Meet Our Staff

We have asked the teachers and staff to share about themselves, their educational background including any awards, why they love CCS, and their testimonies of how Jesus has worked in their lives. It is amazing to see how God has equipped our staff.

Julie Smith

Administrator


Emily Pinkston

Director of School Operations


Michelle Jester

Director of Academics


Stephanie Hahn

PreK Teacher


Brenda Ellis

Preschool & PreK Teacher


Kerri Kirby

Kindergarten Teacher


Julia Radin

First Grade Teacher


Brittany Mathewson

Second Grade Teacher


Brandi Clem

Third Grade Teacher


Anita Miller

Fourth Grade Teacher


Vicki Borgman

Fifth Grade Teacher


Sarah Kline

Sixth Grade Teacher


Shannon McBride

Junior High Language Arts, History/Geography, and Grammar Teacher


Amy Stevenson

Junior High Math, Science, and Bible Teacher


Florida Thompson

Computer Teacher


Melissa Soldner

Music Teacher


Lindsey Good

Art Teacher


Tina Mantle

PE Teacher


Julie Huffman

Library


Nicole Kline

2nd Grade Assistant


Cindy Buhr

Office Staff


Angela Steury

Office Secretary


Rachael Picazo

School Accountant


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Julie Smith

Administrator


I’m Julie Smith, and my husband is Chris. We have two children who attend CCS; 8th grade daughter-Abbie, 5th grade son-Ben. I was born in Toledo, Ohio and moved to Fort Wayne when I was one and a half. We moved to Garrett two years ago. I LOVE to be outside, swimming, hiking, fishing, and floating on our pond.

I graduated from Blackhawk Christian School in 1993 with honors and was part of the National Honors Society, I attended BCS from PreK-12th Grade then went to IPFW and graduated in 1997 with my BS in Elementary Education.

I taught in EACS for 13 years in grades 2, 4, and 5… was in 5th grade for 9 of those years, was team lead for my grade levels for 12 years, Chair of the Discipline Committee for 10 years, NUA Coach, and 2009 Teacher of the Year for Village Elementary.

I’ve Trained in Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment in Basic Level 1 and Standard Levels 1, 2, and 3, and also trained in NUA Strategies.

This is my 6th year as Principal at CCS.

At CCS, we first and foremost care about the students' relationship with Jesus. We are committed to having Christ centered curriculum that also meets state academic standards. One thing that sets us apart from other schools is the Feuerstein's Instrumental Enrichment (FIE) program. I have been trained in and teaching this program since 1999. This program equips students to become autonomous learners, to think about their thinking and to be challenged among multiple other things. One of the greatest sounds for me to hear is a student saying, "OHHH! I get it now!" God has given us amazing minds to use for His glory and to spread the gospel message to others! We want to raise up the upcoming generations to do that.

I started to have a personal relationship with Jesus when I was 5 years old and asked Him to forgive me of my sins and come into my heart. I attended Blackhawk Christian School (and church) from PreK-12th grade where I learned more about Jesus and grew in my faith in Him. As much as I loved Jesus and other people, I had a lot of pride in my life. I was lord of my life, selfish and wanted to do what I wanted to do. Ten years ago my family and I started to attend Wallen Baptist Church. It was there that I recommitted my life to Christ and chose to be sure HE was Lord of my life and do what He wants me to do. I continue to look to Him and follow Him each and everyday.

Emily Pinkston

Director of School Operations


My name is Emily Pinkston and I am from Jackson, Michigan. I moved to Fort Wayne with my dad, mom, and sister when I was 4 years old and have been here ever since. I love spending time with my husband, and my kids, Caroline and Titus. I also enjoy volleyball and drinking coffee.

