- Chip Duncan, writer and director
- Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., professor of philosophy at Boston College
- Rev. Kenneth “Kip” Murphy, D.Min., pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan
- Suzanne Shumway, Ph.D., retired professor and author
Writer/Director Chip Duncan authored the book The Magic Never Ends and wrote, produced and directed the popular documentary. Duncan reprises his role on A Quest for Meaning and the related educational components including a detailed roundtable discussion on The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia.
Duncan’s recent work as a documentary writer/director includes the 3-part public television series The Reagan Presidency (2013), the PBS special Landslide – Herbert Hoover (2009), the 2-part public television documentary A History of Prayer in America (2007) and the PBS special In a Just World (2004). Duncan also wrote and directed the 13 part Discovery Network series on spiritual places of the world called Mystic Lands (1996) and authored the book Enough to go Around (2009).
Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at Boston College. He loves his five grandchildren, four children, one wife, one cat, and one God. His 75 books include Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and Fundamentals of the Faith.
His website includes an interview with Peter about C. S. Lewis.
Kenneth “Kip” Murphy
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth “Kip” Murphy is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs, Michigan. He has a Ph.D. (1990) in Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder and both Masters of Divinity (2008) and Doctor of Ministry (2017) degrees from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.
From 1993 until 2005, when he entered seminary, Kip was an Associate Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Iowa. In his science career, Kip published over fifty articles and book chapters and presented invited lectures on Biochemical Thermodynamics nationally and internationally including Osaka, Berlin, Porto, Stockholm, and Dublin. His former graduate students have gone on to successful careers in both academia and industry.
Kip was ordained as a Minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) in 2008 and served a congregation in Iowa for seven years prior to moving to Harbor Springs, Michigan. His Doctor of Ministry work has focused on renewing the role of Ruling Elders in the ministry of the church.
Kip began reading C. S. Lewis in the 6th grade and has continued to be an avid student ever since. He especially appreciates Lewis’ ability to use story to illustrate complex theological concepts and how story can help Christians grasp the more mysterious aspects of the faith.
Suzanne Shumway was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in Texas. After graduating from Rice University in 1982, she received a Master’s degree in English from the University of California at Irvine, followed by a Ph.D. in Victorian literature from The University of Texas at Austin. She teaches English and speech at a rural community college in Northern Michigan.