Staff & faculty

Partner with us for a positive experience for the whole family.

Staff & faculty

Partner with us for a
positive experience
for the whole family.

Our Team

We exist to develop leaders who see the world through God’s eyes by providing opportunities to excel academically, grow spiritually, and serve compassionately so they can positively impact their world.

Tim Makcen


I graduated from God’s Bible School and College in 2006 with a BA in education. Prior to my employment at ACA, I worked in the student recruitment office of GBS.

I am passionate about developing leaders through Christian education. Since 2012, I have taught history and Spanish courses in the HS department of ACA.  For the 2017-18 school year, I transitioned into an administrative position as the Principal of ACA.

In my free time, I enjoy sports, playing golf and spending time with my wife and daughters.

Rachel Ferree

Rachel Ferree

Administrative Assistant

I began working at ACA in 2005 as a Computer teacher and receptionist.  In 2007, I transitioned into my current position as Administrative Assistant.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Wesleyan University.

In my free time, I enjoy drawing/doodling, spending time with friends and family, playing the piano, listening to music.  I am also actively involved in ministry at my church and I enjoy serving the Lord.

Michelle Hopkins

Assistant Elementary Principal

Working with children has always been my passion. I accepted Christ as a young girl and always dreamed of teaching.

After graduating in 2005 with a BA in Elementary Education, I taught second grade for the next six years. In 2009, I graduated from Liberty University with a M.A.T. in Elementary Education.

I have a passion for teaching children about God, am a firm believer in Christian education.

I am currently the Children’s Pastor at Kenwood Bible Methodist Church.

Mary Klotz

Mary Klotz

HS Secretary & MS/HS Teacher

I have been at God’s Bible School and College for 20 years, 6 as a student and 14 as an employee.

I graduated from GBS with a BA in Church and Family Ministry, an AA in  Business and an AA in Intercultural Studies, all in 2010.

At Aldersgate, I’ll be the High School Administrative Assistant and loving on our high schoolers! 🙂

My favorite scripture verse is Psalm 91 and Philippians 1:4.

Kendra Muir

Kendra Muir

Elementary and MS Specialty Teacher

I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with a BA in Music and Classroom Education and Liberty University with an MA in Teaching.

I teach specialty classes for the K-4 grades which include Physical Education, Art, Advanced Reading, Spanish and Technology.

My favorite Scripture passage that I am working to memorize is Romans chapter 8.

Lindsay Rose

Lindsay Kilburn

PreK & Kindergarten

My name is Lindsay Kilburn and I was born and raised in Burlington Kentucky. I came to Christ at age 13 and have continued my journey with God every day! In elementary, I went to Aldersgate Christian Academy, Homeschooled for four years, then graduated again at Aldersgate!

I have a BA in Elementary Education from God’s Bible School and College.

My favorite scripture passage is Philipians 4:13.

Sarah Watson

1st Grade Teacher

Melissa Rizer

2nd Grade Teacher

I am excited to be teaching 2nd grade this year. My family and I were led by God to move to Ohio from California a little over a year ago.

I have been married to an amazing man for over 20 years. We have 4 wonderful children who all attend Aldersgate Christian Academy, ranging from 3 rd grade to a senior in high school.

I began my journey to be a teacher after I finished high school. One day I was working in the after school program. At that time my goal was to become a nurse. However, one day I was asked to assist a teacher.

While I was in the classroom, I felt God’s calling to be a teacher! One of the students had an “aha” moment and I was thrilled to be apart of it. On that
day I switched my major to liberal arts.

I graduated with a degree in Liberal Arts and went on to get my teaching credential from California State University Northridge.

I have been teaching in Christian education for over 18 years. I love teaching and being apart of this school. God is the center of my life. I have
witnessed many wonders that can only be explained by God’s goodness. I believe that “all things are possible through Jesus who strengthens me.”

My philosophy of education is that all students can succeed in an environment of support and encouragement. This environment is what I will
strive to provide for my students.

“For it is not an idle word for you; indeed it is your life.” Deuteronomy 32:47

Allison Turner

3rd Grade Teacher

I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with a BA in Elementary Education and Liberty University with a Master of Arts in Elementary Education (2019).

My favorite verse is Titus 2:11.

Rebekah Highlen

4th Grade Teacher

In 2014, I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with a BA in Elementary Education. I taught in Pennsylvania for 5 years before God led me back to ACA.

My greatest desire as a teacher is to not only teach my students the academic skills they need, but to also help them love and serve Jesus.

My favorite scripture is one that God has brought to my mind many times – from college through the present time.

Isaiah 41:10, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Zachary Potteiger

5th Grade Teacher

I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with my BA in elementary education in 2020.

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for kids and felt that God was calling me to work with them.

I attended school here at ACA from grades K-2nd, and now God has been working in my life and opening doors and he’s led me to teach here!

I feel very blessed to be furthering God’s kingdom here at ACA and ca’t wait to see what God has in store for this year.

