Our Leadership and Faculty
Greg Wilbur, President and Dean of the College
Gregory Wilbur is President and Dean of the College, permanent Trustee and Senior Fellow at New College Franklin. Mr. Wilbur received a B.A. in Music with a minor in English followed by a M.M. in Composition, both from the University of Alabama.
In addition to his role at New College Franklin, Mr. Wilbur is the Chief Musician of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) and is the author of three books, numerous articles and speaks regularly on the arts, worship, and education. He contributes regularly on The Christward Collective and the CiRCE Institute Blog. Mr. Wilbur has composed award-winning works for choir, orchestra, film, and corporate worship as well as commissions. He recently released his third CD of congregational hymns called Rise and Worship: New Reformation Hymns.
He lives in Franklin with his wife Sophia and daughter Eleanor.
Paul Lemon, Dean of Academics
Paul Lemon is the Dean of Academics at New College. He earned a BA in Music from Moody Bible Institute, a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth, an Education Specialist from Liberty University. He is in the dissertation phase of a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Since 2011, he has served in educational administration in higher education. In addition, he is an ordained Worship Pastor (SBC) and has served in churches in Texas and Illinois prior to his current position at Three Rivers Fellowship in Waverly, Tennessee. Mr. Lemon lives in Fairview with his wife Kiel and two children.
Brandon Spun, Head of Program and Professor of Moral Philosophy and the Quadrivium
Brandon Spun is the Head of Program and a Senior Fellow at NCF. He was born in Penn Valley, PA. He grew up on Long Island, NY, and received his undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo. After a brief stint in journalism and door-to-door sales, he continued his studies at St. John’s in Annapolis, MD where he received a Masters in Liberal Arts. He is currently studying for a second MA in Philosophy and hopes to earn a PhD in Philosophy.
Academic Intellectual interests include Literature, Literary Theory, Ancient Philosophy, Ethics, Personalism, Metaphysics, Natural Philosophy, and the Liberal Arts in general. A few of the more idiosyncratic favorites include Fyodor Dostoevsky, Edith Nesbit, Robert Lewis Stevenson, Jane Austen, Russian Literature, and Fairy Tales.
He has two children, enjoys classical languages, audio books (and so is eternally grateful to Librivox), woodworking, hiking, and board games.
Tammy McCoy, Dean of Students and Chief Financial Officer
Tammy McCoy is the Dean of Students (including Admissions), CFO, and office administrator for the college. She attended Malaspina College in British Columbia, Canada, and worked in the national Canadian headquarters of Campus Crusade for Christ. Mrs. McCoy and her family moved to United States in 1998 and have been woking in classical Christian education ever since. Mrs. McCoy’s son is a New College Franklin alumnus.
Matthew Bradley, Professor of Theology
Matthew Bradley teaches theology at New College Franklin. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from East Tennessee State University, and holds a Master of Theology degree in Historical Theology/Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary. He currently serves as the organizing pastor of All Saints Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Brentwood, TN. Matt and Leslie reside in Franklin with their two sons.
Caleb Faires, Professor of Art
Caleb Faires serves as an adjunct fellow at New College Franklin. Although he grew up in Asia, he received his Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at Hillsdale College in Michigan. He is an internationally recognized artist, specializing in pen and ink and equine art. He lives in the hills of Tennessee with his wife and five children.
David Filson, Professor of Theology
Pastor David Filson serves on the pastoral staff at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. He is grateful to be Diane’s husband and Luke and Lydia’s Daddy. David knew he wanted to be a preacher when he was 3 years old. David served the PCA General Assembly as chairman of the Theological Examining Committee (2011-14), and has served as chairman of the Theological Examining Committee of Nashville Presbytery for over ten years. David earned a Ph.D. in Historical and Theological Studies at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He is Visiting Lecturer in Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC. He wants to love the Trinity more than he currently does, geeks out over fountain pens, and looks forward to smoking his pipe with C.S. Lewis in the New Heaven/New Earth.
