My name is Matthew Turnbull and I am the founder of Alexandria Tutorials. Born in Iowa, and living for several years in Chicago, we moved to Utah when my parents decided to leave the corporate world for the glories of the West. I had a great childhood. Between the ages of five and ten I got to hike some of the sandstone canyons of the southeastern Utah desert with my family. In 1976, we moved to Leavenworth, Washington, where my parents edited and published The Leavenworth Echo newspaper. I completed high school in 1983 and it was through the influence of several great friends that God mercifully opened my eyes to the miracle of being forgiven of my sin and having fellowship with Him.
In 1987, I graduated from Linfield College in Oregon with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in both Art and Music. For the next four years I worked with college students at Washington State University and the University of Idaho as a staff member with CRU. In 1991, I returned to school at Washington State and earned a B. A. in English and a teaching certificate (which is still current). Between 1994 and 1999, I taught junior high, senior high and college students as an associate pastor at a local church in Leavenworth. For the following three years I served as the high school English and History teacher at Upper Valley Christian School. And since the early 2000's, I have been serving part-time as a teaching elder at our fellowship--Cornerstone--and I spend my work-week teaching literature, Great Books, Latin, writing and other courses to students locally and online.
It is daily evidence of God's kindness to me that I am married to an excellent woman and get to be the dad of seven children (many of whom are grown!).
As a man who knows the tutor and his family very, very well, Tom would be happy to answer your questions about the guy behind the tutorials.
Statement of Faith
As it has served as an expression of the essentials for the body of Christ throughout the centuries, and in total unity with its statement, we (that would be the tutor), at Alexandria Tutorials, uphold that which is articulated in the Apostle's Creed . . .
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Behold! An action photo of Mr. Turnbull actually reading!
From Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’/ Gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades/ for ever and for ever when I move. –Tennyson, “Ulysses”