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teacher scott hickelAfter working in a multitude of vocations and diverse jobs beginning in Kansas, my wife and I returned to the Denver area in the mid-1990’s with 2 children in tow. The plan that brought us here was to assist in a church plant in the north metro area.  Upon arriving, I was introduced to Faith Bible Chapel and accepted a position in the maintenance dept., which led to an Art Instructor position in 2004. 

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teacher traci powersWhen I was young, change was an inherent part of my existence. My family was very mobile, and by the time I had graduated from high school, I had moved eighteen times, had attended nine different schools, and had homeschooled twice. Early on, I learned to adapt to new people and places through friendliness, imagination, and a bit of good humor. Perhaps partly due to the fluidity of that time, I am a deliberate planner, and I’ve always liked to know what’s coming next, whether that is the next moment, the next day, or the next phase in my life.

 

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teacher jim baldwinI have always been into photography. I have over 100 GB of pictures and movie files of my children growing up. Yet, some of my strongest memories do not exist on analog or digital media. I remember the first time I met Liz (my wife, better known as Mrs. Baldwin in 5th Grade). It was late at night in an old recording studio and we both were asked to be part of a Christian CD project. As I waited for my part to play the guitar, I witnessed the most beautiful singing coming from one of the recoding booths. We did not meet or even connect that night… but I never forgot her soulful voice that I still love today.

 

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teacher jeremy lustikI started my teaching career at Pomona High School in 1999 as a math teacher and a baseball coach.  After 7 years, moved to Mountain Range High School for 8 years where I taught math and was the head baseball coach.  I didn’t want to continue to teach math full time, but wanted to coach more or teach PE. The Lord led me to FCHS thru a variety a God-directed circumstances to become the athletic director. Best of all I still get to teach some math courses, and coach baseball.  The perfect job gets me up every morning!

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teacher ron bedoreIt was my last year at Centaurus HS and I knew that Lord was calling me to do something else, but I didn't know if it was in missions work in China or what.  So I got together with my men's group and my pastor, we were praying and the pastor said that the Lord told him He's got what you are doing next and has just got to work out the details.

 

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teacher charissa mccaslinI am truly blessed to be teaching at Faith Christian High School! Although my family and I originally moved here from Springfield, MA in 2001 in order for my husband to take a pastoral position in the area, we have come to believe that God was also simultaneously providing an excellent education for our five children at FCA and the opportunity for me to do what I longed to do…. teach High School Bible. 

 

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teacher bob hicksMy wife, Rocque, and I have been married 37+ years and have two sons, Todd – 29 and Shay – 25. Todd and his wife work for FCA in the middle and high school and Shay and his wife work for Grace Church of Arvada. I was born in Texas and moved to Colorado when I was eleven. I graduated from Alameda HS and Northern Colorado in Greeley.

 

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teacher susan readI grew up in a military family; no nonsense, buckle down, straighten up, and fly right. When I was in junior high, I accepted Christ and continued my Christian walk as I went to the University of Illinois to study secondary Spanish education with a minor in French. In college, I was on Staff with Campus Life where I met my future husband but it was really at a ballroom dance that we started dating.

 

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teacher micah connorI was practically born on the front pew of Faith Bible Chapel 42 years ago. My parents have been intricately involved in ministry as Pastors and Worship Leaders for almost 50 years! I had the privilege to attend Faith Christian High School and be part of the first freshmen class at the Ward Road Campus. The school was a little smaller back then, but the quality education and instruction I received was a solid foundation for college and my career path.

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teacher mike pickettI have been happily married to Melody for 34 years and have two grown children.  Jamie 24, graduated from Faith in 2011 and Chris 27, graduated from Maranatha in 2007. Jamie is married and lives in Arvada and works for Playworks.  Chris went to Mines, lives in Arvada as well and works for Turner Corp. as an engineer, he also is married. 

 

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teacher sarah lepkePrior to teaching at Faith, I taught English as a Second Language in Denver Public Schools. One day, in the midst of a very tumultuous school year, I received a text from a friend telling me that there was a position open to teach high school Spanish at Faith Christian High School.  Without ever having stepped foot on the campus, or knowing anything about Christian education (I was public school educated all through my life), I applied, interviewed, and was offered the job.  That was five years ago, and every day I thank God for the blessing of teaching at Faith.

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teacher ralph dee nanceI came to Faith in 1993, along with my lovely wife Dee of 42 years and our two sons, Jonathan and Scott; both FCA grads in 1997 and 1999 respectively. We were seeking a school where our sons could flourish in all aspects of their schooling and Faith was the answer. We own Front Range Excavating, Inc. a commercial earthmoving company we started in 1988.

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brianReflecting over 31 years of ministry here at Faith Christian Academy/Jesus Center School, memories too numerous to pen flood through my mind. It has been such an awesome experience to be a part of a vibrant and fruitful ministry to young people, seeing the Holy Spirit shape and transform the lives of thousands of students working through faithful teachers, coaches, administrators and staff members alike! I am humbled and privileged to have served with such a faithful and godly staff who passionately love Jesus and the students to whom they minister each day.

 

 

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2017speech debate2Anxiety runs high at the state tournament for Speech and Debate. Heritage High School hosts the tournament, providing a labyrinth of hallways for “speechers” to navigate. Faith competitors left early on Friday, January 27, to enjoy Starbucks and Coldstone before driving down to compete. The majority of the team had been infected with a unique strain of sickness. Some of the symptoms included sniffling, hoarse voices, uncontrollable coughing, and perhaps the most odd…bloody noses, all conducive for public speaking. Despite runny noses and sore throats, the Faith speakers and debaters boldly entered rounds to do their very best.

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2017skitrip groupIn February, the 7th grade class headed up to Granby ranch for two full days on the slopes and one morning of tubing. Together they were able to laugh, play, relax, fall, and discover our identities in Christ! As always it was an amazing opportunity to build authentic community! It was an action-packed trip that was full of lots of laughs, fun adventures, and great memories!

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acsi 5Nervous energy and anxious students abounded as they prepared to compete in three annual Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) events: the Math Olympics, the Spelling Bee and the Music Festival. Our FCES and FCMS students were well prepared and we are proud of their performances!

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2016 17 fooddrive 5We are pleased to announce that 2,566 cans and food items were collected by our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders! It was a successful Canned Food Drive that will bless many local families. Thank you so much, students and parents, for your support of this project!  Also, a special thank you to those parents who came to check, count, move, and sort cans for us and to Rosi Rogers for heading up all the volunteer efforts.

On Wednesday, February 1, members of Mrs. Hicks’ first period Advanced Language Arts class (the homeroom class that collected the most cans per student) took the cans collected during the Canned Food Drive to the Arvada Food Bank (located at 8555 W 57th Avenue in Arvada). Congratulations to Mrs. Hick's first period Language Arts class!