A Christ-Centered Community
Grace Christian School’s faculty is a large component of the students and the school’s success. Each member of the staff cares deeply about the students and strives to help them succeed. The students easily bond with the teachers every year, and because of the strong relationship they develop, learning is easier and more enjoyable.
Grace Christian School is located in Huntington, WV, and willingly welcomes students from the surrounding areas to enroll and take part in a positive educational experience.
Meet the Faculty
Mr. Dan Edwards
B.S. Health, Fitness, and Recreation & M.A. Secondary Education, Bob Jones University Ed.S. Educational Leadership, Liberty University
My wife and I grew up in WV and have been a part of the GCS ministry since 2010. God has blessed us with 4 wonderful children, and we count it a privilege to be able to raise them. When I’m not involved in a school or church activity, I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids, watching or playing sports, and learning more about the wonders of God’s creation.
As a parent myself, I’m so thankful for the opportunity to have a ministry like GCS that partners with my wife and I as we seek to train our children to live successful Christ-centered lives.
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Mrs. Emily Fisher
Sciences and Online Administration
M.S. Educational Leadership, Pensacola Christian College
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bob Jones University
I was born and raised in Wilson, NC, where I attended Wilson Christian Academy from Kindergarten through graduation. After high school, I went to Cedarville University for a semester, where my major was Chemistry. After much prayer and contemplation, I transferred to Bob Jones University, where I majored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
During my years in college, I worked as a waitress at the Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center. It became clear that I loved working with young people. So, I decided to combine that desire with my love of science and become a science teacher. I worked for a year at Alamance Christian School in Graham, NC. I have been at GCS since the fall of 2012. My husband, Zachary, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Ashland.
Emily Fisher from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
I am proud to be from Huntington, WV! I met my husband, John, in 1984 at a Christian school we both attended. We have been married for 31 years. My twin sister and I attended Grace Christian in our ninth-grade year. My husband was in the second graduating class of Grace Christian School.
In 1999, the Lord called me to become part of the staff here at GCS. I currently am the Preschool Director and the K4 teacher. I absolutely love my job!!! I enjoy being with the children, listening to them, and, most of all, telling them about the wonderful God we serve.
My husband and I have three adult children: Jessica, Jenny, and Jacob. We are proud to say they are all second-generation graduates of Grace Christian School. We are also Pops and Grammy to our granddaughter, Annistyn, who now attends GCS. That makes three generations of our family attending Grace Christian!!
When I’m not at school with the preschoolers, I love spending time with our large family, which includes our son-in-law, my parents, my brothers, my twin sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Julia Skaggs from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.S. Elementary Education, Marshall University
I grew up in Barboursville and graduated from Cabell Midland in 2009. I was in a program in high school called Children’s Care and Teaching Academy. I also grew up working in children’s ministries at church. It didn’t take long to figure out I wanted to be a teacher. I went to Marshall to get an Elementary Education degree. I spent some time subbing in the public school and at GCS before becoming a full-time teacher at the public school. I am so thankful the Lord led me to Grace Christian School, where I started in 2017. My husband Caleb and I have three kids: Lillian, Vera, and Jagger.
Kati Webb from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.S. Elementary Education, Bob Jones University
Since teaching at GCS, Amy Brewer has taught pre-K, Elementary PE, third grade, and middle school, classes. Along with teaching, she enjoys family time, scrapbooking, and card-making.
“I have been extremely blessed to teach along with my husband at GCS. We love the students that the Lord has placed in our lives. What an exciting privilege to be a part of the molding process in the lives of these precious young people.”
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B.S. Elementary Education with a concentration in Early Childhood, Pensacola Christian College
Kate is a 1993 graduate of Grace Christian School. She is married to Scott Lilly and has two children, Sarah and Michael, who both attend GCS.
“I am very thankful for the Lord’s clear direction in bringing my family to Grace Christian School. It is a true honor to be able to teach here at GCS, and it has felt like coming home.”
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B.A. Elementary Education, Tennessee Temple University
I live in the Charleston area with my husband, Nathanael, and three boys, Carter, Reuben, and Ivan. My husband is the youth pastor at Big Bottom Missionary Baptist Church in Charleston.
