1) What is the relationship between the church and the school?
Delaware Christian School is a ministry of Delaware Bible Church. This means that the ultimate human authority over the school is the Delaware Bible Church Elder Board. However, with the exception of a small list of items, the Elder Board has delegated most oversight responsibilities to the DCS School Board. The Head of School and some key positions such as Bible Teacher must be members of DBC. The church pastors will often speak at chapels. We believe that a school that is connected to a church provides more protection against possible outside interference as well as from drifting into false Bible teachings. The church Elders, the school board, and the Head of School all work together to ensure the Bible is being taught accurately while also giving grace to those who might hold other positions on debatable issues.
2) How is the DCS Board composed?
The school board has flexibility regarding the overall size of the board. As the school grows, the board can add members. Typically members are composed of Delaware Bible Church members, DCS parents, and DCS grandparents. According to policy, Delaware Bible Church members must outnumber non-members by at least one.
Bart Hughes: President
Bart was born in Delaware, Ohio but spent his elementary and middle school years in Circleville. He moved to a Pickaway county farm while a freshman in high school. He met his wife, Beth, in junior high school and they were married in 1988. They have two adult daughters who are DCS alumnae. He worked as an agricultural equipment mechanic and was a department manager for many years. He is currently working in the industrial automation industry. He became a Christian when he was 19 years old and has been seeking to walk with the Lord ever since. His family has attended Delaware Bible Church since 2002. He taught Sunday School, and has helped with VBS and men’s ministry. He has served on various church committees. Currently, he is serving on the DBC Elder Board. His favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Pete Edmonds was born in Marion, OH. He was blessed to grow up in a pastor’s family, attend Christian schools, and come to know Jesus as his Savior at a young age. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked in various capacities at Battelle, in Columbus, for over 15 years, and currently manages the Facilities Planning, Engineering, and Construction team. Pete and his wife, Tiffany, were married in 2005 and have three daughters Ellia, Remae, and Nola, who attend DCS. After many years in Westerville, the Edmonds family now resides in Ostrander and attends Lifepoint Church, Delaware. Pete enjoys home projects, bonfires, raising chickens, and working and playing outdoors with his girls. One of his favorite verses is Philippians 1:21, “To live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Alan Keim, graduated from Cedarville College in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in Education and also acquired a Master’s degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Kent State University in 1972. Alan has just retired in 2018 from teaching elementary school for forty-nine years. Forty-three of those years were in Christian education. He has a real love for Christian education. Alan married Virginia in 2005 and are members of Delaware Bible Church. Alan came to know Jesus as his Savior when he was ten years old. Some of his favorite verses are Proverbs 3:5-6 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Keith and Catherine were married 2 days before Y2K (for those of you who remember it) and have 2 children, Elyse and Adelyn, who attend DCS. Keith attended Bob Jones University, where he met Catherine, and received his Bachelor of Science in Financial Management in 1999. He then moved to Central Ohio to pursue a career in mutual fund accounting. In 2003, Keith transitioned to IT management and support and has worked in data center provisioning for Citigroup here in Delaware since 2011. Keith and his family have attended Delaware Bible Church since 2004, where he served on the DBC Finance Committee until joining the School Board earlier this year. They are actively involved in personal ministry through hospitality to international students at OSU and OWU by opening their home for meals and housing, transportation, English conversation partnerships, and a weekly large group Bible study in Clintonville. You can often find Keith playing soccer with a group of international students at Mingo Park, Edwards Gym (OWU), or the DCS gym. Since working at Northland Camp in the summer before his senior year in college, Keith finds encouragement in Psalm 139, especially verses 7-10: "Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me."
Katie was born and raised as a farm girl in Ottawa, Kansas, and accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age. She graduated with her Elementary Education degree from Maranatha Baptist Bible College. She taught 6th grade for three years on the island of Guam where she met her husband, Keith, who was stationed there with the Navy. They married in 2011 and relocated to Hawaii while Keith was stationed at Pearl Harbor. After separating from the Navy and staying an extra year in Hawaii to work full-time with a military ministry, Keith and Katie relocated to Ohio in 2014 to be near Keith’s family. They have been active members of Delaware Bible Church since then. Their three children, Zade, Cassidy and Karis, began attending DCS in 2020. Katie enjoys teaching Women’s Bible Study, playing piano for the DBC Worship Team and the DCS choirs, and running a small business from home. One of her favorite Bible passages is Isaiah 40, especially the promise of enduring truth in verse 8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
Tracy was born and raised in Marion, Ohio and moved to South Carolina after high school to pursue a degree in Exercise Science from Furman University. While in the south, she also earned graduate degrees in Exercise Physiology and Public Health and met her husband Seth who is a Clemson alumnus. They were married in 2002 and worked in South Carolina for several years before moving back to Ohio. They currently reside in Delaware and have two girls who are both in middle school at DCS and have attended since kindergarten. Tracy has worked in different areas of individual and employee wellness over the years, but her greatest career achievement is being able to be home with her two girls and to help maintain their household. She is passionate about people and loves to volunteer – at the school, at area hospitals, at her church, and at other community agencies in Delaware. Her family’s favorite volunteering role is raising puppies for Canine Companions for Independence – so many cute puppies! In her free time, Tracy enjoys being active, spending time with her family (and their 4 dogs!) and being outdoors. She loves the Lord and is so thankful that her girls get to attend a school where they learn about and engage in a true biblical worldview. Her favorite verse is Galatians 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law."
Stacey was born and raised in a small farming community in Iowa. She and her husband, Jeff were married in 2005 and a few short months later, moved to Delaware, Ohio. They are members of Delaware Bible Church where they teach 1st-3rd grade Sunday school. Stacey earned an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from ITT Technical Institute in 2009. She also worked as an administrative assistant, first for an accounting firm, and then for an oil and energy company. Jeff and Stacey welcomed their son, Noah, in 2011. Noah is a 5th grader at Delaware Christian School. Stacey has always had a love for taking care of and working with children. She has enjoyed volunteering in various children’s ministries at church and in her son’s classroom at DCS. In 2013, she opened an in-home daycare after her job was moved out of state. After six years of providing childcare, Stacey began working at DCS as a teacher’s aide. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, and being outdoors. Her favorite bible verse is Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
Jesse was born in Lorain, Ohio and is the eldest son of parents who served as a Minister and Music leader in various churches. The focus of their ministry was in planting mission churches in various locations throughout Ohio, serving English and Spanish speaking residents. Jesse moved to Columbus in 1994 and received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a track in Operations from DeVry University, and earned his MBA from Franklin University. Jesse met his wife, AnnMarie while both working at Safelite Auto Glass and married in 1999. The Lord blessed them with their son Anthony, who is currently an 8th grader at DCS and has attended DCS since the sixth grade. Jesse has worked in business and technology for many years and works for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company as a leader and Director in Digital Product Management. Jesse has a passion for serving others and is in his sixth year on the Nationwide Activities Association board, where he has been the Treasurer, President and currently serves as a mentor to new board officers. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys spending time with his family, attending Major League baseball games, boating, fishing, volunteering, and is a life-long learner. Jesse is fortunate given his upbringing and has always had positive role models that helped him understand the importance of knowing Jesus and having a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior. He was saved at eight-years old at a Seneca Lake youth retreat and life has never been the same. Jesse and his family attend Delaware Christian Church and his favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13 (ESV) “I can do all things through him who strengthens me."