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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

February 25, 2019

School of the Ozarks to host annual Classical Christian Education Conference March 8-9

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — School of the Ozarks will host its annual Classical Christian Education Conference Friday and Saturday, March 8-9. Educators from local and regional schools will gather to explore and advance classical Christian education in the 21st century.

“School of the Ozarks is thrilled to bring classical Christian educators together on this beautiful campus in hopes of building community and sharing what God has given us,” said Scott McElvain, assistant to the dean of School of the Ozarks. “Through practical presentations, we hope to equip, encourage, and spur on classical educators in the work they are doing.”

Plenary sessions will include the following speakers: Dr. Ben Merkle, president, New Saint Andrews College; Rebekah Merkle, educator, Logos School; and Dr. Louis Markos, professor of English, Houston Baptist University.

Breakout sessions throughout the conference will include the following: grammar level workshops, dialectic and rhetoric level workshops, special interest workshops and more.

“The forum was born of the idea of offering classical Christian educators the opportunity to come together to encourage one another and exchange ideas,” said Brad Dolloff, dean of School of the Ozarks. “We are particularly excited about this year’s lineup of speakers which includes some of the nation’s leaders in classical Christian education.”

Cost for the conference is $45 per person.

To register for the conference, visit

About the speakers

Dr. Ben Merkle, president of New Saint Andrews in Moscow, Idaho, previously served as a lecturer and taught theology, Hebrew, and team-taught Anglo-Saxon.  Before joining New Saint Andrews, he served as a minister at Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, and as a part-time campus minister with Collegiate Reformed Fellowship, a ministry of Christ Church. Merkle is the author of “The White Horse King: The Life of Alfred the Great” (2009) and “Defending the Trinity in the Reformed Palatinate: The Elohistae” (2015).

Rebekah Merkle is the wife of Ben Merkle. She has had varied occupations ranging from launching a clothing label to designing a line of fabrics to becoming a full-time high school humanities teacher. She currently teaches upper-level rhetoric classes at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, her alma mater and the school which all five of her children attend. She is the author of “Eve in Exile” and “Classical Me, Classical Thee,” and co-hosts the podcast, “What Have You.”

Dr. Louis Markos, professor in English at Houston Baptist University, holds the Robert H. Ray Chair in Humanities. He earned his B.A. in English and history from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Markos teaches British romantic poetry, literary theory, and the classics, as well as Victorian poetry and prose, 17th-century poetry and prose, mythology, epic, and film. He has published several articles and is the author of “How C. S. Lewis Can Train Us to Wrestle with the Modern and Postmodern World.”

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About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2019 and No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck by Washington Monthly. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest workstation on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.25.19 – Abigail Wiley



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