I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, boating, and raising chickens. I also love animals, especially dogs and flamingos!
The Lord has truly blessed me by allowing me to teach here at GCS and allowing all three of my boys to attend here as well!”
Mrs. Messinger from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.A. Elementary Education, Marshall University
I began my career in education in Special Ed at Kellogg Elementary and then continued in subbing after having children.
My husband, Matthew and I have three children – Silas, Norah, and Titus. We love going hiking and camping in the summer.
I enjoy having a small photography business in my free time.
Erin Nicholas from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
M.S. Guidance and Counseling, Bob Jones University
B.S. Bible, Bob Jones University
Ron Brewer began his teaching ministry at Grace Christian School in 1994. He came to GCS from college after receiving his B.S. degree in Bible Education and Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling. Through the providence of God, Ron, his wife, and two children have been blessed to be a part of the ministry of Grace Christian School. They reside in South Point, OH, and are members of Grace Gospel Church.
Ron enjoys leading the school’s archery team and hunting.
Mr. Brewer from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.A. Secondary Education, Marshall University
A 2000 graduate of Grace Christian School, Candice attended Tennessee Temple University and Marshall University. She graduated from MU in 2005 with a BA in English Education 5-12. Candice spent the next nine years working in Cabell County Schools, teaching English and Reading. She is married to Jim Broestler and is the mother of two daughters, Jacqueline and Rachel, both of which attend Grace Christian School.
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Social Studies, Language Arts
I grew up in Greenville, SC, and I also attended college in Greenville at Bob Jones University. I graduated in May 2017 with a B.S. in Social Studies Education with dual certification in English Education. I’ve wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. My parents were Christian school teachers, and I grew up in the classroom. I love teaching! I can’t imagine doing anything else. I began my teaching career at Cross Lanes Christian school in August 2017, and I started teaching at GCS in 2018. In addition to teaching, I love reading, playing with my dogs, and cooking with my husband.
Emily Brokke from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
Bible, Youth Pastor
B.M. & M.M. Church Music, Bob Jones University
I graduated from GCS in 2012. I then attended Bob Jones University, where I majored in Church Music and graduated with a B.M. in 2016, and began my M.M. in 2017. I met my wife in May 2017, and we got married in June 2018. I currently teach Bible and proctor a Spanish class at GCS. I also serve as the Youth Pastor at Grace Gospel Church. Spending time with my wife and family and watching basketball are just some of my favorite things!
Jon Brokke from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
Choir, Assistant Pastor
B.M. Church Music, Bob Jones University
David is a 2005 graduate from Grace Christian School. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Bob Jones University. While attending Bob Jones, he met his wife, Becky, and they married in January 2010. He currently serves at Grace Gospel Church as the Music and Assistant Pastor and leads the high school choir in the school. David and Becky have two children, Nora and Abel.
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B.S. Social Studies Education, Marshall University
M.S.A. Coaching & Athletic Administration, Concordia University Irvine
Nathan Hale attended GCS and graduated in 2008. After high school, he attended Clearwater Christian College and later Marshall University. Nathan achieved his master’s degree in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine. He spent a year teaching in the Dominican Republic at the Palms Christian School. Nathan enjoys athletics and is a baseball, basketball, and soccer coach at GCS. He is married to Annie Hale, who is also a teacher in Huntington.
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B.S. Guidance and Counseling, Bob Jones University
I graduated from Bob Jones University in 1997 and have been teaching at GCS ever since. My husband Brent works beside me as the high school math teacher, and I love that I can walk the halls with my son and husband each and every day. I am also an alumnus of Grace Christian School. I am the only faculty member that is a graduate, teacher, and parent of a GCS student, so my relationship with the school is very unique. I currently teach middle school language arts and high school speech. My extracurricular activities include coaching an after-school speech team and directing the school plays. I recently worked with a local outdoor theater company for ten years as their acting vice president, and I’m currently a part of the Choose Joy Players directing musicals for outdoor theater. I love the arts and have a passion for bringing out the best in young people while using speech and theater as my platform.