Henry Haffner, Professor of Music
Henry Haffner, a sixth-generation Franklin native, teaches the Music and Harmonia courses at New College Franklin. Mr. Haffner graduated from Vanderbilt University, and received his Master of Music degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. As a Violist and Violinist, he has performed with orchestras, given masterclasses, and toured with recording artists throughout the South and Midwest. In addition to his duties at NCF, Mr. Haffner performs as Principal Violist of the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra in Lexington, KY, and serves as the Assistant Music Director at Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN. He lives in the country with his wife and daughter.
Damaris King, Professor of Rhetoric
Damaris King graduated summa cum laude
with honors from the University of Georgia with a degree in English. She read Shakespeare, British common law, Tudor-Stuart history, and British architecture at Oxford University, England, through the University of Georgia’s study abroad program. She received her J.D. from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She lives in Greenbrier, Tennessee, with her husband Eugene, daughter Morgan, and son Alex.
Jonathan Rogers, Professor of Creative Writing
Jonathan Rogers is Dean of Academics at New College Franklin. Dr. Rogers holds a Ph.D. in seventeenth-century literature from Vanderbilt University. His undergraduate degree is from Furman University. He is the author of several books, including the Wilderking Trilogy, The Charlatan’s Boy,
and The Terrible Speed of Mercy – A Spiritual Biography of Flannery O’Connor
Dr. Rogers has recently released audiobook versions of his acclaimed Wilderking Trilogy, narrated by the author. Ralph Wood recently called Dr. Rogers’s book The Terrible Speed of Mercy the best biography of Flannery O’Connor. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, he teaches Moral Philosophy, Composition, Creative Writing, and preceptorials on Flannery O’Connor and John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
Nate Shurden, Professor of Theology
Nate Shurden completed undergraduate work at King’s Meadow Study Center/Bannockburn Fellowship and holds an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS. While in seminary, Nate served at First Presbyterian Church Jackson in the Christian Education Dept. and as Assistant Editor for reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. Pastor Shurden has taught Old Testament at Belhaven University and served as Minister of Discipleship and Young Adults at FPC Jackson for three years before moving to Franklin in 2010 to help plant Cornerstone Presbyterian Church. Nate and Christy Shurden have four children.
Dan Apple, Adjunct Professor
Dan Apple teaches a special business course at New College. Dan has served the medical laboratory industry in senior executive roles with LabCorp and PathGroup. He has held various financial, sales and operating positions over 30 years. Mr. Apple is aresident of Franklin and member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church and the Society of Former Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Allison Burr, Adjunct Professor
Allison Burr is an adjunct faculty member at New College Franklin. She graduated summa cum laude from Simpson College with a B.A. in history, and has completed postgraduate work at The College of William and Mary in the areas of early American history and literature. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Theological Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary.
Mrs. Burr writes about theology and domesticity, and creates webinars for other women interested in those areas, via her ministry of TruthBeautyGoodness.net. She also guest posts from time to time at CiRCE and Desiring God.
Mrs. Burr is married to Chris, and she classically educates her four children at home in Franklin, TN. She especially enjoys reading C.S Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, baking many loaves of sourdough bread each week, and listening to her children sing and play violin, harp, cello, and piano.
John Marquardt, Adjunct Professor
John Marquardt retired from Quaker Oats/PepsiCo after 33 years as Sales Executive in various leadership roles spanning finance, marketing, strategy, logistics and supply chain. John led various sales teams throughout the U.S. prior to retiring to Franklin TN in 2012. He has been a guest lecturer at various colleges to address leadership skills, personal development, interviewing skills, and personal finance. John co-led a marriage and money seminar for several years at a 4,000 member church in Baltimore, Maryland, and is currently a member of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, where he is involved in men’s ministry and spearheading a church partnership with Franklin Community House. John is involved in various charities, particularly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, chairing committees and volunteering.