I grew up at Fort Wayne Christian School, but I graduated from Blackhawk Christian School. I attended IPFW for a couple of years, but continued my college education at God's Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I pursued and finished my degree in Elementary Education. While working there I was able to volunteer and work in an elementary school that was on campus. I taught specials classes and helped staff in many ways. Eventually I began working as the administrative assistant to the Division of Education Chair and professors in the education department. I student taught at Blackhawk Christian in 1st grade, and while waiting for graduation I was a substitute teacher in a few private schools in Fort Wayne. I taught for 5 years in 3rd grade here at CCS before I stepped out of the classroom, this year, to become the Academic Support Coordinator and provide assistance to Mrs. Smith.

I love CCS because of the relationships that I have. I love that I can have a relationship with students, parents, and staff. I love getting to know everyone on a deeper level than just academics. I am blessed to be in a school where everyone feels like friends and family. I love that I am challenged by the staff, parents, and students to grow closer to Christ daily. It is a constant reminder that He loves each and every one of us on a level that I can only to dream to understand. I am also thankful that I can send my kids to a school that is focused on Christ-centered education with curriculum and teachers that teach not only what they need to know academically, but what they need to know to have a relationship with Christ and love Him in all aspects of their lives. As a child, my parents were not Christians, but we went to church every Sunday morning. On Palm Sunday in 1998, when I was in 5th grade, I knew that something in my life needed to change. My grandpa walked me through the sinner's prayer. When I stood up from the altar, I expected to feel different, but I didn't. I felt the same. I didn't let that stop me. For a couple of weeks I prayed a lot and read the Bible, but I was still not sure how much I really changed. I asked questions, but it didn't take long for me to just be the same as I always was...there wasn't a real change. I believed I was a Christian, but I didn't really understand how it was going to change me. I now realize how much God was preparing me and how much the Holy Spirit was moving in my life and my parent's life. Two months later, on a Sunday night, I was with my cousin and my sister and my parents called us up to the living room and told us we had to go somewhere. Without explaining anything, we drove in silence to our church where my grandparents were waiting for us. When we got there my dad turned around to us and simply said that they were going to pray tonight and give their hearts to the Lord. I will never forget the joy and excitement and anxiety that I was filled with! We walked into the church and all knelt at the altar. We prayed and prayed! It was at that point that I did feel different, and I felt like I had some guidance for how I should be living. Life in our family changed drastically. The focus of our family was Christ and His love. Fast forward 10 years, and I was in college. I was making choices based on what I wanted. My life was not focused on Christ. I was sitting in a required chapel service at school, and I don't even remember what was preached. I do remember thinking that Christ had a plan for my life, and if I want to have a life that was what He wanted, I needed to get on the same page. At that point I asked for forgiveness for my selfishness and asked God to use me in whatever way He wanted. It turns out that once I aligned what I wanted with what God wanted, my future could not be better.

Michelle Jester

Director of Academics


I grew up in Decatur, Indiana and then moved to Bryan, Ohio after marrying my husband Troy. We lived there for two years and moved to Fort Wayne in 1999 just before my oldest daughter, Aubrey, was born. I have two more daughters, Kaitlynn and Kylie. Aubrey and Kaitlynn attend school at Lakewood Park and Kylie attends here at Central. I love going to all of their activities, reading, baking, and taking naps during my free time. I also enjoy vacationing with my family.

After graduating from Adams Central High School, I pursued an Elementary Education degree at Huntington College. I spent a year substitute teaching after graduating (even here at CCS!) and then taught Title I Reading at Pettisville Elementary in Ohio before becoming a stay-at-home-mom. I was very excited to return to the classroom in 2009 here at Central and have been teaching first grade ever since.

I love teaching at Central because it feels like family. Everyone truly cares and shows the love of Christ to one another. I enjoy teaching students to read and do math, but I feel very blessed to be able to teach my students about Jesus and pray with them everyday. I also appreciate the support and encouragement from all the amazing parents at CCS-- you make my job a joy!

