Rooted Educator Worldview Summit 24
June 24-27, 2024

Ridgecrest Conference Center
Black Mountain, NC
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Some days it feels like secular culture is winning. Yet, Scripture draws us back to a pivotal premise – God’s truth prevails.

Even so, educators around the world are asking how to more effectively engage students in the spiritual formation journey and help develop deeper roots in the flourishing soil of a biblical worldview.

ACSI and the Colson Center have partnered together to offer a “worldview summit” to answer this leading question and to provide valuable resources for: a) developing a Christlike culture, (b) facilitating healthy faith formation, (c) providing tools to engage secular ideology, and (d) expanding best practice around a clear and consistent application of the Christian worldview.

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Book your hotel and meal package at the luxurious Ridgecrest Conference Center from June 24-26 (3 nights) along with breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Ridgecrest Conference Center lodging nightly rate starts at $129 per night and daily meal packages are $77 (includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner). The Ridgecrest Reservation Team is available Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM EDT at 800-588-7222

Develop a Christlike Culture
Facilitate Healthy Faith Formation
Engage Secular Ideology

During the Rooted Educator Worldview Summit, participants will gain insights on cultivating a Christ-centered environment, promoting spiritual growth, and acquiring strategies to address secular perspectives, ultimately enhancing the implementation of biblical principles across various disciplines.

Creation to Classroom
Flourishing Under a Christian Worldview

In addition to keynote presentations, the Worldview Summit will include panel discussions and breakout sessions for elementary, secondary, and school leaders.

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Christian Education as Worldview Formation

Big Idea: The goal of Christian education is the formation of the whole person the image of God. This session will define what formation looks like and how Christian education is indispensable to that process.

Biblical Authority & Application

Big Idea: In a time when individualism and subjectivity is the overarching mood, biblical truth is dependable and necessary. This session will engage the importance of the authority of Scripture and how to engage your local context with the truth of the Bible.

The Lies of Expressive Individualism vs. Imago Dei

Big Idea: While today's culture champions “authenticity” as the highest ideal, only the image of God can give a true picture of what God-honoring authenticity looks like. Hear from our experts on why authenticity is only possible when submitted to God's created design.

Exposing Critical Theory & Identity

Big Idea: We live in a critical theory mood, filtering every claim through the lens of critical theory. However, critical theory gives a limited, reductionistic view of human identity. We need a more robust, faithful view of who we are and how we should live.

8 Great Smarts

Big Idea: God made every person with the capacity for holistic intelligence. In this session, we will engage the 8 areas of human intelligence and how to cultivate each one in your mind and in the minds of your students.

Mental Illness & Suicidality

Big Idea: In an age when depression, anxiety, and suicide are rampant, you can be a catalyst for hope in the lives of those around you. This session will engage the importance of awareness and engagement for the hope of those around you.

The Sexual Revolution & Holy Sexuality

Big Idea: How did we get here? And how do we make sense out of the moral landscape of human sexuality today? This session will look at the differences between then progressive changes within sexuality in the West and how the biblical view of sexuality offers a better way.

Telling the Truth About Sex and Identity

Big Idea: With so many claims about human sexuality competing for legitimacy, it can be dizzying to make sense out of them. But there is a truth about sexuality and identity that rises above competing claims. This truth is life-giving and sets us free to live how God intends.

Meet The Speakers
John Stonestreet
John Stonestreet
President of the Colson Center

John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center. He’s a sought-after author and speaker on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of The Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues. He has co-authored five books including A Practical Guide to Culture and Restoring All Things.

Dr. Larry Taylor
Dr. Larry Taylor
President of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)

Prior to assuming leadership at ACSI, Dr. Taylor served for 20 years as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) in Plano, Texas. Dr. Taylor previously served as President of the Texas Private Schools Association (TPSA) Board of Directors. Dr. Taylor also was a high school principal and assistant headmaster for 12 years at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida and has held teaching positions within the public school system. Taylor co-launched a national training institute for schools, “Becoming a Kingdom School Institute” and founded the Student Leadership Institute (SLI) program. He developed a training program for parents called “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” Dr. Taylor published the book titled Running with The Horses, which helps parents raise children to be servant-leaders for Christ and helps to build a family plan.

Dr. Sean McDowelle)
Dr. Sean McDowell
Associate Professor, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Dr. Sean McDowell is a gifted communicator with a passion for equipping the church, and in particular young people, to make the case for the Christian faith. Sean is an Associate Professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He earned a double master’s degree in Theology and Philosophy from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in Apologetics and Worldview Studies from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sean travels throughout the United States and abroad, speaking at camps, churches, schools, universities, and conferences. He is the co-host for the Think Biblically podcast, is the author, co-author, or editor of over 20 books, and has one of the leading apologetics blogs.