One of my favorite Scripture verses is Philippians 4:13. 

Kara Moore

Kara Moore

Specialty Teacher

I have a BA in Music and classroom Education from God’s Bible School and College. I have taught 1st and 2nd grade for 3 years at Independence Bible School in Kansas. I am looking forward to teaching middles school grades and getting to know the students and their families.

In the summertime, I enjoy traveling and going on mission trips when possible. Some hobbies I enjoy are photography, playing the piano and flute, and singing. I am amazed at the ways God has used these talents and passions in many different capacities to minister to others.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Nick Black

Nick Black

MS/HS Teacher

I graduated from Hobe Sound Bible College and Liberty University and have BA degrees in Health and Physical Education and a Masters of Education in Social Studies.

My favorite scripture is 1 John 3:7.

Steve Nelson

MS/HS Teacher

Joe Reimann

MS/HS Teacher

Karen Albertson

Karen Albertson

MS/HS Teacher

I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with a degree in Integrative Studies focusing in Modern Languages and Foundations of Language.

I love studying foreign languages, and have studied at least a little of the following: Koine Greek, Japanese, Spanish, and German. It should come as no surprise, since I teach English, but I love to read and write.

One of my favorite things to do is find a new coffee shop where I can work on lesson plans, study, or read.  One of my favorite verses would probably be II Corinthians 12:9, because I need the reminder that I need Christ’s power to do anything.  

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Amy Redmond

MS/HS Teacher

I have a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Ohio University and have practiced as a registered nurse for the past 7 years.

I have worked in multiple areas of nursing over the course of my nursing career. Most recently, I was employed in a Labor & Delivery/ Postpartum Unit. During some recent events in our life, my husband and I felt God asking us to relocate our family.

Everything lined up for me to teach at Aldersgate in middle school and high school sciences.

I am so excited to be teaching and I can’t wait to show my students the amazing world of science through God’s eyes!

Eli Albring

MS/HS SpanishTeacher

Hello! I am originally from Honduras, CA.

I graduated from Union Bible College with a BA in Elementary Education.

I got married to a wonderful man and came to Ohio in 2019.

I’ve taught several grades and classes before, but this is my second year teaching Español in ACA
and I am loving it!

I enjoy teaching Spanish and being able to share the beauty of the language and the culture with the students.

You don’t know God’s plans for your life, which they are for good, still it is wonderful to be able to learn and to prepare in everything you are able to.

My favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11

Melissa Gresham

Mellissa Gresham

MS/HS Teacher

I am a 1997 graduate of God’s Bible School and College with a double BA major in Elementary education and Music education.

As a pastor’s wife and mother of three, I am involved in a variety of ministry and family activities.

I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, running half marathons and serving Jesus! Through an organized classroom, I present detailed learning environment that students enjoy. I enjoy offering students the opportunity to learn through a variety of resources and activities.

My favorite scripture is Psalms 55:22.

Stephen Klotz

Stephen Klotz

MS/HS Teacher; Assistant HS Principal

I have been involved in education for over 20 years. I have served as the President of Evangelical College of Theology in Ghana West Africa for 4 years.

I have been at GBS and ACA for 14 years and have served as the High School Assistant Principal for 13 years. I also currently serve as the Athletic Director.

I have coached in athletics for 18 years. I have coached both basketball and volleyball at ACA, for the last 13 years. I currently serve as the girl’s volleyball and boy’s basketball coach.

I like to travel and read books for relaxation.

My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 32:8.

Elias Abraham

Elias Abraham

HS Literature & Bible Teacher

In 2013 I graduated from God’s Bible School and College with a BA in Teacher education.

Prior to teaching, I was employed at GBS at the Administrative Assistant for the Vice President Offices of Student and Academic Affairs.  Since 2015, I have taught HS English and Literature courses for ACA.

My favorite pastimes include reading, playing disc golf and playing strategy games.

Tim Crater

3rd Grade Music

Mike DeStefano

Michael DeStefano

Band Director

I have both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University.

My favorite verse is Isaiah 41:13.

Private music lessons at Aldersgate with Rachelle Wolf

Rachelle DeStefano

Music & Choir Director

I have Master of Music in Violin Performance from Miami University (2014) and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian School Music Education from God’s Bible School and College (2011). I am passionate about excellence in Christian music education, and so happy to be resting in serving Christ.

I love to be actively involved in music in my community: I am currently a member of the Cincinnati Community Orchestra, a teacher for the NKU prep department, and the director of strings at the Garen Wolf School of Music Fine Arts Camp. I have also served as a children’s music director at my local church, a performing member of the Eastside Players Community Theater and the Loveland Stage Company, and an instructor for the Young Musicians’ Program at Miami University.

When I am not making music, I enjoy hiking, hosting parties, exploring, and learning new things. My favorite verse is Zephaniah 3:17(NIV):

The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.

He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

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