CALVARY CHAPEL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

A MINISTRY OF CALVARY CHAPEL OF SAN ANTONIO

PASTOR RON ARBAUGH

PASTOR WILL SHANK, PRINCIPAL

STAFF BIOS

 

+ KENNEYETTA JONES (Kindergarten Teacher)

Kenneyetta was born in Aurora, Colorado in 1974 into a military family and raised in Colorado, Alabama, Kentucky and San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Judson in 1993, Kenneyetta moved to Charleston, South Carolina to attend Johnson and Wales University where she majored in Food and Beverage Management. This is where she met her husband, David. After graduating in 1996, David and Kenneyetta got married and traveled back across the country to San Antonio, Texas. Together, David and Kenneyetta managed a Marie Callender’s restaurant from April, 1997 until December, 2003. Shortly thereafter Kenneyetta was invited by some of her friends to visit Calvary Chapel San Antonio. For the first time, in January 2004, she attended a church service that explained who and what Jesus really was. The verse by verse teaching and ease of understanding lead to her being saved in March 2004. Later, while working for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, and after the birth of their last child, the Lord showed himself trustworthy by confirming that it was time for her to stay home and raise their four children; DJ, Deja, Keyshawn and Taj. Once all the children where in school she started aiding at the academy in August of 2009, part-time. In 2011 Kenneyetta became the Kindergarten teacher. As shocked as she was the Lord knew that it was the perfect fit. In addition to the academy Kenneyetta is able to serve with her husband in the sound ministry, 4th-6th grade children’s ministry, and Growing in Servanthood ministry. Each year the Joneses have the pleasure of using their God-given knowledge and passion for cooking to serve in the kitchen during kids, Jr. high, and high school camps, feeding the campers.

+ MAEGGAN VARGAS (1st Grade Teacher)

Maeggan, who grew up in a Christian home that taught the Bible faithfully, came to know the Lord in March of 1996 when she was 7 years old. She was homeschooled with her little sister from Kindergarten through 12th grade and graduated high school in May of 2005. She was blessed to attend Calvary Chapel Bible College for two years even spending a semester in Jerusalem, Israel. Meaggan graduated college in December of 2008. On August 23rd 2009 Maeggan married her best friend and love of her life, Samuel Vargas. The Lord called them to Texas in 2011 at which time Maeggan and her husband began serving at CCSA. Maeggan loves listening to her husband teach the Bible, serving in the sound ministry, and she has been faithfully teaching at the academy since 2014. In addition to serving at Calvary, Maeggan likes to read, knit, watch movies, shop for clothes, hike, swim, and run. Loves to canoe but not fish, doesn’t have a favorite food, probably because eating in general is a hobby for her. She’s infatuated with foxes, likes cats, and adores the baby version of all living creatures, except spiders. Maeggan, having grown up in Washington, loves the rain, the Pacific Ocean, mountains, trees, and tatoos.

+ RO CUTHBERTSON (2nd Grade Teacher)

Ronaele (Ro) was born in Panama City, FL but grew up in southern Indiana. She served in the U.S. Navy from 1980 - 1984 and there she met her husband, Jim, while deployed to Misawa, Japan. She committed her heart to Jesus in September 1987 because the loving kindness of the Lord brought her to repentance when he gave her the desire of her heart - a child that doctors had said she would never have! Ro married Jim in July 1987 and they have two beautiful daughters, Mirah Jo Cuthbertson and Maeggan Vargas. God has blessed them with a wonderful son-in-law, Samuel Vargas. Maeggan, Samuel, Jim, and Ro all serve at the academy. Ro and Jim lived in Oak Harbor, WA for 22 years where they had the privilege of raising their children and serving at Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor for 20 years. While living in Oak Harbor, WA, Ro was a stay at home mom which allowed her to home school her daughters and serve in the children's, women's, and prayer ministries. The Lord moved Jim and Ro to San Antonio in March 2014 and blessed her with the opportunity to join the academy staff that August as a second grade teacher.

Ro enjoys learning about and teaching the Bible, knitting, cooking and hanging out with her family. Her life verse is Joshua 24:15. Her favorite attributes of Jesus are his loving kindness and his amazing grace!

