What if education could be driven by discovery and shaped by the mindset of innovation? At CreatEd Institute, we believe that it can and should be. We've introduced a new approach to education that focuses on individuals finding their God-given calling in the context of intentional community.
A 2-Year Educational Program for
Motivated High School Graduates
Statement of Faith
The hearts and minds of creative entrepreneurs must align with the heart of God if they desire to bless people through enterprise. According to the biblical perspective, a right posture before the Creator is essential to a right perception of His creation. In other words, it is God, not man, who is in the best position to reveal what is True, Good, and Beautiful.
Entrepreneurs should be navigators of culture with expertise in both reading and recognizing its trends. Humanities and the liberal arts foster these skills, while highly specialized degrees do not. The entrepreneur who deeply analyzes culture predicts what’s on the horizon and meets its challenges with innovation and resourcefulness. This also positions the entrepreneur as a positive culture shaper, replacing hazardous trends with healthy ones.
Entrepreneurs see opportunities, not problems. When there is a need in culture, they look to remedy the deficiency. Enterprise is the universal language of all exchange between human beings. It exists as the means by which entrepreneurs can address the express truth, goodness, and beauty by what they make and do.
Robert Evans, M.Div., received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in English and Psychology, followed by a master’s degree from Austin Seminary. He was a co-founder and principal for seven years of Learning by Design, a consulting firm (Denver, CO) with Fortune-100 clients in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has also been on the staff of St. Edward’s University (Austin, TX) and Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO). He joined the University of the Nations (Kailua-Kona, HI) in 1993, where he taught English, history, biblical studies, and the biblical languages, as well as serving as Dean of the College of Humanities and International Studies until 2009. He also served the University of the Nations International, with locations in Kona and over 400 other locations worldwide, as International Committee member for the College of Humanities and International Studies. With nearly 40 years of experience teaching at the collegiate level, Robert is passionate about equipping young adults to impact the world for the Kingdom of God. He brings patience and clarity to the process of exploring how every academic field of study and every sphere of influence in society fits within God’s redemptive plan for the nations.
Mallee serves as the Student Life & Outreach Coordinator at CreatEd Institute
Larissa Duprey has spent the past two years traveling the country and teaching leadership classes to high school students. Making the move from the hills of South Dakota to the mountains of North Carolina, she has come to serve as the Logistics & Outreach Coordinator for the CreatEd Institute. Larissa is a firm believer in quality donuts, non-fiction books, and afternoon hiking.
Kevin’s background in educational development stems from his research and study at over 10 different universities on 4 different continents where he earned a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Finance, Global Economics & International Business. A certificate of Christian Ministry and extensive practice with leadership development have convinced him that it is the duty of a Christian educator to facilitate an experience of discovery and encounter with truth that leads to the transformation of the individual.
Jeff Ingle (M.A.) earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN). He did his graduate studies in Systematic Theology at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), and has completed studies from Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, IL) and the University of Northwestern St. Paul (MN). He and his wife Lauren were married in 2012.
Beyond his academic interests in the intersection of theology and the liberal arts, Jeff has a passion for “traveling on a shoestring.” He values the opportunities it affords for adventuring and especially for seeking new ways to love and learn from people around the world. In addition to broad travel through North America, he has embarked on several hitch-hiking journeys through the British Isles and Eastern Europe. He has also explored central locales of the Old and New Testaments in parts of the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece.
Pete Lackey, M.A., M.Div., received a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies as well as a master’s degree in Theology and History from Criswell College (Dallas, TX) before receiving a second master’s degree in Philosophy of Religion from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT). He has also completed a number of additional studies in the areas of language, culture, and religion from the University of Georgia, the University of Minnesota, and Luther Seminary (to name a few), and is currently pursuing two doctoral degrees in Theology, Art, and Culture and the Great Books respectively.
