About the C.S. Lewis Institute

St. John’s Anglican Church serves as a satellite campus for the C.S. Lewis Institute (CSLI) of Northeast Ohio. Headquartered just outside of Washington D.C. with branches in over 15 cities in the U.S. and in the U.K., CSLI was founded in 1976 by Dr. James Houston and James Hiskey.

The Institute endeavors, in the legacy of C.S. Lewis, to develop disciples who will articulate, defend and live their faith in Christ in personal and public life. From its inception, the Institute has been interdenominational, has worked closely with a variety of churches and sees itself as a servant ministry, assisting churches and pastors in making disciples of Jesus Christ. This takes the form of discipleship programs, area-wide conferences/seminars, pastor fellowships and resources in print and on the web.

Northeast Ohio Staff

Bruce J. Beard, Area Director
Email / ph. 330-727-7883

Bruce Beard is the founding director of the C. S. Lewis Institute for Northeast Ohio.  For the past thirty years, he has been active in outreach and ministry particularly to the market place.  As an entrepreneur, Bruce is active in the management of several companies in the financial service industry as well as manufacturing.  As a recent graduate of the Oxford Center for Christian Apologetics, his passion is for Christians to go deeper and to become all that God intended them to be.  His partner in all these ventures is his wife Phyllis, along with his son Evan, daughter-in-law Anya, granddaughter Aurora and daughter Elizabeth.


Daniel E. Osborn, City Director
Email / ph. 330-207-8196

Daniel Osborn joins the Northeast Ohio branch of the C.S. Lewis Institute after serving for fifteen years as a director for student ministries as well as a director of discipleship. Throughout this time, Dan sensed a direction for the local body of intentional discipleship and a true focused response to Christ’s call on our lives. It is his passion to challenge followers of Christ to respond to Christ’s call to “take up their cross” and in doing so realize the freedom that our Savior offers. One of Dan’s favorite authors, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, states it well; “…only through discipline may a man learn to be free.” Dan is married to Brandi, and God has blessed them with three beautiful children. Dan graduated in 1999 with his Bachelors in Theology from Cedarville University and just recently completed a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Geneva College.

Bethann Valantine, Fellows Program Coordinator
Email / ph. 330-881-0235

Bethann Valantine joined the team in Northeast Ohio after serving 13 years at Pregnancy Help Center as Development & Events Director, and more recently, as a volunteer staff member in Frontline Development with Mentor Leaders, a non-profit, humanitarian organization. Mentoring and discipleship has always been a passion, with the intention of equipping future generations to aspire to reach the abundant life promised to us. Another passion is her family, as well as the people in a village in West Africa where she served with Mentor Leaders. Beth is married to Walter, and has a daughter, Sarah, a son-in-law, Daniel, a granddaughter, Audrey, a son, Jon Michael, a daughter-in-law Gabrielle, and a son Mazema. Bethann’s desire to intentionally go deeper with God brought her to the C.S. Lewis Institute as a Fellow and a mentor, and currently  is overjoyed to hold the position as Fellows Program Coordinator.

Bryan C. Hollon, Ph.D.: Resident Scholar
Email/ ph. 330-685-5510

In addition to serving as the Resident Scholar for CSLI, Dr. Hollon is the Rector of St. John’s Anglican Church and Professor of Theology at Malone University. As a scholar, he specializes in ressourcement theology, which is best exemplified in the work of Henri de Lubac. As an Anglican Priest he is always interested in the ways that Christians and Christian churches engage contemporary culture and struggle to remain faithful to the gospel in different contexts. Dr. Hollon is a proponent of the great consensual tradition that C.S. Lewis referred to as “Mere Christianity,” and his various activities tend to focus on different aspects of this tradition. He and his wife Suzanne met at Baylor University and were married in 1993. They have three children in their teens and twenties.

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