Faculty & Staff

Steve Yoder
Steve Yoder

BA in Music, Eastern Mennonite University
MA in Music, Ohio University

My personal interests include landscaping, reading, snow skiing, and interacting with my grandchildren and family. I'm presently involved as a Sunday School teacher for an inter-generational class and serve on the investments task-force and lead music for our church. Mission trips for me have included NYC, Louisiana, and Mississippi, involving work projects and special programs for presenting the Gospel.

My work as development and admissions director is a calling from God to promote His Kingdom in the field of education, specifically, Christian education here at Kingsway. I'm fascinated with developing not just the heart, soul, mind, and strength of the "whole child" as in our students, but also looking long-term to provide opportunities for the "whole family"! I believe that God has a special place in His heart for children and so for me, working in Christian education is an honor! 

Peter Crone

BA in Mathematics from Bluffton University

M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Ashland University

I look forward to watching God work in, and through, the staff and students at Kingsway Christian this year! Christian education offers to students, what they seek in community, academics, and character education. Outside of school, I love spending time with my wife, Samantha, and children, Joel and Beatrice. I love spending time outside; hiking, farming, and enjoying God's creation. I am a baseball fan (Go Tribe!) and play slow pitch softball in my free time.

Prior to my time at Kingsway, I taught high school math at East Knox High School, and worked summers at Round Lake Christian Camp. I seek daily God's path for my life, and walk boldly in the path I am called to. My prayer is that I would have a heart the size of the adventure God is calling me to!

Micayla Bahler
Heidi Herr
MS/HS Math & Science

University of Arizona
Marion Technical College
BS in Secondary Education: Mathematics and Gen. Science, University of Akron

My goals for my students are summarized in Psalm 19: I want them to see the glory of God as displayed in his creation and revealed in the Scriptures. My other activities include knitting, crochet, quilting, gardening, birding, and running 5Ks.

Rachel Littler
MS English & History

BS in Middle Childhood Education, Malone University
Working towards MA in History, Cleveland State University

God first brought me to Kingsway for the second half of my student teaching in the spring of 2014 and I fell in love. After completing a long-term subbing job for Carly Scarpino that fall and staying connected with the school over the following two years, I am ecstatic to officially be a full-time teacher. 

I am originally from Cleveland and have recently moved to Orrville. Never did I think I would be living in the country, but God has a funny way of working things out and putting us where we never thought possible. This city girl at heart will remain a huge Cleveland sports fan and lover of musicals. I also enjoy traveling, going to museums and National Parks, cross-stitching, and reading historical fiction novels. I attend Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sterling and am very active within its college & career group.

Overall, I truly love the fact that I am in a school that allows me to share my faith with my students while planting seeds in them so that they will then leave Kingsway to impact the world for Christ. 

Jennifer Merop
Second Grade

BS in Elementary Education, Grace College

Prior to teaching at Kingsway, I taught ESL and 3rd grade as a missionary at Pyeongtaek International Christian School in the Republic of Korea. While in Korea I met my husband, Kyle, who was at the time a staff sergeant in the US Air Force. After Kyle separated from the Air Force we moved to Ohio to be near my brother, Andy, who has Down syndrome and autism. My brother has had a great impact on my life and is the reason I wanted to go into education. We attend Canton Baptist Temple. 

Jennifer Morosko
HS Science

BS in Chemistry & Biology, Ashland University
BS+ in 7-12 Integrated Science, Ashland University

I am a graduate of Ashland University with dual majors in Chemistry and Biology. After graduating from college, I worked at Wil Research Labs, where I was involved in creating a new technique for a 4-hour infusion on mice via the tail vein. I went on to work with Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus participating in government studies to treat Alzheimer's and other diseases. The majority of my adult career life has been in the corporate world using my Chemistry degree in a variety of ways before finding my passion in teaching. I continue to work with and study photochemistry for a self-owned company in the toy and craft industry. This company makes products that change color in the sun.  I was instrumental in the creation of BLAZE color changing nail polish. This polish has received national recognition and has been showcased on Oprah, and advertised in magazines like Cosmopolitan and Fashion Addict. I continue to sell color-changing products to companies like Mattel Toys, Tyco Toys, Nike, United Way, and many others. The manufacturing process of color change materials has been featured in an exhibit entitled "Lumen," at the New York Museum of Art, by Jenny Sabin, winner of the 2017 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The work of art features a color change photo-luminescence yarn that absorbs sunlight to change color. This YouTube video highlights the project, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYSG57XESE4. I continue to utilize my chemistry knowledge and corporate experience to demonstrate the real-world application of science to my students. My love of the sciences and my passion for teaching merge to help students be successful and empowered to go out into the world and be prepared to follow their dreams.