I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at the age of 9. I continued to to be involved in the church and church activities throughout my school years, but I never took the initiative to grow in my faith until I went away to college. I did a lot of good things, made good choices, and set a good example, but my heart was not right with the Lord. I thought that all the good things I was doing made me right with God and somehow made Him love me more. Thankfully, I attended a small Christian college where chapels and Bible studies were a regular part of my life. I began to seek after God with all my heart and finally realized that I could never be good enough by my actions but only through the gift of grace offered through Jesus. And God loves me simply because I am His child, not because of the things I do or don't do. I also realized that I shouldn't keep my faith to myself-- I should share it with everyone around me! Jesus, let your light and love shine through me each day!

Stephanie Hahn

PreK Teacher


I am from the Harlan/Woodburn area and am married to my husband, Gary. We have three active sons who continue to keep us very busy! I enjoy playing games, discussing politics, sitting by campfires, and relaxing at the beach.

After graduating from Woodlan High School, I received my degree in elementary education from IPFW. I taught five years in the public schools, then became a stay-at-home-mom as God blessed us with our own children. After 13 years at home I jumped back into the classroom…this time as a Preschool teacher. What a blessing it has been to partner with parents in their children’s early learning!

I enjoy working at CCS because the staff sincerely cares for families and kids! I love investing in the little lives that cross my path each day, and hope to be an encouragement to their families as well. God’s Word is alive at Central, and it is a privilege to be a part of this ministry!

I accepted God’s gift of grace when I was 8, then was baptized at age 10. Recently God has been teaching me to make the most of my time for His kingdom! Daily busyness creeps in and I sometimes forget the urgency of spreading His Gospel intentionally… Striving to be in His Word daily keeps my eyes focused on Him. Help me, Jesus, be a faithful servant for you!

Brenda Ellis

Preschool & PreK Teacher


I was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and lived here until I was 24. Growing up I loved playing outside and I loved horses. My parents always gave us plenty of chores as they both grew up on farms, but we always went to church and relaxed on Sundays.

During my 8th grade year I won a horse in an essay contest through my 4-H Horse and Pony Club. So, from that time until I was around 20 I took horse riding lessons, worked on horse farms, and showed horses. When I was 16 I was attending a youth retreat and heard the testimony of a Christian artist while there. I met with my Pastor when I returned and asked for forgiveness from my sin and believed in Jesus as my Savior. Soon after I was baptized.

After high school I attended IPFW in Fort Wayne and the Lord led me to a group called Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. My relationship with the Lord deepened as a result. The Lord gave my life direction as during that time I got rid of my horse, went to Russia on a mission trip with IVCF and graduated from IPFW in Elementary Education. God led me to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana where I thought for three years. While there He provided a close knit House Church group that I fellowshipped with.

Then He took me to Cornerstone Christian Academy in Helena, Montana for the next three years where He built my faith and opened my eyes to Christian Education. While there He taught me to live by faith as my income was quite low. God provided everything I needed in amazing ways!

After that I came back to Fort Wayne and the Lord led me to Central Christian School. I started teaching in 2nd grade and now am teaching Kindergarten. I love Central because God’s presence is here and God’s love and grace is is abundantly offered by those who are here. I have been greatly blessed over the years here at CCS.

I love to be out in God’s creation getting to know Him better.

Kerri Kirby

Kindergarten Teacher


Julia Radin

First Grade Teacher


I am from originally from Berne, Indiana and moved to Fort Wayne after marrying my incredible husband, Thai, last summer. I grew up in a Christian family and accepted Christ into my heart when I was five. My dad became a pastor when I was a teenager, and I loved leading the Children’s ministry at our church. I am absolutely crazy about my Savior, Jesus Christ, and seek to glorify His Name in all that I do. I love books, sparkles, dreams, laughter, and huge, genuine smiles.

In 2018, I received my Bachelors of Science in Early Child Education from Bob Jones University located in Greenville, South Carolina. I completed my practicum in a first grade classroom at East North Street Academy of Mathematics and Science (Title 1 school) and my student teaching in a kindergarten classroom at Taylors Elementary (A Leader in Me school).

While studying, I worked as an Education Technology Crew Chief. I trained and led a technology team focused on helping university students and teachers by troubleshooting computer problems. I also worked as an Art Liaison Facilitator's Assistant. I loved being with with an amazing team of designers and artists and assisting the facilitator in preparing and archiving art pieces for the BJU Press. I earned the BJU Student Worker Award in recognition of superior contribution to the BJU Press Content Development.

