LEADERSHIP


HEAD OF SCHOOLS

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PRINCIPALS


Mitch Hammersley

I have worked in Education for many years but am new to Bethesda. I am in my second year as principal of the lower school, and I have been blessed by the amount of love and support that I have received from parents, students, staff, and teaching faculty.

Our teachers and staff love Jesus and desire to make Him known to all of our students through biblical-based teaching and sharing His love with them.

We believe that Jesus' teachings and the gospel message is the foundation from which we do everything, especially in building our lessons.

My door is always open, and I would be very happy to tell you more about our wonderful school. I am only a visit, email, or phone call away.

mitch.hammersley@ebethesda.org

Allison Hayden

As principal, one of my driving goals is to be the instructional leader in the school and support our teachers in the great work they do every day. Our teachers love our students and are willing to take on new challenges, actively seeking what is best for each and every child.

As a school, one of our philosophical beliefs is that every child can learn and succeed and that learning occurs in many different ways. An educator’s skill lies in tailoring the teaching to the needs of children, and our team collaborates closely and works hard to achieve that for each child.

Our other core belief is that the Gospel must shape how we interact as a team and with our students. Christ commands us to lead by example, to show grace when grace is needed, and to point others to Christ. Our teachers love the Lord and incorporate the Bible into everything they do. As principal, I support our teachers in this endeavor and handle challenges in the same manner.

allison.hayden@ebethesda.org

CAMPUS PASTOR


Josh Pyper

Bethesda has a full time Campus Pastor because we are committed to building and nurturing a culture of grace at BCS. In this unique role, I am able to devote the time needed to provide leadership and to develop structures and traditions that support this core objective. Under one umbrella, we are able to integrate disparate aspects of campus spiritual and social life.

From Pre-K, through Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High, and High School, our team is very intentional about infusing the gospel into our classrooms and all our activities. We are continually developing better ways to build strong relationships between our teachers and students.

Our goal is more than just head knowledge: we want to reach the heart of each of our students as we teach, coach, and mentor them. It is an expectation that hard conversations will take place inside and outside the classroom as we look to prepare our students for a world that is bent on distorting God’s plan of redemption.

With love for each student, we strive to bring everything to the light and to hold one other accountable. This can only happen if we embrace the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and exalt him as Savior.

I Corinthians 15:1-3 “Now I would remind you, brothers and sisters, of the gospel I preached to you…delivered to you as of first importance.”

Josh.Pyper@ebethesda.org

GUIDANCE OFFICE

Tammy Dodson

At Bethesda, we're committed to developing relationships with each of our students so that we can be an effective resource, helping them get the most out of their educational experience.

Navigating college and other options can be overwhelming for families - our Office comes alongside parents and students in numerous practical ways to help them find and choose the best options.

We encourage our students to explore a number of career options and provide them with a range of tools to help them find where God might use them in the future. Some of the specific services we offer include: course guidance for Core 40 and Honors diplomas, assistance with credit recovery where necessary, arranging internships and job shadowing days, communicating scholarship information, and advising on appropriate testing such as PSAT, SAT, ASVAB. Every year, our calendar includes visits by approved college representatives during the school day.

BCS offers opportunities to develop the competence and confidence needed for achievement in college and beyond. Elective courses enable High School students to tailor programs to their talents and interests. Our rigorous curriculum – including Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Credit courses – encourages academic and personal discipline. Many students graduate with ACT and SAT scores well above the national average.

With consistent instruction and support, students of varying abilities are challenged to realize their potential and find success.

We'd love to welcome you to this supportive environment and to see you join our family of learners this fall!

Tammy.Dodson@ebethesda.org

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

Nate Cartledge

Welcome to Bethesda Christian School, home of the Patriots!

Bethesda uses its Education-Based Athletics to provide opportunities for student-athletes to grow as believers, citizens, and athletes. We believe that athletics teach valuable life lessons such as how to honor God in all circumstances, how to work together as a team, how to work hard to accomplish a goal, and how to lead through service.

Athletics at Bethesda follows the mission of the school in that we seek to be Rooted in God’s Word, Relational with teammates and coaches, Relevant in today’s ever-changing culture, and Rigorous in our expectation of excellence.

Patriot Athletics is a powerful platform to learn and grow for now and the future.

God Bless and Go Patriots!

Nate.Cartledge@ebethesda.org

SCHOOL BOARD

BOARD CHAIR

Chris Geimer

My wife, Jenny, and I have two children who attend BCS. I have been involved with coaching the junior high baseball team.

I have administrative experience in higher education and several other non-profit entities and hold a BS in accounting and an MBA.I currently am the Director of Financial Operations for a publicly traded waste company.

I am excited to be a part of the BCS School Board to help facilitate a solid Christian educational alternative here in Brownsburg; an alternative that is much needed in an increasingly secular world.


VICE-CHAIR

Mark Forsythe

I have been involved with BCS for 25 years along with my wife, Monica, whose experience with BCS spans 30-plus years.

The school has been a major part of our lives over the many years we have been in the community. I spend the workday leading a landscaping company in the Indianapolis area. We have three children who have attended BCS—two graduates and one daughter in high school. Monica and I have appreciated the focus BCS places on developing students with a heart and mind that pursues God and embraces the Gospel. The school environment supports a personal touch in everything that happens both academically and in extra-curricular activity.

