Instructor Bios

headshotMr. T.J. Burdick, O.P. is the founder of the Dominican Institute. He is the author of 99 Ways to Teach Like the Master (En Route, 2015) and Digital Missionary: How to Evangelize in the Digital World (Self-Published, 2015). He attained his Master’s degree in Education in 2014 to add to his degree in Education with an emphasis on Spanish language and culture. He is currently studying for another Masters in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. A former missionary to Latin America and finally professed Lay Dominican, T.J. teaches writes, speaks to help educate audiences on various aspects of the Catholic faith including catechesis, education, immigration, missions, Dominican spirituality and New Media.

db_shadowProfessor Douglas Beaumont has a Ph.D. in theology from North-West University and an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Southern Evangelical Seminary where he taught for ten years before being received into the Catholic Church. He is the author of Evangelical Exodus (Ignatius, 2016), The Message Behind the Movie (Moody, 2009), and has contributed to The Best Catholic Writing (Loyola, 2006), The Apologetics Study Bible for Students (B&H, 2010), and Got Questions? (Pleasant Word, 2009), as well as several articles in The Christian Apologetics Journal. Doug currently serves as adjunct faculty in the theology department at Belmont Abbey College (Charlotte, NC), and works as the Director of Religious Education for the Catholic Church in California where he lives with his wife and four children.

ryanProfessor Ryan Mayer teaches courses in apologetics, bioethics, and moral theology at Marin Catholic College Preparatory in Kentfield, California.  He earned a BA in philosophy, theology, and literature from Mount Angel College & Seminary in Oregon and a MA in theology summa cum laude with a concentration in bioethics from Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Connecticut.  He is currently completing a MA in philosophy (also through Holy Apostles) and a licentiate in bioethics from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome.  He earned certification in health care ethics with distinction from the National Catholic Bioethics Center and has been published in the journals National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and Bioethics Today.  He has also written for the websites and  Ryan lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three boys and enjoys apologetics, food, home brewing, baseball, and Legos.

shaunMr. Shaun McAfee, O.P. graduated from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in 2015 with a Master’s in Dogmatic Theology where is is now a teacher’s assistant in Dogmatic Theology graduate courses. He is the author of Filling Our Father’s House (Sophia Press, 2015), and St. Robert Bellarmine (En Route, 2016). Shaun has published scores of articles across the internet and currently writes for the National Catholic Register and owns/edits

mattProfessor Matthew Vander Vennet is currently pursuing his doctorate in Church History at the Catholic University of America. He earned his Masters in Theology with a Church History concentration at Holy Apostles College & Seminary. He loves the Green Bay Packers, music, playing music, the outdoors, a good pipe, and a hearty beer. He resides in northern Virginia with his wife and daughter. Being a dad is awesome. Being a Catholic is everything.

joewetterlingProfessor Joseph Wetterling is a professional educator with 20 years of experience. He holds a Catechetical Diploma, an ecclesiastical teaching certificate awarded by the authority of the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, and a Master’s Degree in Instructional & Performance Technology. He works as a teacher and instructional designer, specializing in adult education and performance improvement. He is the current president of the Catholic Writers Guild, where he also volunteers as an adviser and editor, and a member of the Militia Immaculata. He writes for his own blogs and monthly for You can find him online at,

crawfordProfessor W. Russell Crawford is from the Atlanta area. He attained his Masters in Philosophy through Holy Apostles College and Seminary to go along with his undergraduate work in Religion and Worldview. He began a small non-profit organization with the intent of engaging and communicating with those of an eclectic and/or “freethought” mentality and disposition. However, this pursuit has morphed into a more generalized desire to teach Worldview and Philosophy emanating from a distinctively Christo-centric perspective providing the secular culture with a taste of the rich intellectual tradition of the Christian faith. He loves to spend time with his wife and children.