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.

Ryan Huxley

7th Grade Instructor

Ryan Huxley is a licensed professional engineer (civil and structural) with a BS and MS in Structural Engineering from the University of California at San Diego. He has a Certificate of Study in Christian Apologetics from BIOLA and a Diploma in Christian Apologetics from Dr. Norman Geisler’s Veritas International Institute of Christian Apologetics.

Ryan is also the Youth Studies Team Leader for Ratio Christi (RC) Boosters. He has spoken on the Christian youth exodus and helping lead the Youth Exodus Project, which is a collaborative effort between RC and others, with Hillary Ferrer and Julie Loos.

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.


Carl Morgan

10th Grade Instructor

Dr. Carl Morgan as been active in Pastoral Ministry since 1976 and has served as Senior Pastor at Woodland United Fellowship in Woodland for 28 years. He has traveled and researched extensively in Greece, Israel, Turkey, and Jordan since 1970, as well as leading biblical study tours and participating in archaeological excavations on over 30 occasions. He has served annually as a Field Archaeologist for the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project in Jordan since 2005. He began the Woodland Museum of Biblical Archaeology in 2007 and currently serves as its Director and Curator.

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.

Carlisle Percival

College Instructor

Carlisle Percival, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has been practicing anesthesiology since 1980. He holds bachelor’s degrees in Zoology and Chemistry and has nearly completed his M.A. in apologetics at Biola. He currently practices at Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael, CA. Carl was not raised as a Christian and was not exposed to Biblical truth in any meaningful way until much later in life. Consequently, he knows what it is like to be lost. Like the writer of Ecclesiastes, he engaged in all the pursuits of the world and found them to be a chasing after the wind. After a divorce, he met a wonderful woman who was a follower of Christ. She took him to a church where the Bible was taught and within months, he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He has been a Christian now for almost twenty years and has been teaching apologetics for most of that time and of course, the wonderful woman has been his wife for those twenty years.

Zach Britton

Parent Class 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. Zach 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.

Zach is a recognized author and speaker on issues related to the Internet, online safety, and online advertising. Zach holds a Masters Degree in International Business from the University of California at San Diego.

Matthew McReynolds

Legal Rights of Christian Professionals

PJI Staff Attorney Matt McReynolds received his Juris Doctorate from Oak Brook College of Law in 2004.  He then joined Pacific Justice Institute in early 2005.  Prior to that time, Matt gained practical experience in defending religious liberties by clerking for the American Center for Law and Justice.  During law school, he also was awarded first place in the prestigious Pew Scholarship writing competition sponsored by the Alliance Defense Fund.