John Fulginiti, M.D., is the founder and director of the Institute for Human Flourishing. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, and a M.A. in Christian Thought from Reformed Theological Seminary. Previously, he has worked in private practice as a general surgeon and currently works as a wound care physician. He has a wide variety of interests which bring a deep perspective to the work of the Institute. His writing and research has included topics in surgical and basic science, the nature of the soul, and Christology. He has also presented at national meetings and college campuses on medicine in practical and theological perspectives. He founded the Institute to promote human flourishing through an emphasis on the image of God as the basis for our social institutions.
Craig Martin, M.D., received his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine where he also completed his residency. After several years in private practice, Dr. Martin pursued theological studies at RTS Orlando, working on a Master of Divinity degree for 2 years. Called back to medicine, he resumed his Ob/Gyn practice as Chief of Obstetrics and also Chief of Surgery at Fairview Hospital in Massachusetts. He currently lives and works in in Tennessee where he heads the Heritage Women’s Center.. With his varied background and interests, Dr. Martin brings broad, theologically informed perspective to the work of the Institute. While not working or studying he loves to read, play soccer, and pursues photography interests. He has been happily married for 20 years and has four children.
Michael S. Phillips earned his B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Biblical Studies and Theology from Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky. He has also studied religion and philosophy at Carson-Newman College, theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Liberal Studies at Rollins College. Mr. Phillips is the Headmaster of Smith Preparatory Academy and host to a weekly radio program called Addison’s Walk, a program that addresses the intersection of faith, reason, and culture. Mr. Phillips also serves the Executive Director of Legislative Affairs for the FCCPSA and is member of the Association of Christian Classical Schools and the Society of Classical Learning. He is married and has four children.
Dr. Charles S. MacKenzie is an accomplished theologian, pastor, and writer and serves as an Emeritus board member for the Institute for Human Flourishing, following a long and distinguished career in higher education. Most recently, Dr. MacKenzie was the Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. Prior to serving at RTS, he guided Grove City College as the President and Chancellor for over 20 years. He taught at Princeton University from 1946-55, at the Manhattan School of Religion at Union Seminary in New York from 1965-67 and served as a lecturer at Columbia University, Stanford University, the University of Strassbourg, Beijing University and in Vienna, Austria, and Budapest, Hungary. He also received a fellowship in philosophy from Princeton. In addition to his scholarship, he was a pastor for 17 years and an Air Force chaplain prior to his time at RTS.
Previous Board Members
Matthew Gross, J.D., (Board Member from 2011-2017), is an attorney currently specializing in Bankruptcy and Condominium Law. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Central Florida, he studied at Reformed Theological Seminary for five years in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies program. This was followed by obtaining his JD degree from Ave Maria School of Law. While there he gained valuable experience in Asylum and Immigration Law. He successfully defended a victim of female mutilation from being deported with her daughter back to Guinea. He and his team also successfully pursued asylum for a tortured Chinese Christian. Mr. Gross has extensive experience in non-profits, having recently served as Chairman of the Board of True Life Choice, Inc., a thirty year old Orlando based medical nonprofit which exists to counsel mothers in crisis pregnancies to choose life and equip them to properly parent their baby when he or she arrives. Mr. Gross is a happily married father of eight children, and he serves as a Deacon at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church PCA in Orlando, Florida, where he has been a member since 1998.
Mike Francis was a board member from 2011–2016.