+ ALAIN MACASADIA (3rd Grade Teacher)

Alain came to know the Lord in 1996 while attending a Harvest Crusade in San Diego, CA. He and his wife Jocelyn got married in 1999. With the prompting of God, Alain and his family moved to San Antonio, TX in 2005, leaving behind both their families and the church they grew spiritually at. They have been attending Calvary Chapel of San Antonio ever since. In 2007, after 9 years of a career in broadcast radio as an on-air personality and production director, Alain became Calvary Chapel Christian Academy’s 3rd grade teacher. Each 3rd grade class has brought him great joy and has given Alain a chance to teach each of his own children, Matthew, Ashley, Jonathan, and Timothy. Alain is also a staff pastor at Calvary Chapel of San Antonio and serves as the church's worship leader. Serving alongside his wife Jocelyn in the worship ministry has proven God’s providence to Alain knowing God has been at work in their lives even before they came to Jesus. Alain and Jocelyn were very much involved in the secular music industry of which Jesus is using now for his glory. Their testimony is proof of God’s goodness to those who obey his calling. Alain drives a mini-van, loves the Spurs, is a life-long Padres and Chargers fan, and is enjoying life with his wife, kids, and serving Jesus. His favorite verse is Galatians 2:20.

+ VENISSA MARVELL (Spanish Teacher / Office Secretary)

Venissa, who has been attending Calvary Chapel of San Antonio for 21 years, began working for Calvary Chapel Christian Academy as a teacher’s aide when the school first opened in 2000. In her 17 years at the academy she has served as a teacher’s aide, 3rd through 6th grade Spanish teacher, and secretary. Venissa loves her job and all kids, big and small, at the academy. She loves to see the transformation of the kids’ hearts when they find out how much Jesus loves them. She loves walking into school and Jesus reminding her of how special this school is and how precious these kids are to him. Venissa is honored to serve at the academy. Venissa has been married to her wonderful husband, Mike Marvell, for 11yrs. They have 6 kids together; Isaiah 21, Chris 20, Cole 18, Eli 17, Cally 15, and Ronnie, who is 7. She adores her family and loves being wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend. Venissa got saved Sunday morning, September 28, 1997, Psalm 25 is her favorite passage, she was the church’s first employee, has been serving at the academy since its inception in 2000 making her the longest tenured employee, and is a die-hard Cubs and Spurs fan.

+ MARK SLAGLE (4th Grade Teacher / Vice Principal)

Mark has been both teaching fourth grade and acting as Vice Principal at the academy since 2001. He received his bachelor’s degree in occupational education from Wayland Baptist University. Mark and his wife Misty moved their five boys from Orange County, California to San Antonio in 1998. They have been attending Calvary Chapel of San Antonio for nineteen years.
All five of Mark and Misty’s boys (David, Christian, Noah, Elijah, and Silas) have attended Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. The three who have graduated are currently attending college in San Antonio, Texas and Irvine, California. The younger two are still at the academy. Mark has been a born again Christian since the age of twelve. As a teenager he intermittently attended Calvary Chapel churches in Costa Mesa and Anaheim. However, it was not until he moved to San Antonio and attended CCSA that he and his wife completely surrendered their lives and service to Jesus Christ. Shortly after his rededication he began serving as a teacher at CCCA. His wife Misty also serves in ministry at CCSA as the director of the Manna House (women’s shelter). Interesting facts: Prior to becoming a teacher Mark worked as a firefighter and played college football in California. Mark loves outdoor activities such as skateboarding & snowboarding, fishing, and baseball.
Favorite Verse: Romans 8:38-39

+ DANIEL HEBERLING (5th & 6th Grades Teacher)

Daniel was born in Anaheim, California, and his family attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, pastored by Chuck Smith. The Heberling family lived in Anaheim until they moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 2000. In August of 2000, Calvary Chapel San Antonio officially opened its private school’s doors, and Daniel was one of the first students to attend the Academy. He gave his life to the Lord at a very young age, and he continued to attend CCCA until he graduated in May of 2009. After graduating, Daniel attended the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as St. Philip’s College; while in college, God called him to drop everything and return to CCCA to teach. Daniel answered God’s call and began teaching the 5th and 6thgrades in August of 2012. In addition to teaching at the Academy, Daniel also serves in ministry on Wednesday nights, teaching the 1st through 3rd grade classes. Some tidbits about Daniel… he’s a huge movie buff - he even likes movie spoilers. He enjoys Thai food, socializing (in person), likes board games but is not a fan of monopoly. James is his favorite book in the Bible and as for basketball, it’s the Spurs. Strangely, he likes anything black and never wears pants.