I look forward to working with my fellow School Board members along with the BCS administration, teachers and parents to continue to grow the ministry and seek to serve as the Lord leads.


SECRETARY

Katie Seymour

I am a special education preschool teacher. In my profession, I am passionate about mentoring new teachers, leading my team and developing the whole child (not just educating the mind).

I attended BCS in junior high and high school. More recently, I have served on the BCS vision, improvements, and strategy teams through the Steering Committee.

I am delighted to be able to serve in a role that allows me to incite growth and strive for excellence in the very halls that influenced who I am today. Through my work on the School Board, I hope to foster an educational environment of distinction that seeks to glorify God in all that is said and done.


BOARD MEMBER

Curt Henry

My day job is working for McComb Window & Door Co. as the Vice President of Finance and Human Resources. My wife, Paula, and I met at Franklin College. We moved to Brownsburg in 2001 in order for our children to attend BCS.

We sent three children to BCS who now have undergraduate and graduate degrees, received academic and athletic scholarships and all are now married to BCS alumni!

We are thankful for BCS and I’m honored to serve to help it fulfill its mission. I previously served on the BCS Steering Committee for several years, working in areas of finance, marketing and enrollment, serving as the Committee’s Chairman for one year. I’ve also enjoyed coaching boys’ basketball for the junior high, junior varsity and as a varsity assistant.

I serve on the BCS School Board because I want to see kids well prepared academically, readied for a life of Christian service and, most importantly, exposed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ daily.


BOARD MEMBER

Mike Fracassa

I recently moved back to Indiana to take a CFO position within Indiana State Government.

I met my wife, Rebekah, at Indiana Wesleyan University, where we both attended. We have four children, ages 11 and under, three of whom attend BCS. We love the emphasis that BCS puts on making sure children learn a biblical worldview, and we have found each teacher and administrator to be excellent, taking the time to get to know each of our children individually.

I am honored to serve on the School Board and look forward to helping BCS continue to be an excellent Christian school in the areas of academics, athletics, and, most importantly, spiritual development in the lives of the students.


BOARD MEMBER

Chris Rischar

My husband, James, and I have five children, including two BCS graduates and a current sophomore. Our family has been blessed to be a part of BCS for the past five years.

BCS is a unique school where students have the opportunity to be transformed by the truth of the gospel every day. I love cheering on my favorite Patriots at sporting events, band concerts and school plays. I’m thankful to be a part of the greater BCS community and look forward to growing together.


BOARD MEMBER

Matt Brann

I am an editor and writer with 25 years of experience in a variety of roles in the publishing industry. My wife, who is a college professor, and I have two children who attend BCS, a daughter in junior high and a son in high school.

After researching many Christian schools in the greater Indianapolis area, we moved to Brownsburg in 2014 specifically so our kids could attend BCS.

During the past few years I have coached elementary and junior high boys’ basketball, junior high softball, and junior high and high school cross country at BCS. Our kids enjoy playing various sports at BCS, and my wife is an active volunteer at the school.

I wanted to serve on the School Board because I have a desire to help find creative ways for BCS to thrive and build on its rich history over the past 50+ years. I am also passionate about students’ growth spiritually, academically, athletically, and socially, and I believe BCS is the best school in this area to meet those four important needs in the lives of students.


BOARD MEMBER

Ken Whitehead

Our family moved to Brownsburg, Indiana, in 1997. We chose Brownsburg because we wanted Bethesda Christian School to be an option for the education of our children.

Since then, we have had three children graduate from BCS (2013, 20108, 2019) and have one son currently enrolled in the high school (2023). My wife, Lisa, and I are committed to Christian education and the ministry of BCS and have been pleased by the strong impact it has had on our children and our family as a whole.

I first served on the BCS steering committee in 2004 and have been involved in various aspects of the school ministry since then. I am delighted to serve on the first BCS School Board and look forward to what the Lord has planned for this ministry.

Over 50 years, the teachers and staff of BCS have impacted the lives of thousands of students by not only the normal academic and developmental impact but also by helping to form a strong Christian worldview while demonstrating an outstanding level of love and care for them as people. Our goal is that BCS continues to honor God in all that is done and in the lives that are impacted.


BOARD MEMBER

Dave Wilmot

I retired from the Indiana Army National Guard in 2017 and currently do medical consulting in Indiana and nationally. I am a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University and Indiana University School of Medicine. My wife, Lori, and I have two graduates of BCS in 2015 and 2019, and Lori previously graduated from BCS.

We desired a strong Christian education for our children and greatly appreciated BCS’s focus on academic excellence in harmony with incorporating biblical values throughout the entire education process.

It is my pleasure to serve on the BCS School Board alongside fellow believers who are prayerfully working to seek God’s absolute best for the school. I am looking forward to seeing BCS continue the great legacy of Christian education while attracting other parents and students to be a part of this journey as BCS shines a light on the Brownsburg area community.


Parkside Bible Church Pastoral Representative

Jared Alsdorf

I am an agronomist and a lay pastor at Parkside Bible Church, where I oversee member care and teach an adult Sunday school class. My wife, Leah, who is a graduate of BCS, and I have four children, including a BCS graduate attending Purdue University and current BCS students in high school and elementary school.