A Republic If You Can Keep It
Please join us for the
50th Anniversary Celebration
of The Foundation for American Christian Education
with Special Keynote Speaker
Gai Ferdon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Government
and Author of
A Republic If You Can Keep It
She will be speaking on how America's historic Christian principles of civil and religious liberty are still relevant to the complex issues of the twenty-first century.
This is a FREE event open to all.
***PLEASE RSVP BY JUNE 6 PER INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO GET THRU GATE***
Friday, June 13, 2014
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Dessert and Coffee
Avila Golf and Country Club
Tampa, Florida 33613
Please RSVP by June 6th for Gate Entrance
Mr. James and Teri Stanger
Jeans are not permitted at the Country Club
Special Thanks to our Committee Family hosts:
The philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.
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Opening Liberty's Doors
Dr. Gai Ferdon pauses mid-sentence and says, “I never let a door shut.” She is referring to her time in Bratislava, Slovakia, in 1991 where Communism was still the prevalent ideology. Ferdon was teaching English, but she was also imparting the concepts of free enterprise and American constitutional government. The events leading her there were indeed a series of opened doors. Previously, Ferdon was pursuing an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics and was frustrated with attempts to reconcile “calculus with the Bible.” This struggle for God’s perspective on the whole of life led her to pursue a School of Evangelism with YWAM (Youth with a Mission) in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1985 which included a mission trip to Zimbabwe, Rhodesia.
While in Lausanne, Ferdon started to define her life’s work. Contradicting previous advice from an earlier speaker, Udo Middleman, then lecturer at L’Abri and current President of the Frances A. Schaeffer Foundation, encouraged Ferdon not to hesitate to bring her American ideas of liberty to the mission field because they were fundamentally influenced by biblical Christianity. He advised her to freely discuss the biblical principles of civil government, economics and law that were part of America’s founding period while ministering the Gospel in Zimbabwe to confront the tyranny of a Marxist-Leninist society. Ferdon was also influenced by Dr. Glenn Martin of Indiana Wesleyan University during this time. His audio lectures affirmed for her that “part of my mission was to go to Communist countries and teach civil government, economics and law according to a Biblical Christian worldview.”
Within the next few years, Ferdon completed an associate degree in Bible through a YWAM Bible College, as well as a Russian language school in Leningrad, took classes at Wheaton College and finished her bachelor’s in History and Political Science at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana.
She came to the realization, “It’s OK in the kingdom of God to be a scholar.” She smiles, “And that’s who I am.”
In 1991, Ferdon spent time teaching in Bratislava, Slovakia, and upon returning to the U.S., completed her master’s degree in Government and Public Policy at Regent University’s Robertson School of Government. She then took a teaching post with StoneBridge School in Chesapeake, Va., from 1994-2000. A door opened for Ferdon to continue her scholarship under the auspices of the Jubilee Centre, a Christian public policy organization located in Cambridge, UK, which actively seeks to promote biblically-based research toward social reform policy. The Centre underwrote her Ph.D. in History through the University of Leicester, UK, which culminated in her dissertation on the political use of the Scriptures for constitutional reform during the English Interregnum [masked]).
Ferdon has returned to Cambridge twice to teach and participate in public policy conferences hosted by the Jubilee Centre, often being the only American presenter speaking to an audience including European, African and Asian civil servants, humanitarians, students and intellectuals. Specializing in a biblical approach to civil, legal, economic and social issues, her doctoral studies and conference presentations tended to provoke debate. Nevertheless, Ferdon has learned to “walk in courage, guard my heart, respond in love when discussing controversial topics and be mindful of the true absolutes and the to die for issues.”
When Ferdon completed her Ph.D. in 2004, she returned to Chesapeake, Va., to take up a research and writing post with the Foundation for American Christian Education. She edited the Foundation’s The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, originally published in 1960. This project was the forerunner for her recently published book, A Republic If You Can Keep It: America’s Authentic Liberty Confronts Contemporary Counterfeits, which represents a targeted attack upon the postmodern ideals that have infiltrated American society. It was originally written for teachers and students; however, it is a great tool for understanding the nature of our founding philosophy of government and our heritage of civil and religious liberty.
Considering Ferdon’s many accomplishments, one would be surprised that she considers herself to be a shy introvert. Yet for all her quiet tendencies, she is confident that the Lord has called her to work with people. After completing her book in 2008, another door opened for her to come to Liberty University to teach in the Helms School of Government.
Ferdon continues to maintain her core values of liberty, scholarship and serving people with the Truth. These are her strength and passion, which she translates into her teaching and her relationships with students. Ferdon also views teaching as an opportunity for “mentoring and teasing out of them who they really are in the kingdom of God, to direct them toward their future professions.” She knows that sometimes, when her students ask a question, that there’s a heart issue that needs to be ascertained.
“I find out what is going on in the heart.” Looking up from her desk, Ferdon says with quiet confidence, “I minister the Truth to my students.” If they learn anything, Ferdon wants them to walk away from her class knowing the Truth of God in every area of life, and what it means to “walk in authenticity in today’s artificial world.”