During my junior and senior year, I was able to serve as the BJ University Educator Association’s Graphic Designer where I designed brochures, flyers, pamphlets, and more. I was honored at the UEA’s Celebration Event and was blessed to unveil the new logo that I created for their re-branding.

I loved being involved in extracurricular events from acting in stage theatre and film projects to volunteering with Camp Spearhead. I acted in over twenty five plays and short films during my four years at BJU. In my campus society, Nu Alpha Phi, I had the privilege of serving 120 girls as their chorister for one semester and their vice president for one semester. I have a huge heart for people with special needs and loved working with Greenville's Family Connections and Autism Society and volunteering weekends at a camp for people with special needs. My future hopes include pursuing a master’s in special education.

I love teaching first grade at CCS! The atmosphere feels loving and refreshing. To be here is to be surrounded by the family that we have in Christ and for that I am oh so thankful! The students bring joy every day as we get to grow our brains and connect everything we learn to our Creator. “My heart is filled with thankfulness.”

Brittany Mathewson

Second Grade Teacher


Hi, I’m Brittany Mathewson, the second grade teacher here at CCS! I am originally from a small town in Michigan and attended college at Central Michigan University where I received my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, and later returned to get my Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. After graduating college, I took a job teaching sixth grade science in Tennessee. I spent 5 years there, and during that time I met and married my husband Scott. After we got married, we wanted to be closer to family, so we packed up our three cats and moved to Fort Wayne.

Once here, I wanted a job where God could use me and where I could work with people who felt like family. I found that at Central. I love coming to work where I feel love and acceptance from everyone. I also love the fact I can share about the love of Jesus with my students every day. The road to get here wasn’t always easy, but I am so thankful to serve a good and loving God who loves His children and is faithful to keep His promises.

In January 2019, we welcomed our daughter, Ella, into our family! I’m so thankful for God’s continued blessings and am thrilled our family gets to be a part of the Central family.

Brandi Clem

Third Grade Teacher


I grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In 2002, after marrying my husband Reggie, I moved to Fort Wayne. Six years ago we moved to Antwerp, OH. I have two daughters, Elle and Alia. They attend school in Antwerp. I am a busy softball mom in the summer, thankfully I enjoy watching them play. They also are on a bowling league and soccer in the fall. I enjoy going to the girls activities, reading, baking, and playing games. I also love going on vacation with my family. We have been going to Hilton Head, South Carolina almost every summer for 10 years and now also go during Christmas break for the past 5 years. We hate the drive, but love the time together.

After graduating high school I attended Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI. I graduated with a Bachelors in Christian Education and Biblical Theology. After moving to Fort Wayne I worked at a daycare for approximately 11 years in which I was an assistant, a lead teacher for preschool, as well as doing whatever they needed me to do. I decided to go back to school to get a teaching degree. I went to IPFW and got a bachelors in Elementary Education. After graduating from IPFW I was a substitute teacher for 1 year, after that I was a preschool teacher at Head Start in Garrett, then a Title I teacher in Hicksville, OH for 3 years. I then worked at Southwick Elementary in East Allen County as a second grade teacher for 2 years. This is my first year at Central as a third grade teacher and I’m very happy to be here.

I love working here at Central Christian. The atmosphere is so inviting. The staff is warm and welcoming; it is wonderful feeling to feel part of this family. This may sound strange to some, but I also love working here because I feel like I can be a teacher.

I started going to church while in early elementary school. I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 13 years old. Since middle school I have always had some role in the church: Sunday school teacher, youth group worker/leader, Christmas play director, Children’s Church director, youth group leader, etc. I currently attend Riverside Church in Antwerp where I am the Family Events Coordinator and one of the leaders. I have believed in and loved God since a young girl, but it wasn’t until my time at Great Lakes that I really understood what it meant to have a personal relationship with God. I daily continue to work on that relationship.

