We began sharing and building the vision of TRCA three years ago. In those very early stages, we knew that one of our biggest tasks was to duplicate ourselves as “founders” by bringing capable leaders onto our team. God has answered numerous prayers for co-laborers over the last three years, and in the last few months, we have seen God orchestrate another answer to prayer. We’re excited that the time has now come to add, and we are eager to introduce, our newest co-laborer to you.
Dr. Nathan Oppman has been with us, mostly behind the scenes as an advisor and board member, for the past three years. We have been eager to employ more of his administrative skill, grasp of history and teaching, and godly leadership. Starting this summer, he will step into the full-time roles of TRCA Head of School and lead teacher in our Rhetoric School.
Dr. Oppman’s philosophy of education begins with the principle that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,” and he is thrilled to be a part of TRCA’s mission to educate students with excellence. He believes education is about equipping students for life, and that equipping will look different for scholars based on their gifts, talents, and interests. It is his goal to help challenge all of his students to achieve their God-given potential. He believes young people have big questions and is confident that they can handle big ideas and deep answers.
Dr. Oppman was himself homeschooled and went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a Master’s degree in History, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Bob Jones University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the area of Biblical worldview in young adults who were active in the public policy arena. He comes to TRCA after spending eight years working in the field of public policy, at both the national level in Washington, D.C. and the state level in Des Moines. Dr. Oppman serves as an adjunct college professor and is a guest speaker at a range of classes, conferences, and seminars for young people.
Dr. Oppman is a native of Iowa, and in his spare time he enjoys cheering for Hawkeye football and basketball, Twins baseball, and Vikings football. He also enjoys fishing and hunting, being involved with his church, teaching and playing with his children, and spending time with his wife Joy.
Please welcome Dr. Oppman, pray for his wisdom and success, and thank God for His providence and provision!