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Summit Academy

of Christian Worldview and Apologetics

About Us

Introduction

Do you want your children to have a dynamic walk with Jesus and stay deeply committed to His church while going through college? Whether they grow up and go to Bible college, Baylor, or Berkeley, the understanding they gain through Summit Academy (SACWA) classes will make them far more prepared to continue their walk with Christ and their commitment to the local church, displaying both courage and compassion as unashamed witnesses of biblical truth regardless of the spiritual, educational,  or workplace environment. With the permission of Summit Ministries, I  started SACWA in 2015 as a platform for teaching their outstanding college prep courses. Their powerful three year curriculum includes Understanding the Times, Understanding the Faith, and Understanding the  Culture. The classes I teach meet once a week for two hours and are  currently for high school age homeschool students. This coming year I’m  only planning to teach one class. It will be on Thursdays from noon-2pm and will be held somewhere in the area north of Houston (Spring, The Woodlands, Tomball, Conroe, Magnolia), depending on where most of the students are coming from. (In the past I have taught classes in churches, homeschool co-ops, and large living rooms.) The total cost for  your student for the 2018-19 school year will be $550. This includes tuition, a hardbound textbook, and a one-year license for Summit’s digital curriculum. If you have any questions, please email me at gregpowell1277@gmail.com or call me at 713-591-3600.

Teacher

I grew up here in Houston and came to Christ during my first semester of college at U of H. I then attended Sam Houston State for one year where I got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), doing several extended ministry projects including 6 months in the Philippines showing the Jesus film. I received my BA from Biola University in 1985 and my ThM from Dallas Seminary in 1992. I’ve been married to my wife, Diane, for 34 years. We have four children (24, 17, 15, and 11) and one toddler grandchild. We’ve ministered together in 5 churches in the U.S., overseeing youth, college, and singles ministries before becoming church planters. We’ve also done short-term ministry in Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. I’m currently church planting, and I’m a member of the One Mission pastoral association of The Woodlands area churches. We’ve homeschooled all of our children, and we spent the last 4 years in a wonderful homeschool co-op (FAITH of Northwest Houston).

Goal

Our academic goal is to guide students through a compelling analysis of the Christian worldview and its five primary competitors by examining how these worldviews inform what is taught in ten basic academic disciplines in colleges and universities all over America. Our greatest desire for each student is that he or she will come into a personal, saving relationship with Jesus Christ and then continue to grow deeper in this love relationship, day by day, allowing it to inform and direct every aspect of the student's life from now till heaven.

About 70% of young people in the American church stop attending church once they go away to college.

The bad news is that these statistics are real. But the amazingly good news is that students who (1) consistently see the faith lived out at home, (2) experience church  as authentic community, and (3) gain a robust understanding of the Christian worldview as well as the competing worldviews… well, about 99% of these students are staying in the church when they go off to  college. 99%.

Quick Facts

  • Who is this for? Mature highschool and college-age students (Summit focuses on 16-22 year-olds, but students must at least be in 9th grade.)
  • What curriculum will be used? Summit's Understanding the Times series
  • Which books in the 3-year series will be taught for the 2018-2019 school year? Understanding the Times (UTT)
  • Is there a prerequisite for UTT? No, but Understanding the Times and Understanding the Faith are both prerequisites to the final course, Understanding the Culture.
  • When will classes take place? On Thursday afternoons from 12pm-2pm -- See Course Offerings for more details.
  • Where will classes take place? TBD. Most likely in the Spring area -- See Course Offerings for more details.

2017 Summit Student Conference

My eldest son and I have both been through Summit’s worldview conference in Colorado, and my teenage daughter attended the conference in Tennessee in the summer of 2016. I highly encourage you to consider sending your high school or college age son or daughter to a Summit 12-day summer conference. There is no other camp like it. 

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