Anita Miller

Fourth Grade Teacher


I grew up in Montgomery, Indiana - a small town in southern Indiana. After meeting and marrying my husband, Bruce, I moved to Fort Wayne in 1998. We have 4 children. Our oldest daughter, Christine, graduated from Grace College last year and works as one of the managers at Culver's on Stellhorn. Our oldest son, Corey, is a sophomore at Notre Dame. Caitlin is a junior and Conner is a freshman at Carroll High School. I enjoy having them all home at the same time and eating dinner together - even if it gets loud. Watching each of them participate in different sports and activities has become a favorite of mine. Reading, listening to music, and watching movies are also some of my hobbies.

After graduating from Barr-Reeve High School as the salutatorian, I went on to earn my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southern Indiana. At that time, the Lord led me to a year of voluntary service through the Mennonite Board of Missions where I taught 1st grade in Los Angeles, California. Upon returning home, I substituted, coached volleyball, and then became a Title 1 teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom for 11 years. I returned to teaching at CCS as the Junior High teacher from 2007 to 2010 and then eventually the 4th grade teacher in 2012.

Even though I grew up in the church, got baptized, and memorized many Bible verses through the Bible Memory Program, I didn't truly own my faith until college - especially my senior year. I was challenged to read a book about prayer, Could You Not Tarry One Hour, that changed my life. I was able to put the suggestions to practice that next year while driving my one hour commute to work every day in Los Angeles. The Lord continues to remind me of the importance of spending time with Him because it is so easy to let the busyness of life steal that time away.

Teaching at Central is truly a blessing. I love that we can weave God and His Word into everything that we do. Being able to stop whatever we are doing and pray is powerful. As I study and teach the Bible lessons each week, I know that I am still learning. I am so thankful that God is patient and continues to grow me. What a great God we serve!

Vicki Borgman

Fifth Grade Teacher


Hello! I, Vicki Borgman, am the 5th grade teacher here at CCS. As my students (both current and former) know, I am slightly younger than dirt. I like to say I was born “Under the shadow of the dome.” Actually, I was born in Elkhart, Indiana. As a young child my parents both decided to go back to college so we moved to Las Cruses, New Mexico, then to Dayton, Ohio where Dad had a small church. At sixteen, we finally moved back to Indiana (Huntington to be exact).

It was in Huntington that I met my husband, Rick, in 11th grade English class. Although, it would be seven years before we would even date or talk to each other. I went Indiana Central University and majored in nursing. I had one and a half years under my belt when I realized that I hated nursing. I prayed long and hard about what to do with my life, and I felt God calling me to go into teaching. I love it. God has given me the opportunity to teach for over 30 years.

After graduation I reconnected with Rick (his dad and my dad were both ministers in the Decatur area). We dated, and the rest is history. We have one son, Jordan; one daughter-in-law, Katie; and two wonderful granddaughters, Reagen and Shawn.

CCS is a special place. From the first time I stepped foot in the school, over eleven years ago, I have felt the presence of God here. His love permeates CCS.

Although I have been in church literally all my life, it wasn’t until college that I made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. He has been and is my guiding light. He is my life.

Sarah Kline

Sixth Grade Teacher


I was born in Fort Wayne and lived most of my life in New Haven. I met my husband, Jonathan, my Sophomore year of high school. We reconnected when I was in college and married in the middle of my Senior year in 2004. I attended Taylor University, in Fort Wayne, where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. My daughter, Brianna, was born in 2005. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom while our children were young. A few years later we were blessed with our son, Ryan, in 2008.

I continued to stay active with teaching by becoming a substitute teacher for Fort Wayne Community and East Allen Community Schools. I was offered a full time teaching job teaching 5th grade at New Haven Intermediate. After being cut due to budget cuts, I received a job teaching as a Title 1 tutor at Central Lutheran School. I enjoyed working with every age group from Kindergarten to 8th grade. While teaching at

Central Lutheran I developed a love for Middle School students. When the budget was cut for that job, I started to look for a full-time teaching position. God led me to Central Christian School.

