Mostly stuff on Christianity by an Anglican priest who reads a lot of C. S. Lewis. Please note: all my posts about Lewis' book How To Pray are on the site, under Social Media/blog.

Curriculum Vitae

The Rev. David N. Beckmann
E-mail: beckmanndn at


B.A. (History), University of South Carolina, 1985
M.Div. (Magna Cum Laude), Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, 1990

Has also studied at:
Washington University, St. Louis, 1971-1973 (Judaic Studies major)
The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, 1973-1974 (Hebrew and O.T.)
Columbia International University, Greenville, SC, 1982-1983 (Theology and Philosophy)
Whitefield Theological Seminary, Lakeland, Florida, Th.M. (Ecclesiastical Latin)
Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, England, 2015 (Bible, Theology, Church History)

Teaching Experience:
  • Faculty, The Evangelical Institute of Greenville, SC, 1977-1979; taught introductory New Testament Greek and helped manage student workers.
  • Founding Headmaster, Hilton Head Christian School, Hilton Head Island, S.C. (1979-1982)
  • Adjunct faculty, Covenant College "Quest" Program, Rome, Georgia extension, teaching Bible and Philosophy, c. 1999-2001.
  • Founder and Headmaster of Knox Academy, Chattanooga, 2001-2007, a home school tutorial, teaching Latin, History, Western Literature, Logic and Rhetoric, grades 5-12.
  • Faculty, Chattanooga Christian School, 2007-2014, teaching Latin, English, Ethics, and History.
  • Adjunct faculty, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Classics Dept., 2014
Pastoral-Church Experience:
  • Assistant Pastor, Grace Bible Church (Independent Baptist), Hilton Head Island, 1979-1982;
  • Pastor, Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church (PCA), Grand Cayman Island, British West Indies, 1991-1997.
  • Assistant Pastor, Cherokee Presbyterian Church (PCA), Woodstock, Georgia, 1997-2000
  • Vicar, St. George Anglican Church (EMC), Chattanooga, c. 2005-2009.
  • Assistant Priest and Interim Rector, Anglican Church of the Redeemer (ACNA), Chattanooga, 2011-2013; 2017-2018.
Other Activites
  • Staff Member, Precept Ministries, International, teaching and managing conference ministry (1970's)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee for the Annual National Keswick Convention, Grand Cayman Island, BWI (1990's)
  • Founded the Cayman Islands (BWI) chapter of Evangelism Explosion (1990's)
  • Director, The C. S. Lewis Study Centre at The Kilns, Oxford, England (2014-2015)
"Praying the Catechism: A Prayer Based on the Larger Catechism's Exposition of the Lord's Prayer," Presbyterion: Vol. xvi, Fall, 1990, No. 2.

“The Importance of Preaching for Anglican Renewal,” The North American Anglican, Vol. 1, Winter 2008.

Truth to Life: Turning Doctrine into Devotion - Prayers Based Upon the Thirty-Nine Articles (Chattanooga: Logres Books, 2017)

“Fairy Stories: Worlds of Imagination in the Writings of Lewis and Tolkien,” Past Watchful Dragons: Fantasy and Faith in the World of C. S. Lewis, November 3-5, 2005, Belmont University.

“The Medieval World View of C. S. Lewis,” “We Would Be At Jerusalem” Conference, 2-3 March, 2007,

"Historic Anglicanism and the Three Streams Motif," 2012 Georgia Anglican / Episcopal Laymen’s Conference, St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Blue Ridge, Georgia, 13 Sept. 2012

"Debriefing Letters to Malcolm," Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society, 28 April, 2015.

Many addresses through the years to the local C. S. Lewis Society, such as:
  • “The Queen of Drum,” C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga, 19 Feb., 2013
  • “The Lesser Known Stories of C. S. Lewis,” C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga, 22 Nov. 2013
  • “A Walk Through Mere Christianity,” C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga, 9 July, 2013
  • Priest, Anglican Diocese of the South, Anglican Church of North America.
  • Member, Oxford C. S. Lewis Society.
  • Moderator, C. S. Lewis Society of Chattanooga
  • Member, Association of British Counties
  • Member, Committee for the annual University of Tennessee at Chattanooga C. S. Lewis lecture -
  • Former member, Cayman Islands Minister's Association 
  • Former member: American Classical League

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