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Faculty & Staff

Since our founding in 2006, God has assembled a team of dedicated, well-qualified faculty and staff. Our teachers are perhaps best known for loving their students, but they also strive to continually sharpen their educational skills enabling them to provide the best possible academic experience for the students.

Pastor Lee Atkinson
Administrator

Pastor Lee’s life goal is to magnify and exalt the name of the Lord (Psalm 34:3). In addition to PCCA he is an adjunct professor at Pensacola Christian College.

Interests: He is a father of four who enjoys soccer, landscaping, splitting firewood, collecting Pez dispensers, and peanut butter & pickle sandwiches!

Graduate of Practical Theology; B.S. Biology Education; M.S. Secondary Science Education;
Ed.D. Education Administration

Miss Jody
Secretary

Miss Jody has been our church and school secretary for over 20 years. She loves Proverbs 3:5-6 which has kept her steady in times of trial, including a battle with cancer.

Interests: She enjoys making cards, writing, sewing, and all kinds of other crafts (which she is quite good at). Payday candy bars and gooseberry pie are some of her favorites too, as well as McDonalds (where she worked for 21 years).

Mrs. Lerand

Mrs. Lerand
Principal

Mrs. Lerand loves Jesus’ invitation to children in Mark 10:14. It's a joy for her to help young children learn to read, so that they can read the Bible for themselves.

Interests: She is a mother of two who enjoys reading, playing music, gardening, baking, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bath & Body Works, & Necklaces!

B.S. Elementary Education;
M.S. Educational Leadership

Mrs. Terry
Secretary

She joined the secretarial team when the south building was opened in 2016. Philippians 1:20 is her life verse, "so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death."

Interests: Mrs. Terry likes dutch apple pie, ice skating, Starbucks chai lattes, chocolate cookies, and Culver's cheese curds. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and her two children.

Mr. Bender

Mr. Bender
Principal | Athletic Director | History

Mr. Bender is our upper elementary and secondary Principal. Luke 14:22 reminds him to remain yielded to the Lord’s will and always press forward seeking to accomplish more for God's glory.

Interests: He loves reading, basketball, Steelers football, Cheddars restaurant, and Nutrageous candy bars. He also has a large sock collection!

B.S. Business Management

Mrs. Bird
K-3

Mrs. Bird, one of our founding teachers, loves Psalm 119:165 for its promise of peace for those who love God and His Word.

Interests: She is a mother of six who enjoys camping, visiting historical places, reading, crafts, black licorice, turtle ice cream, the color purple, and scarves!

Has over 40 years experience teaching 2-5 year olds

Miss Prather

Miss Prather
K-4

Miss Prather cherishes the comfort of Isaiah 41:13 for its reminder of God’s presence and help in every season of life.

Interests: She enjoys playing mountain dulcimer, working on puzzles, peanut butter Twix, blueberries, and her favorite accessory is her coffee mug (with coffee).

B.S. Elementary Education (Early Childhood)

Mrs. Harned
K-4

Mrs. Harned is a lifelong resident of NW Indiana and recently changed from being a substitute to part-time in K-4.

Interests: Mrs. Harned is an expert at finding good deals and loves spending her free time garage-sale-ing with friends. A loving mother of four, she often can be seen spending time with nephews and extended family!

Has over 27 years experience teaching children

Mrs. Baggech

Mrs. Baggech
Kindergarten

Mrs. Baggech loves the peace of knowing God will guide her (Proverbs 3:5-6). She has been teaching for over 20 years.

Interests: She is a mother of four who enjoys collecting items of cobalt blue glass, camping, Culvers, the Detroit Tigers, Lindt chocolates, Hobby Lobby, and jewelry.

B.S. Elementary Education

Mrs. Gray
K-3 Assistant

1 Samuel 12:16 has become Mrs. Gray's favorite verse as she is constantly struck with awe at what God is doing in her life.

Interests: She enjoys water color and acrylic painting, saving money, playing with her kids, and spending time in the outdoors with her husband. You have a pretty good chance at seeing her at Cabelas or Bass Pro Shops.

Three years college training in general education

Mrs. Rosnik
1st Grade

Mrs. Rosnik moved from Colorado with her family to join our faculty. She has two junior high aged children.

