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Overview of Governance of Jackson Christian School
Meet Our Board of Directors

Jackson Christian School Board Governance Model
Royal Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit organization, which exists to provide Christian education through Jackson Christian School. As such, the Royal Ministries/School Board of Directors operates using a non-profit form of governance rather than the form of governance used by public schools, which are political bodies subject to open meeting requirements. The Board follows principles of policy governance, whereby the Board sets broad policies within which the school is to operate, but does not interject itself into the operations of the school. No individual board member has any authority over school personnel or operations, nor does any individual board member have authority to speak for the school. The Board believes in the one-voice authority of the chief administrator, who is accountable to the entire Board, not to any individual board member.

Board Meetings
Royal Ministries, Inc., as a private nonprofit organization, does not hold open meetings. The school board concerns itself with school policy and strategic planning rather than with daily operations. Therefore, curriculum, personnel and student policies are primarily determined by the superintendent with assistance from the administrative team and other staff members, subject to parameters set forth in board policies.

Board Member Selection and Qualifications
The Royal Ministries/School Board is a “self-perpetuating board.” All potential board members must be nominated from within the Board, although names may be suggested for consideration by anyone. Members of the Board of Directors must be born-again believers and subscribe without reservation to the school’s Statement of Faith and Philosophy of Education. Members of the School Board must be Christian role models in the school and community and members in good standing of a local evangelical church whose doctrine is consistent with the School’s Statement of Faith.

Meet Our Board of Directors

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Rick Blumenstock
Electrical Engineer, Consumers Energy

Current Parent: Two JCS students

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I choose to serve on the school board for two reasons. First I have a vested interest in the school since I plan to send my children all the way through the school system. Serving on the board is a practical way to do all I can to ensure JCS provides the highest possible standard of spiritual and academic training for my children. Second, the school plays a key role in fulfilling God’s Commission of bringing Him glory and furthering His Kingdom. I am excited about how the school fulfills this commission and I want to be part of it.

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Mary Ann Broda

Mary Ann Broda
Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Current & Alumni Parent: One current student, one alumni student ‘11

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I serve on the Jackson Christian School Board as I strongly believe that Christian Education is a vital part of our children's lives. Together with our Christian home and our amazing church, Jackson Christian is one part of the three-strand cord that helps to grow young people who love God and will impact their world for Christ. I consider it a privilege to be a part of changing lives and our community for good.

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Richard L. Carpenter
Certified Public Accountant, Certified Government Financial Manager, Rehmann

JCS Alumnus & Current Parent: One student

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I attribute a lot of who I am today to the partnership between Jackson Christian School, my family, and my church. During some of the most vulnerable years of a kid’s life, this partnership laid the foundation for my faith, my personal life, and my professional career. In retrospect, God used the school (not only staff but parents of students) to my benefit in some of the most pivotal situations in my life. I fully expect, Lord willing, all 4 of my children to attend kindergarten through graduation as I did. I serve to use the skills, knowledge, and experiences that God has given me to support the work that continues through Him in the lives of the students and their families.

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Dennis Conant

Dennis Conant
Attorney At Law, Private Practice, 2654 Spring Arbor Rd., Jackson

Alumni Parent: Two Alumni Children - Class of ‘02, ‘04

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I believe in the mission of JCS to "Equip Students to impact the world for Christ," and serving on the board is something I am able to do as part of this mission.

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Jim Dolson

Jim Dolson
Superintendent / Elementary Principal of Jackson Christian School

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Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
Mr. Dolson's profile and views on Christian education can be found on the JCS Administration page.

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John Eads

John Eads
Employed in several areas that include different fields of engineering, program management, sales and purchasing.

Alumni Parent, Current JCS Grandparent: Three Alumni Children - Class of ‘93, ‘96, ‘01

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I consider being a member of the JCS Board a privilege. I have always believed that the school my children went to should teach the same doctrine that we ascribe to at home and through my church. I believe there are two key roles; to ensure sustainability and to assure the educational excellence both academically and spiritually. I continue to be grateful for God's goodness to Marsha and me for our family, the provisions the Lord has provided, our church family and the ministry of JCS.

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Mike Harrison

Mike Harrison
Retired after 42 years w/Consumers Energy. Currently working for a company that provides electric transmission reliability in the state of Michigan and other states in the Midwest.

Alumni Parent: Three Alumni Children - Class of ‘91,’92, ‘95

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
IMy first association was at the very beginning of JCS. We longed for a Christian Education that would be in harmony w/ church and personal values. The school was then started by several pastors in the Jackson area. I serve on the board because I love the school and want to see its wonderful direction continue.

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Rick LaFlamme

Rick LaFlamme
Circuit Court Judge

Alumni Parent: Five Alumni Children (total of 65 years of education at JCS) ‘95, ‘97,‘01,‘01,‘06

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
It is both a privilege and an awesome responsibility to serve on the JCS Board. Director-trustees are true stewards, since we have no ownership interest in JCS. Rather, God has entrusted us with the responsibility of overseeing the operation of His school for the equipping of students to impact the world for Christ. I serve both from a sense of duty and from a desire to see that JCS thrives while remaining faithful to its roots and its core values. The families and churches of the greater Jackson community are truly blessed to have this vital resource.

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Mindi Munden

Mindi Munden
Pharmacist, Country Market Pharmacy

Current Parent: Two JCS Students

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
God tells us in Deuteronomy to impress His commandments upon our children, to talk about it at home, on the road, - always. It is clear that He is to be central in what we teach our children. I want to be a part of what God has made available to help me and other parents educate our children in harmony with His Word in the Jackson area.

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Dan Vanderhill

Dan Vander Hill
Assist. Vice President for Student Development, Spring Arbor University

Current Parent: Two JCS Students

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I love Christian education and Jackson Christian School. The school has impacted my children in such a positive way that I want to help in whatever way I can. I feel privileged to serve on this board that consults Scripture and the Holy Spirit in every decision.

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Taryn Watterson
Homemaker

Current Parent: Four JCS Students

Why do I serve on the JCS Board?
I give thanks every day for the blessing of sending my children to Jackson Christian School. We have found the school to be a great support in reinforcing the values and Christian worldview we want our children to possess. God has given me the unique perspective of growing up in a family of public school educators and now having children in both buildings at JCS. I consider it a privilege that God has entrusted me with the role of School Board Trustee at Jackson Christian. Because we serve a God of excellence, my desire is to see Jackson Christian School reflect His excellence and be a beacon of hope for families in our community.

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