"I wish every young person would attend."

The Academy is one of the best resources available to help train a generation of young people to stand strong in their faith in today's secular culture. I wish every young person would attend.

Sean McDowell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, M.A. in Christian Apologetics, Biola University
 

 

"It offers what no other worldview conference does—one-on-one personal attention"

The Academy really does infuse a passion for God and His word. It also provides compelling and logical reasons for students to trust in the gospel wholeheartedly. It offers what no other worldview conference does—one-on-one personal attention with a professor/leader. I saw, and I believe you will see, evidence of this program’s effectiveness immediately. Don't miss this opportunity. Invest in the future by providing your students a chance to attend Wheatstone.

Jeramy Clark, Ph.D.

Author, Your Teenager is Not Crazy and After You Drop Them Off
 

 

"This is the way that we will transform our culture."

Wheatstone is doing something very important - helping young Christians grow into adulthood such that their faith is fully integrated into their lives. As an apologist, I see a great need for Christians to realize that truth and beauty go hand in hand, and that we must engage with culture, not retreat from it, in order to transform it. Wheatstone is helping to prepare the next generation to do precisely that. I'm particularly excited about the way that Wheatstone calls young people to a life of holiness - this is the way that we will transform our culture. 

Holly Ordway, Ph.D.

Professor of English, Apologetics, Houston Baptist University
 

 

"Unparalleled in my experience"

Wheatstone's distinctive learning environment is unparalleled in my experience.  Students develop an excitement and appreciation for the intellectual life and understand its role in pursuing God's Kingdom.

Paul Spears, Ed.D.

Director, Torrey Honors Institute, Biola University
 

 

"An exceptional spiritual and intellectual experience"

The Academy is an exceptional spiritual and intellectual experience, and it does an outstanding job of equipping believers in a Christian worldview apt for engaging the world of ideas in college. From the faculty to the staff to the format, the entire program smacks of excellence and I am delighted to be a part of it.

J.P. Moreland, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Talbot School of Theology

 

 

"I've never seen anything like it."

For several years now I have seen up close what the The Academy experience has done in the lives of students who attend. My conclusion? I've never seen anything like it. Wheatstone is unique, stimulating, transformative, and has a lasting impact on the minds and character of those who take the plunge.

Craig J. Hazen, Ph.D.

Director of MA Program in Christian Apologetics, Biola University
 

 

"A place of deep thought, Biblical training, and spiritual formation"

Wheatstone was instrumental in forming the Christian worldview of my kids. As we journeyed along the parenting road, I was thrilled that Wheatstone was a great stopping place, an incredible learning moment for our family. It’s a place of deep thought, Biblical training, and spiritual formation. I heartily recommend it!

Greg Leith

CEO, Convene
 

 

"The Academy is unique in both content and long-term impact."

For years I have prayed that God would raise up a passionate multitude of teens and college students who love truth, think rationally, and whose lives are based on a Biblical world view. That's why I am so excited about The Academy- a unique summer program that impacts young people both spiritually and intellectually.  There are many options when it comes to camps and retreats, but The Academy is unique in both content and long-term impact. I have seen firsthand how the Lord is using this program to groom those who will likely become the Christian leaders of tomorrow. I believe that Wheatstone is a wonderful investment that will enhance a student for life, and will count for eternity.

Alex McFarland, M.A.

President, Southern Evangelical Seminary
 

 

"Equipping tomorrow’s Christian leaders."

In the face of the many challenges that Christian students meet in the college years, The Academy has provided a dynamic and relevant program that guides young people toward a solid, Scripturally-based faith. Through the curriculum and the faculty, students are challenged to use their gifts and their minds for God’s purposes, not for worldly prestige. I believe that Wheatstone is equipping tomorrow’s Christian leaders.

Jim Burns, Ph.D.

President, HomeWord Ministries
 

 
 

"It fostered Christian maturity... "

The Academy was my bridge between childhood and adulthood. It fostered Christian maturity by pointing out that life is full of things worth pursuing whatever the cost. It introduced the life I had always wanted but never knew existed.

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” - I Cor 13:11

JOHN, 2007 ALUMNUS

 

"The Academy drew me into a depth I had not experienced before..."

The Academy drew me into a depth that I had not experienced before. It taught me that I can discover Jesus not only in youth group, but as I read, look at art, converse with friends, and simply experience life.

I've grown in ways that I never expected because my eyes were opened at Wheatstone.

JANAE, 2009 ALUMNA

 

"I've also met wonderful, like-minded friends..."

The Academy has not only inspired me  to draw closer to God, but it has instilled in me a new, greater love of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness. I've also met wonderful, like-minded friends, listened to fascinating lectures and HAD FUN! It was AWESOME!

LACEY, 2011 ALUMNA

 

"To find God in everything was the unspoken goal..."

