Peter Baur has been professionally involved in the field of independent school education for over thirty years. His tenure has been marked by firsthand experience in nearly every aspect of a kindergarten through grade twelve private schools including admission, college guidance, development, community service, capital campaigns, conferences, strategic planning, major events, marketing and public relations, camp director, teaching, and coaching.
Prior to coming to Faith Christian School in 2014, Peter spearheaded Westminster Academy’s (Memphis, TN) growth and development through active direction and participation in the strategic reassessment of its Mission, Vision, Purpose, and definition of Classical Christian education as it has grown from just over 100 students to over 300. Peter’s experience has led to other classical school’s seeking his expertise in areas ranging from strategic planning where he has facilitated numerous retreats and admission, college guidance, fundraising, board development, and event planning. Peter most recently served as Westminster Academy’s Headmaster.
Eric Cook is from Lexington, Kentucky, but worked in schools in Ohio and Virginia before joining Covenant Classical School in 2009. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University, and a master’s degree in Instructional leadership from Northern Kentucky University. He has taught a wide variety of subjects in public schools and also served as an administrator. In 2006, Eric felt called to join the classical Christian school movement and became the Middle and Upper School Head at Faith Christian School in Roanoke, Virginia. He then moved to serve as Head of School at Covenant in Fort Worth. In addition to his leadership roles, Eric taught apologetics, theology, philosophy of religion, and served as thesis director. In addition to his Head of School role, Eric is the Executive Director for the Society for Classical Learning. Eric and his wife, Liz, have six children: Haydon, Olivia, Grant, Cole, William and Lincoln.
Dr. Rick Franklin’s deeply held passion to develop Christian leaders has been honed and cultivated during the course of 30 years of ministry in a variety of parachurch, church, teaching and consulting roles domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Arrow Leadership as Vice President, Dr. Franklin served with his wife, Dana, in a variety in senior executive positions with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in the US, Eastern Europe and most recently with Power to Change in Canada.
Rick and Dana have four children and live in Langley, British Columbia. Rick greatly enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, and fishing—basically anything outdoors. But most of all, he enjoys spending time with his high school sweetheart, Dana, and children at their family cabin in Colorado.
Brad Layland, CEO of The FOCUS Group, has over 25 years of fundraising and consulting experience to draw from as he partners with organizations to fulfill their mission through effective fundraising strategies. Brad’s distinguished career began at Young Life, where he served in various roles including Area Director, Field Development Director, Gift Planning Associate, and ultimately Chief Development Officer. He moved into his role as owner and CEO of The FOCUS Group in 2012, after several years as a Senior Consultant.
Brad’s expertise providing high level fundraising counsel to nonprofit organizations incorporates major donor strategies, training workshops, planned gift marketing, and capital campaign counsel. In 2013, he launched the Taking Donors Seriously® online training program, which equips individuals and organizations to be more effective in raising financial support.
Leslie Moeller is currently Head of Upper School at The Covenant School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She brings with her over 20 years of wide ranging leadership experience in education. She is the current Chairman of the Society for Classical Learning and was also the founding editor of the SCL Journal. At the Geneva School of Boerne, Texas, Leslie helped lead the school through dramatic growth over 13 years in multiple roles, including Chairman of the Board; Head of School; Capital Campaign Co-Chairman; founder and coach of Geneva’s nationally ranked debate program; and instructor of Senior Thesis, middle school language arts, informal logic, and debate. She holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a bachelor’s degree from U.Va. in English Literature and economics. Leslie and her husband, Eric, have three children.
Coffee, light breakfast7:30 am - 8:00 am
Be Led More by Jesus – Dr. Rick Franklin, Vice President, Arrow Leadership8:00 am - 11:30 am
Lunch (provided)11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Insights from Adler: Making Classical Education Simple and Inspiring – Eric Cook, Head of School, Covenant Classical; ED, Society for Classical Learning1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Facilitated Leadership Reflection – Peter Baur, Head of School, Faith Christian School2:45 pm - 4:00 pm
Coffee, light breakfast8:00 am - 8:30 am
Generative Governance – Keith Nix, Head of School, Veritas School8:30 am - 10:00 am
Nuts and Bolts of Governance – Leslie Moeller, Head of Upper School, The Covenant School10:15 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch (provided)12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
The Boards Role in Transformational Giving – Brad Layland, CEO, The Focus Group1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Facilitated Leadership Reflection – Peter Baur, Head of School, Faith Christian School2:45 pm - 3:30 pm