Exponential – Gap Year Partnership with Doe River Gorge

Looking for a way to cultivate Christian foundation to enable you to engage your culture for Christ? Want learn to defend your faith, as you also develop character and leadership skills? Exponential at the Doe River Gorge may be for you!

The Institute is thrilled to be working with Doe River Gorge Ministries on their 2021-22 Exponential Program. This will be an action packed year with studies in worldview, apologetics, creation, bible, logic–all in a outdoor adventure setting where students explore the depths of their world along with the depths of their life in Christ.

Find out more here: https://www.doerivergorge.com/gap-year/

Philosophers and Revolutions – What is going on in the Western World?


What is going on in the Western World? Engage this two part presentation on “Philosophers and Revolutions” to discover some answers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, March 30th and April 6th, from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Kingsport TN. Registration fee of only $15 per person ($25 per family). (Students currently enrolled in the Institute’s Western History Course attend for free.)  Contact info@genevainstitute.org for additional information.

Fall 2021 Course List

The Institute announces Fall 2021 courses. The list includes OT and NT courses for both 8-10th grades and for DE (dual enrollment), Personal Finance (DE), Algebra I, Introductory Logic, and Worldview and Apologetics.

Dual Enrollment:

Old Testament Literature and Interpretation.  This course provides an analysis of the Old Testament as the foundation of the whole Bible. It focuses on the theological, literary, and historical dimensions of the Old Testament text and story; draws theological connections to Jesus and the New Testament; and makes application to modern Christianity, both corporate (church) and personal (spiritual growth). (Partnering Institution: Bryan  College)

Personal Finance.  A study of the basic principles of planning and managing personal financial matters. Emphasis is on developing the personal financial planning skills needed to meet individual objectives and goals. (Partnering Institution: Belhaven University)

High School, Adult, Audit:

Algebra I. The first year of the standard High School math progression: Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-Calc.

Introductory Logic. Arguments come at us from every side. Are these arguments valid? Should we be persuaded? How should we respond? This course is designed to help us reason according to the Scriptures, recognizing good and bad reasoning in ourselves and others. We will study categorical and propositional logic, informal fallacies, and learn to develop arguments that are both valid and sound.

Old Testament Survey. This class is the first of two that study the most influential book—the Bible. Students will read the entire Old Testament, memorize key passages, learning to interpret and tell the Old Testament story, and applying it to all of life.

Worldview and Apologetics. This course combines uncovering the nuts and bolts of competing worldviews and world religions with practical instruction in defending the Christian worldview. A primary theme in the study is the uniqueness of the Christian worldview in providing explanation of the human condition and the reality of hope for meaning through life in Christ. The course will highlight the inconsistencies inherent in all non-Christian worldviews while emphasizing the completeness and consistency of Biblical Christianity.

New Spring Courses Added!

We have added courses to our Spring officering!  The new courses include Basic Economics, and Western History, The Church, and Theology.  These courses are added to a list that includes Psychology, Elementary Greek II and Existentialism.  Options include dual enrollment for college credit, high school only credit, and adult audit!  Please take time to look over these courses and contact me, Dean Walker (919-245-7016) for more information!

Dual Enrollment:

General Psychology.  Introduction to the general field of psychology. Emphasizes concepts helpful for understanding contemporary psychology and those basic to further study. (Monday 8:30-11:20 am)  (Partnering Institution: Bryan College)

Elementary Greek II.  God’s precious word is worth treasuring by exploring the nuances of its original language. Studying Greek gives students the same tools that helped build the Reformation, equipping them to begin a new reformation. One year of college level Greek fulfills HS graduation requirements. (Monday 1:00-3:50 pm) (Partnering Institution: Belhaven University)

High School, Adult, Audit:

Basic Economics: A ten week study of economics from a Christian worldview! How does the economy work? What is good about free markets? What is bad about socialism? How do we answer these questions from a Christian worldview? Classes will be on Tuesday evenings and open to students and adults.

Western History, The Church, and Theology. A look at western history through the lens of the church. Special emphasis will be given to theological issues that arise in the church–these will be studied in their historical context. An excellent way to build theological foundations and discern between orthodoxy and heresy. This course can be applied for 1/2 credit in world history, and is open for student and adults (Tuesday 1:00 – 3:00 pm)

Existentialism: The Philosophy of Despair and the Quest for Hope. This course will explore the rise of existential thought and its impact on contemporary culture. The commentary of C. Stephen Evans will serve as our guide as we engage the primary sources: Camus and Sartre; as well as their Christian counterparts Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky. We will follow their quest for meaning and values as they grapple with the philosophical loss of theistic foundations. Classes will be held twice a month on Thursday evenings. A hybrid of video-conferencing (zoom) and in person evening classes will be utilized (full video-conferencing will be available for those unable to attend in person).