+ CARLOTA TILTON (5th & 6th Grades Teacher)

It was summer after 2nd grade when Carlota accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Her grandmother took her to vacation Bible school taught by American and Filipino missionaries in the village where she lived. God's hand has been on Carlota ever since that day, loving, blessing, protecting, and showing favor in her life. Carlota’s husband, Brad, loves to say, when asked how they met, that he couldn't pass the spoken Tagalog and culture class - so he married her! Thirty-seven years later, the Lord has blessed them with three children, which more than doubled and resulted with the “Magnificent Seven Blessings from the Lord” as they fondly call their grandchildren. In 2016 the Lord prompted Brad and Carlota to say goodbye to their church friends of 25 years and followed God's will to attend Calvary Chapel San Antonio. Upon the Lord's leading, Carlota retired from the public school system after teaching for 30 years and started teaching at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy in 2017. Brad and Carlota are happy to call Calvary Chapel San Antonio their home church. They are looking forward to what the Lord will do as they embarked on this new and exciting journey. To God be the glory!
Carlota likes to read, go to the theatre, ballet, and to concerts. She and her husband enjoy travelling, especially to Galvestine, She like to eat Meditteranean food, Pasha restaurant being her favorite. Being a grandmother she enjoys watching cartoons with her seven grandchildren, taking walks, and hanging out with her husband, Brad. Her favorite movie is It’s a Wonderful Life and her favorite verse is Micah 6:8.

+ MARY RIVERA (Teacher’s Aide)

Mary got saved at Calvary Chapel San Antonio as a teenager in the late 1990s and went to work for Calvary Chapel Christian Academy in 2001. As a part of CCCA Mary has experienced many blessings as well as endured much hardship. This ministry has proven to be a test for all and Mary has learned to be a great model of consistency and commitment to the students of CCCA as she helps all involved with the ministry grow through both the good and tough times. CCCA has proven to be a very fruitful ground for the Lord and because of Mary’s longevity in ministry few have been as privileged as her to experience that which the Lord has done here. Mary has seen the Lord bring many people together and do exceptional things in their lives through the academy.
In her free time Mary like to Joy ride in her car, walk her dog, and like many of us, loves to vacuum “V”s into her carpet. Mary’s favorite restaurants are Red Robin and Sea Island, she digs Old Navy and Famous Footwear, and LOVES Dr. Pepper.

+ ALEX CRUZ-MAGANA (Teacher’s Aide)

Alex was born and raised in Chicago, Il. She graduated from Charles Allen Prosser Vocational High School and went on to study journalism at Columbia College Chicago. On December 24, 1998 Alex married the love of her life, Miguel Magana. Alex and Miguel have five children, Isaiah, Sara, Jeremiah, Elijah, and Noah. They are wonderful kids and each has attended Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. Alex gave her life to the Lord in 2002 and after a lifetime of stick ball and Giordano’s Pizza the good Lord called Alex and her family to Texas. When Alex arrived in San Antonio in 2007, she and her family began attending Calvary Chapel San Antonio. Because of Alex’s athletic upbringing it felt natural for her to offer her services as a teacher’s aide for the PE program. Alex joined CCCA in 2016 and has enjoyed every minute of it! One of Alex’s favorite verses is 1 Cor 9:24, she likes to collect baseball caps, is a die-hard Cubs, Bears, and Bulls fan, loves jewelry, and designing her own nails.

