Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors governs the Christian Academy School System. Members serve an initial term of three years, and as members roll off, new members are elected each year. The primary function of the Board of Directors is to serve in a strategic leadership capacity, which includes setting, reviewing, and revising school policy, and casting vision for the future direction of Christian Academy.

The Board of Directors oversees the Superintendent and the Executive Director, who are responsible for implementation of Board policy, and oversight of the staff and faculty to whom responsibility for implementation of policy may be delegated as appropriate.

The Board of Directors is comprised of Christian Academy parents, all members of one of the founding churches of our school system. To serve on the Board of Directors, one must be nominated by a fellow parent, staff, or faculty member, have unimpeachable Christian character, and be a model of the values we hold as a school system. We are grateful to our Board of Directors whose selfless commitment to Christian Academy is an integral part of our ability to advance God's mission.

Board of Directors

Matt Chalfant, Chairman

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Matt Chalfant It has been a blessing to see so many student lives transformed through the doctrinally sound and practical Bible teaching that our students receive each day in the Christian Academy classroom.

My wife, Tonya, and I have experienced that first hand. Our oldest two children are both Christian Academy graduates and our two youngest are currently enrolled in the first and sixth grades at school.

As I pray for the wonderful faculty, staff and administrators we have here in the Christian Academy School System, it is my hope that we will be able to continue partnering with Christian families to raise Godly disciples for Jesus.

We are truly blessed by these teachers, staff and parents dedicated to our uncompromising commitment to bring glory to God by allowing all of our students to pursue their individual God-given potential.

At Christian Academy, we seek to be a conserving influence joining with our families to model a reverent and humble love for the truths of the Lord’s Word. The scriptures remind us in 3 John 4 that, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

We look forward to holding true to our mission by following God’s leading in all that we do.

Scott Watkins, Past Chairman

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Scott WatkinsI'm honored to have been given the opportunity to serve on the board at Christian Academy. My wife, Pam, and I have three children: Madison, 10, Jackson, 8, and Lukas, 2. Madison and Jackson both attend the English Station campus. I’m very passionate about Christian education and making sure that our students grow in their faith on a daily basis. I definitely want each child to have access to a high quality education and to learn to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

My family and I have a life verse that we live by. It is found in Philippians 4:6, "Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything." Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. It is easy to say, but often hard to apply in our daily lives. God continues to work with each of us and to help us to become more reliant upon Him.

I’m very excited to see what the future holds for Christian Academy. I promise to serve humbly and to ask God for discernment each day. Have a blessed day!

 Todd Beckwith

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Todd Beckwith I am excited for the continuing chance to give back for all the school system has done for our family.  I hope that we are able to deepen the spiritual foundation of our students, families and community while giving the students a solid education.  

I believe a good leader must have integrity, strong faith, vision of where they are headed and commitment to achieve the goal while being a decision maker. I have been inspired to be such a leader by a former supervisor, Luther Bakken, who was a great mentor to me. No matter what the situation, he was calm and let God lead in that moment. I am also inspired by the privilege and opportunity to help others grow.

It's amazing to see how the Board of Directors unites, even when we have different opinions, and we let God lead us for the betterment of the system. When praying for Christian Academy, I specifically pray that the hearts of every student, family and faculty member will search for and grow in Christ.

Andy Burdsall

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Andy BurdsallI continue to pray that my God-given gifts can be used by Him to serve the school system.  My two daughters attend Christian Academy of Indiana, and my hope is that Christ will be seen through the halls of our schools and our kids will be taught to think critically about their beliefs and learn to make educated decisions as faithful adults.  I pray that God would make it clear to us what direction He would like to take Christian Academy School System, and that He would help us be faithful stewards of that He has given us.

My favorite Bible verse is Malachi 3:8-10, "Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it."  

Lately I feel that God has been teaching me that we should be good stewards with what we are entrusted and how to better show love to those around me.

Jason Chambers

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Jason ChambersI believe in the Christian Academy School System mission of developing students with a heart for God . . .and believe God is orchestrating a “kairos” moment for Christian Academy School System to be the premier Christian School System in the country . . . and that is something I want to be a part of!

It is my hope that our teachers to be the most equipped, engaged, and “loved on” group of educators in the country. In our experience so far at Christian Academy, my wife Angie and I have witnessed our teachers’ love for the Lord and passion for what they do and we cannot help but to want to encourage them further. Our teachers are a key ingredient to fulfilling the Christian Academy School System mission.

I specifically pray for our teachers, administrators, and the hearts of students. That each would be bold with their own stories, and would fulfill God’s purpose for their lives.

Mike Evans

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Mike EvansChristian Academy School System’s mission is “to develop students with a heart for God, who grow as Jesus did in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and men.” As a member of the Board, I will work to fulfill that mission with all [my] heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. – Colossians 3:23

As a parent of three Christian Academy students, I believe the greatest needs of students are their salvation and growth in the Word; a loving relationship with at least one Christian adult (a teacher, staff, coach, or volunteer); an education that enlightens the mind to the infinite blessings God continually bestows upon us; and a social climate that encourages healthy growth. I believe Christian Academy is uniquely positioned to meet these needs by integrating all of them into one common and consistent message delivered by a talented faculty, staff, and administration.

