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James Zeller

James Zeller, High School Classroom Teacher for English 4Classroom Teacher

PhD (in progress), University of Dallas
MDiv, Sangre de Cristo Seminary
BA, College of the Ozarks

James Zeller was homeschooled through high school alongside his twelve siblings in Westcliffe, CO. During his years as a homeschool student, he enjoyed acting in theatrical productions, watching films with his family, and reading authors such as C. S. Lewis, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mary Shelley. Through these experiences, he recognized and became passionate about the unique capacity of stories to embody truth and shape the hearts and minds of those who engage their imaginations to enjoy them.

The desire to gain a firm grasp on truth led James to study the Bible at Sangre de Cristo Seminary, where he eventually received an M. Div. His love for stories led him to study English at College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO, where he received a B.A. in English. Throughout college, James’s professors inspired him to pursue an education which would integrate the disciplines of philosophy, politics, and literature. He found an avenue for this type of education at the University of Dallas in Irving, TX, where he currently resides as he pursues a PhD. in Literature.

Aside from his church, the English classroom is James’s favorite place to be. He loves the way excellent literature creates fruitful conversations which draw people together, develop their discernment, and shape their hearts to love truth, goodness, and beauty. He delights in engaging in similar discussions within the body of Christ, challenging his fellow believers to think critically, creatively, and charitably about the world around them from the standpoint of a Biblical Worldview, and he has a heart to serve young Christians by drawing them into these formative conversations. He also desires to serve students by honing their facility with the English language and has enjoyed mentoring college Freshman in an English class at the University of Dallas.

When he is not studying or working, James enjoys singing in a choir, volunteering with the youth in his church, and enjoying the community life at the University of Dallas.