+ DAWN BALLESTEROS (Jr/Sr High Teacher)

Dawn was born and raised in Southern California. She was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord in her early years in elementary school. The Lord gripped her heart in high school and gave her his heart for the mission field. She graduated from Gospel Light Christian High School in June of 1993 and soon left for a mission to Russia and the Ukraine, later expanding her field to Peru. The Lord did an amazing transformation in Dawn’s life during that time. She left for the mission field timid and afraid, and returned strengthened and renewed in her walk with Jesus. After returning home, Dawn continued her education at Southwestern College where she met her husband, Samuel Ballesteros Jr. They married in May of 1998 and nine months later their first child was born. Sam and Dawn have four children; Briele, Erica, Jadon and Melody. Each attends Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. When they were attending Calvary Chapel San Diego, where Dawn sang on the worship team and in the church choir, they heard the Lord calling them to start a new chapter in their lives. In 2005 he gave them his heart for San Antonio, Texas. This was to be their mission field as a family. In 2008 Dawn began teaching at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. She teaches seventh grade English and ninth grade world geography. As the years have passed, Dawn has grown in her relationship with the Lord. God has given her his heart for each child she teaches. She has the amazing opportunity to witness these children begin to see and experience who God really is. It is truly one of the greatest blessings in her life. In addition to serving at the academy, Dawn sings on the worship team and in the choir, as well as coordinates the church’s annual women’s retreat.

+ JARROD FORTHAM (Jr/Sr High Teacher)

Jarrod and his beautiful wife, Trina, have been attending CCSA since 2002 along with their kids, Tiffany, Gary, Colton, Kaylee, Mandi, and Sydney. Each of their kids has attended CCCA and some have families and careers of their own now. After a stint as a professional bull rider, Jarrod worked at a small zoo in New Braunfels, Texas called Animal World and Snake Farm. Jarrod has been featured on The Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” as well as multiple locally televised shows. In addition to a great love for animals Jarrod has a passion for fitness and nutrition. In 2013 Jarrod left his full-time work at the zoo to begin helping at CCSA’s free clinic, Malta Medical, advising patients about nutrition. Along with his work at Malta Medical, in 2015 Jarrod joined the staff of CCCA to head the Physical Education program instilling the value of a healthy body in the students. Jarrod also coordinates CCCA’s semi-annual athletic combine. Being in a unique position, Jarrod is also able to bring animals to the school at times to share with the students, including alligators, sea turtles, monkeys, bobcats, and piglets. Jarrod enjoys his life with Jesus, admiring God’s creation, spending time with his family, and working out in the gym.

+ JON GROVE (Jr High Teacher)

In 2003 Jon Grve, who is gifted as a Sunday school teacher, praise and worship leader, bus driver, and school teacher, moved from the great state of Indiana to San Antonio, Texas. Because of his experience Jon was able to get plugged in right away at CCSA and began his teaching career at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy as the 6th grade teacher in the 2003-2004 school year. In addition to his teaching duties Jon has served as school bus driver as well as praise and worship leader for morning chapel services. Jon taught 1st, 2nd, and 6th grade classes over eleven years at CCCA but at age 61 decided it best to give up wrangling 6 and 7 year-old kids and teach junior high. He has been doing that on a part-time basis to date. Jon enjoys puppets and games, implementing them in much of his teaching both at church and in school. In addition to teaching at the academy Jon has been leading praise and worship with the pre-K and elementary kids Sunday mornings and Friday evenings since 2003.

+ JOHN HEBERLING (Jr/Sr High Teacher)

All through high school, John had rejected Jesus Christ and was hostile to Christians. But at college, speakers from Campus Crusade for Christ caught his ear, and the Holy Spirit began to do a miraculous work in his heart. John began attending church while in college, eventually giving his life to Jesus in 1985. John met his wife, Pauline, while in college, and she introduced John to his Savior. John and Pauline were married in 1986, and moved from California to Texas in 2000 along with their three children – John Jr., Daniel, and Lauren. Pauline served for seven years as the academy’s first secretary, and all three children were among the first students. John left a 20-year career in marketing in 2004 to answer God’s call to teach English and History at CCCA, joining the rest of the family. All three of his children are academy graduates. John Jr. lives with his wife, Alex, and son J.P., in Houston. Lauren and her husband, Morgan, live in Universal City. Daniel, who also teaches at the academy, lives in Live Oak. John teaches English, history, and theatre arts to the junior and senior high students and coaches the school’s co-ed softball team. He also teaches Sunday and Wednesday Bible classes to 4th through 6th graders, and writes and directs the annual youth Christmas play. John graduated from Long Beach State University in 1983 with degrees in Journalism and Linguistics. After college, he taught English in California and in Taichung, Taiwan.

