University, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Wright Center for Science Education, and the University of Minnesota. He has contributed articles to several scholarly journals and anthologies, including the American Chemical Society's Nobel Laureates in Chemistry and Darwinism, Design and Public Education published by Michigan State University Press. He is the principal content provider for Focus on the Family’s apologetics website www.TrueU.org, which supports a college-oriented DVD apologetics curriculum.
Terry Gentry is a retired businessman from Boone, North Carolina. He is on the Board of Directors for Ratio Christi and participates in the Ratio Christi chapter at Appalachian State University. In college, Terry was the leader of Intervarsity Campus Ministries during his freshman year. After being unable to answer the tough intellectual attacks against Christianity, Terry abandoned his faith. Later in life, Terry came back to Christ with the help of various apologetics ministries. He graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Guilford College, and has an M.B.A. from UNC-G. He also attended Wheaton College for 1 1/2 years.
Simon Brace is the Regional Director of Ratio Christi in South Africa where he also serves as RC's Chapter Director at the North West University. Simon was involved with the original establishment of Ratio Christi and continues his roll as a member of RC's Board of Directors. He comes to us from his previous post as Director of Evangelism for Southern Evangelical Seminary
Simon moved to South Africa at a young age where he completed school and gained a diploma in Land Surveying. He worked as an Engineering Surveyor in construction for a number of years in different countries before moving the United States to pursue studies in Theology. He holds a BA in Theology and MA in Apologetics and Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary where he also served as the Director of the Missions program called TEAM. Simon had the privilege of leading many groups from Southern Evangelical Seminary to teach and train in the local Churches in a number of countries.
Simon is married to Nel and they have four children: Eva, Olivia, Cai and Joshua. The Braces currently live in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Simon loves fishing, sport, and in recent years has taken an interest in woodworking; the end result being an infinite regress of projects that have now to be built for Nel.