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Scholars, artists, and leaders working together across the nation.
An unprecedented alliance for Christian youth. 


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Peter David Gross

Executive Director

Over eight years, Peter held almost every role at Wheatstone, from office helper to Executive Director. Under his leadership, Wheatstone introduced a new mission, a new plan, new methods, new products, a new financial model, a new focus on prayer and the Bible, and a new vision to renew youth ministry and Christian education across the country. He is the creator of Discussion for Transformation and Teach Them to Pray and of Wheatstone's rites of passage summer camp model.

Peter loves art and design, philosophy, anthropology, education, having discussions with groups of youth, theater, theology, literature, poetry, and talking about all of them with his incredible wife, Amanda. 

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Lisa Oka

director of operations

After receiving her BFA in Design and Painting, Lisa spent 7 years working in design, marketing, and public relations, managing multi-regional advertising. At Wheatstone, Lisa rebuilt the ministry's identity and website, and designed new systems to improve communications with the community before moving up to manage all of the ministry's operations.

Lisa's experiences have refined her passion for the well-designed, where function and delight intersect. She enjoys abstract paintings and well-crafted objects, and she revels in the deliciousness of food, and in simple things done well. She speaks fluent Japanese and raises two turtles and three cats.

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Chad Glazener

Partnerships Director

After serving Wheatstone as a veteran mentor and advisor, Chad was hired to help develop its Partnerships ministry. With his creative and operational oversight, Wheatstone developed new ministry programs to serve local churches and schools on a national scale.

Chad brings years of experience in pastoral ministry and high school teaching to his position. He is also a theatre artist, having trained and worked with New York and Los Angeles based ensembles. Chad enjoys discovering new books to read (especially spiritual theology), and forming community through shared meals. He and his wife Rachel have two daughters: Madeleine and Lucy. 

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Veronica Wright

Academy director

Veronica joined Wheatstone with a mission to build a new category of ministry: year-round services for alumni, their parents, and their grandparents. In addition, she accepted oversight of Wheatstone's oldest ministry: The Academy camps. This ministry portfolio represents Wheatstone's biggest commitment to ongoing personal care, a commitment well-served by Veronica's pastoral heart and organized leadership. With years of experience in youth ministry, event management, project management, and advertising, she's well-suited to execute Wheatstone's highest-quality events.

Veronica loves making beauty, fostering friendships, having great discussions, and praying deeply. She's a potter devoted to producing well-made, beautiful forms. She and her husband Barak pursue hospitality and holiness together at their home in Fullerton.



Michael Kiley, President
John Siefker, VP and Treasurer
Craig Bryson
Tom Dobyns
Peter David Gross, Executive

Michael Kiley, president

Mike is passionate about causing long-term cultural renewal by raising a new generation of mature Christians. When Mike could find no Christian resource that adequately addressed the challenges his son would face in a secular college environment, he founded Wheatstone Ministries to meet the need.

Mike is also the founder and CEO of Chamberlain Group, a Southern California financial advisory firm specializing in wealth management and executive benefits for successful business owners.

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John Siefker, vp

John cares about seeing innovative nonprofit ministries succeed, and about promoting Christian discussion in the next generation. He's eager to find ways to spread Christian maturity to every kind of student, no matter what.

In addition to serving with Wheatstone, John serves on the Board of Trustees at Biola University. Retired after a career in health care, he now offers his time, talent and resources to young Christian ministries as a consultant. He and his wife, Lynn, live in Newport Coast.



Benefactors advance Christian adulthood by giving ten thousand dollars or more.

Benefactors include

Chamberlain Group, LLC
God's Gift Charitable Foundation

Lead Faculty and Advisors

John Mark Reynolds

WHETSTONE Founder, Management Committee Member, Distinguished Speaker

The original architect of The Academy summer camps, John Mark continues to serve as The Academy's Distinguished Speaker. He is President of The Saint Constantine School in Houston, TX, and is the Founder and former Director of the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University.  John Mark has written and collaborated on a number of books, including Against All Gods, with Phillip E. Johnson, When Athens Met Jerusalem, and The Great Books Reader


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Jamie Whitaker Campbell

Growth and Ministry Advisor, Speaker

Jamie is currently Humanities Chair at Biola University and an Assistant Professor in the Torrey Honors Institute. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in Humanities from Biola University. She's currently working on a PhD in Higher Education... because she loves to learn!