My husband Brent and I met here at the school when the Lord called him from Massachusetts to West Virginia. We have one precious son named Bradyn, who inspires me every day. I am so thankful that he can receive the same Christ-centered education that I did. Grace Christian School is very special to me, and I’m thankful that my son can experience the same life-changing benefits this school has to offer. I know that he will learn to live in this world in God’s way, just as I did. I love Jeremiah 33:3, which states, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not.” I am so thankful for His faithfulness!
Angie Jolicoeur from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.S., Mathematics Education, Bob Jones University
I was born and raised in Norton, MA, a small town about one hour south of Boston. I was saved at the age of 5 years old. I graduated valedictorian of my class from First Baptist Christian School in Warwick, RI, with a 4.0 GPA in June of 1996. I attended Bob Jones University for four years, graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics Education in May 2000.
Brent Jolicoeur from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
Science and Mathematics
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Liberty University
Originally from the Tri-State area, my family and I have moved back after spending 20 years as missionaries in Tanzania, East Africa. My husband, Greg, is the pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Barboursville. All four of my children are graduates of Grace Christian School. I also have two fabulous grandsons!!
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and participating in and watching sports.
Paige Wagoner from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
Science and Mathematics
B.S. Elementary Education, Pensacola Christian College
M.S. Educational Leadership, Pensacola Christian College
I grew up in the Teays Valley area where I attended Calvary Baptist Academy. Following high school, I pursued a degree in Elementary Education from Pensacola Christian College, later followed by an M.S. in Education Leadership. I began teaching and coaching at CBA immediately after graduating from college in 2014. Now, coming to GCS in 2018, I am excited to be able to continue teaching and coaching at GCS. I am thankful for the Lord’s hand in leading me here, and am looking forward to meeting my new students!
Courtney Wilson from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
Piano and Choir
B.A. Bob Jones University
Kim grew up in Binghamton, New York. After graduating with a B.A. from Bob Jones University, she returned to Binghamton, where she taught piano at Central Baptist Christian Academy for seven years and served as the music director at her church. She came to GCS in 1997. When she is not playing the piano for the school’s choirs or programs, she is teaching piano in private lessons. Kim is the chairman of the National Piano Guild in our area. She is also co-chair of the West Virginia Music Teacher’s Association, District Five. She is married to Keith Wiebe, Jr., and has two children, David and Danelle.
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B.S. Music Education with a Trumpet minor, Maranatha Baptist University
A 1988 high school graduate of Juniata Christian School in Mayville, MI, Jody attended Maranatha Baptist University. She taught at schools in Michigan and Wisconsin before coming to GCS in 1997. In addition to teaching private music lessons, she is our Elementary Music Director. She teaches music classes to K-3 through 5th grades. She is also the pianist at some of our school programs.
She is married to Tom Harmony. They have two sons, Christopher and Nathaniel, both of which are graduates of GCS.
Jody Harmony from Grace Christian School on Vimeo.
B.A. Maranatha Baptist University
M.M. Trumpet Performance, Marshall University
The 2016-2017 school year marks the beginning of my 20th year at GCS and my 23rd year of teaching experience. While here, I have taught the elementary, junior high, and high school bands, in addition to giving private instrument lessons. Prior to coming to GCS, I was the middle school band and choir director at Calvary Baptist Christian School in Watertown, WI.
As a lifelong musician, I play all wind instruments, but the trumpet is my primary instrument. I have performed with The Madison Brass, The 1st Brigade Band, The Mountain State Brass Band, The River Cities Orchestra, and currently, The Huntington Symphony.
My wife, Jody, and I have two sons, Chris and Nathaniel. Both are graduates of GCS.
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I was born and raised in Ironton, OH. I am married to my best friend, Chuck Conley. We have five wonderful children: Colin, Caity, Wes, Will, and Eva. We all feel so blessed to be a part of the GCS family. The love and compassion of Christ are evident at Grace Christian School. I also love chocolate and Ohio State Football. Go Buckeyes!
Appalachian Bible College
I am thankful the Lord has led our family to GCS! It has been a wonderful experience! I enjoy working in the kitchen and seeing all the smiling faces of the students as they come through the lunch line. My family includes my husband Matt, who pastors the Big Creek Baptist Church, and five children: Andrew, Noah, Miriam, Moses, and Abigail.
I enjoy cooking, sewing, traveling, and spending time with family.