Thank you for your service!
Four individuals who have had a significant impact on DC’s ministry to students will be following God’s call for a new direction in their life and will not be returning to Dayton Christian School in the upcoming school year: Rich Garrett, Barb Stover, Tim Entner, and Jackie Berlean.
Rich Garrett faithfully served Dayton Christian School for 38 years as a teacher, coach, and administrator for 38 years at both the Homewood and Miamisburg campuses.
“Rich Garrett will be leaving a legacy of great influence as he retires from Dayton Christian School,” said John Gredy, Head of School. “Rich has been much more than an experienced and gifted administrator, he has always exhibited godly virtues as he modeled what it means to be a committed Christian who is complete in Christ. We will miss Rich, but his Godly influence has made a deep impact in the lives of students, parents, faculty and staff which will live on at DC and in the lives of those he touched. Thank you, Rich!”
A Message from Rich Garrett
I really enjoyed working with all the great teachers and staff at DCS over the years. They were dynamic and godly influencers. From developing the HUB in the Middle School to working with committed elementary teachers, I have been blessed. Also I have worked with many great students over the years. A number of them have returned to DCS to teach and have encourage me greatly. I have also be privileged to know wonderful parents over the years who were committed to Christian education. They all became like family to me.
Barb Stover just completed her thirty-fourth year at Dayton Christian School. She served as a second and fourth grade teacher and as a principal at the Kettering campus.
“For 34 years Barb Stover has molded, challenged, and loved students at Dayton Christian,” said DC Elementary Principal James Holliday. “She has taught various grade levels and spent time as an administrator. Barb Stover has continuously listened to God’s calling on her life. The eternal difference Mrs. Stover has made on her students over the years is worthy cause to celebrate God’s great sovereignty. Dayton Christian Schools has been the recipient of her hard work and focus to each of students, families, and coworkers that she has come alongside of over the years. Thank you for your service, Barb!”
A Message from Barb Stover
I have loved teaching at DC. The interaction with children is amazing! Seeing their world open up through knowledge is so rewarding, but being able to teach them using God’s principles is life-changing. I have loved my part in “training up a child.” I also have been so blessed to serve with people who love the Lord and demonstrate it on a daily basis. The support and encouragement from Christian brothers and sisters have made the best work environment ever.
Tim Entner served at DC for 20 years, including time at the Homewood campus, the Legacy Ministries campus in Xenia, and here in Miamisburg. Much of Tim’s work has been behind the scenes in fundraising, public relations/communications, marketing, admissions, database management, and financial aid.
“Tim is a very positive person and frequently displays gratitude to others. He has a heart for Christ-centered, purposeful work, said DC Chief Financial Officer Theresa Powell. “He has served families in multiple facets. He has administered the financial aid program where he initiated two new scholarship programs to turn the dream of Christian education into a reality for many families. Tim also served many years in the Advancement area where he has interacted with donors and managed the gift database; recently he worked closely with Dr. Gredy on fundraising for the Warrior Center.”
A Message from Tim Entner
I have so many wonderful memories of my time here that I could probably fill a book. The incredible co-workers would have to top the list. I have made so many great friends here, and I have been mentored by so many of the most Godly men and women anyone could have the privilege of knowing.
The other group of favorite memories are the many amazing answers to prayer I have seen during my time here. Time after time I have seen clear evidence of God’s hand of guidance and provision and protection for this ministry.
Hearing our students’ testimonies at each graduation have been another highlight. These testimonies are such an encouraging and uplifting reminder of what we are all about here at DC: training young people for a life of service for the Lord. And helping to change their lives in the process!
My life and my faith have been truly transformed by these experiences and these relationships. I cannot adequately express how grateful and humbled I am for this incredible opportunity of serving the Lord with all of you here at Dayton Christian.
Jackie Berlean served at Dayton Christian for 13 years where she taught junior high and high school math. In addition to her full-time teaching schedule, Jackie also mentored teachers in the Resident Educator program for the state of Ohio and worked with students as student council advisor and Junior National Honor Society advisor, and also co-directed plays and musicals.
“Jackie Berlean will be greatly missed by students, parents, teachers and staff as she steps out of the classroom and into her retirement from teaching for 45 years with 13 of those years being with DC. She is a passionate, organized, creative, and committed Christian educator,” said DC Junior High and High School Principal Gabe Pethtel. “Mrs. Berlean shared her love for God, mathematics, and children with all who had the good fortune to know her. During her time with DC, Mrs. Berlean not only taught mathematics in the junior high and high school, but also sponsored the National Junior Honor Society, served as the coordinator of our local state teacher licensure committee, and help direct plays and design sets for our theatre department. Her energy and enthusiasm for giving God the glory through doing all things in order and with excellence have left a lasting impression on our school and her students. We wish Mrs. Berlean God’s richest blessings as she moves on from Dayton Christian.
Message from Jackie Berlean
Although all of the activities I was involved with at DC brought me joy, the thing that brings me the most joy is being able to come alongside a student and watch as they begin to understand the math concepts that I am teaching. I have also been privileged to work with a group of very talented and dedicated Christian teachers. I will miss the precious students and families that I have grown to love over these years. We are DC!