I have only been working for CCS for half of the year and I already can see a unique difference from the other schools I have worked in. I love the atmosphere and being able to feel the Holy Spirit when you walk into the building. I love coming to work each day and getting to spend it with my 6th graders and awesome coworkers. I am looking forward to many more years of teaching at CCS.

I have had many ups and downs in my life, but God continues to draw me closer to him. God is teaching me to go to Him with everything. I struggle with wanting to be in control and to fix problems on my own. God continues to remind me that I need Him every second of the day. He is also teaching me to Choose Joy in every circumstance that comes my way. I can’t choose what happens to me on a daily basis, but I can choose how I respond. I want to be someone who responds like Christ would respond. My biggest prayer is that Jesus will shine through my actions on a daily basis. Some days are easier than others.

Shannon McBride

Junior High Language Arts, History/Geography, and Grammar Teacher


Hello, I am Shannon McBride. I am the 8th grade teacher here at Central. I am originally from St. Louis, Missouri (Go Cards!). I met my husband Blake while I was in college. Blake and I have been married for 11 years and we have a 5-year-old son, Kaleb. I love playing board games with my family and making wonderful memories.

I graduated from Trinity Christian College, in Palos Heights Illinois with a baccalaureate degree in General Education. From the time was I young; I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. I couldn’t picture doing any career other than teaching. I started working at Cedar Creek Child Care caring for children. While I was there, they decided they wanted to start a kindergarten program. I taught kindergarten for two years at Cedar Creek Child Care. I never pictured myself teaching any grade higher than 2nd. I always wanted to be an elementary teacher. So, it was quite a surprise taking the position of the 8th grade teacher here at CCS. God knew EXACTLY what HE was doing in my life! I love being a middle school teacher. This is where God wants me to be.

CCS is a special place. I can feel the presence of God as soon as I enter the building. I love the fact that I can teach about God and His Word in all of my lessons.

I grew up going to church and attending private schools. I believed in God and I loved Him. I didn’t truly understand what having a personal and growing relationship with God was until I started attending Central Ministries 8 years ago. Attending Central has helped me grow stronger in my faith and to have a deeper and loving relationship with Jesus.

Amy Stevenson

Junior High Math, Science, and Bible Teacher


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Pastor Brennan Angle

Chaplain


Pastor Brennan Angle has loved his time with Central Ministries and Central Christian School. He started on with the church in April of 2018 and serves as the Middle School Ministries Pastor. Brennan graduated from Grace College & Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana with degrees in Psychology and Youth Ministry. Brennan has loved the opportunity to partner together with both the church and the school in numerous roles: Pastor, Chaplain, Coach. CCS is a great place to be given an education that is Biblically based and where the teachers and staff are fervently seeking the best for each individual student. Brennan has loved working with the CCS Staff and has thoroughly enjoyed teaching the students from God’s Word every Wednesday in Chapels. Brennan is most excited to see students learning, growing, memorizing and interacting with Scripture and worshipping God weekly with not only their words, but also their lives. Brennan lives here in Fort Wayne with his new companion, a chihuahua named Alvin.

Florida Thompson

Computer Teacher


My name is Florida Thompson. I was born in Fort Wayne and have lived here all my life. God blessed me with my husband, Tony, who I met in college. We have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with 3 children. Callista - 18, Micah - 14 and Mason -13 years old all who attended CCS through at least 5 grade. In my free time, I love to spend time with my family taking vacations, swimming, exercising, camping and watching ball games.

I graduated from IPFW with a BS in Computer Information Systems and BS in Supervision. I worked at Lincoln Life my senior year of high school thru part of my college years. Then, I worked at IPFW while I finished up college. After graduation, I worked at Allied Signal as their LAN administrator. I quit to stay home with our children until our daughter started 1st grade. I have taught Computer class at CCS for 13 years. I enjoy teaching and substitute teaching where God is the center of the school. I have enjoyed the devotions that we have during staff meetings. I enjoy hearing how God is working in the lives of both teachers and students.