I’ve never been so stretched in every area of my life all at once. I was physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually challenged every day. My ideas were challenged, evaluated, supported, and changed in every conversation. To find God in everything was the unspoken goal. The week changes the way you think, the way you see, and love.

JENNA, 2012 ALUMNA

 

"I found peace here..."

Before I came to Wheatstone, I had completely given up on God and didn't believe at all. Now I feel like I need God so that I can have peace in everything. I found peace here.

I grew the most in prayer this week, because I haven't been praying at all, and then I was told to pray for 30 minutes to an hour. I'm leaving with understanding that I don't have to be totally certain, and I will take that and search for truth in the Bible.

KELLY, 2014 ALUMNA

 

"My life changed here..."

The Academy is about learning, not just head knowledge and obscure facts, but how to be a better more virtuous human being.

Some people will tell you that your Wheatstone experience is about learning, and it is, but the word that most closely describes Wheatstone? Love. There are very few times in your life that you can clearly point to and say 'my life changed here.' Wheatstone will be one of them.

PAUL, 2006 ALUMNUS

 

"Wheatstone showed me the 'something more'..."

The Academy challenged me to raise the bar in my life goals for both youth ministry and personal spiritual growth. Spending a week with distinguished professors who genuinely modeled the love of Christ revealed a whole new level of Christian living to me.

Wheatstone showed me the "something more" that I did not even realize I was trying to find!

MICHAEL, 2003 ALUMNUS

 

"I saw the connection and unity of intellect and spirituality..."

At the time in my life that I attended The Academy, I was actively growing away from the church. I felt that my intellectual life could not be compatible with my spiritual life, and intellectual life seemed like my future.

After Wheatstone, I saw the connection and unity of intellect and spirituality; I saw that I could use my whole person to seek God. I began to love Christ in a way I had never known I could before.

AARON, 2008 ALUMNUS

 
 

"...exactly what I needed to face another year of teaching..."

The loving community and passion for excellent education I found at The Academy this summer were exactly what I needed to face another year teaching at a public middle school. I know I can endure with God’s grace, and with the lessons I learned. Now I'm ready to get back to work.

ALISA SIKORA, HISTORY TEACHER
 


"I feel better equipped to love others... with less of me and more of Christ."

I expected Wheatstone to be fabulous, and it was more than fabulous. There were tremendous speakers that stretched my mind and confronted my thinking habits. I discovered something about myself through the physical challenges that I really didn’t like, yet my group accepted me and helped me through. And that was the unexpected jewel of Wheatstone. I became part of a community that is learning to love as Jesus loves. I feel better equipped to love others in my life simply, with less of me and more of Christ.

SANDY HOLLENBECK, MATH TEACHER
 


"The Academy... was invaluable to me."

The Academy was an incredible experience. Given the chance, I would do it again. The ability to meet other like-minded educators, wrestle with pedagogy, and confront our own weaknesses was invaluable to me. The Academy has given me the first steps to remember and implement policies that will help my youth flourish.

GABRIEL PAGEL, BIBLE TEACHER AND YOUTH PASTOR
 


"The Academy was more than necessary..."

The Academy was more than necessary. I came hoping for encouragement and perspective. Wow, did I receive it. Being in transition, between avenues of ministry, I often doubt if I'm doing what God wants me to do. This week helped clarify that purpose for me. Thank you, Wheatstone.

RICH BARTEL, TEACHER

 
 

"I could tell he cared more about Jesus and his life with Christ after Wheatstone."

"At The Academy Summer Camp, Allen was challenged to think deeply about owning Christ as his Savior. Wrestling his thoughts through discussions, living on campus, immersed in nature and culture through hikes, a Shakespeare play, museum visits, and music concerts, managing his own behavior and life apart from our family for a week, he came back noticeably more mature. I could tell he cared more about Jesus and his life with Christ after Wheatstone. Now he tells all his friends to go. He tells them that Wheatstone is not like those "only fun and games Christian camps" but it's fun and really deep.  He tells his friends that it will grow them, just like it did for him!"

Tina Wong

 

"I believe we are better friends and have a stronger relationship because of Wheatstone."

"My daughter first attended Wheatstone after her freshman year in high school. She attended the camp unassumingly, not really knowing what it would be like. When she returned, I could tell immediately that it had impacted her in profound ways. Her first night back, we stayed up all night, and she opened up to me in a new way. The Wheatstone experience really impacted our relationship as a mother and daughter, and solidified her faith. I believe we are better friends and have a stronger relationship because of Wheatstone.

"She has attended two years so far, and even saved enough of her own money to go for a third year this summer. I can't say enough about how wonderful Wheatstone is and how much it impacted our daughter! I wish every teen could go before they graduate high school."

Misty Vander Broek