+ JUAN L. ORTIZ (Sr High Teacher)

Juan was born in Puerto Rico in 1974, the first of six children. At the age of eight years he and his family moved to the United States. When Juan was 16 years old he was kicked out of his house by his father. It was during this time that he met his future wife, Lachelle. He graduated from Hopewell High School, in Virginia, in 1993. After attending a trade school in Uniontown, Pennsylvania he joined the military. In 1995, he was discharged from the army. That same year, after five years apart, Juan, again crossed paths with Lachelle, and she became pregnant. They moved to San Antonio after living a few months in Baltimore, Maryland. They had their son, Johnny, in San Antonio, Texas after almost aborting him. Juan and Lachelle were married in June 2006. They have two wonderful children, Johnny and Jaqui, both of whom serve faithfully in the church. Unfortunately Juan and Lachelle’s marriage had a rocky start and was in shambles, as they both did horrible things to destroy it. After five years of marriage, Juan surrendered to Jesus in his upstairs bathroom and the Lord began to repair the damage to their lives. Juan started teaching at the school in 2006 as the third grade teacher. A few years later Juan became the high school Spanish teacher and has continued in that role. Juan was ordained as a pastor at Calvary Chapel San Antonio in 2008. In addition to being the church’s missions pastor, Pastor Juan has taught Bible studies in children’s ministry as well as plan the Joy of Jesus outreaches for many years. Lachelle is part of the Sunday worship team and is involved in women’s ministries.

+ MARGARET BETTENCOURT (Jr/Sr High Teacher/Office Secretary)

Margaret was born in Texas, but moved away when she was just a toddler. The majority of her childhood was spent in San Diego, California, until she moved to Oregon in 1989. As a single mother, Margaret accepted the Lord as her Savior in 1990, after being invited by a neighbor to church. Once saved, the Lord gave her a strong passion and desire for teaching his word as well as discipling and mentoring others. In 1995, she met her future husband, Paul, and they were married later that year. Margaret served at Calvary Chapel Klamath Falls as the office manager as well as in several other ministries. Margaret moved to San Antonio from Klamath Falls, Oregon in April 2011 when her husband accepted a new position with his employer. That fall Jesus put it on her heart to start serving at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy as a teacher’s aide. Margaret currently teaches seventh grade logic, eleventh grade sociology, and twelfth grade AP US government and politics. In addition to teaching, Margaret also serves as one of the secretaries at the Academy.
Together, she and her husband, have two adult children. Their son, Sam, graduated from CCCA in 2015, and their daughter, Donna, lives in Oregon with her husband and their seven children. Margaret loves to bake and spends as much time as possible visiting her grandchildren who she loves dearly. Whether it’s through teaching or baking, Margaret’s desire is to be a blessing to others. Her favorite verse is Psalms 23:3.

+ MICHELLE HENRY (Jr/Sr High Teacher)

Michelle met her husband, Shaun, in high school. These high school sweethearts were married in 1995 at the age of twenty in Honolulu, Hawaii where Shaun was stationed as a marine. In Hawaii, in July of 1996, is when Michelle got saved. It is there that their lives truly began, beginning with Michelle’s baptism while being nine months pregnant with their first child in 1997, a daughter they named Dominique. This was followed by the birth of their son, Austin, in 1999. Upon the completion of Shaun's Marine Corps enlistment in 2001, Michelle and family moved to San Antonio. Shortly thereafter they began to attend Calvary Chapel San Antonio. Michelle home-schooled her two children as well as tutor kids at the academy and aide the math program. By 2006 both of her children were enrolled into CCCA, it was then that Michelle began to teach the 7th and 8thgrade math and Spanish classes. In addition to teaching, Michelle is also the academy’s cross-country coach. Michelle, who is a life-long runner, often expresses how blessed she is to be able to enjoy this part of what the Lord has asked her to do. Shaun and Michelle began serving in the children’s ministry when they first joined CCSA and eventually moved into the usher ministry. It is there that they serve with one another during the 3rd services on Sunday.

