About Us

​The ​Perpetual Teachers

Joel Heim


Nelia Beth

Nelia Beth Scovill


Through out our careers in higher education, students routinely identified us as some of their most influential and engaging teachers. When our academic careers ended earlier than expected, we found ourselves at the end a proverbial rope trying to hang on.  No matter what we did, we could not escape our true calling: to help others become more fully human through education.

In 2018, we figured out how to tie a knot in the rope so we could continue to hang on:  we formed Explore Big Ideas, LLC to live out our calling as educators.  Now, our opportunities seem limitless since our students are no longer limited to those enrolled at specific institutions. Instead, through our web-based offerings, we can reach anyone willing to join us on the journey of exploring ideas that matter. 

​Enrich Your Life With Big Ideas

Explore Big Ideas LLC provides you with unique learning experiences ​ ​t​hat enrich your life.  

​Our various projects and websites ​feature

  • ​adult-focused, personal development content, 
  • ​interactive web-based education, and
  • ​engaging multi-media formats.

By fully engaging in our offerings you will

  • ​learn to think better;
  • ​learn to act consistently with your values;
  • ​learn to interact amicably and respectfully with those who hold different views;
  • ​progress in finding your purpose, understanding your true self, and living more fully;
  • ​prepare to participate in our multi-cultural world; and
  • ​gain experience​e in discussing ideas that matter with others.

​Master Educators

​Long noted for our engaging and innovative teaching styles, ​we bring more than ​ 40 years of college teaching experience at universities in California and Wisconsin. ​We have also led urban and suburban congregations and led education programs for children, youth, and adults in religious organizations.  Joel spent 5 years teaching in Nebraska public schools before heading to seminary.  Since leaving higher education, Nelia Beth has developed and delivered software curriculum for health care organizations.  ​

We both have Ph.Ds. in social ethics from the University of Southern California and master’s degrees in religion from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (affiliated with with Columbia University). Joel has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska.  Nelia Beth has her bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Oregon State University.

Joel and Nelia Beth

Get To Know Us at ​Explore Big Ideas, LLC

Free Will

​Explore Big Ideas

To ​​sample what it means to "explore a big idea," watch ​our 5-minute video ​on the topic of  "free will."

Learn Ponder Engage

​The EBI Method

​​To learn more about​ our flexible, three-phase method of exploration, ​read about the EBI method of exploration.  

Nelia Beth & Joel

​Nelia Beth ​& Joel

To learn more about ​each of us, follow these links to our ​individual pages.  ​​​

The Origins of Explore Big Ideas

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