Christian Academy 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.

Matt Chalfant, Chairman

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 fifth and tenth 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.

Sara Butler

I am honored to have been selected to serve as a member of this board. I am committed to being a part of this board because I love how Christian Academy has made a difference in the lives of so many students throughout our community. Denny and I are long time members of Southeast Christian Church and are parents of Trey and Ava, who are both elementary students at Christian Academy of Louisville – Southwest. This campus is a blessing to our family and so many other families in the Southwest Louisville community. I am excited for what the future holds for Christian Academy of Louisville school system academically, financially and spiritually. Our children today are inundated with many cultural challenges that are in opposition with having a heart for God and being a follower of Christ. Christian Academy, through every facet of the curriculum continuously strives to develop students with a heart for God. My prayer for this school system and every teacher, student, staff and administrator is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths.

Jason Chambers

I 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.

Kyle Doezema

It is an honor to serve on the Christian Academy School System Board of Directors. Six years ago our family moved to Kentucky from Florida and we witnessed an amazing God lead us to this incredible School System that has and is developing our children spiritually, academically and emotionally to have an impact for the Kingdom as well as prosper in an ever changing world. Prior to our move we were not sure an academic and faith based institution of this caliber existed. After our first visit to Christian Academy six years ago, my wife, Amy, and I looked at each other and knew that our children needed to be here Since the move, our son has graduated from CAL in 2018 and our two daughters currently attend the English Station High School and Elementary School. God has built an incredible school system through the faithfulness, dedication and perseverance of humble and obedient men and women. We must strive to continue to seek His guidance and direction for the future of His school. It is a privilege to serve in this endeavor.

We are reminded in Matthew 5:16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Christian Academy is a place where the next generation of followers is learning to let their light shine in this world for His glory.

I envision a sign on each of our four campuses that greets our faculty and staff as they arrive with the words “You are now entering the mission field.” This same sign can encourage our students as they exit these same campuses and serve as a reminder of our greater purpose.

Jennifer 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.”

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

I 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 20 years, Kelly, and my four wonderful children, all 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)

Phil Russell

Chuck Colson once said, “Christians have always done the best of things in the worst of times. So maybe, just maybe, in the midst of all of this, God is giving us a great opportunity.” The opportunity that God has set before us is why I’m excited to serve at Christian Academy. Christians must equip the next generation of believers to advocate for Christ in this post-modern era. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7), and I believe the foundation of a Christian education is crucial in this world of competing political ideologies and shifting worldviews. I love that Christian Academy recognizes this need and desires to partner with parents who are attempting to raise Godly children. May we remain committed in prayer and support of the teachers, staff and administrators of Christian Academy who serve on the front lines in this effort.

Byron Walters

Christian Academy School System | Board of Directors | Byron WaltersI am humbled and blessed to not only have the opportunity to have two children attend Christian Academy of Louisville, but also to have the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors. We have been so amazed with the blessings that God has provided to our family through Christian Academy in educating them to have a heart for God. I am honored and excited to be able to give back in service to the Board.

My wife, Theresa, of 22 years and our two children, Daniel and Taylor, are members of Northeast Christian Church. We have been in Louisville for just over 10 years and have attended Northeast the entire time. I have been a Christian since I was in elementary school, but I am certainly a continual work in progress. I mess up, I fail, I make mistakes, and I am imperfect but I strive daily to be more like Christ and I know that I will be made perfect only through his grace and salvation.

In a world that continually and increasingly challenges Christian faith and foundations, my goal, through God’s leadership and direction, is to do all I can to help make sure our children have the tools and knowledge needed to confront those worldly challenges. I truly believe in Proverbs 22:6 – “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”.

I pray daily for this school system, the board of directors, leadership, faculty, teachers, and students that we all will hold firm to our biblical foundation and that we will be wonderful stewards of the blessings that God has entrusted us with.

Paul Tran

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Scott Watkins

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