+ PASTOR DONNELLY (NELLY) VANSICKLE (Lower/Upper Grades Teacher)

Pastor Nelly gave his life to Jesus at 17 years of age after being run over by a pick-up truck in Austin, Texas. He arose from the accident without a bump, bruise, or scratch causing him to seek why God spared his life. Three days later he found himself in a Christian church hearing the gospel and discovering God’s great love for him that was shown in Jesus. Desiring for others to hear of the great love of God he began a Christian Urban Music ministry. He performed concerts and outreaches sharing the love of God through music. It was through this ministry that he met his wife, Michelle, in 2006. They married and began attending Calvary Chapel San Antonio in 2009. Shortly thereafter, they began to serve in the youth ministry in whatever ways the Lord allowed. It’s here the Lord was increasing Nelly's desire to love and serve the children of Calvary Chapel San Antonio. In 2010 Nelly joined the staff of Calvary Chapel Christian Academy where he served as an elementary school teacher for about 7 years. He now serves as a high school teacher, a change that seemed natural considering the fact that, in addition to teaching at the academy, he serves as the youth pastor at Calvary Chapel San Antonio. The verse that resonates most in his heart each day is Romans 8:28.

+ SCOTT CROFT (Jr/Sr High Teacher)

Scott is married to Wanda, and has two lovely children; a daughter, Sabina, born 2003 and a son, Trey, born 2008. Scott was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1971, moved to Austin, Texas in 1985, and eventually found himself in San Antonio in 2003. After struggling through high school, Scott spent several years working at various jobs, such as IBM and Motorola, and attended school at Austin Community College before taking a hiatus and working on a floating fishery in the waters of Alaska. After moving back to Austin, Scott came to a saving faith in Jesus Christ while attending Calvary Chapel Austin. Shortly after being born again, Scott and Wanda were married in Austin, Texas in 1999 before moving to Ft. Worth, Texas. It was while in Fort Worth that Scott graduated from Texas Wesleyan University, in 2003, (just one day after daughter Sabina was born) with a Bachelor of Science. Scott taught in the public school system until 2007 when he began teaching at CCCA. Wanda and Scott have been blessed enough to have many wonderful experiences together, such as raising two wonderful children, traveling to places throughout the U.S., Europe, Central America, and Mexico; hosting children from Mongolia and Honduras, spending time on Scott’s family farm, and presently applying to be foster parents. Scott and his family have attended CCSA since 2003, where they have met many wonderful friends and served in various ministries such as taking care of toddlers, the children’s ministry at Joy of Jesus, and the children’s and women’s clothing exchanges.

+ XIOMARA ROJAS (Teacher’s Aide)

Xiomara was born in D.F., Mexico and moved to Chicago, Il. when she was about 4 years old. Living in Chicago most of her life, Xiomara spent seventeen years as a stylist and hip-hop dancer. She married her multi-talented husband, Rafael, in December 1995. Xiomara claims to be spoiled by her husband who is both a chef and an accomplished ballroom dancer. Rafael and Xiomara have two beautiful daughters, Quetzalli and Jazmin, both of whom attend CCCA. Xiomara gave her life to the Lord in 2010. Shortly thereafter in 2012 she and her family moved to San Antonio, Texas. That same year they began attending Calvary Chapel San Antonio. In 2014 Xiomara joined the staff of CCCA as a teacher’s aide for the PE department. It’s a great fit for her being she is a health advocate and avid runner. Xiomara has run several races including the 2014 Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Xiomara is bilingual, enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, eating Dove dark chocolate, her husband’s pasta, and, if you can believe this, a banana, avocado, and rice dish.

