May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

Management Team

We value an open-door policy of communication.

Superintendent,MS/HS Principal & JCS Board Member

Todd Barney

AS, Water Quality Technology
Lake State University, MI
AS, Natural Resources Technology
Lake State University, MI
BA, Biology
Spring Arbor University, MI
MA, Education
Spring Arbor University, MI


Elementary Principal

Steve Sukta

BA, Public Health Education
Central Michigan University, MI
MA, Health Education
Central Michigan University, MI


Athletic Director

Mike Baisden


Administrative Assistant

Diane Kintigh



Laura McNeil


Admissions Coordinator

Janet Sanford


Faculty and Staff

Elementary and Middle/High School

Business Office

Lois Acker

MS/HS Band Teacher

Paige Barger

Begindergarten/Daycare Aide

Angie Barney

Reading Recovery/Writer's Workshop Teacher

Jill Barney

Elementary/MS/HS S.T.E.M. Teacher & Elementary Physical Education Teacher

Nick Barney

Event Coordinator/Teacher Mentor

Sarah Barsuhn

HS Social Studies/Bible Teacher

Tim Barsuhn

2nd Grade Teacher

Emily Beard

MS/HS Science Teacher

Jennifer Bennett

Spiritual Mentor

Michael "Doc" Bracy


Judy Bycraft

Admissions Assistant

Brandalyn Byler

Preschool/Daycare Aide

Amber Cable

Afterschool Care

Elizabeth Charis

Elementary Librarian

Roxie Crawford

Elementary Secretary

Lori Davis

District Maintenance Coordinator

Kyle Dexter

MS Choir

Mark Douglass

MS Bible Teacher

Todd Earnst

Athletics Assistant

Maddie Fielder

MS Math, English and Keyboarding Teacher

Vanessa Halstead

MS Mastery Skills

Diana Horn

MS/HS Math and Finance

Ruth Ellen Howdyshell

HS Math, Physics, Digital Info/Tech

Terry Howdyshell

Accounting/Business Office

Sheryl Jacobs

Preschool Teacher

Teresa Jarrett

Elementary Art Teacher

Cathy Lehman


Shawn Lilly

Food Coordinator/Building Assistant

Heather Lock

4th Grade Teacher

Mandi Makowski

Chaplin, HS Bible Teacher

David McCune

Elementary Music Teacher

Michelle McCune

3rd Grade Teacher

Cindy O'Dell

Elementary Lunchroom Aide

Carey Peru

Kindergarten Teacher

Averie Powell

Afterschool Care

Alivia Reams

Preschool/Daycare Aide

Nicole Rowley

Elementary Maintenance

Jim Schaefer

Elementary/MS/HS Art Teacher

Lisa Schmitt

MS Social Studies Teacher

Joe Sexton

1st Grade Teacher

Julia Smith

MS Science, HS Yearbook, MS/HS Physical Education Teacher

Brandon Stanton

5th Grade Teacher

Joshua Thiebaut

Kingdom Kids Director/Begindergarten Teacher

Karen Williams

Board of Directors

Vic Face

Vic Face

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? God convicted mine and my wife’s hearts as a young married couple to make sure that our children would receive an education with a Christian world view that would align itself with the same values found in God’s Word, our home, and our church. We found that very thing at Jackson Christian School. This is a place where a loving and caring staff seek to educate children, centered around the Word of God while challenging them in their faith. I have been a faithful supporter of JCS for many years, but God recently laid it on my heart to be more involved. A short while later, I was approached and asked to take a position on the school board. I knew that this was where God needed me to serve at this time. I consider it a great blessing and responsibility to serve on this board as the future of God’s next church leaders will be molded here at Jackson Christian School.

  • Occupation: Self Employed Building Contractor
  • Grandparent & Alumni Parent: Grandchildren in the School
Andrew Hershberger

Andrew Hershberger

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? My wife, April and I have two daughter enrolled at JCS. I was fortunate to have parents who believed that Christian education was important and I attended several Christian schools K-12 as we moved around the Midwest. Unfortunately, the school that I graduated High School from is no longer open. However, I feel “adopted” by the JCS family since we have chosen to have our two girls enrolled here. My parents also instilled in me a sense of serving Jesus with my abilities. I see serving on the board as an opportunity to use the gifts and skills that God has given me to further his Kingdom here on earth.

  • Occupation: Technical Sales Representative in the Advanced Materials Division, 3M
  • Alumni & Current Parent: One Child - Class of '16 and one JCS Student
John Kane

John Kane

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? My wife, Sandia and I had three children go through JCS and Sandia taught Art at the High School for 9 years. I serve on the JCS Board because I want to further the Gospel in general and Christian education in particular in Jackson County, and I believe God has equipped me to do so as a JCS Board member. JCS is an incredibly important ministry. I believe that all of us who care about growing and spreading faith through education and service should do all we can to sustain and advance it.

  • Occupation: Professor, WMU Cooley Law School; Lawyer, Estate Planning & Property Practice
  • Alumni Parent: Three Alumni Children - Class of '05, '07, '11
Mindy Rice

Mindy Rice

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? It wasn't until I became a parent that I truly realized the value of the commitment my own parents made when choosing Christian schooling for my sister and me. I now serve on the school board because I want to be a part of Christ centered education for the next generation and give back to the school that I love in any way I can. I feel it a privilege to serve God in this way!

  • Occupation: Registered Nurse; Chair of Baccalaureate Nursing (Pre-licensure) program, Spring Arbor University
  • Alumni & Current Parent: Alumni of JCS, Two Alumni JCS Students, Current Parent of One JCS Student
Dawn Schnitkey

Dawn Schnitkey

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? Our family loves JCS. Being part of the community is a blessing. I serve on the board because I believe a Christian education as well as academic excellence is important for our children. I hope to use my knowledge and skills to help further the mission of our school. I look forward to serving JCS and to further the work of the Kingdom through this ministry.

  • Occupation: Vice President of Finance and Administration, Spring Arbor University
  • Current Parent: Two JCS Students
David Shirkey

David Shirkey

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? I serve on the JCS board because I believe in the school and the school’s mission of offering top notch Christian education. I can’t tell you how grateful I am when I hear my daughters singing Christian praise and worship songs that they learn at school. Kelley and I are so grateful to have our daughters be able to attend JCS.

  • Occupation: Director of Strategy at Orbitform
  • Current Parent: Three JCS Students
Kelly Velker

Kelly Velker

Why do I serve on the JCS Board? I chose to serve on the JCS school board because I want to help lead our school in the decisions that will impact my children's educational and spiritual growth in the years to come. I know that God equips those He calls to leadership and I am excited to see how he will use me, our board, our school and our community to impact the world for Christ.

  • Occupation: Adjunct Clinical Nursing Instructor, Spring Arbor University
  • Current Parent: Three JCS Students

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