LEADERSHIP


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 commited 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

STEERING COMMITTEE

Curt Henry

I serve on the Bethesda Christian School Steering Committee 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.

My wife and I sent 3 children to BCS who now have undergrad 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.

Kelly Gehring

Our two boys have attended BCS since they were in preschool. As they have reached upper school years I’ve become more involved through coaching and volunteering. I understand now how important it is to work together as a team within our school.

I have enjoyed working on this committee because I want to make a difference, not just for my kids but for the students in generations to come. I believe that God gifts us with different strengths and abilities.

I pray that He will use our giftedness to glorify Him and advance His kingdom by working together to make our school a better place.

Danny Lawson

Hello, my name is Danny Lawson. I am currently a Police Officer with the Brownsburg Police Department and live in Brownsburg with my wife, Erin, and my three children, all of which are either current BCS students or will be when they are of school-age.

My wife and I are both 2006 graduates of BCS and it is a tremendous honor to be serving on the Steering Committee of Bethesda Christian Schools.

I serve on this committee because I believe this is a special place that I love as both a graduate and as a parent of current students and I wish to see it continue as a place where students can grow academically and socially, but also, most importantly, in their relationship with God. While serving on the Safety Subcommittee, I desire to give our students a safe and healthy place in which to achieve this.

Austin Forsythe

My name is Austin Forsythe and I graduated from Bethesda Christian School in 2013. After graduating from BCS, I went on to attend Purdue University and graduate with a Bachelors in Management and a Bachelors in Finance. I now work downtown at IU Health working in finance.

Reflecting back on my time at BCS, the thing that stands out most to me is the family atmosphere among the students, teachers, alumni, and other faculty. The impact that the BCS family made on me while I was attending BCS and continues to make on me even after graduating has been life changing. My time at BCS truly made me the person I am today both spiritually and professionally.

I am honored to serve on the BCS steering committee and look forward to continuing BCS’s great academic success and its spiritual impact on all of its students.

Sarah Johns

I graduated from Bethesda Christian Schools and continued to pursue my Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Grace College.

Before I started attending BCS in elementary, I had both attended Brownsburg Schools and had been homeschooled. Even from a younger age, and what I remember now, I could tell you there is significant value in attending a private, Christian school. Having teachers and fellow students who truly cared for my learning both spiritually and academically shaped me to be the individual I am today.

My heart and desire to serve on the BCS Steering Committee comes from wanting to see families learn of BCS and the value it would bring to their home, but more importantly to see students attend BCS and ultimately be in a school that contributes towards their personal relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Getting to serve alongside others on the BCS Steering Committee gets me excited to know of and be a part of the future of BCS.

Katie Seymour

My name is Katie Seymour, and I am a special education preschool teacher. I attended BCS in junior high and high school.

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 helped me become who I am today. In my profession, I am passionate about mentoring new teachers, leading my team, and making my school a successful and encouraging place for the entire school family.

Through my work on the Vision Team of the Steering Committee, I hope to foster the same kind of environment at BCS that I work to create in my own classroom and school.

Chad Heathco

I graduated from a private Christian high school and completed my BS and MBA at Taylor University.

I recognize, first-hand, the value of a well-rounded, rigorous, Christian education. I desire the same rich foundation to be available for my own children and community. It is with passion and personal experience that I serve on the BCS Steering Committee to foster and support the work of the administration and staff.

I believe in the God-given mission of Bethesda Christian Schools and I willingly volunteer my time and talents to see it flourish.

Mike Fracassa

My name is Mike Fracassa, and 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 10 and under, three of whom attend BCS. We love the 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 steering committee, 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.

Mark Forsythe

My wife Monica and I have been involved with Bethesda Christian Schools for 20 years.

Our children have attended BCS for all of their primary schooling with Austin graduating in 2013 and Gabbi in 2017. We also have a daughter Caroline who is in the class of 2021.

I enjoy the opportunity to serve the school and this ministry and look forward to what God has planned for the ministry in the future. I have appreciated the schools focus on God's Word and incorporating that into the daily educational process.

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 Steering Committee to help facilitate a solid Christian educational alternative here in Brownsburg; an alternative that is much needed in an increasingly secular world.

Andy Ferguson

I graduated from Bethesda in 1989. My wife and I have four kids. One graduated from BCS and three are still here.

I am a Children’s Pastor and I teach Pre-K at our church daycare ministry. Bethesda has always been family to me and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a quality education centered on God and His Word.

I am excited to participate on the Steering Committee and pray that God will guide us and bless our school.

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 Bethesda 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.

Bernie Tripp

I have been attending Bethesda/Parkside for the last 20 plus years.  My wife is a teacher at the school and both of my girls attended Bethesda Christian schools for their entire primary and secondary education.

I am pleased with the quality education they received. In addition, and to me the bigger value, is the solid, defensible Christian foundation they received from the biblical focused curriculum and staff.

In today’s world it is challenging for small schools, no matter how good they are, to survive.  I hope to use my 30 years of business and sales experience to help the school better present itself to those who would benefit and help create a recruiting process that will provide value to those interested in an exceptional Christian education and all that it means for the successful foundation of building solid, dependable, Christian Adults.