Whether from a classroom, a worship service, a mission trip, a stage or field of competition, a thought-provoking conversation, a prayer, a blessing, or simply from the presence of God’s hand upon a heart, my goal is to continue to build His school system on the thousands of student success stories that glorify Christ, and those that are yet to come! To God be the Glory!

Steve Hester

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Steve Hester



Jennifer Hickman

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Jen Hickman

I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to serve on the board and am excited for the chance to give back to the school system for all that has been given to us. Mitch and I are the parents of Tate and Jude, who are elementary students at Christian Academy of Indiana. We are deeply indebted to the faculty and staff who selflessly pour into our boys on a daily basis, as they challenge them academically and lead them spiritually, with the goal of growing closer to Jesus.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Joshua 1:9, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." As we face shifting standards and cultural changes in the world around us, I pray that Christian Academy will courageously stand as a beacon of truth in our region, as we continue to partner with families who seek a Godly educational environment for their children. As we keep our eyes on Him, and do not become discouraged, He will be with us wherever we go, as a school system.

I pray daily for our students, teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff, that they would reflect the love of Jesus in all they say and do. May those that walk our halls be reminded of the old hymn and say "Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place. I can feel His mighty power and His grace."

Amy Lund

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Amy LundAs I begin my first year on the board, I find myself asking God for His direction on how He wants me to serve Him through this humbling opportunity.  I pray that I have a teachable heart and a renewable spirit as I enter this unexpected season.

I also find myself in the position of giving counsel to younger families making their way to where we are now situated – two high school children with college right around the corner.  Through this experience, I continue to look back over our past eight years at English Station to gain perspective on where Jesus was exalted and where we can do better showing His Light.  I pray that God will use me to make a difference and that He is given all the glory.

Our family attends and serves at the Blankenbaker campus of Southeast Christian Church.  Our church and Christian Academy has formed and grown our faith to where it is today and for that, we are eternally grateful.

Angela Nash

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Angela Nash

I've been a part of the body of Christ nearly my entire life. While I made the most important decision as a child, that was just the beginning of a life long journey. As I reflect on the journey so far, I would honestly say there are years of great growth and years of slow growth or even some years of simply a holding pattern, depending on the season in which I find myself. Today, I know that through every season God has loved me and had a unique plan for me. I praise Him for each season. I desire to be like Christ in everything I do and some days I fail miserably. God understands that the desire of my heart is to be like Christ and he forgives me when I fail. He wants me to be daily in His word, to learn and then get up the next day and pursue Him again through my interactions with others. I find my walk with Christ to be a learning process and I still have much learning to do. I just want to serve where He leads. I want to use the gifts He has given me to serve the Christian Academy School System in this season. My husband and I have a longstanding commitment and passion for Christian Academy and for the families in our community. My heart is burdened for Christian families as they try to make the best educational decisions for their children in our current world. My current life verse is Proverbs 4:23, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” I strongly believe that the key to reaching our students is by helping them turn their hearts toward Christ.

Jeremy Nelson

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Jeremy NelsonI am honored to serve as a member of the Christian Academy Board of Directors.

As I serve, I am reminded of the words Mordecai to Esther for two reasons: “Who knows, perhaps you have come to your royal position for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14 First, while I do not consider myself royalty, I am keenly aware of the importance each Board member plays in advancing the mission of Christian Academy, based on Luke 2:52, “to develop students with a heart for God who grow as Jesus did in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and men.” Second, I am humbled when I realize that this role was never mine to seek or choose, but one which God saw fit to guide my steps toward.

I come to the Board with the full support of my wife of 17 years, Kelly, my four wonderful children, three of whom attend Christian Academy. As a Christian Academy parent, I am mindful of the challenges we face and opportunities open to us as families dedicated to Christian education. The name and person of Jesus are an offense to some and a joy to others, but his Gospel is redemption for all who would rest in it. As such, I am prayerful that we can continue to pour authentic discipleship into our students in such a way and to such a degree that we see the impact on our world and community for years to come.

I am hopeful that this generation of Christian Academy students will make us all remember the words of the Prophet Isaiah: “Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Troy Thompson

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Troy Thompson

I decided to commit to the board because of my love for Christian Academy School System, and a desire to see as many children as possible developed with a heart and mind for God. Christian Academy is God’s school first and foremost, and I will strive to be a great steward of this wonderful place.

As a Rock Creek Alumni (Class of 1985), I pray for God’s continued blessings spiritually, academically and financially for our school system. The education and spiritual development I received at CAL was second to none. It is a nurturing, caring environment that continues to turn out quality, gifted students into the world around us.

Regarding leadership, I feel prayer is the answer for the tough decisions facing our school. I humbly ask for everyone associated with Christian Academy in any way to pray long and often for our school system. God has entrusted the board and staff with this part of His kingdom, and we must serve diligently. This servant mentality should be paramount with each and every stakeholder.

My family and I are members of Southeast Christian Church. I am married to my wonderful wife Christy, and our son Ian is in middle school at English Station. Our oldest son Jaemes, is a sophomore in college.

Lastly, I love the Lord and the sacrifice that was made for all of us. As a sinner in an imperfect world, I continue to be amazed by God’s love and grace. It is hard to nail down just one favorite scripture, but I guess mine would be 1st Corinthians 13, verses 4-7, "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."


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