The IPS Scholars Council is an advisory body of people formally constituted to provide educational expertise and insight from each member’s respective field to the educational efforts of the Institute for Principle Studies.  The advisory committee consists of scholars and experts in the academic fields of political science, economics, history, and theology.

Members of the Scholars Council provide research, writing and insight from their respective fields of discipline for articles and activities of the Institute for Principle Studies.  View below for a list of our Scholars.

Dr. Shawn Ritenour is professor of economics at Grove City College. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Auburn University. Before coming to Grove City College, Ritenour held the Ruby Letsch-Roderique Chair of Economics at Southwest Baptist University. He contributed to A Noble Calling and Great Austrian Economists, and his work has appeared in The American Journal of Economics and SociologyThe Quarterly Journal of Austrian EconomicsThe Areopagus JournalThe Wall Street Journal, and many others. He is most recently the author of Foundations of Economics: A Christian View, which can be purchased on our bookstore by clicking on the link.


In 1976, Dr. Marshall Foster founded the World History Institute, a nonprofit educational foundation, to teach the biblical and historical foundations of liberty.  The World History Institute (formerly the Mayflower Institute) has become a major force in the movement to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian heritage.  The Institute has reached millions with America’s “untold heritage.”

Dr. Foster has trained tens of thousands through live seminars in 40 states, Canada, and Europe.  He has been the co-host of a weekly syndicated radio broadcast entitled “The Story of Liberty” which has reached hundreds of thousands of Americans.  Dr. Foster is in constant demand as a keynote speaker at numerous conventions, schools, churches, retreats and political and business groups.  He speaks to audiences as large as 20,000 at business conventions and religious gatherings concerning our heritage.  He has been a keynote speaker for Promise Keepers, Coral Ridge Ministries, Vision Forum Ministries, Reclaiming America, Christian Coalition, ACSI Christian School Conventions, Worldview Weekends and many more.  He has trained the national staff of Campus Crusade for Christ, the Christian Broadcasting Network, the National Day of Prayer, James Robison Ministries, and over 100,000 business associates of Amway Corporation and Boeing Aircraft, among many others.

The World History Institute has produced numerous educational seminars.  His 12 part DVD series entitled, “Terror to Triumph,” covers the growth and impact of Christianity over the past 2,000 years.  This series and it’s question and answer guide is being used in churches, schools and home Bible studies throughout the country.  Dr. Foster produced numerous DVD’s and CD’s that are available on the World History Institute website including a four hour  DVD series called “Hope Four Our Time.”  Marshall’s syndicated monthly journal is read by thousand each month and is available on his website for free.

Marshall has authored three books.  His best-selling book, “The American Covenant, the Untold Story,” has become an effective training tool in Bible studies, classrooms, and study groups nationwide.  The American Covenant book and accompanying documentary have had a deep and lasting impact upon the grass-roots movement to restore our nation.  The documentary, narrated by Marshall Foster, has aired on numerous TV programs, and has been viewed in thousands of homes, churches, schools, and study groups.

Marshall is a 1967 graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara.  His graduate studies were accomplished at Talbot Theological Seminary, Christian Associates Seminary, with doctoral studies completed at the California Graduate School of Theology and Cathedral Bible College.  He was ordained in 1973 and earned a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Cathedral Bible College.  He and his wife, Trish, have two grown children and seven grandchildren.  They currently reside in Southern California.

Gregory F. Rehmke is the Program Director for Economic Thinking.  He has directed educational programs for high school, homeschool, and college students, and published articles on international and technology related topics.  Mr Rehmke has directed educational programs at the Center for the American Idea, The Reason Foundation, and the Foundation for Economic Education.  Since the 1980’s Mr. Rehmke has published annual study guides and held workshops on the economics of annual high school debate topics.

Gregory Rehmke has a degree in Economics from the University of Washington and has worked with the Reason Foundation, the Institute for Humane Studies, the Center for the American Idea, and the Foundation for Economic Education.  In addition to directing programs for Economic Thinking, Mr. Rehmke is a speaker at student programs for the Independent Institute, the Mackinac Center, the Houston World Affairs Council, and the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe.  He is a member of the Mackinac Center Board of Scholars and has written on environmental topics for PERC Reports, a newsletter of the Political Economy Research Center (renamed the Property and Environment Research Center) in Bozeman, Montana.  He has written over one hundred articles on public policy topics as well as published resource books, study guides, and newsletters focused on the economic aspects of over twenty years of high school and homeschool debate topics.

Mr. Rehmke has published articles in The FreemanReason,, the MasterResource blog,, and  Mr. Rehmke is coauthor of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Global Economics.

Dr. Ninos P. Malek is a Professor of Economics at De Anza College (Cupertino, California) and an Economics Lecturer at San Jose State University.  He also taught Economics and Advanced Placement Economics at Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California for fourteen years.

He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from San Jose State University and a Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.  Dr. Malek has been recognized for his teaching excellence at both the high school and college level and he placed second in the Economics Communicators Contest in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008 sponsored by the Association of Private Enterprise Education. Dr. Malek has led several economics teacher workshops and student seminars for The Fraser Institute, and he was a featured speaker for the Gus A. Stavros Center for Economic Education at Florida State University.