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Morgan Ashton

Office : 158

Office Phone : 801-764-3058

Biography :
Morgan Ashton grew up in Orem, Utah where he graduated from Orem High School. After his mission in Scotland, Morgan returned to BYU and met Stephanie, the love of his life. They both graduated from BYU and immediately Morgan took his first position teaching seminary in St. George, UT. After four years they returned to Utah Valley where he taught seminary at Mountain Ridge Jr. High, Timberline Jr. High, Lone Peak, and Orem High School. Morgan started teaching institute in 2014 and loves it! He also loves reading, snowboarding, watching movies, and hanging out with his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Ron Bartholomew

Office : 204

Office Hours : By appt. only

Office Phone : 801-764-3094

Biography :
Brother Bartholomew and his wife, Kristen, are the parents of seven children, ages 14-30. They enjoy walking and traveling together. In addition, Brother Bartholomew is an avid biker, and recently rode in the Salt Lake Century and the Salt-to-Saint Race (from Salt Lake to St. George--427 miles!). After serving a mission to Pusan, Korea, he received a Bachelor and Masters degree from BYU and a Doctorate in the Sociology of Education from the University of Buckingham in London, England. His passions include research, writing and teaching. He has published scholarly articles in academic journals in the United States and Europe and has written several chapters in various published volumes. His research interests include nineteenth century missionary work in Victorian England (non-urban areas) as well as assorted topics in Ancient Scripture and Church History. As a missiologist he was instrumental in changing the LDS Church's international classification from "Marginal Christians" to the more accepted "Independent Christians," and he was the first Latter-day Saint to present his research at the Ecumenical American Society of Missioligsts Conference in 2014 and will present again at the International Association for Mission Studies Conference in Korea in 2016.

Mike Beckstrand

Biography :
Michael Beckstrand was raised in Orem Utah and is married to Kimberly Beckstrand. They have 7 children and live in Salem UT. He graduated from BYU in International Relations and earned a master’s in education, curriculum and instruction. He has taught seminary for the past 16 years in the Salt Lake and Utah Valleys and started teaching institute in 2015 and loves it. He enjoys coaching his kids sports teams, spending time with his family, working in the yard, and has been known for enjoying a good cheese burger at least once a week.

Mark Beecher

Biography :
Mark Beecher has been with Seminaries and Institutes (S&I) for 30 years. He is currently the Assistant Area Director for the Utah Valley Central Area. He started his career in Cedar City, and from there when to Olympus High School in Salt Lake City. He and his family moved to Auburn Washington for 7 years where coordinated seminary and institute programs there. He then spent 5 years as a manager in Training Services for S&I in the Church Office building. Most recently he has been the principal of Westlake Seminary in Saratoga Springs, UT. He and his wife Kim have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. The grandchildren are way easier than the children since you get to be the “good cop” all the time. Brother Beecher enjoys time with family, vacations on the beach and listening to 80s music in his 05 Toyota Corolla. He just finished an Olympic Triathlon this past summer. He is currently a counselor in the Stake Presidency.

Carl Bowcut

Office Phone : 801-764-3000

Biography :
Carl Bowcut was born in Burley, Idaho but spent his entire childhood in Utah County. He has taught for Seminaries & Institutes for over 26 years. Brother Bowcut has taught classes at Orem Institute for over seven years. He loves the outdoors, running, hiking and spending time with his family. Brother Bowcut supervises the off-campus Institute programs in Southern Utah County. He has been a seminary principal at four high schools across the valley. He and his wife, Suanne, have six adult children and ten grandchildren.

Tucker Boyle

Daniel Bradley

Office : 129

Office Phone : 801-764-3029

Biography :
Daniel Bradley was raised in Moroni, Utah and is married to Tessa Moulton. They have 4 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 1 grandson and currently live in Payson. Daniel served his mission to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and studied at Snow College, Utah State University, and the University of Phoenix. He is in his 25th year of teaching with Seminaries and Institutes and currently teaches at the Orem Institute and supervises the Stake Institute program for several BYU YSA stakes.

Kent Austin Burton

David Gordon Butler

Chelsea Chipman

Office Phone : 801-764-3054

David Lionel Crane

Pauline Crane

Caralee Crye

Biography :
Caralee grew up in New Mexico. She was an assistant director and director of BYU Workshop for the Deaf (predecessor of Especially For Youth). She served on a mission to Houston, Texas and taught at the MTC. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Psychology. She works a day job with the State of Utah. Caralee taught ASL at UVU and BYU. She worked at Mt. Timpanogos Temple for six years. She taught Institute night classes for the past few years and is known as Sister CC. She is married to her best friend and husband, Clay, and they have four beautiful children. She has a son serving a mission now in Toronto, Canada. She enjoys karate, jujitsu, caving. Her favorites are teaching the gospel, researching genealogy, and attending the temple.