Interests: She likes American Food restaurants, milk chocolate, flowers, almonds, and shopping at Kohls. Her kitchen is decorated in birdhouses!

B.S. Elementary Education

Miss Vale
2nd Grade

Miss Vale comes to us from Valparaiso and likes John 15:4-5 reminding her that she can't do anything without the True Vine, Jesus!

Interests: Photography, playing the guitar and piano, scrapbooking, Panera bread, Dove Chocolates and dark chocolate covered almonds.

B.S. Elementary Education

Miss Stalcup

Miss Stalcup
3rd Grade

Miss Stalcup draws courage and strength from Isaiah 41:10 as God’s promise to strengthen, help, and uphold her.

Interests: She enjoys board games and group games with friends, traveling, gardening, Chik-fil-A, any season except winter, and any ice cream flavor with the word “Tracks” in it!

B.A. Church Ministries;
M.S. Curriculum & Instruction (Elementary)

Mrs. Kuipers

Mrs. Kuipers
4th Grade

James 1:22 speaks to Mrs. Kuipers of the need to make sure God’s Word is actively changing the way she lives out her life.

Interests: She enjoys crocheting, hiking with her husband and dogs, trying new restaurants, and the Scrambled Diner in south Dyer. She can usually be found at Goodwill on half-price day, and loves scarves!

B.A. English Teaching; M.S. Curriculum & Instruction (Elementary)

Mrs. Mills

Mrs. Mills
5th Grade

Mrs. Mills has been teaching for over 20 years and is one of our founding teachers. She desires to live out Romans 12:1-2.

Interests: She is a mother of 3 boys who enjoys interior decorating, sudoku puzzles, sewing, the Olive Garden, Snickers bars, strawberry ice cream, and she loves jewelry!

B.S. Elementary Education;
M.S. Secondary Education

Mr. Hornish
Bible | Science

In Ephesians 6:18, he likes to see the often overlooked leg guards of the armer of God as a reminder that prayer is one of our most powerful tools in combating the enemy.

Interests: Chess, studying languages (he spent two years in Honduras), coffee, and baby carrots. His favorite candy bar is Butterfingers.

M.S. Educational Administration

Mrs. Atkinson

Mrs. Atkinson
English | Spanish

Romans 8:32 assures her that if God would give the very best in giving His Son, He will take care of everything else in her life.

Interests: She is a mother of four who enjoys camping, gardening, reading, cooking, music, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Bracelets.

B.S. English Education;
M.A. Biblical Counseling (In progress)

Miss Boucher

Miss Boucher
Mathematics | English

The first Bible verse that Miss Boucher ever memorized was Proverbs 3:5-6, and it has been her life's verse ever since.

Interests: She enjoys roadtrips, reading, and adventure, anything with dark chocolate and sea salt, Oreos, and goldfish. She also likes Chipotle, Dunkin Donuts, the color teal, and fall!

B.S. in English Education
M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction in Secondary Education

Mr. Lerand

Mr. Lerand
Fine Arts | Creative Design

2 Corinthians 15:10a reminds Mr. Lerand that nothing is accomplished without God’s grace. Dealing with Tourette Syndrome has been a key element in shaping his life.

Interests: He has two children and enjoys creativity, horticulture, music, BBQ & ice tea, photography, time to reflect, nice thick lawns, exploring, & the Green Bay Packers!

B.A. Youth Ministries

Miss Terry

Miss Terry
Bible | Piano | English

Psalm 18:1-2,30 is an anchor for Miss Terry when she's facing difficult and large projects.

Interests: She loves spending time with her family, music, photography, the outdoors, reading books, and taking missions trips around the world! She also enjoys coffee, dark chocolate, Olive Garden, and the Fall and Winter seasons.

B.A. Bible and Music (in progress)

Pastor Peter

Pastor Peter Knezevich
Bible | Technology

Pastor Peter’s goal in life is to make God smile just as Hebrews 11:5 says that Enoch pleased God.

Interests: Playing with his children, disc golf, ultimate frisbee, reading books with his wife, HTML programming, Legos, running, dramatizing Bible stories, and eating chocolate covered granola bars.

A.A.S. Computer Information Systems;
Bachelor of Religious Education (Pastoral Theology)

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