Perseus Poku

President of Sound Reasoning Ministries

Perseus Poku has a BA in History and an MA in Christian Apologetics. He is the founder of Sound Reasoning Ministries, and a staff minister at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA. Perseus also hosts the weekly apologetic radio show Sound Reasoning which airs on Salem Communication station KFIA (710 AM).  He is co-founder of the Apologetics Boot Camp.

Troy Nichols

6th Grade Instructor

Troy Nichols is a Bay Area native who has since made Sacramento his home. He holds a Bachelors degree in Recreation and Leisure studies from California State University Sacramento, and a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. A third-generation “PK” (Preacher’s Kid),    Troy has a strong spiritual foundation from his childhood. Troy now serves the Common Ground family as the Minister of Discipleship and Outreach.

Shaina Robinson

7th Grade Instructor

Shaina Robinson is a ’11 Hampton University graduate with a B.S. in Business Management. She currently is a Youth Director, and Sunday School teacher at her home church in North Highlands, CA. She also is the International Ministries Director for a Women’s Ministry group called Amahoro (Peace) Ministry. She enjoys sharing her gifts of teaching, discerning and showing love and compassion to all people, from all walks of life.

Sandi Griffith Reed

8th Grade Instructor

Sandi Griffith Reed accepted Christ at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Lompoc, CA. She received her B.A. in English from the University of California, Davis.  In addition, she earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Davis, School of Law. Sandi currently teach apologetics to 6th and 7th grade students at St. Paul Baptist Church, Sacramento.

Jim Masters

9th Grade Instructor

Jim came to Christ as a junior high student. He currently serves the Junior High Catalyst Ministry Sunday mornings at Creekside Christian Church. His passion for apologetics began while in college. He learned that his faith was intellectually secure while in a secular university (the University of Colorado) earning a bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Over the years since then he has taught several seminars on apologetics, worldview, and defending one’s faith.

 

Khala Scott

10th Grade Instructor

Khala Scott currently works as a Christian Education Consultant at Progressive Community Church in Stockton, California. She has a B.A. in Social Ecology from UC Irvine and an MA in Christian Education from Talbot School of Theology (Biola University). Khala has served as an educator in ministry since 1999 and has experience directing, administrating, and developing curriculum for children’s ministry. She has also developed training material for teachers and has taught courses on topics such as the reliability of the Bible, the dangers of New Age philosophy, spiritual gifts, and biblical anthropology.

Tesfa Wossne

11th Grade Instructor

Tesfa Wossne received his BA from Sac State University and his Masters in Computer Information Systems from University of Phoenix. Currently a Process Analyst he is devoted to how things work in light of God’s design. As a member of St. Paul Baptist Church, a devoted father and husband to a wonderful wife and two lovely children, he desires to share God’s goodness, wisdom, and mercy not just with my family; but also to others who do not know God.

 

Doug Beaumont

12th Grade Instructor

Douglas Beaumont, Ph.D. has taught Apologetics, Bible, Theology, and Religion for over 15 years. He is the author of Evangelical Exodus (Ignatius, 2016), The Message Behind the Movie (Moody, 2009), and has contributed to The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (B&H, 2010), Got Questions? (Pleasant Word, 2009), and has had several articles published in The Christian Apologetics Journal. He now serves as the Director of Religious Education at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto, California where he lives with his wife and four children.

Rodney Scott

College Instructor

Rodney Scott has a BA in Biblical Studies and an MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics. He is the co-founder of AYCE Apologetics, and is a staff minister at Progressive Community Church in Stockton, CA. Rodney is also the Director of S.A.L.T. ministries at Progressive Community Church.  S.A.L.T. trains and equip lay persons in Christian apologetics.

Kevin Snider

Parent Class 1 Facilitator

Kevin Snider has been an attorney since 1994. During that time he has practiced primarily in the area of constitutional law and civil rights. He has been the Chief Counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute since 2004. The PJI legal department that he heads has approximately 1,000 volunteer attorney affiliates who represent people of faith and religious organizations. In this capacity, he gives legal counsel to pastors and religious leaders on a day in and day out basis on a variety of church issues. He has taught church law to seminary students and is a frequent presenter at seminars on church law and religious liberties.

Zach Britton

Parent Class 2 Facilitator

Zach and Holly Britton are the parents of four children, three of which are studying in universities and the youngest of which is still in high school. Zach has mentored many young Christians as they enter secular universities and works with several on-campus Christian groups. He works in high tech and is the CEO of Front Porch, the largest browser-based messaging company in the world. Along the way, Zach co-invented the core PageMelding patent that undergirds Front Porch’s technology and services. In addition, he is a recognized author and speaker on issues related to the Internet, online safety, and online advertising.