Equipping You to Raise the Next Generation with Ancient Future Education
You are an influencer…you no doubt want the best for the next generation… academically, emotionally and spiritually…
The greatest challenge is how to shape young people who will encounter a culture that is often working against them and equip them to become flourishing adults who love Jesus Christ, think with confidence, believe with courage and serve with compassion.
Ancient Future Education isn’t something new. The approach has been around for centuries and today is often called classical Christian education. The greatest minds and servant leaders have been educated using this model. It is more than a curriculum…it is a way of life and the model to educate the next generation for the 21st century marketplace.
BaseCamp LIVE will equip you, the parent, grandparent, educator, or mentor, to climb that biggest mountain.
Our guests are some of the top thought leaders, culture watchers, and educational experts. They are familiar with the obstacles you’ll encounter on that uphill climb. They will offer you the tools you’ll need to summit the peak and raise the next generation of exceptionally prepared, compassionate, and thoughtful human beings.
Tune in each week for a show that will be encouraging and well worth your time. Don’t miss an episode – subscribe today!
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Davies Owens, Your host
Davies has always been interested in combining media, ministry, and education. As an undergraduate at Furman University, Davies co-hosted a Christian radio show called Against The Grain. He later earned an M.Div. at Duke Divinity School and a doctorate at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary focusing on online interaction and community. After serving as an Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian in Orlando, Florida, he moved to Silicon Valley to work with Christianity.com. In 2001, Davies moved back to his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, where he co-founded Blue Sky Ministries, an innovation lab for churches and non-profits.
Along the way, and thanks to his three school-aged children, he realized that schools serve as one of the greatest influencers in raising up the next generation. After serving seven years as the Head of School at Heritage Preparatory in Atlanta, he became the Dean of the Upper School and later Head of Vision and Advancement at The Ambrose School in Meridian, Idaho, where he has lived since 2011.
Currently, Davies serves as the Executive Director of the Society for Classical Learning. In this role, he comes alongside schools to equip administrators, translate their vision to parents, and help promote the concept of ancient future education for raising the next generation.
As the host of the popular podcast, BaseCamp Live, Davies translates classical Christian education for the everyday person. In 2014, Davies delivered a talk on Ancient Future Education at Q, a Christian learning community for advancing the gospel in the context of culture. He is a featured speaker at various classical Christian schools and conferences, including the Society for Classical Learning (SCL) and the Association of Classical Christian Schools.
He and his wife, Holly, have three children, including a daughter in college and two teenaged sons. When he is not behind the microphone or consulting, he enjoys traveling to Rwanda to support Africa Bright Future School, or recharging at home restoring and showing vintage Volvos.
Keith McCurdy, Parenting Guru of The McCurdy Moment
Keith has worked with families, children, parents, and individuals for over 30 years in the field of mental health, working with more than 15,000 individuals and families. He received his Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees from James Madison University. He is currently the President and CEO of Total Life Counseling, Inc., and is licensed in the state of Virginia as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Keith provides counseling and consulting services as well as a variety of workshops on improving parenting skills, building strong marriages, and maintaining healthy relationships. He has developed and regularly offers parenting retreats entitled “Raising Sturdy Kids” to help parents operate from the correct paradigm with their children and has extended and customized this powerful program for schools and students.
For many years Keith has been a consultant and speaker nationally to businesses, churches, and schools both within and outside of the world of Classical Education.
He previously served as Chairman of the Board at Faith Christian School, a Christian classical school in Roanoke, VA. Keith has been a regular contributor to The Roanoke Star with articles on children, parenting, and marriage. Keith has been featured on the Circe Institute’s podcast “The Commons”, “BaseCamp Live”, and “Crosspolitic” podcasts respectively, discussing topics related to raising sturdy kids. His primary focus is helping others better understand how a Christian worldview, not psychology, should be the primary influence in parenting and relationships today.
A significant part of his work has been helping parents understand the needed benefit of allowing their children to struggle to learn to do hard things. Keith is an avid outdoorsman and has been actively involved with Boy Scouts of America and coaching high school basketball. He and his wife Lynnie have been married for 25 years with two adult children, both classically educated.
Kelly Barbour, Guest Co-host
Kelly has been involved in coaching and mentoring for most of his life. Starting with teaching Sunday School as a 9th grader, he went on to coach high school baseball and serve as a youth and young adult leader while in college. He has coached baseball, football and basketball for the last 27 years. From 2014 – 2017, he had the privilege of serving as the radio analyst for football broadcasts for his alma mater, the College of Idaho. Kelly is currently the head coach of girls varsity basketball team at The Ambrose School in Meridian, Idaho.
A native Idahoan, Kelly graduated from the College of Idaho with a double major in History and Political Science, and a minor in Classics. After serving a fellowship at Harvard University, he spent a year working in the U.S. House of Representatives before attending the University of Virginia School of Law. Following graduation, he and his wife, Jennifer, were married and moved to Austin, Texas. After three years (which included a return to coaching and the birth of their first son, Wyatt), the family returned to Kelly’s Idaho roots in 2004.
Raised in a home that valued literature and scripture, Kelly was exposed to a wide variety of educational environments and philosophies over the years (one-room schoolhouse, home school, private Christian school, public school, classical studies in college, law school). With that backdrop, he discovered the classical Christian world just in time to enroll Wyatt, and later, their second son, James, at The Ambrose School.
After serving on the Ambrose Board of Directors for several years, and being exposed to the beauty of and need for classical Christian education in our world, Kelly left behind 17+ years of private law practice and hospital administration and joinedthe staff of The Ambrose School in April, 2019. He serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Dean of Students, House Governor, and varsity girls basketball coach. His wife, Jennifer, teaches at the Ambrose Bridge Program. Kelly (and family) are still celebrating Virginia’s first NCAA basketball championship earlier this year – and he expects to continue doing so for the foreseeable future!