Charlie Aagenas

Job Title
Retired Healthcare Professional

Education
BA Political Science, University of Michigan
MBA, University of Michigan

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
My wife is a founding parent and my 3 step sons all were students. I know the school was a positive force in their development academically and spiritually. Every school event I attend, including Board meetings, reinforces what a nurturing and care place AACS is. I’m proud to be associated with it.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I believe the spiritual and academic training of our youth is vital to our society’s future. I’m happy to be able to contribute to that mission.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS is committed to both spiritual growth and academic excellence. And it does so in a very caring and nurturing environment. Students are well prepared for high school and beyond.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” John 14, verses 1-4 NIV

Tim Dekker

Job Title
LimnoTech, President (Water Resources Consulting Firm)

Education
BSE Calvin College
MSE University of Michigan
Ph.D University of Michigan

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We’ve benefited so greatly from AACS for many years as a warm, loving place where our children could learn about a loving God and His creation. AACS is a place where our kids learned to think of themselves as children of God, caretakers of creation and transformers of our world.

Why do you serve on the Board?
I serve on the Board to help make sure that AACS endures and continues to provide the same benefits for today’s families that we enjoyed during our kids’ years there.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
Because the world is big, beautiful, and complicated, and a gift and responsibility that we have been given by God. AACS is a place where children are given the tools to be servants, caretakers and leaders in this world – that’s worth taking seriously.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Karyn Hake

Job Title
Former 6th Grade Teacher; Currently stay-at-home mom

Education
B.A. in Elementary Education, Michigan State University

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
When selecting a school for our children two years ago, we were impressed by the high quality academics and the close community at AACS. Since then, we’ve come to deeply appreciate the Christ-centered eduction our children receie daily. I love sending them off each day to a place where I know they are truly cared about by the teachers and administrators. At AACS, our children are growing academically, spiritually, and socially in a place that feels like home to them.

Why do you serve on the Board?
As an educator and mother, I have a passion for making a positive impact on the lives of students. I am also excited about the growth and direction of the school. As a Board member, I am able to help shape the future of the school and be a part of maintaining the close community at AACS.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
A high-quality education and opportunities for social, athletic, and fine-arts development were some of the characteristics we were looking for in a school for our children. While Ann Arbor Christian School provides all these things, it also gives our children something much more valuable: the chance to learn about the God daily and guidance in developing a Christ-like character.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23

Ryan Peterson

Job Title
Campus Pastor, Concordia University

Education
Bachelor of Arts (Pastoral Ministry and Theological Languages), Concordia University
Masters of Divinity (Theology), Concordia Seminary
Doctor of Ministry (Leadership and Ministry Management), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
We want our kids surrounded by Christ-centered role models as they also receive an excellent education. AACS is special to us because the school is filled with leaders who desire to see our children grow in faith as they mature in life.

Why do you serve on the Board?
It is a humbling honor to serve on the Board because we can prayerfully discern and dream about a school that doesn’t yet exist, but by God’s grace, may in the future. That school will continue to “tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of our Lord.”

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
Your children will be challenged, encouraged, supported, and loved as they grow in all areas of their life, including their relationship with Jesus Christ.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

Kellie Steen

Job Title
Previous AACS Teacher

Education
BA from Calvin College in Education
Graduate Studies,  Eastern Michigan University, Education

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
My husband Paul and I are so grateful for the partnership we have with AACS as we strive to raise our sons to know and love Jesus Christ. What a gift it is to have teachers who provide a safe, loving environment where each child is nurtured academically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually.

Why do you serve on the Board?
God is doing great things in and through Ann Arbor Christian School, and it is my privilege to work alongside other dedicated men and women to support, protect, and advance the mission and vision of this wonderful school.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
AACS is truly a special place – passionate about being academic excellent and passionate about the Lord. I can think of no better priorities when considering a school environment for my children. Add in the favorable class sizes, the growing number of extra curricular offerings, the incredible staff, a gifted administrator, and a wonderful sense of community…families should definitely consider Ann Arbor Christian School! I am so thankful that our family did.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

Scott Tharp

Job Title
Business Owner

Education
B.A. Marketing, Washtenaw Community College,  Baker College of Business and University of Phoenix

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
AACS represents a Christian community that feels more like a family than an institution. From the excellent teaching staff, to the strong academic curriculum, to sports and extra curricular activities – the school has so much to offer families. And most important to our family is the core principle that Christ is the cornerstone – and everything else we do is built on and because of that firm foundation.

Why do you serve on the Board?
AACS is Gods school. In order to fully live into its mission, now and in the future, strong leadership is required. I desire to see the school thrive. I desire to see the school grow. The business experience I’ve gained launching start-up ventures including marketing, budgeting and managing cash flows gives me unique perspective as a Board member. I am excited to offer my experience to help AACS become the “school that does not yet exist”.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
A family looking for a local school built on bedrock Christian principles who also demand academically excellent curriculum should strongly consider exploring AACS. The school has an amazing sense of community and is centrally located to be commutable from many outlying communities (beyond Ann Arbor). The school represents families from Howell, Brighton, South Lyon, Saline, Plymouth, Ypsilanti and Dexter just to name a few.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand; in all your ways submit to him and he will make your path straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Patrick Walden

Job Title
Manager – Michigan Medicine

Education
BA  Exercise and Sport Science, Spring Arbor University
MBA Healthcare Administration,  University of Michigan

What makes AACS so special to you and your family?
The compassion and joy that we have experience while being involved with the AACS community is what truly sets this place apart. A Christ-centered community is at the foundation of it all.

Why do you serve on the Board?
My wife was the middle school math teacher and when she opted to stay home with our growing family serving on the board was an opportunity to stay involved with the school. It was also an opportunity to participate in shaping the school for future families.

Why should families give AACS a hard look for their children?
The experience will go beyond the classroom. The families they will meet will become lifelong friends. Their children will have the opportunity to grow in their love for Christ and others in a safe and caring environment.

What is your favorite passage from the Bible?
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20