Nicole Busarow is a child of God, daughter, sister, wife, and mother of three. Mrs. Busarow holds a masters of sacred Music degree from the University of Notre Dame and a bachelor of music degree in church music – organ from Valparaiso University. She has taught and played music for more than a decade in churches and schools in Michigan and Indiana. She also teaches private lessons and for the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir.
Nathan Klumpp grew up in Michigan in a homeschooling family, and received his bachelor’s degree in history from Hillsdale College in 2004. He later returned to Hillsdale to study classical education, then worked as a kindergarten teacher’s aide, next as a second grade teacher for three years at a classical charter school in Texas, then at a classical school in Michigan.
Mr. Klumpp has high expectations for his students in both academics and behavior because he takes them seriously as children who need clear, firm direction, and as people made in the image of God. He believes that most children are capable of more than many adults expect, and that most subjects can be accessible and interesting if approached as things of beauty and wonder, reinforced by patient practice. He also believes that if children learn to love learning, their grades usually will take care of themselves.
Mr. Klumpp is a hobbyist blacksmith, tinsmith, and coppersmith. He’s studying several languages right now in addition to the usual Latin. He also enjoys historical fencing, home brewing, and singing very loudly. His favorite books include, but are not limited to, “Gawaine and the Green Knight,” “Pearl, “The Discarded Image,” “The Faerie Queen,” “Albion’s Seed,” “The Jungle Book,” and “Smith of Wooton Major.”
Pastor, Theology Instructor
Rev. David H. Petersen became pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church in 2000. He leads matins each school day and provides students’ theology instruction. He earned a B.S. in history from Central Michigan University; and a master of divinity degree, master of sacred theology degree, and and a doctor of ministry from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne.
He and his wife Jacqui have three grown children and four grandchildren. He is a regular guest on Issues, Etc, a contributing editor to Gottesdienst: The Journal of Lutheran Liturgy, where he writes both for the print journal and the blog, and a frequent blogger at the Lutheran Witness.
Nathaniel’s strengths lie in leadership, science, and working with young men. In 2016, he earned his master’s degree in statesmanship at Hillsdale College, where he apprenticed with Hillsdale Academy, a private classical school, in preparation for becoming Redeemer’s headmaster. He was awarded a fellowship with the college’s Winston Churchill Project, which is archiving the personal papers of one of the greatest statesmen ever. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa — the nation’s most prestigious honor society — and earned high marks on his graduate thesis on Americans’ natural rights.
He also attended Hillsdale for an undergraduate degree first as a physics then political science major, and completed a capstone course defining and surveying the classical liberal arts with two of the country’s foremost thinkers on that subject (Dr. David Whalen and Dr. Mark Kalthoff). Nathaniel also served as a tutor for the college’s physics department.
He taught a classical humane letters course (blended history and literature) to high school students, and is the founder and former director of the first Fort Wayne branch of Classical Conversations, a nationwide network of homeschool classes and curriculum. That organization has multiplied exponentially in Fort Wayne since Nathaniel trailblazed its local presence.
For three years, Nathaniel sang baritone for an a capella quartet that toured nationwide in 2009. The Pullmanns have five children, three of whom are old enough to attend Redeemer Classical.
Aaron Schultz graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in education in 2008, then taught ten years in Lutheran schools before coming to Fort Wayne to attend Concordia Theological Seminary. He is now in his second year as a seminary student.
Most recently, Mr. Schultz served at Immanuel Lutheran Classical School in Alexandria, Virginia for five years as the upper school math, science, and PE teacher. He fell in love with classical education once he started teaching at Immanuel, and he believes it is the best approach to education. His son attends Redeemer Classical.
Meghan Schultz is a wife, homeschooling mother of four children, and artist. She has always loved fine art but went to school for graphic design and worked in advertising as a graphic designer.
Since leaving the workforce to be home with her children, she has been working as a freelance designer and has completed many commissioned paintings and custom hand-lettered pieces. In recent years, she has enjoyed creating theologically based artwork for her church and her Etsy shop. Mrs. Schultz is the designer of Redeemer Classical’s school crest.
Mrs. Meghan Schultz and Mr. Aaron Schultz are not related, although their families are good friends.