With a heart for the community at large, Pete has filled a number of academic, administrative, and ministry posts with various organizations such as the T.A. Patterson World Mission Center (Dallas, TX), the Overseas Ministries Study Center (New Haven, CT), InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and the MacLaurin Institute (a Christian study center serving the University of Minnesota). He has also worked with developmentally disabled inner-city children at a St. Paul charter school. His overseas experience includes humanitarian relief efforts with theological instruction in Sri Lanka, Chad, Brazil, and Chile
Elijah was born and raised outside of Columbus, Ohio where he discovered a deep passion for tight knit community, problem solving, and creating new and interesting things. After he finished high school he had the opportunity to travel around the country with TeenPact Leadership Schools, teaching young people about the importance of Christ centered leadership. A
After experiencing the bureaucracy of attending a public University, Elijah was determined to find a better way to do education. That’s when he stumbled upon The Created Institute. He now develops interesting ways to share the message of Created with the world and impact students who are looking for a different way to launch into their vocation.
When he’s not working he enjoys sunrise hikes, writing music, and exploring new cities. You can follow him on Instagram and Twitter @elijahknapp
Vider (Lee) Byberg was born in Chicago but raised in South America as well as his parents’ native Norway. Lee moved to Minnesota in 1982 after graduating from high school in Norway and attended the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, where he achieved his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1987) and Master of Business Administration (1990). Lee was employed by Life-Science Innovations & Affiliated Companies (LSI) since 1996 through 2014 and served in multiple leadership roles with affiliated companies. LSI is a privately held company headquartered in Wilmar, Minnesota, and employs 1,500 people in Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas and Missouri. LSI serves in the industries of agriculture, engineering and bio-science. Lee has a variety of experience managing and leading companies. His experience includes being the Senior Economic Internal Consultant for Phillips Petroleum Company (where he was responsible for the economics of a $300 million water injection project) to being the Vice President of Operations of Life-Science Innovations in Wilmar, MN, to being the President of Epitopix (R&D of vaccines for food safety in field of livestock) and CEO of Syntiron (a human R&D company focused on the development of a vaccine against Staphylococcus and other community-acquired infections).
Davis Norment received his undergraduate degree in Christian Ministries from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. He went on to complete additional post-graduate work in Biblical Studies from the University of the Nations where he spent fourteen years as an accomplished teacher and curriculum developer. At the UofN-Kona, Davis shared leadership and teaching duties in a 36 credit-hour master’s level Biblical Studies course, and a 20 credit-hour Discipleship Training Course. During this time, he began to identify a core set of unanswered questions that is leaving a void in the lives of many young Christians today. Davis realized that this void is the result of students being taught “what” to believe without the context for “why” to believe it. Burdened to solve this issue, Davis developed a 12 credit-hour Biblical Worldview curriculum focused on answering life’s most fundamental questions. The course quickly became one of the most popular classes at the UofN-Kona. Davis partly attributes its success to his own personal frustration and struggles in learning. As a student, the institution’s forms, methods and curriculums left him bored and uninspired. Yet, these early struggles and frustrations with learning were the experiences that made him a successful teacher and curriculum writer. He understands today’s culture and student body and knows how to build curriculums that can inspire this generation to excel.
Elaine is the director of admissions, residential assistant, and offers herself as a support for the community however she can. She is from Minnesota and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus with a Religion major and a Peace studies minor (an accumulation of Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science). Her experience in college and her Senior Thesis on the value of education, and its need for reform, launched her passion for the type of environment, community, and learning style offered by the CreatEd Institute. She enjoys doing just about anything other than sitting still.
Jack Engel grew up as the oldest of four in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As his parents were often invested in different ministries and initiatives around the Twin Cities, Jack recalls that he’d never have to go far to hear an interesting story or help with someone’s exciting project.
After spending a summer in Africa, Jack caught the vision for rebuilding impoverished communities through socially-conscious capitalism and entrepreneurship. Coming to see that ideas, not resources, often spark the truest form of economic growth, Jack became interested in uncovering those ideas that lead to healthy and flourishing societies.
Over the last few years, Jack has traversed in and out of formal education as he has taken various opportunities to work and travel. Jack completed his first two years of college at Wheaton College and Rivendell Sanctuary (CreatEd’s beta program) before working in Israel for a month and completing a semester-long internship in D.C. Jack returned to CreatEd in the summer of 2015, where he now serves as the CreatEd Network Director, building relationships between CreatEd’s students, leadership, local communities, and partnering businesses.
