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’s life goal is to magnify and exalt the name of the Lord (Psalm 34:3). He is also an adjunct professor at Pensacola Christian College in Florida.
Interests: He is a father of four who enjoys soccer, landscaping, splitting firewood, collecting Pez dispensers, and peanut butter & pickle sandwiches!
Miss Jody has been our church and school secretary for over 20 years. She loves Proverbs 3:5-
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 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!
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 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!
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!
Mrs. Belousov was introduced to her husband by his sister who also taught at our school! She 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).
Mrs. Harned is a lifelong resident of NW Indiana and was a substitute teacher for our school for several years before joining us full time in the preschool.
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!
Mrs. Baggech loves the peace of knowing God will guide her (Proverbs 3:5-
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.
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.
Mrs. Rosnik moved from Colorado with her family to join our faculty. As a dedicated teacher, she throws herself wholeheartedly into preparation, making the classroom very interesting for her students!
Interests: She likes American Food restaurants, milk chocolate, flowers, almonds, and shopping at Kohls. Her kitchen is decorated in birdhouses!
Miss Vale grew up in Valparaiso, and met her husband while working at The Ark Encounter. She 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.
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-
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!
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!
In Ephesians 6:18, he likes to see the often overlooked leg guards of the armor 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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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, coaching cross country, dramatizing Bible stories, and eating chocolate covered granola bars.