Monique Duson)
Monique Duson
President at the Center for Biblical Unity

Monique Duson is the President at the Center for Biblical Unity. She has a background in social service and children’s ministry. She has worked with a diverse array of under-served communities. She worked as a Missionary to South Africa for over four years, serving children and teachers impacted by drugs, violence, and trauma. She spent two decades advocating for Critical Race Theory (CRT), but through a series of events, began to clearly see the contradictions of CRT with the historic Christian worldview. Monique is now convinced that CRT is not the best way to achieve racial unity and actively speaks out against the use of CRT within the church.

Monique has appeared on shows such as Relatable (with Allie Beth Stuckey), the Alisa Childers podcast, and Breakpoint (with John Stonestreet). Monique has a BA in Sociology from Biola University. She is working on a MA in Public Theology at Birmingham Theological Seminary.

Dr. Thaddeus Williams
Dr. Thaddeus Williams
Assistant Professor, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

Thaddeus Williams (Ph.D., Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) loves enlarging students’ understanding and enjoyment of Jesus at Biola University in La Mirada, CA, where he serves as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology for Talbot School of Theology. He has also taught Philosophy and Literature at Saddleback College, Jurisprudence at Trinity Law School, and as a lecturer in Worldview Studies at L’Abri Fellowships in Switzerland and Holland, and Ethics for Blackstone Legal Fellowship the Federalist Society in Washington D.C. He resides in Orange County, CA with his wife and four kids.

Dr. Matthew Sleeth
Dr. Matthew Sleeth
Author and Speaker

Matthew Sleeth, MD, a former emergency room physician and chief of the hospital medical staff, resigned from his position to teach, preach, and write about faith, God, and the Bible. Dr. Sleeth has spoken at more than one thousand churches, campuses, and events, including serving as a monthly guest preacher at the Washington National Cathedral.

Recognized by Newsweek as one of the nation's most influential Christian leaders, Dr. Sleeth is the executive director of Blessed Earth and author of numerous articles and books.

He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with Nancy, his wife of more than four decades. Their grown children serve with their families in full-time parish ministry and as medical missionaries in Africa.

Dr. Kathy Koch
Dr. Kathy Koch
Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc

Dr. Kathy Koch is the founder and president of Celebrate Kids, Inc., an organization dedicated to helping parents and educators understand and meet the needs of today’s children, and a co-founder of Ignite the Family: A Movement of Awakened Parents. She is also an international speaker and the author of several books including Screens and Teens, No More Perfect Kids and How Am I Smart? Dr. Koch earned her Ph.D. in reading and educational psychology from Purdue University. She resides in Ft. Worth, TX. Learn more about Dr. Koch at

Dr. Christopher Yuan (Phone)
Dr. Christopher Yuan
Author, Teacher, Speaker

Dr. Christopher Yuan has taught the Bible at Moody Bible Institute for twelve years and his speaking ministry on faith and sexuality has reached five continents. He speaks at conferences, on college campuses, and in churches. He has co-authored with his mother their memoir, Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope (100,000 copies sold and now in seven languages). He is also the author of Giving a Voice to the Voiceless. Christopher graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2005 and received a master’s in biblical exegesis in 2007 and a doctorate of ministry in 2014. Dr. Yuan’s newest book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story, was named 2020 Book of the Year for Social Issues by Outreach Magazine.

Getting to Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest is located 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40 at Exit 66. We are approximately 30 miles from the Asheville Regional Airport.

Distance From:

Atlanta, GA - 3.5 hours
Birmingham, AL - 6 hours
Charlotte, NC - 2 hours
Cincinnati, OH - 6 hours
Columbia, SC - 2.5 hours
Jacksonville, FL - 7 hours
Knoxville, TN - 2 hours
Louisville, KY - 5.5 hours
Memphis, TN - 8 hours
New York, NY - 10.5 hours
Orlando, FL - 10 hours
Washington, DC - 7.5 hours

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Asheville Regional Airport

30 miles (30 minutes)

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Charlotte International Airport

110 miles (2 hours)

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Greenville-Spartanburg Airport

90 miles (1.5 hours)

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Educator Worldview Summit ‘24
June 24-27
ACSI Stronger Together
Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Rooted Educator Worldview Summit 24