As an African-American woman who grew up in Japan, she expresses and appreciates distinct perspectives on issues like education, multiculturalism, human relationships, and theology. 


Cate MacDonald

Staff and Student Care Director, Speaker

Cate is the Director of The Academy at Houston Baptist University, a dual enrollment program for high school students.

Cate holds a Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, and was educated at The Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University and Talbot School of Theology. She is a host of The City, a podcast of HBU, a writer for MereOrthodoxy.com, and most recently contributed a chapter on Lent to a book on the Christian church year, Let Us Keep the Feast. Unrelatedly, she likes to cook. 



Gary Hartenburg

Philosophy and Pedagogy Advisor, Speaker

Gary is the Director of the Honors College at Houston Baptist University. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of California-Irvine as well as a Master of Arts in philosophy of religion and ethics from the Talbot School of Theology.

In addition to serving as the discussion and pedagogy advisor for Wheatstone, Gary teaches for the Summit Semester program in Pagosa Springs, Colorado each year.


Rebecca Card-Hyatt

Education and Policies Advisor, Lead Manager

Rebecca Card-Hyatt is, by profession and vocation, a language arts teacher. Having taught at both private classical schools and inner-city public schools in California, she now teaches secondary English outside of Edinburgh, Scotland, continuing to help young people discuss critically, read carefully, and write clearly.

She loves to talk about running, contemporary fiction, educational philosophy, theology, and feminism with anyone who shows up to her dinner table.


Melissa Schubert

Discussion Advisor, 

When she was in sixth grade, Melissa Schubert's grandpa, because he was retiring from the pastorate and he loved her, let her plunder his book-filled study. Loving books, words, and ideas has been core to her love of God and others ever since. She now spends her days reading and discussing great literature with her students and colleagues at Biola University's Torrey Honors Institute. 

Melissa happily studies Renaissance English poetry, which has persuaded her that the world is almost infinitely interesting. She finds confirmation that it is so regularly, whether exploring the world in her garden, on her bike, or alongside her nieces and nephews.

Holly Ordway

Cultural Apologetics Advisor 

Holly is professor of English and director of the MA in Cultural Apologetics at Houston Baptist University. She has a PhD in English literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MA in English Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MA in Christian Apologetics from Biola University.

Her academic work focuses on imagination in apologetics, with special attention to the writings of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. Her latest book is Not God’s Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms (Ignatius Press). 


Contract Staff

Juliet San Nicolas

Mentor, Artisan, Writer

Juliet studied art and communication disorders at Biola University and is now pursuing a Masters degree in speech therapy with a specific focus on working with young adults who have high-functioning autism.  She serves as the high school leader of her church's youth ministry.

She loves, loves modern dance and thinks everyone should dance, is a classically trained pianist, will read for days on end, and loves talking with others about multiculturalism, poetry, myth, joy, and beauty. 


Naomi Geier

Educator Mentor, Writer

Naomi Geier is an inveterate armchair philosopher, a voracious bookworm, and a sucker for a good conversation. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia University in 2007 and her M.A. in Religion from Yale Divinity School in 2012.

A teacher by trade and by calling, she currently manages the career program at Vertus Charter School in her hometown of Rochester, NY. In her spare time, she loves to talk about books and big ideas with high school students and anyone else who’s interested.

She's coming up on ten years of working for Wheatstone, most recently as an Educator Mentor, and she loves Wheatstone more than almost anything else in the world. Her other loves include music, her family, chocolate, good Mexican food, autumn leaves, sunny days, and fuzzy socks.


And dozens more.

Wheatstone maintains a contracted community of dozens of incredible young Christians, from teachers or businesswomen to animators or graduate students at programs like Rutgers, Yale, or Stanford. We pick them because of their commitment to pursuing excellence and charity in equal measure, and because of their passion for deep Christian mentoring relationships with students.

They're prayerful, purposeful role models for today's youth, and they're tomorrow's Christian leaders. 




We work with artists and craftsmen in our regions to introduce Christian youth to the power, delight, and effort of godly creativity.


Our alumni form a big community all across the nation. They're aspiring Christian leaders. A developing network keeps them connected with one another. Now fourteen years strong, the community forms the backbone of Wheatstone's support., and their stories help direct our future.

Monthly Givers

A growing group of givers make up one of Wheatstone's most enthusiastic communities. Monthly Givers get bimonthly updates, then offer advice and comments. Their faithfulness encourages us and their ideas empower us.