2018-2019 Board Meetings
August 8, 2018 – September 12, 2018 – October 10, 2018
November 14, 2018 – December 12, 2018 – January 9, 2019
February 13, 2019 – March 6, 2019 – April 3, 2019 – May 8, 2019
Current Board Members
Jay Feely is a parent here at Gilbert Christian Schools and also coaches our High School women’s soccer team. Jay has spent 14 years of his life in the NFL, 4 years as a Financial Advisor, and 4 years experience as a CBS sports and football announcer. He enjoys any sport, but his favorites would be golf, soccer, and tennis. Jay has 4 children in Gilbert Christian Schools, and his family worships at The Grove. He has been a Board member at GCS since 2016.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Larry and his wife Susan have been married 24 years and have two children; Jamie who graduated from GCHS, currently attends ASU and works at Dutch Bros; and David who is a sophomore at GCHS and is a member of the Concert Choir and Men’s Volleyball team. The Fleischer’s live in Queen Creek, love sports and music, are avid movie watchers and are members of Epiphany Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Chandler where Larry also leads a Sunday morning Bible Class and has been a member of Epiphany’s Board of Ministry Director’s. Larry graduated from Arizona State University with an undergraduate degree in Accounting, received an MBA from University of Phoenix and is a CPA who worked with the Apollo Group for 31 years in finance and accounting before leaving in 2013. Larry has been blessed to be on the GCS Board for 4 years of amazing growth and has been an assistant coach on the GCS Middle School and High School Softball Teams over the past seven years. Susan graduated from the University of Phoenix with a degree in Business Administration and currently works at Isagenix in Gilbert.
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” John 8:31-32
Jason Gehl is a Sr. Private Wealth Advisor for the Private Wealth division of Ronald Blue Trust and serves his clients out of the branch office in Phoenix, Arizona. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER certificate and an experienced wealth advisor to individuals, families, and businesses, Jason uses his objective perspective to help clients make wise financial decisions, live generously, and leave a lasting legacy. His goal is to help those he serves have the clarity and confidence to focus on the things that matter most to them. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Jason graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance. Active in his community, Jason is a member of his local church in Gilbert, AZ where he serves in leadership and with the youth ministry. He is also a board member of Gilbert Christian Schools and coaches various Gilbert youth sports teams. Jason works with individuals through different avenues, such as Crown Financial Ministries, to advise members in biblical principles of finance and stewardship. Jason and his wife, Courtney have five children and currently worship at Calvary East Valley. He has been a GCS Board Member since 2016.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24
Steve and his wife, Drew are both natives of Arizona. When considering schooling options for their children, Gilbert Christian Schools quickly rose to the top because of their commitment to academic excellence and the genuine care the teachers have for each student, all within the framework of a Christian worldview. Steve and Drew have three children at GCS in elementary school. Steve has seen and been a part of the growth of the valley as a leader in the Arizona construction industry for over twenty years and their family loves being outdoors whenever they get the opportunity. Steve and Drew are members of Grace Bible Church in Tempe and serve in various ways with a passion for seeing the unreached come to Christ.
Charlie Markle is one our Gilbert Christian parents. He is currently an attorney focused on commercial litigation as well as church and non-profit law. He enjoys biking, charcoal grilling, hunting, and shooting. Charlie has been married to his wife since 2004, and together they have two kids. He and his family worship at Sun Valley Community Church. Charlie has been a Board member at GCS since 2017. “I count it both a sobering responsibility and an immense privilege to be on the board of a school that again and again impresses me by how much it actually embodies the “C” in GCS. This is a special place. I am involved in an attempt to offer whatever minimal contribution I may make to help ensure that it remains special for my children and those that will come after them.”
Though he truly feels that it’s a moving target based on one’s life season, his favorite verse, for now, is “‘Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,’ says the Lord. ‘But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word.'” Isaiah 66:1-2
I am a parent of a 6th grader and a 4th grader and currently enjoy coaching 6th-grade soccer. I am also the Executive Pastor of Mission Community Church. I really enjoy the outdoors and anything that has to do with fishing, hiking, soccer, and eating. Our family currently worship at Mission Community Church and we truly believe that Jesus is the answer. I have been a member of the Board since 2014.
“For ‘Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'” Romans 10:13
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Statement of Faith
We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and the New Testaments, to be the verbally inspired Word of God, written by men in God’s control, inerrant and infallible in the original manuscripts, and the final authority in the faith and life. We accept the grammatical- historical system of interpretation of the Scriptures and accept the historical record of the Bible as accurate.
