Dr. Travis Southern received his B.S. in biochemistry with distinction and his M.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He also earned an M.Div. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Applied Theology – Preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Southern has an excellent and diverse foundation for teaching both rhetoric and science. During college, he personally worked with John Saxon, assisting with the publication of Saxon’s popular math textbooks. Upon graduation, Dr. Southern performed forensic toxicological analysis as part of a team investigating aircraft accidents for the Federal Aviation Administration. He then moved to the business side of science, providing financial analysis for a major petrochemical company. After teaching high school Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and Physics while in seminary, he has served as Senior Pastor for 13 years, currently in eastern Washington state. Dr. Southern has a deep love for students, science, theology, and effective communication. As a teacher, he seeks to mentor students to apply a robust Christian worldview to all areas of life. Travis and his wife Mandy have been happily married since 2000, and have been home educating a daughter and two sons. He is an avid baseball fan, and enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, and a good cup of coffee.