I grew up in a Christian home, however, it wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I realized how much God was a part of my life. I received a special award from the Regional Vocational School and I realized that I couldn’t have done it without God’s help. I felt I wasn’t good enough to do that on my own. I feel God is always teaching me to rely on him. This was just the beginning of many events that have followed.

I have experienced CCS both as a parent and a teacher. From a parent’s perspective, one of the many things I love about CCS is the uniqueness of being a small christian school and teaching beyond the state standards, for example, the learning labs! From a teacher’s perspective, I love that I can teach kids how to use technology in a constructive way. I talk about how we can honor God by exercising self control in the technology world. I love that the kids also teach me about the grace of God. I pray that I can be a light to these kids!

Melissa Soldner

Music Teacher


Although my Snider High School Spanish teacher, Senor de la Guardia called me “Mariana” I was born in Washington, Pennsylvania and given the name Melissa Renee. My last name was “Stache” pronounced like the end of mustache. It is a Belgium name and though I am proud of my heritage I was glad to get married so that my last name became “Soldner” and I wouldn’t have to explain the pronunciation anymore! I had other reasons for getting married too!

My husband’s name is “Tim” and my dog’s name is “Ellie.” She is a German Shorthair and quite a character.

I have lived in Fort Wayne “again” for the second time (I lived here to go to jr. high school and senior high school…but moved away to go to college, seminary and work my first jobs…) and have been back for some time now.

I originally started my college experience wanting to be a fashion designer and went to a small university in Miami, Florida. Then I decided that maybe obtaining a BA in art might give me an advantage in becoming a designer, so I transferred to a university in Kentucky but after a year in the art program changed directions to make psychology my major and drama my minor.
I graduated with a B.S. cum laude in Psychology. I later went to seminary and graduated with an M.Div. in Counseling/Pastoral Care. I loved my seminary experience and out of 98 credit hours only had one class I “disliked.” Many of my friends thought that was odd because they had more than one class they didn’t care for!

My experience has been in church ministry with youth and children; as an Exam Writer for the Department of Personnel in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I also have worked as a Home-Based Therapist for Park Center as well as Director of the Shelter formerly known as “Daybreak Children’s Shelter” here in Fort Wayne.

Currently, in addition to working for CCS I also work for Central Ministries church as the Woman’s Counselor, a role that has many other ministry responsibilities attached to it.

My experience in music besides listening and enjoying many genres of music is also academic as well as performance. I started as a third grader taking piano lessons for many years (now I teach them…), I also was the “Royal Choir” pianist at Fort Wayne Christian school for 2 years. I began playing flute in school band in 7th grade and played flute and piccolo in the marching band and concert band at Snider High School. I have participated in competition, church and ministry via singing in choirs, ensembles as well as playing piano. I have played keyboard in worship band for another church that I attended prior to attending Central.

I love working at CCS because in my position I get to work with all ages from Pre K to grade 8. I love the multiple stages and the ways the kids think in all of them. While Pre K is just getting familiar with music and all the things you can do with it—the Middle Schoolers are beginning to be more abstract and creative in their ideas about music. I also love that I can talk about Jesus anytime I want or anytime I believe that the LORD is leading me to do so in class. That is something that in other jobs is not always a possibility. I remember being told in a job I previously held that I could use faith base interventions “sometimes” but that I wouldn’t always be able to do that. Jesus is not an intervention and certainly not a “sometime” intervention—He is everything!

I am so fortunate to have grown up in a home where I learned about Jesus as a very young child. I received the Lord Jesus as my Savior when I was 5 years old in my garage in Illinois. (My mom was part of an organization called “Child Evangelism” and she was learning “how to do it” so woman named “Miss Ruth Damhoff” was basically teaching her. We called these things we would have in garages: “Bible Clubs.” I remember one day after everyone was gone I stayed seated because I knew I was a sinner and that I needed to have the Lord Jesus in my heart as my Savior. Miss Ruth led me to the Lord that day. The LORD has protected me so much in my life I am always truly amazed at His goodness. I am amazed that he continually pursues me with His great love for me. I cannot tell you how much he has changed my life—not only in saving my soul for eternity but changing me in my life here on earth.

