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Meet the Faculty

History Department Staff

"The professors guided my studies with humility and graciousness, equipping me with the truth about God and man so I could come to my own conclusions."

—Dawson Frasier, '17


Douglas Favelo, Ph.D.

Assistant Chairman of the Department of Classical Liberal Arts and Associate Professor of History

Dr. Favelo teaches courses in the history of western civilization, Roman history, Greek history, and historical research methods at Patrick Henry College. Prior to coming to Patrick Henry College, he served for ten years as a lecturer at California State University Fresno, teaching history, literature, and Latin.

Dr. Favelo's passion is to facilitate students in their intellectual and spiritual development, primarily through the medium of a rigorous, Biblically-centered classical education, to the greater glory of God. He, his wife, and his four children live on a mountain farm in Loudoun County, VA, where they raise pigs and chickens.

Robert Spinney

Robert Spinney, Ph.D.

Professor of History

Dr. Robert Spinney teaches American history courses at Patrick Henry College. He also teaches the college’s Historiography course, which is a semester-long examination of what it means to do history from a Christian perspective. The textbook that is currently being used in PHC’s freshman-level American History course was written by Dr. Spinney. He has published two additional history books (a comprehensive history of Chicago and a history of 1935-1950 Nashville, Tennessee) and numerous ministry-related booklets with titles like Did God Create Sports Also? Thinking Christianly About Sports, Peeking Into the Devil’s Playbook: Satan’s Strategies for Tempting Christians to Sin, and Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People? Thinking Biblically About the Problem of Sin in Our World. In addition to serving as a pastor for six years, Dr. Spinney was formerly a member of the faculty at Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL).

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