In his spare time, a few of Jack’s favorite things include road trips, podcasts, exploring new places, spending time with his family, working on his haka dance, or late night jogs.
Looking into the future, Jack looks forward to the dreams that will birth out of CreatEd and the impact they could have on deep, systemic levels. Jack plans to start his own business someday and is excited to build the kingdom of God through enterprise and the marketplace.
In 2014, Emily entered the Rivendell Sanctuary Program (CreatEd Institute’s beta program) and became alumni in December of 2015. She has worked with CreatEd since January of 2016. Full of passion for the beautiful life, she loves anything requiring creative thinking, working with her hands, and the process of discovery. Constantly generating new ideas, she is highly imaginative and thrives on being challenged. Among her many interests, she is most familiar with charcoal/chalk drawings, ink sketches, and acrylic paintings with a fascination focused on using unique surfaces for her canvas – such as glass, velvet, wood, silk, and cork. She also has a goal of being a published novelist on the side.
She is deeply passionate about cultivating a culture of respect, honor, loyalty, dignity, and reverence for God, his laws, and for people as image bearers and co-heirs with Christ. She enjoys spending time with younger women and girls, walking with them and adventuring into the most beautiful territory available to us: the place where God’s presence and the human soul intersect.
She is the creator of all the art on the website.
Joshua Songster graduated from Rivendell as a student in 2015 and joined the CreatEd team as an intern in Minneapolis directly afterward. He is stoked to be a part of the CreatEd community as mentor and an aspiring entrepreneur. He is also a fledgling gelato connoisseur.
For over 25 years, Jean Norment has been teaching in churches and schools around the world. Her passion is to see Christians released into the joy of experiencing intimacy with God through a fresh revelation of the power and glory of the cross. Seeing the enormous scope of Christ’s finished work from God’s perspective is one of the main keys to helping people discover their true identity and destiny in Christ.
Jean’s call into the ministry came in 1975 when God spoke clearly to her, saying, ‘I will send you to the nations of the world and you will teach My Word.’ She spent many years alone with God in careful preparation for that calling. At that time, she and her husband, Bobby, lived in Montgomery, Alabama where Bobby was President and CEO of Norment Industries. In 1994, God called Jean and Bobby to Kona, Hawaii, where they joined the staff of the University of the Nations-Kona, which is part of the family of ministries of Youth with a Mission. Both Jean and Bobby served on the leadership team of the University of the Nations for 10 years. Jean continues to teach in YWAM Discipleship Training Schools and Counseling Schools around the world. In 2009, Bobby and Jean moved to Bloomington, Minnesota where they are helping to pioneer CreatEd. God has gifted and anointed Jean as a counselor. She enjoys training and equipping other Christians to minister to the broken-hearted through the power of the Holy Spirit, and she loves mentoring young people. Jean and Bobby have two sons and three grandchildren who are the joys of their lives.
Annie was born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In 2012, she graduated summa cum laude with Rivendell Sanctuary’s inaugural cohort (CreatEd Institute’s beta program). She transferred to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS and to earn her BFA in Creative Writing. During the summer of 2013, Annie studied abroad for five weeks at the University of Oxford.
When she graduated from Belhaven in 2014, Annie was invited to return to Rivendell Sanctuary for a sixteen-month faculty internship. During that time, she served as resident advisor, building authentic mentoring relationships with students while supervising residence hall life. She also developed and taught advanced composition workshops, provided coaching for academic essay writing, assisted in administration and grading, and aided professors in the facilitation of cohort discussions.
On the side, Annie discovered a passion for minimalism and began conducting personal decluttering sessions, coaching individuals through a process of self-examination, elimination of excess, and delight in signature staples—habits that foster internal transformation and empower individuals to live with greater peace and effectiveness within their spheres of influence.
In 2016, Annie began her graduate work in strategic leadership at North Central University in Minneapolis, MN, which she will complete online. In addition to working for CreatEd Institute, Annie plans to apply her knowledge, skills, and passions to the field of entrepreneurship.
Daniel Shirley is a classical conversations graduate with a passion for classical Christian education. He is currently apprenticing with the Circe institute to become a master teacher. His passions include rock climbing, hiking, Oxford commas, and reading Plato.