+ BRYAN JONES (Sr High Teacher)

Bryan came to know the Lord in March of 1999, just prior to graduating from college and going into the U.S. Navy. After spending almost 8 years in the Navy as a Naval Flight Officer, Bryan felt the call of God into ministry. Bryan has been attending Calvary Chapel San Antonio since the Spring of 2004. He would meet his wife, Nancy, here at the church while still working at Randolph Air Force Base and it would not be until October 2006 when an opportunity came to start teaching at the academy. The Lord’s timing was wonderful as usual as Bryan had separated from the Navy in September. In the fall of 2006, Bryan began teaching at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy as the 5th grade teacher. After teaching 5th grade for two years, Bryan moved up to teaching junior high and high school. Bryan now teaches 9th through 12th grade math along with 12th grade economics. Bryan and Nancy have four children (Joshua, Hannah, Zariah, and Caleb) who all attend Calvary Chapel Christian Academy. Bryan also serves in the Junior High Ministry doing what he loves, teaching about the love of God and God’s plan of redemption. Bryan enjoys ice cream, jumping on the trampoline with his kids, and the occasional jog.

+ JOSH HERNANDEZ (9th Grade Teacher & Teacher’s Aide)

Josh, who is the second oldest of six siblings, was born in San Antonio, Texas to Fred and Kim Hernandez. Josh is a life-long San Antonian though leaving for a short stint to Midland, Texas in 2010. Josh moved backed to San Antonio in October 2011 where he attended Northwest Vista College and Liberty University. The Lord eventually called Josh to serve Him in ministry and in July 2014, Josh went back to Calvary Chapel San Antonio to fulfill the Lord’s calling. Josh, having begun his service at the academy in August 2015, currently teaches the 9th Grade Computers and Technology class as well as serving as an aide. Josh accepted the Lord at a very young age, proudly declares being a former student of CCCA, and teaches Sunday morning and Wednesday night children’s Bible studies at Calvary Chapel San Antonio. Josh likes to frequent the gym, play basketball, loves oatmeal cookies and enchiladas, is fanatical about Taco Bell, and runs the San Antonio Legends fantasy football league.

+ LISA JAFFUEL (Sr High Teacher)

Lisa was born in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island. She graduated from S.U.N.Y. Plattsburgh with a B.S. in Marketing but always felt a calling to teach. At the age of 25 she moved to Napa Valley, California and began working in the hospitality industry. This is where she met her husband, Mitch. After living in California for a few years she knew her heart was empty and went on a journey to find Christ. She gave her heart to the Lord in October of 1997. After moving to Ft. Bragg, California and attending the Calvary Chapel there, her prayers were answered and her husband gave his life to Jesus. In May of 2005 their son Jonah was born. They returned to New York in 2006, with hope of living close to family, but the Lord called them to New Braunfels, Texas. One year after arriving in Texas their daughter Jessi was born. They found Calvary Chapel of San Antonio in 2009. Their son Jonah started the Academy that year and Jessi followed 3 years later. In 2012 Lisa started serving as a teacher’s aide and in 2013 had the privilege to begin teaching 11th grade U.S. History and College Prep...her heart’s desire...God is good! When not busy with school Lisa enjoys cooking, working out, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite verse is John 10:4.

+ SAMUEL VARGAS (Sr High Teacher)

Samuel Vargas, Born September 7, 1987, lived a life characterized by rebellion against God and hatred toward mankind until, August of 2004. After being arrested, he was sent to Calvary Chapel San Antonio’s youth camp as an alternative to a greater consequence for his actions. It was there that the Lord called him out of darkness and into his marvelous light, causing him to be born-again. He began attending church regularly at CCSA from this point on, and serving the Lord in ministry. In 2006, Samuel graduated from Douglas Macarthur High School and in fall of 2007 he went to Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, CA., and studied abroad in Siegen, Germany. He received an associate’s degree in theology after two years of study, and then married the love of his life, Maeggan, the following August. They served in ministry at Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor, on Whidbey Island, WA., for a year and a half until the Lord directed their into full-time ministry at Calvary Chapel Christian Academy in January of 2011. The following school year he became a teacher at the academy, later joined in full-time ministry by his wife who has also been teaching at the academy since August of 2014. They have been married since 2009 and have no children of their own, but serve alongside Pastor Nelly Van Sickle and his wife, Michelle, over the church’s youth group. Samuel’s passion in life is to help people understand God’s Word better so that they can have a personal relationship with their creator, therefore one of his favorite verses, which he considers to be 3 steps guiding his life & ministry, is Ezra 7:10.

