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School Committee

Organizational Overview

 

As a ministry of Grace Baptist Church, Grace Christian School is under the final authority of the congregation, composed of members in good standing of Grace Baptist Church. For efficient functioning, Grace Baptist Church has authorized a committee, known as the Grace Christian School Committee, to oversee the school program and to bring recommendations to the church at the monthly business meetings concerning budget, staffing and other items determined to need church approval. Although the day-to-day operations are the responsibility of the Principal, the School Committee has oversight of the total school program. The School Committee is the final reconciliation body when differences cannot be resolved at lower levels between staff members, between staff and parents, between staff and Principal or parents and Principal.

 

School Committee Members

schoolcommittee@gbcbowie.org

 

Toby Byrd - Acting Chairman

Mr. Byrd has served off and on as the chairman of the Grace Christian School Committee since the school's founding in 1975. He is an attorney who practices law with his wife, Jackie at Byrd and Byrd, LLC. He has been a member of Grace Baptist Church since 1968 and a church Deacon since 1975.

Jamie Miller - Pastoral Representative 

Pastor Miller serves as the Pastor of Children and Administration at Grace Baptist Church. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Liberty University, a Master of Arts in Religion degree in Church Ministries from Liberty University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education from the University of Maryland. His professional experience, prior to coming on staff with GBC, includes being a middle school math teacher at Grace Christian School and an algebra and math 8 teacher at Bates Middle School. He has four children currently attending Grace Christian School, in the elementary and middle school programs.

Tom Berg - Member-At-Large 

Mr. Berg is a former GCS parent and has been a member of the Grace Christian School Committee for many years. He is actively involved in the media and other technology needs of the church and school.

Kevin McClellan - Member-At-Large 

Mr. McClellan has been a member of the Grace Christian School committee for many years and is a former GCS parent. He recently retired from U.S. Department of Justice where he served as the head of the Telecommunications Branch. He is actively involved in church ministries.

Bill Wolf - Member-At-Large 

Mr. Wolf has been a member of the Grace Christian School committee for many years and is a former GCS parent. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University. His professional experience is as a photographer with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He also ministers as an ABC teacher at Grace Baptist Church.

Samuel Yego - Member-At-Large 

Mr. Yego has been serving as a professor at Bowie State University, and brings his knowledge and experience in working with schools both public and private. He also ministers as an ABC teacher at Grace Baptist Church.

Debra Stanton - Teacher Representative

Mrs. Stanton began teaching at GCS in 2006. She has taught 5th grade for 5 years, and currently is teaching 1st grade since 2011. She has a total of 19 years' experience. Mrs. Stanton earned her BS degree in Early Childhood Education from The University of Maryland.

Don Jillson - Principal of Grace Christian School (Non-Voting) 

Before returning to GCS as Principal in 2019, Mr. Jillson served as GCS Principal from 2002 to 2006 and Grace Baptist Church Business Administrator prior to that from 1999 to 2002. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Masters of Business Administration. In 2015, Mr. Jillson retired from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves after 13 years on Active Duty and 14 years in the Reserves. For the last 10 years, he worked for the Department of Homeland Security as a senior financial manager.

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