We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are identical in essence, equal in power and glory, and possess precisely the same attributes and perfection.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF CHRIST
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God; that He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin, in order that He might redeem sinful man. He accomplished this redemption by voluntarily giving Himself as a sinless substitutionary sacrifice on the cross, thereby satisfying God’s righteous judgment against the sin of the elect. He gave proof that He accomplished that redemption by His bodily resurrection from the grave. He then ascended to the right hand of His Father where He intercedes on behalf of His people.
THE PERSON AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person who convicts the world of sin; that He alone brings new life to those who are spiritually dead; that He places all believers into the one true church, which is the Body of Christ and that He indwells them permanently, seals them unto the day of redemption, and bestows spiritual gifts upon them.
THE CONDITION OF MAN
We believe that man was created in the image and likeness of God, in innocence and without sin. But in Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited the guilt of his sin, a sinful nature, becoming spiritually dead and alienated from God so that man is a sinner both by nature and by choice. Man, of himself, is incapable of remedying his lost and depraved condition.
We believe that salvation is the gift of God’s grace given to all whom God has elected to salvation. It includes all that God does in saving the elect from the penalty, power and presence of sin and in restoring them to a right relationship with God. As such, it is solely the work of God from the initiation to completion. The regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the cause, not the result, of the believer’s saving faith. It cannot be gained by good works, but is a free gift for all who put their trust in Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross. All who trust in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord are forgiven and saved from their sins and made righteous before God and are born into the family of God. God’s purpose for saving His elect is so that they bring glory to Him by their lives.
SECURITY, ASSURANCE, AND RESPONSIBILITY
We believe that all saved, those in whom God has accomplished His transforming work of grace, are kept by His power and thus secure in Christ forever. This assurance, however, is not the occasion for sin, for God in holiness cannot tolerate persistent sin in His children, and in infinite love He corrects them. True faith in Christ is expressed by a fruitful, God-pleasing life that endures until death.
We believe that God, in the Scriptures, has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness. This includes the salvation from the penalty of sin and just as surely the provision of sanctification (separation) from sin. Sanctification from sin affects both the positional and practical aspects. Positional sanctification is a result of the continuing work of the Spirit using the Word of God to provide nourishment for growth into maturity in Christ. While the process of practical sanctification is assured by the Word and the Spirit, it is yet imperfect in this life. There is some element of corruption in every part of the fallen nature that is the source for the war between the flesh and the Spirit. Spiritual growth occurs as believers feed on the Word and are in fellowship with other believers for encouragement and service.
We believe that our Lord Jesus Christ instituted two ordinances to be observed by all believers as a matter of obedience, not as a condition for salvation: Water Baptism (subsequent to the believer’s profession of faith) and the Lord’s Supper.
THE ETERNAL STATE
We believe that at death the souls of those who have trusted Christ for salvation pass immediately into His presence and remain there in conscious bliss until the resurrection of the body of Christ’s coming for the Church, when the soul and the body will be reunited. We then shall be with Him forever in glory. We also believe that at death the souls of unbelievers remain in conscious misery until the final judgment when the soul and body will be reunited and cast into the lake of fire, not to be annihilated, but to be separated from God forever in conscious punishment.
We believe, according to His promise, that Jesus will physically return for His people. This truth has been revealed to provide the believer comfort and encouragement in his life.
STATEMENT ON MARRIAGE, GENDER, AND SEXUALITY
We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27) Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.
We believe that term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Cor 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and woman.
We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. ( Matt. 15:18-20; 1 Cor 6:9-10)
We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Gilbert Christian Schools as a local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to the Gilbert Christian community, it is imperative that all persons employed by Gilbert Christian Schools in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement of Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality. (Matt 5:16; Phil 2:14-16; 1 Thess 5:22.)
We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Rom 10:9-10; 1 Cor 6:9-11.)
We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. ( Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31.) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward an individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture or the doctrines of Gilbert Christian Schools.
STATEMENT ON THE SANCTITY OF HUMAN LIFE
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. We are therefore called to defend, protect and value all human life. (Psalm 139)
FINAL AUTHORITY FOR MATTERS OF BELIEF AND CONDUCT
The statement of faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe. For purposes of Gilbert Christian’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Superintendent is Gilbert Christian’s final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.