Our Team

Meet Our Mentors

Ethan Wendle

Co-Founder, Diamond Back Truck Covers

Elisabeth Chauncey

Program Manager of Google Research - Artificial Intelligence

Hulet Smith

CEO Rehabmart

Lisa Black

Author / Speaker

Bobby John

Founder of Band of Coders

Scott Barstow

Principal at Rocket Hangar, Advisor at Telestax, Venture Partner at Sovereign's Capital

Mike Price

CTO - Rehabmart

Gary Black

Author / Speaker

Jacob Colter

Director of Partner Development

Allina Robie

Director of Student Experience

Seth Barnes

Co-Founder - Global U, Founder - Adventures in Missions

Andrew Haak

Director of Spiritual Development

Robert Long

Globl Head of IoT - Stibo Systems

Joshua Owen

Co-Founder - Global U

About Us

History

2018

July

Josh Owen and Seth Barnes were talking about the schools they attended growing up. The lectures were boring. Sitting at a desk all day was boring. They realized they shared a dream: Create a school where learning was driven by passion, where class was fun, where lessons were learned by doing things instead of listening to someone talk. They thought about the crisis in higher education – students going into debt and losing their faith. Seth created training organizations before that changed the life trajectory of the young people who went through them. Why not create a school that would address the need for a model of higher education that would be completely different – and a full level better than the one in existence?

December

Wanting to keep costs down and give students an experiential understanding of a Biblical worldview, Josh and Seth decided to locate the school overseas. Wanting to give students practical experience, they decided to keep the mentor-student ratio at 1:3.

2019

January

Realizing that they would need an experienced partner to help them to disciple their students, they turned to the World Race. In January of 2019, they began recruiting the first class. Josh and Seth were determined to recruit a class that was propelled by their curiosity, strong in their faith, and driven by a good work ethic.

September

It’s time to start! After spending a year building the class and recruiting mentors, they launched the Alpha Class by hiking the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain for two weeks.