Spring 2021 Courses

The Institute’s Spring course list has been confirmed! Student courses include Psychology, Elementary Greek II and Western Civ II (note: Western Civ I is not required!). This semester’s open class for students and adults, with audit options, will study one of the most influential movements of our day: Existentialism. Please take time to look over these courses and contact me, Dean Walker (919-245-7016) for more information!

Dual Enrollment:

General Psychology.  Introduction to the general field of psychology. Emphasizes concepts helpful for understanding contemporary psychology and those basic to further study. (Monday 8:30-11:20 am)  (Partnering Institution: Bryan College)

Elementary Greek II.  God’s precious word is worth treasuring by exploring the nuances of its original language. Studying Greek gives students the same tools that helped build the Reformation, equipping them to begin a new reformation. One year of college level Greek fulfills HS graduation requirements. (Monday 1:00-3:50 pm) (Partnering Institution: Belhaven University)

Western Civilization II. Survey of significant developments in the world’s major societies with the emphasis on western civilization. Studies key occurrences through the early 20th century. (Tuesday 1:00-3:50 pm)  (Partnering Institution: Belhaven University)

High School, Adult, Audit:

Existentialism: The Philosophy of Despair and the Quest for Hope. This course will explore the rise of existential thought and its impact on contemporary culture. The commentary of C. Stephen Evans will serve as our guide as we engage the primary sources: Camus and Sartre; as well as their Christian counterparts Kierkegaard and Dostoevsky. We will follow their quest for meaning and values as they grapple with the philosophical loss of theistic foundations. Classes will be held twice a month on evenings to be determined by the course participants. A hybrid of video-conferencing (zoom) and in person evening classes will be utilized (full video-conferencing will be available for those unable to attend in person).

The Institute Adds New Faculty Members!

The Institute is very pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members for the coming year.

David Saulsbury brings years of business experience along with an MBA from Western Governor’s University and a PhD in progress to the Institute to teach business and economics courses. For the Fall 2020 semester he plans to teach BUS 210 Principles of Budgeting and Accounting. 
David enjoys spending time with family (he and his wife Debbie are blessed with nine children), reading, gardening and sports, and is an aficionado of classic TV. David also serves as a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Kingsport TN.

Nathan Tucker graduated from Liberty University where he received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to that, he received a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Law, also from Liberty University. For the Fall Semester, Nathan plans to teach HIS 105 United States History I. Nathan loves to discuss the Constitution, its foundation in a Christian worldview, and its outworking in U.S. History. He recently contributed an article to the Institute on Christianity and the “Black Lives Matter” movement that may be found here. Nathan is married, and he and his family were recently blessed with their fourth child.

TN 1st Congressional District Round Table

We have a couple of very good candidates for the TN 1st Congressional District: Jay Adkins and Josh Gapp! They took time to meet with the Institute today to discuss issues that Christians are facing in today’s culture. Watch as we discuss education, lock downs, law and the supreme court, the challenge of Marxism, freedom of speech, fiscal responsibility and more!

Geneva Institute Announces Fall Schedule

Fall Semester 2020

Great Books of the Renaissance and Reformation .This course will examine some of the influential works of the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will be encouraged to critically examine these works from a biblical perspective, discussing, debating, and evaluating the validity of the author’s ideas and ethics. (Wednesday 8:30-11:20 am)

Critical Survey of Worldviews.  Explore the major worldviews and their shortcomings in comparison to God’s word. Recognizing the lies of the culture can help Christians not only evangelize non-believers but overcome their own blind spots and grow in faith. (Monday 8:30-11:20 am)

Elementary Greek I.  God’s precious word is worth treasuring by exploring the nuances of its original language. Studying Greek gives students the same tools that helped build the Reformation, equipping them to begin a new reformation. One year of college level Greek fulfills HS graduation requirements. (Monday 1:00-3:50 pm)

Principles of Budgeting and Accounting. An introduction to the basic principles of business budgeting and accounting with applications for contemporary business practices in sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations. Not open to Business and Accounting majors. (Tuesday 8:30-11:20 am)

United States History Survey of the early history of the United States. Traces major political and cultural developments from colonial times through the Civil War (Tuesday 1:00-3:50 pm)

Spring Semester 2021

Great Books of the Modern World .This course will examine some of the influential works of the Renaissance and Reformation. Students will be encouraged to critically examine these works from a biblical perspective, discussing, debating, and evaluating the validity of the author’s ideas and ethics.

General Psychology.  Introduction to the general field of psychology. Emphasizes concepts helpful for understanding contemporary psychology and those basic to further study.

Elementary Greek II.  God’s precious word is worth treasuring by exploring the nuances of its original language. Studying Greek gives students the same tools that helped build the Reformation, equipping them to begin a new reformation. One year of college level Greek fulfills HS graduation requirements.

Contemporary World History. A study of international affairs since World War I, emphasizing recent and current events. It is a selective survey of significant 20th-century political and cultural occurrences, which provides perspective for modern times.

Additional Info
These classes will be held at:

900 Watauga St,
Kingsport, TN 37660.

Online DE classes through our partnering colleges are also available.

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