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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



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.

Sarah Watson - Parent Representative (

Mrs. Watson has been a member of Grace Baptist Church since 2015 and serves as a parent representative on the Grace Christian School committee. She has extensive professional experience in the Performing Arts, an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from University of Maryland College Park, and has been a children's teacher for Bible Study Fellowship and GBC. Having recently completed a Master of Science at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, she currently cares for patients as Registered Nurse on the critical care unit of Mercy Medical Center. Mrs. Watson's two children currently attend GCS at the elementary level.

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.

J. Michael Beckman - Business Administrator (Non-Voting) (

Mr. Beckman is the Business Administrator for Grace Baptist Church and Grace Christian School. In this capacity, he is the advisor on all financial matters concerning the school. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, an MBA from Regis University and is a Certified Public Accountant. His professional experience includes forty years of Corporate Accounting & Finance Management responsibilities.

Melody Dillon - Teacher Representative (

Mrs. Dillon began teaching at GCS in 2004. She has taught 5th grade for 4 years, 3rd grade for 5 years and currently is teaching 2nd grade. She has a total of 13 years' experience, and she was awarded the "Teacher of the Month for the City of Bowie" in January 2012. Mrs. Dillon earned her BS degree in Elementary Education from Bowie State University.

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.