Being led by God’s Spirit daily, I will develop, foster and facilitate an environment of learning to increase knowledge and understanding in the classroom.  While keeping a Christ-centered philosophy, I will engage and challenge students in the field of science; promote scientific inquiry; help students develop independent thought essential to their development; motivate students to apply what they have learned; encourage college readiness; and develop the whole person on all levels, never veering from the path of empowerment. 

Jonathan Ratcliff
Fifth/Sixth Grade
Beth Ream
Educational Aide

BS in K-8 Education, Asbury College / Malone College

I have been on the Friendship Child Care Board at my church for 18 years. I have also served as director of junior church and as nursery supervisor for over 15 years. Teaching Sunday School has also been a passion and something I have spent many years enjoying since I was in high school. Teaching the Bible has allowed me to grow and learn in my personal life, as well. I try to involve myself in areas that need my educational background and in areas where I see a need. My love and desire to serve my Heavenly Father motivates my steps. 

Carly Scarpino
HS & MS English

Graduated from Coventry High School
BA from Milligan College, Johnson City, TN

Mission Statement: As I am led by God’s Spirit, I will promote uplifting relationships that equip each student in discernment and communication of the written and spoken word, influencing with a Christ-centered world-view, and doing my part to send them into the world as compassionate, whole persons. 

As one who loves literature, history, and random trivia, I try to share these interests with my students. I love to travel and have had the opportunity to spend my free time (and money) doing some globe-trotting over the years. I recently became a mother, which has completely changed my life. I have been a resident of Wooster and an employee of Kingsway for eight years. Working at Kingsway has given me the opportunity to expand my Christian world-view through mission trips and working alongside great people, as well as the awesome job of mentoring students who go on to graduate and become some of my favorite young adults.

Keith Smith
HS Bible

AS in Electronic Communication, Los Angeles Trade Tech College
BA in Organizational Leadership and Management, Regent University
MA in Organizational Leadership, Malone University

I'm a storyteller, speaker and the Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Wooster, Ohio. I come alive when sharing about the mystery and beauty of the gospel and the finished work of the cross.

I'm also a sports enthusiast, occasional gamer, 80’s kid, and movie buff. My wife, Mia, and I have been married since 1998 and we have four incredible daughters.

Donna Swartzentruber
Elementary Tutor

BS Elementary Education 1-8, Ashland University
Kindergarten Certification, Ashland University
Reading Endorsement, Ashland University
Hours towards Art Certification, Ashland University
AS Secretarial and Bible, Kentucky Christian University

I started my teaching career at Kingsway in 1992. Christian education at Kingsway has been a big part of my life and a positive influence on my family. My three children have attended the school K-12 and have made great friends, have been in amazing school plays and musicals, sports programs and excellent music programs.

Orrville Christian church has been my church home where I serve on the worship team, and in the past have been the elementary children's director and children's choir director. My husband and I are a part of a small group Bible study and together we enjoy serving Lord in various areas in our church, school and community. 

Children are a gift from God and have been truly a blessing in my life at Kingsway! 

Janie Terwilliger
Drama, MS Band

Graduate of Waynedale High School
BA in Music and Speech, Harding University, Searcy, AR
Certificate in teaching K-12, Non-Public Education

Member and worship leader of Southridge Fellowship church; member of the gospel group "Sweet Spirit"; founding member of the Wayne County Choral Union, a community chorus based in Wooster, OH; Executive Music Director of Amarinic Productions, a community theatre group based in Wooster, OH; mother to 3 children and grandmother to 7 grandchildren; interests include reading, scrapbooking, attending plays and musicals, spending time with family and friends, and working with the great students and staff at Kingsway.

Kim Weaver
First Grade

AA in Early Childhood Education, Malone University
BS in Elementary Education (K-8), Malone University

I love that I have a job I enjoy and look forward to each day. The challenge is to keep the students actively involved in their learning. I hope to create a safe environment for each child to continue building friendships in and adding to the knowledge they have. One of the best parts of teaching is when a child's eyes light up when they grasp a concept. I attend Newpointe Church. I also enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, and reading in my spare time. 

Doug Yoder
Physical Education

BS Physical Education with Health Concentration, Malone University
Minor in Coaching, Malone University

I have been teaching at Kingsway Christian School since 1997 and enjoy sharing my love of being physically active with my students. Working with students from kindergarten through the time they graduate is very rewarding. I am able to build relationships with the students and watch them begin to discover who God created them to be.

In the summer of 2018 I was humbled when God called me to be a part of the leadership here at Kingsway. As I look back over my life, I now see how God was using various experiences to prepare me for leadership. Through my transition into leadership two words have been impressed upon my heart, obedience and trust. It is my prayer that our students will also daily trust in Jesus Christ and be obedient to Him, even in all aspects of their lives. 

