It is truly a blessing and privilege to serve as Chief Educational Officer & Elementary Principal at Judah Christian School. I have over 23 years of experience in Christian education, and have served as school administrator, teacher, coach, athletic director, and principal at all levels from elementary through high school. I am originally from Salem, Illinois and received my undergraduate degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. I also hold a Master of Science degree from Illinois State University and a Master of Arts degree in Education from the University of Illinois.
God has richly blessed me with my beautiful wife Shelley. We have been married since 1991. We have 5 wonderful children: Hannah, Ethan and Logan who have all graduated from JCS and Cade and Luke who are current students here. My hobbies include: archery, bow hunting, cooking, and supporting the Fighting Illini and St. Louis Cardinals. I am looking forward to serving the Lord here at Judah for many years. Our family attends Grace Church in Mahomet.
I began teaching at Judah in the Joy Class (3 & 4 year olds) in 1997 and I loved my time with those precious children! However, the Lord called me to the position of Preschool Director in 2004 where I have the joy of working with all the Preschool families! Serving the Lord with the youngest in our school is not only a calling but such a huge blessing! I attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar Missouri where my major was Early Childhood Education.
I have been married for over 30 years to my wonderful husband and we have been blessed with two great young men of God – both of whom had the privilege of graduating from Judah Christian School. Our oldest son, Caleb, graduated from Southern Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Apologetics/Youth Ministry. He is married to our wonderful daughter –in-law, Courtney and they are serving the Lord at a church in Georgia. Our younger son, Jordan, is in the Education program at Boyce Bible College with future plans to teach High School in a Christian school. Judah had a huge impact on both of their lives! They both will say that Judah helped to make them who they are today. My family attends Bible Baptist Church in Champaign.
It is truly my pleasure and a privilege to teach first grade at Judah Christian School. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, I taught first and second grade in Naperville, IL. My husband, Mark, then completed dental school, and we returned to Champaign, the community in which we both are from. I taught first and second grade in Champaign before starting a family. Mark and I have three children - Brendan, Emily and Anna. I appreciate and cherish the time I took to be an at-home mother to my children. During this time, I also received additional training in Language and Literacy Instruction and Gifted Education. I love teaching, and it is such a blessing to be able to worship God and share His love with my students!
My family lives in Champaign, and we attend St. John Lutheran Church. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, watching U of I basketball games and volunteering in the community.
Besides my responsibilities as the Judah Business Manager, I have been the Senior High Student Council Advisor since 2003. I love working with the students. It has been a blessing. I am married to George and we have 2 children: Christina, who graduated from Judah in 1997 and is married to Joseph, and David, who graduated from Judah in 2006 and is married to Carli, plus a beautiful granddaughter, Hazel. I live in Monticello and attend First Christian Church of Monticello.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, the Lord blessed me with the opportunity to become the Athletic Director at Judah Christian School. I graduated from Maranatha Baptist University with a P.E. and Health major and coaching minor, and served four years as a teacher, Athletic Director, and coach at a Christian school in Northeast Ohio. Working at Judah is a homecoming of sorts for me, as I am originally from the Champaign-Urbana area.
I married my wife Amanda in 2011, and my hobbies include: playing basketball, softball, golf, and Xbox, going to the gym and gun range, and supporting the Fighting Illini, as well as all the Chicago sports teams besides the White Sox.
I consider it a great honor to work in the area of athletics. Here at Judah, my desire is to see student-athletes mature and grow not only in athletics, but also in their faith, their academics, and in their lives as a whole.
After 22 years in full-time pastoral ministry we decided to take a sabbatical and seek the Lord’s direction for our future. Good friends lived in Urbana and the cost of living in C-U was affordable so we decided to move down. I began working part-time at Judah in 2015. During that time the Lord put it on the leadership’s hearts to begin pursuing a Director of Spiritual Formation and reaffirming my love for ministering to students and families.
I met my wife while serving as a pastor in San Diego, CA and we have three children who attend Judah. I earned an undergraduate degree from Toccoa Falls College in Biblical Studies and a Master of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. I am presently working on a Doctorate of ministry in pastoral counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary in Glenside, PA.
I love to play with my kids, read good books on a variety of topics, and keep in shape by biking and working out. It is such a joy to be here and partner with the Lord to see Him transform lives through the application of the Gospel.