Dale Draeger

David Durfey

Biography :
Brother Durfey was born and raised in American Fork. In high school he was student-body president and lettered in football, basketball, golf, and track. After returning home from the California Oakland Mission, he married his high school sweetheart, Chris Terry. They are the parents of six children and have eleven grandchildren. Brother Durfey earned a bachelor’s degree in financial and estate planning and a master’s degree in history from BYU. He taught seminary in American Fork for twelve years, was a coordinator & director in Minnesota, became an area director over the U.S. Midwest Area, and then an Institute Director at the Salt Lake Community College, Jordan Campus. In the Church he has served as a teacher, young men’s president, elder’s quorum president, branch president at the MTC in Provo, a bishop, and as a counselor in a mission presidency and in two stake presidencies; presently he serves as a stake patriarch. Brother Durfey loves sports. He currently enjoys watching all sports and playing golf whenever he can.

Ryan Eggett

Office Phone : 801-764-3018

Biography :
Ryan Eggett received his bachelor and masters degrees in Music Ed. from Brigham Young University. He received his PhD at the University of Utah in Educational Psychology. He teaches religion classes at the Orem University Institute, where he directs the Orem Institute Singers. Ryan also directs the Provo Missionary Training Center Choir, the Utah Valley Children’s choir, and the Lex de Azevedo Millennium choir. Ryan and his wife, Angie, have six children, four girls and two boys. Ryan enjoys singing, four-wheeling, dirt biking, and spending time with his amazing wife.

Michael Frost

Michael Graf

Office Phone : 8013701028

Biography :
Brother Graf teaches part-time at the Orem University Institute and supervises the institute classes for 12 BYU Stakes. His previous experience includes teaching in New Jersey, Utah (Davis County), California, and now back in Utah (Utah County). He has also served in the Training and Administrative Divisions for Seminaries and Institutes of Religion at the Church Office building in Salt Lake City. Brother Graf was raised in Cedar City, Utah where he met his wife after his mission to Taiwan. They are the parents of 9 children and 4 grandchildren. His educational background includes bachelor and master degrees in Business from BYU, and a doctorate degree in Education Administration from the University of Utah. He loves teaching and watching/playing sports with his family.

Michael Harris

Scott Melvin Healey

Office Phone : 801-764-3000

Biography :
Brother Healey grew up in Salt Lake City Utah, served a mission in Germany and has lived in Lindon for 35 years where he continues to practice as a dentist. He has loved teaching students at the institute for the past nine years. He enjoys music, art, teaching and golf.

Karen Hepworth

Office Phone : 801-764-3000

Biography :
Karen Hepworth was born in Salt Lake City. She served her mission in the Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission. Upon returning, she was employed at the MTC as a teacher, teacher supervisor and worked in research and evaluation. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University. She has been a full time religion instructor throughout her career. She has taught seminary at Orem and Pleasant Grove high schools, Institute at the Orem Institute of Religion, and in the Department of Church History and Doctrine at BYU. Sister Hepworth has formerly been a Best of EFY and Know your Religion Speaker. She enjoys taking her riding lawn mower out for a spin, nutrition, gardening, and attending the temple. She and her husband enjoy hiking the beautiful national parks of Utah, visiting church and American history sites, temples, and U.S. presidents’ homes and grave sites. They are also trying to complete their national tour of major league baseball stadiums. Sister Hepworth has served in various callings in the church including young women’s president, primary president, gospel doctrine teacher, young single adult representative and currently is a family history consultant. Her husband is currently serving as bishop in their home ward.

Andy Horton

Biography :
Andrew Horton served a Spanish-speaking mission to San Bernardino, California. Soon after, he married the former Stephanie Gillespie. He says, "when Stephanie married me in 1992, it was absolutely the kindest, most charitable thing anyone had ever done for me." Andy and Stephanie have 2 sons, 4 daughters, and a gun. His oldest daughter Keena recently married Tyler Peery, who has been a great addition to the family. Bro. Horton Graduated from BYU with a degree in Zoology so he could one day work at a zoo or teach seminary (same thing). He has a Masters Degree in education. He recently spent 8 years at the Church Office Building where he helped produce films for the Church. He has been a part of the seminary/institute program for over 20 years, and is thrilled about his new assignment to teach at the Orem Institute. He loves riding his motorcycle, watching movies, making and eating homemade salsa, serving in the church, and kissing his wife right on the lips. As a family, we love California and Disneyland, Seattle, movie nights on the side of the house, long car rides, s'mores. We try to keep the gospel in the center, as what matters most, which has provided us the perfect perspective as challenges and blessings have come our way.

