Team leader and visionary of the Navigating History project
Since age 11, Isaac has been working in video production. In 2005 he authored a book (Outside Hollywood) and began a popular blog on filmmaking. His passion is bringing aesthetic excellence, creativity, leadership, and historical knowledge to the war of ideas. Since his early experiences in cultural warfare, he has seen how much ideas influence culture, and how much history shapes worldviews — and this is what he plans to spotlight in "Navigating History."
Boots-on-the-ground interface with the Egyptian people
David's family traces its heritage back to a small village on the banks of the Nile. Through time spent living in Egypt and studying its language, customs, and religions, he has learned to identify key points of Egyptian culture and strain them through the grid of a biblical worldview. His home education and voracious reading also make him the team's expert in Egypt's church history, and the lessons to be learned from its rises and falls.
Lead camera man and production editor
The team's most experienced globe-trotter, Steven has been the technical lead on several projects spanning the Americas and Europe, including a 55-episode European history online series. He also worked on Vision Forum's “The Mysterious Islands” documentary. His skills in cinematography, graphic arts, visual effects, and more, bring technical finesse to the project, as his solid worldview provides ideological strength. Steven anticipates this fascinating journey to Egypt as a remarkable opportunity to observe, through the lens of a camera, an ancient culture founded in paganism, and how it was used by God to demonstrate His awesome power.
IT expert and managerial muscle
Chris is a technical expert for one of the nation's top IT support firms, coming on board the Navigating History project to keep everything ticking. He's been immersed in cultural diversity across the U.S. from rural Iowa to Hollywood, but this trip will be his first outside the country. An off-the-cuff speaker and natural leader, Chris likes to make things happen. Committed to Biblical principle, Chris hopes to observe the effects of bad ideologies and compromises on laws and personal freedoms.
Accomplished historians and teachers will round out the team's discoveries and commentary.
Bill Potter, historian and Curator of The Circa History Guild, combines a lifelong study of history with a unique ability to communicate it to young and old alike. Mr. Potter has taught history classes to high school and college students, and has led historic tours of Italy, Switzerland, France, England, and Scotland. An experienced researcher and writer, Mr. Potter possesses a practical knowledge of antiquarian books, documents, and artifacts, has published several short books, and has penned many articles and book reviews for publication. As a father of eight children, he appreciates the necessity of passing on to the succeeding generations the richness of history.
Cham E. Dallas, Ph.D.
Dr. Cham Dallas is Professor and Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia, and Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia. Dr. Dallas has an international reputation in toxicology and issues regarding weapons of mass destruction, which included over a dozen scientific expeditions to the areas with the highest degree of radioactive contamination. He also carries wide expertise in the fields of socio-politics and international relations, particularly in the Middle East. His staff at the Institute of Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense tracks the tensions unique to the balance of Middle Eastern powers.
Geoffrey Botkin is a cultural analyst, political consultant, veteran filmmaker, husband, and father. He currently serves as a senior consultant to the Western Conservatory of the Arts & Sciences. His works include some of the most controversial and widely watched public affairs films of the last twenty years, reaching viewers across the US, Russia, Europe, and Australasia. Works in progress include a theological and cultural assessment of pivotal historical moments that illustrate God’s unchanging covenantal intervention in international affairs, and what the West might expect in the 21st Century.
Wondering how we can pull all this off? Our families have been working behind the scenes since day one to help us bring together the myriad of details involved and they'll be manning Mission Control while we're on the ground in Egypt.
Technical and support lead, stalwart cheer
Code monkey, web management
Research, writing, marketing
Graphic design, research, and esprit-de-corpse (embalmed)
Anna Sofia Botkin
Research, writing, resident Imhotep
Research, writing, web management, little gray cells
Composer and humorist
Marketing, cellist, auxiliary mother, and Ben's muse
Writer and all-around helpful person (every endeavor needs one)
Designated mother and Editor-in-Chief