+ APRIL RHIND (Teacher's Aide)

April was born in 1990 in San Antonio, Texas. April, being raised by her single mother, was taught the value of Christ from a young age and came to Christ in 1997. April’s family moved from San Antonio to Universal City in 1999 and that year joined the Calvary Chapel family. In addition to being a long time member of CCSA, April and her family (which includes her new step-father) have been long time neighbors of Pastor Ron, the pastor of CCSA, and his wife, Paula. April attended the School of Excellence and eventually graduated from Judson High School in 2009. April came on board at CCCA as a teacher’s aide in December of 2009. She began as the 5th and 6th grade teacher’s aide but since then has come to be the aide of many. The Lord has stretched her in her duties at CCCA and through the good times and bad has learned how much the Lord loves her and how much she really does love the academy. In addition to serving at the academy April enjoys singing in the church choir, helping children, solving puzzles, reading, eating Italian and Mexican food, and has a tremendous sweet tooth. April’s favorite verse is 2 Cor 5:7.

+ ARACELY STEELE (Teacher’s Aide)

Aracely is a daughter of two wonderful parents, her father being a pastor, and has 11 brothers and sisters. Aracely and her family legally migrated to America in 1982 and Aracely became an American citizen in 2015. Aracely is married to Alphonzo (Al) Steele who is retired from both the United States Navy and the police force (Maryland and Texas). Aracely and Al have two amazing daughters, Josie and Eliza, both of whom attend CCCA. Aracely also has a 22 year old son who passed away and she looks forward to seeing him again in heaven. Aracely gave her life to the Lord on July 30, 2008. Upon her youngest daughter’s enrollment into kindergarten in 2016, Aracely was able and gladly began offering her services as a teacher’s aide. Aracely lives on a little ranch in Floresville, Texas and loves to sing, garden, and cook. She also loves fishing and spending time with her two daughters, Josie and Eliza, has a passion for decorating homes, social work, and helping others. Aracely enjoys family time and long evening walks in the countryside with her 14 year old daughter.

+ LINDA DEVICH (Teacher’s Aide)

Linda, who was born in Paris, Texas, and adopted into her family of 11 at five months old, moved to San Marcos, Texas when she was 18 years old. While training as a nursing assistant at Gary Job Corps she met her husband Tracy. God began to do a wonderful work in their hearts and in 2000 they were married, got saved, and were baptized. They have three kids, three grandchildren, and one daughter in-law. Linda and her husband have been attending Calvary Chapel San Antonio for 16 years. She began volunteering as a teacher’s aide at the academy during the 2015-2016 school year. In her downtime, Linda enjoys watching her son play baseball, cuddling up with her grandchildren, knitting blankets for newborns, playing video games, and eating with her husband at Olive Garden.

+ JIM CUTHBERTSON (Bus Driver/High School Softball Coach)

Jim Cuthbertson gave his life to Jesus in August of 1994 while serving in the United States Navy. Jim is married to his beautiful and godly wife, Ro, who had a very big part in leading him to Christ. Jim and Ro began attending Calvary Chapel Oak Harbor in 1994 where they served for twenty years. Jim retired from the U.S. Navy after serving as an Aviation Structural Mechanic for twenty years. After the Navy he drove a school bus for the Oak Harbor School District. Because of Jim’s playful and fun-loving personality, he proved to be an inspiration to and favorite of many of Oak Harbor’s athletic teams. Jim and Ro moved to San Antonio from Oak Harbor, Washington in March of 2014. Jim began serving at Calvary Chapel San Antonio later that July where he assists Pastor Ken with many administrative duties. That fall Jim began serving at the academy as a bus driver/maintenance man and also as the softball team’s assistant coach. In addition Jim also facilitates the academy’s annual sports awards ceremony. Jim and Ro have two daughters, Maeggan and Mirah Jo. Maeggan and her husband, Samuel, also serve at the academy. Jim loves fishing, baseball, the Seattle Mariners, and COLD weather. Jim’s favorite verses are Isaiah 43:1-3.