Michael Jensen

Darren Johansen

Ben Knowlton

Office : 208

Office Hours : Come by anytime

Office Phone : 801-764-3098

Biography :
Ben Knowlton was raised in Kaysville Utah and is married to Lisa Larkins. They have 5 sons ages 13-27, 2 daughters in law, and 3 grand kids. He lives in Springville UT. He served a mission to Brazil and graduated from BYU in Portuguese and Psychology with a masters in Public Administration and has taught Seminary in Utah County for 19 years and has loved teaching Institute for the last 9 years. He has taught at EFY and Education Week for many years. He loves to snow ski, listen to audio books, and sing karaoke.

Steve Linford

Office Phone : 801-764-3051

Biography :
Brother Linford was born in Salt Lake City and raised in Bountiful, Utah. He served a mission to Italy, Milan and returned home and married Melanie Coombs in the Salt Lake Temple. They have been blessed with three children and a beautiful little granddaughter. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, a Master's degree from Utah State and a Ph.D. from Brigham Young University. Bro. Linford loves travelling to tropical locations with his wife. He loves snorkeling and has had personal encounters with sharks, sea crocodiles, a manta ray, sting rays, sea turtles, a spotted eagle ray, octopi, eels, and a variety of tropical fish.

Gary Little

Kelly McIlrath

Office : 224

Office Phone : 801-764-3024

Biography :
Brother McIlrath grew up in Bountiful, served a mission to Colombia where he got sick and finished his mission in Puerto Rico. He married Lisa Kartchner and they had three children. He taught seminary for fourteen years before serving in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as a CES Coordinator. He loves teaching Institute in English and Spanish, gardening with Lisa and playing with his grandchildren.

Salahedin Brian McLean

Paul Monson

Office : 110

Office Phone : 801-764-3010

Biography :
Brother Monson grew up in Manti. He got his bachelors at Utah State University and a masters at Idaho State University. He has taught seminary in Pocatello ID, at Canyon View Jr. High, Orem High School, and Lone Peak High School. He has been at the Orem Institute for 5 years. He loves being around young adults, camping, hiking, all sports, and especially loves playing with his grandchildren.

Todd Murdock

Office : 160

Office Phone : 801-764-3060

Biography :
webpage@: Bro. Todd Murdock was assigned to the Orem institute in 2014. Previously he was assigned as an institute director and seminary coordinator in Iowa City, Iowa. He also managed the Seminary Online Instruction course for nine states in the Midwest. During this time he was able to visit and lead tours to many of the Midwest church history sites including, Iowa City (handcarts), Nauvoo and the several Missouri sites. Bro. Murdock graduated from Weber State University and received a Masters in Education Leadership from BYU. He also received a national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician from the University of Iowa Medical School. In addition to working for Seminary and Institutes Bro. Murdock has taught for the BYU Continuing Education programs for 22 years including, EFY, Best of EFY, regional Youth Conferences and Know Your Religion. He served a mission to Alabama and married his wife Angie in the Bountiful Temple. He has one daughter and three boys. He loves to ride motorcycles, hunt, play sports and play chess.

Matthew Nelson

Biography :
He was born and raised in Orem, Utah and served a full-time mission to the Japan Tokyo North Mission. He received his degrees from Brigham Young University. He has worked for the Seminary and Institutes of Religion as a released-time seminary teacher, an institute teacher and an administrator. He is married to the stunning Becky Toone from Ogden, Utah. They are the parents of three boys and reside in Pleasant Grove, Utah where Brother Nelson currently serves on the High Council of the Pleasant Grove East Stake. His outside interests include: golf, hiking, tennis, history books, and shopping for furniture.

Eric R. Nielson

Darin Palmer

Office : 150

Office Phone : 801-764-3050

Biography :
Brother Palmer has been employed with Seminaries and Institutes since 1990. He joined the faculty at the Orem Institute in 2014 and currently serves as the Associate Director of the Institute in addition to his teaching responsibilities. Brother Palmer served his mission in Japan and shortly after returning married Shauna King who also served a mission in Japan. Their happy family consists of 4 bright and beautiful children and one golden retriever. Their two missionary age children served in Korea and Japan. Brother Palmer loves to teach and associate with the youth of the church. He and his family stay busy recreating, traveling, and playing together. His interests include: Disneyland, reading, scuba diving, frequent travel and the Japanese language and culture.

