Kilns College

Located in Bend, Oregon, Kiln’s College was founded in 2008. Founder, Ken Wytsma, serves as Kiln’s president. Kiln’s College joined the SSA in 2015.

Kiln’s College’s mission is to change the world one student at a time.

SSA Liaisons: 

rick-gerhardt-headshotRick Gerhardt is on faculty at Kilns College (in Bend, Oregon), teaching such courses as Creation Care, General Apologetics, Science and the Bible, and Christianity and the Life of the Mind.  Rick is a trained Christian apologist (MA, BIOLA) and a research conservation ecologist (MS, Boise State) specializing in birds of prey, and he writes and speaks on these and other interests.  He has authored or coauthored nearly two dozen scientific journal articles and book chapters on his field studies, and has traveled throughout the Americas and the Caribbean conducting research and presenting his results.  He enjoys collaborative writing and editing, and has worked with several authors to help make their books a reality.  Rick has most recently published three chapters in two different apologetics books, including (with Ken Wytsma) “Social justice and a new kind of apologist” in A New Kind of Apologist (edited by Sean McDowell).

Melissa McCreeryMelissa McReary is the Executive Vice President at Kilns College. She grew up in Southern California and attended the University of Southern California where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. After working as a First Year Advisor at USC, Melissa moved to Boston to pursue graduate studies. She earned her Ed.M in Higher Education from Harvard University and moved to Bend, Oregon following graduation. Prior to working at Kilns College, Melissa worked at several college and higher education organizations such as USC, the New England Board of Higher Education, Emerson College, and Central Oregon Community College.Melissa is a talented leader, poised speaker, and tireless advocate for quality education in Central Oregon and around the world. She regularly writes and speaks about the role of education in achieving local and global justice, particularly as it relates to women and issues of gender equality. She and her husband, Neil, enjoy living in Bend with their adorable Shih tzu, Abner Brutus.

Mike CabaMike Caba serves as the Dean of Faculty at Kilns College. He holds a M.A. in Philosophy & Religion, M.A. in Humanities, a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Education and is completing his Doctor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion. He has completed volunteer archaeology work in Israel, and has taught a number of classes for various organizations on Biblical, historical, philosophical and religious topics over the years.