Meet our speakers
Associate Pastor at Christ Church
Toby Sumpter (M.A.T.S., Erskine Theological Seminary) was ordained in 2007, and currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Christ Church in Moscow. An author, he also hosts CrossPolitic, a popular online show and podcast. He completed his undergraduate studies at New Saint Andrews College and pursued ministerial studies at Greyfriars Hall. In addition to his pastoral duties, he serves as adjunct faculty at New Saint Andrew’s College. Toby and his wife Jenny have four children.
Dr. Ben Merkle
President of New Saint Andrews College
Fellow of Theology Dr. Ben Merkle is the College’s second President, having previously served as a Dean. He holds a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies and an M.St. in Jewish Studies from Oxford University, England. His Masters degree in English Literature and B.S. in Education (Secondary Education-Chemistry, with a minor in History) were both from the University of Idaho. He also studied theology at Greyfriars Hall from 1998 to 2000.
Dr. Merkle served as a Lecturer at New Saint Andrews from 2000 until 2005, when he was promoted to Fellow of Theology. He has taught the freshman introductory theology course, Lordship Colloquium, and Hebrew. He has also team-taught Anglo-Saxon. Dr. Merkle was promoted to the office of President in 2015.
He has served Christ Church in Moscow both as a part-time campus minister with Collegiate Reformed Fellowship, a campus ministry of Christ Church, and as its Executive Minister.
Dr. Merkle is the author of The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2009) and Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae (Oxford University Press 2015). He is a contributing editor and former managing editor of the periodical Credenda/Agenda.
He and wife Bekah (B.A., 1998), the first graduate of New Saint Andrews, have five children.
Douglas Wilson is the minister of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). After his stint in the US Navy as a submariner, he earned an MA in Philosophy at the University of Idaho.
As one of the founders of Logos School, a Classical and Christian school (K-12), he has served on its Board since its inception. He is also a Senior Fellow of Theology at New Saint Andrews College, and the author of numerous books, including: Reforming Marriage, The Case for Classical Christian Education, Letter from a Christian Citizen, and Blackthorn Winter. He is also the general editor for the Omnibus textbook series.
All his favorite authors begin their names with initials--C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, H.L. Mencken, J.R.R. Tolkien, N.D. Wilson, and P.G. Wodehouse. The one exception is Nancy Wilson, a favorite author to whom he has been married for over thirty-four years. They have three children and fifteen grandchildren.