Winn Raleigh

Biography :
Brother Raleigh was raised in San Diego CA and has been with S&I since 1998. He has been an Institute Director in California for most of his career. Brother Raleigh served a mission in England Leeds, was sealed to his his wife, Tina, in the Los Angeles Temple in 1982, and they have a son and daughter. Brother Raleigh's son Dane is a full-time Seminary Instructor for the Church. Brother Raleigh has a degree in Education, a Masters in Educational Administration, and attended Law School. His favorite calling was serving as the Stake Mission President when the San Diego Temple was build and dedicated. Brother Raleigh was a college athlete and loves all sports. He is an accomplished artist having his work featured in the galleries of Sedona Arizona. Brother Raleigh loves leading young single adults to the Savior. He and his wife Tina look forward to serving a mission together when they retire.

Brian Ricks

Biography :
Brian Ricks was born in Pocatello, Idaho, but grew up in Idaho Falls. He served a mission in the Dominican Republic from 1995-1997. He met his wife, Jessica, in Pocatello while attending Idaho State University. When Brian graduated from Idaho State in 2002 with a degree in Business (Finance), their oldest son, Paden, was one year old and the three of them moved to Saratoga Springs. Since then, the Ricks household has grown to 8 total; 3 sons and 3 daughters. During that time Brian has taught seminary in Pleasant Grove, Highland, Lehi, and Saratoga Springs. Brian loves to be outside camping, hunting, fishing, biking, or just walking around. He has a 4 year-old white Lab that loves to hunt about as much as he does. Jessica puts up with his outdoor fascination while trying to get him to do something (anything) around the house.

N. Curtis Ripplinger

Eric Shields

Office Phone : 801-764-3000

Biography :
Bro. Shields has been teaching with S & I for 34 years in Tooele, UT, Gresham, OR, Stockton, CA, Pleasant Grove, UT, at the UCAS seminary, and now at the Orem Institute. He served in the Japan Kobe Mission, and received his bachelor’s (History), master’s (Educational Psychology) and doctorate (Sociology) from BYU. He is married to Heidi Brinkerhoff, and they have eight children and three grandchildren. They live in Lindon, UT. He enjoys jogging, basketball, riding dirt motorcycles, and especially being with family.

Chris Siebert

Office : 184

Office Phone : 801-764-3084

Biography :
Chris Siebert was born in India and was later adopted to Utah. He has attended BYU-Idaho, BYU-Provo, Utah State and Utah Valley University. Chris met his wife at BYU-Provo after serving a mission to India. His wife Amanda had recently returned from serving her mission in Sweden. They have five children. He enjoys being outdoors and watching movies with his family. Chris has been working with Seminaries and Institutes for the past 17 years. He worked as a Coordinator in Las Vegas, Instructor at the Mental Hospital in Provo and at various Seminaries in the valley. Chris currently works as a Special Needs Coordinator. He enjoys being here at the Institute where there are great people and awesome students.

Leslie Richard Southam

Nancy Ann Southam

Mark Spencer

Office : 108

Office Phone : 801-764-3008

Biography :
Brother Spencer has been teaching institute in Utah Valley since 2002. He joined the faculty at the Orem Institute in 2008. He Received his BS Degree in Geology and Photography from Weber State . He also attended UNLV where he received a MS Degree in Special Education. His interests include: Photography, scuba diving, paintball, and skiing.

Daryl Ryan Staheli

Darren Stuart

Rick Tanner

Biography :
Rick Tanner was born in Nuremberg, Germany. He grew up in Utah and was active in sports. He played first string varsity soccer all three years of high school and took 3rd place in State wrestling his first year and was undefeated the rest of his high school career. Rick loves most sports. He loves to rip-stick while listening to the scriptures and giving his grandkids rides. He used to live snowboarding until he sustained a shoulder injury. His parents encouraged his singing talent. He was asked to sing a solo in General Conference at 11 years old. He later toured with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir as a boy soloist and sang in Carnegie Hall and on "Music and the Spoken Word". He performed on national TV on the Mickey Mouse Club and various telethons. He has recorded 4 albums. He has had many opportunities to sing and speak throughout the west in youth conferences and firesides, etc. He served his mission in Kentucky. He married Sherri Haworth and they have 5 children and 11 grandchildren. Rick received his undergraduate and MBA degrees at BYU. He taught seminary and was the principal in Eagle, Idaho, prior to coming to the Orem Institute. While in Idaho, Rick served as Bishop and in the Stake Presidency. He's always had a special love for today's youth and believes they are the greatest generation ever.

Cameron Vaughn

Wynn Wilkes

Office : 227

Office Phone : 801-764-3027

Biography :
Brother Wilkes grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He got a bachelors in economics and his masters in Educational Psychology with a minor in Ancient Scripture. He also received his doctorate at Utah State University in Instructional Technology. His whole life revolves around his family. He also enjoys woodworking and church history travel.

Terrol Williams

Morgan Woodhouse

Office : 160

Office Phone : 801-764-3060

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