Our Team

Thomas Koelling
President, Director

Tom received his B.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from Central Missouri State University and Juris Doctor from University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Colorado and respective federal courts including the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a former member of the United States Air Force. Tom has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in American LawWho’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Dwayne Boucher

Dwane is a pilot at a major airline. He is also Managing Director at Discount Military Car Connection, and CEO at Valor First Insurance Services, LLC. He served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves obtaining rank of Lieutenant colonel. Dwane lives in Fallbrook, CA

Kurtis Orcutt
Kurtis Paul Orcutt, also known as Kurt, was raised on a farm in Oregon in a strong Christian family that has given him his values to this day. He has held Executive Offices in many businesses. He has been in the Transportation industry for 39 years. Kurt has business relationships in USA, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Lebanon,  Israel, Germany, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Japan.  He, along with his business partner, LTC Dwane Boucher, GOTJ, own Knights Antiquity Quest LLC. , an Archaeology company working with Israel Archaeological Services (IAS) in Israel and Jordan. Together, they also own Knights Shining Armor Inc., a technology for the Aviation Industry and is a Director of Knights Historical Society Inc., a 501c(3) charitable company for archaeological research and helping Christians at risk.
Kurt has visited or worked in 14 countries and is a frequent visitor to Israel. He has been on 2 Pilgrimages to the Holy Land. He holds two advanced degrees in Business. Kurt holds the rank of Knight Commander in the Papal Order (Cavalieri Pontificali) of the Ancient Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, (KCSG) Grand Cross in Imperial Order of the Star of Ethiopia (GCSE) and Grand Croix, (GCTJ) in Ordo Supremus Militaris Templi Hierosolymitani, (OSMTH), or Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, (SMOTJ), and is the past Prior of Priory of The Light in SW USA and current Grand Deputy Grand Prior. He spends time working with Christians at risk in the Holy Land especially the Franciscans in the Holy Land and around the World and holds a Certificate for Interfaith Conflict Resolution from the International Peace Bureau. Kurt lives in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix Metro Arizona USA, with 4 children and 3 grand-children.
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Mathew Koelling
Vice President

Mat has a Bachelors in Psychology from Duke University, as well as, a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of Missouri. He works for a software company in North Kansas City, Missouri. Since his first archaeological experience & encounter in 2000, Mat has been passionate about the mission set forth by Knights Historical.

Brad Curtis

Brad is a Registered Investment Representative for Capstone Wealth Planning in Irvine, CA. He is also a pilot for a major airline. Brad served in the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve. He resides in San Clemente, CA.

Dr. Oren Gutfeld
Chief Archaeology Consultant

Dr. Oren Gutfeld of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a Classic Archaeologist, has over twenty years' excavation experience. He is the owner of Israel Archaeological Services (IAS). Among the projects that he directed, on behalf of both the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority, are Belt Loya (Lehi), Ramla, Hyrcania, Herodium, and the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City of Jerusalem. 

Several members of our team participated in the Hyrcania Expedition and were members of the former Liberty Historical Society, Inc.