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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

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

Miss Jody has been our secretary for 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

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

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.

Mrs. Bird

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

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. Knepper

Mrs. Knepper comes to us from Indonesia. She loves Proverbs 3:5-6 for its reminder to include God in every aspect of her life.

Interests: She enjoys cooking, sight seeing, tasting different cuisine, collecting coins from different countries, shopping at Costco. Her favorite color is white and she loves Flaming Hot Spicy Cheetos!

B.S. Elementary Education (Early Childhood);
M.S. Educational Leadership

Mrs. Harned

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

Mrs. Baggech loves the peace of knowing God will guide her (Proverbs 3:5-6). She has been teaching for 22 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. Neely
Kindergarten Assistant

She strives daily to have a Colossians 3:23 attitude: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as to the Lord, and not unto men.”

Interests: Mrs. Neely is a proud grandmother of five, and loves spending time with them. She also enjoys baking, raising golden retrievers, and iced coffee.

Has been helping in classes since PCCA began!

Miss Belousova
1st Grade

She sees Psalm 78:6-7 as outlining her purpose of being a Christian teacher: to teach the newer generation to love God, to know about His works, and to obey His commandments.

Interests: Reading books, camping, baking, eating Twix, Olive Garden, Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, and shopping at Ross.

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 is currently learning the piano. 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 | Math

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 | Piano

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)

Mr. Bender

Mr. Bender
Principal | Athletic Director | History

Mr. Bender is our upper elementary and secondary Principal. Luke 14:22 reminds him 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

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

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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