Lindsey Good

Art Teacher


Bio coming soon…

Tina Mantle

PE Teacher


I have been married to my wonderful husband, Michael, since 2002. Together we have four amazing boys who all have attended Central Christian School. I have been involved with children since my early teen years. I taught at a small Christian school in Nebraska for 3 years, and have also taught in several daycares, as well as subbing over the last eight years at Central.

God has been working in my life as long as I can remember in that He was in control over my adoption at the age of 12 and has directed me through many decisions throughout the years. He led my family and I here to Central at a time that my oldest was really struggling and needed a place where he felt safe and not judged. Central has been a huge instrument in the success of my children’s education and spiritual lives. I am so very grateful for the fact that Central is Christ-centered.

God has provided the opportunity for me to teach Physical Education at CCS. Since dealing with health issues of my own and learning to lean on God to have victory over them, physical activities have become a key part of my life. I look forward to making Gym class not only fun, but also something that will enhance each child’s life.

Julie Huffman

Library


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Nicole Kline

2nd Grade Assistant


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Cindy Buhr

Office Staff


Hi! My name is Cindy Buhr. The Lord has been a part of my life since I was a little girl, being raised right here in Fort Wayne. I was seven years old, attending Fort Wayne Christian School, when I asked Jesus to be my Savior and He has been by my side ever since. He helped me through Nursing school and continues to guide me in being a wife and mother of three wonderful boys. (Micah, Ean and Isaiah are currently at Central.) I worked a good part of my life as a nurse and Case Coordinator at Parkview Hospital. My husband, Kevin and I bought a home in the country in Woodburn and love being outside, gardening, hiking, 4-wheeler riding and traveling. We also enjoy going on missions trips together.

The Lord is faithful. The path of my life has not always been the one I would choose, but God has been a constant, always reminding me of His tender love. He brought me to this job last year. I remember the faculty time of prayer before the school year started. It was powerful. When the Lord is invited to be present, He comes. His presence can be felt in the warm smiles of staff and in the hugs of the little ones who attend here. I pray that Central fixes its eyes on the Author and Finisher of our faith so it always raises up mighty warriors for His kingdom.

Angela Steury

Office Secretary


I grew up in the Leo area. I married Matthew Steury and moved to Hicksville, OH. In 2017 we moved to Fort Wayne to be closer to our jobs and church. We have a dog named Zeke and are starting the adoption process. I enjoy hanging out with friends and family. I've spent many nights playing games with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. Matt and I love going for walks with our dog, Zeke.

After graduating from Leo High School, I got my associates degree in Elementary Education. I went to Western Governor's University and received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I was able to do my student teaching here at Central Christian in the second grade classroom.

I love working at CCS because it feels like family. The staff all support and care for each other. I love praying and talking about God's word with the students. I want each child who is here to feel loved. The parents are so supportive and willing to help when/where needed. I can't thank you all enough.

I've seen God working in my life in so many ways. One way was when I was getting ready to graduate from Ivy Tech. I was planning on going to IPFW for my bachelor's degree because they had an agreement with Ivy Tech where you go there for 2 years and then go to IPFW for 2 years. Right before I graduated, they took their agreement away, so I would've had to start all over again. I didn't understand at the time why this was happening, but looking back now I know that God had it all worked out. My advisor at Ivy Tech talked to me about an online school named Western Governor's University. I felt like God was leading me there. Because I went to WGU, I was able to do my student teaching at a private school (CCS). If I would've went to IPFW, I would've not been able to do it here. I have also been able to see God working in my life throughout the last year and leading us towards adoption. It's so amazing how he brings different people or verses in your life at just the right time to speak to you. He's been preparing Matt and I for adoption within the last year and I am so excited to see the child He has for us.

Rachael Picazo

School Accountant


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