I currently reside in Shreve my wife Jen and our three children. We are members of NewPointe Community Church in Wooster where I serve in the Jr. High ministry. In my free time I enjoy running, weight training, and spending time with my family. 

Deb Gault

I am thrilled to be Kingsway’s K-12 choral music teacher! I’ve lived most of my life in Southern California, and am grateful the Lord brought me to beautiful Northeast Ohio! I look forward to meeting each of you!

I hold music and seminary degrees, and I have taught choir, general music, guitar, and music appreciation in public and private schools, as well as schools for gifted students, “regular students,” and those with learning disabilities. I’ve also taught drama, musical theater, English, and a few other things along the way! I delight in a wide variety of music (Christian, Classical, Jazz, Broadway, Pop, Rock, etc.), and teach my students to perform in different languages, with a variety of instrumental accompaniments. I also teach private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, and clarinet.

I am so impressed with the staff, faculty, parents, students, and volunteers I’ve met so far, and am blessed to be serving alongside them at Kingsway Christian School, for the glory of our Lord and Savior! 

Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! Psalm 98:1


Cathy Kreakie
Intervention Specialist

B.S. in Middle Childhood Education Math/Science from Malone University

M.A. in Intervention Specialist and Reading endorsement from Malone University

I am so excited to be at Kingsway. My passion is helping all students be successful in all areas of their lives, in any way I can, while showing them God’s love. My husband and I have a little girl and live in Orrville. I have been an Intervention Specialist for 7 years between Orrville and Loudonville. I enjoy being in the classroom with the students as well as working either one-on-one or small groups. I love working with classroom teachers to help all students learn since everyone is unique.

Haley Schultz
MS/HS Math

BS Mathematics , University of Mount Union

MS Education, University of Akron

I am very excited to be here at Kingsway.  I graduated from the University of Mount Union and earned my teaching licence at the University of Akron.  My desire and goal, as both a teacher and servant of the Lord, is to serve, inspire, and challenge those around me.  I love seeing young people realize they are capable of overcoming all situations and love encouraging them through those moments.

I believe mathematics is a human language created to help us discover, understand, and explore the world God has laid out before us.  I am continually in awe of the Lord and the greatness of His creation.  I am an avid sports fan, cheering always for any Pittsburgh teams.

I am very serious about my love for the Lord and His love for the people of this world.  I am always thinking of Peter was always seeking to be next to Jesus.  This is my same heart and cry to the Lord, that I may see Him and be willing to do whatever it takes to be where He is, to speak what He is speaking, and to do what He is doing.  I am encouraged that I may speak freely the testimonies of the Lord here at Kingway and am resting in hopeful expectation of what the Lord will do this year for and through the students.

Melissa Weaver
Third/Fourth Grade

BA in Elementary Education 1-8, Bluffton University

I am so excited to be back! I taught 1st grade at Kingsway from 1996-2005. My first classroom was in the old Sonnenberg Church up in the attic. People laugh when I tell them that was my best teaching year ever! I remember telling my principal (Keith Hamsher) that I couldn’t believe I was getting paid to do this everyday.I absolutely loved teaching and I still do. I feel that God has many great things in store for Kingsway and am so thankful that I get to be a part of this journey. 

I live in the Dalton area along with my husband Kevin and our two children.We attend Brewster Friends Church where we are involved in the children’s ministries.  In my free time I enjoy fishing, camping with my family, and heading to the beach in the summer. 

Nicole Allison
Speech Therapist

I am thrilled to be here at Kingsway, incorporating my passion for language and communication in with my love for the Lord. I seek to help our students communicate to their fullest, whether that means increasing a student's articulation skills, building a bigger vocabulary, addressing fluency needs, or teaching social language skills. 

I fully believe words are powerful (Proverbs 18:4) and can't wait to see how our students use them for good! 

Nicole has her MA in Speech Language Pathology and worked for 5 years at Rittman School District before coming to Kingsway Christian School. She currently presents nationally on topics related to speech and language in the schools and also creates resources for speech language pathologists in the field. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband in their century home in Marshallville along with their three children. 

Jim Yost
MS/HS Bible
Nancy Jacobsen

BS in Elementary Education and Kindergarten (K-8)

Youngstown State University


Before coming to Kingsway, I taught kindergarten in the Youngstown area in both public and private schools. I have also served as an assistant principal and a preschool director, but I most enjoy classroom teaching. 


My greatest desire for your child this year is to help them develop a deeper knowledge of Jesus Christ and a greater love for Him.  After that I want to help each child work toward the potential and gifts that God has given them.  Your child will be loved in this classroom.

Sarah Brenneman
Administrative Assistant

BA in Social Work, University of Akron
Certificate in Gerontology

I love being a hospitable presence and serving students, visitors, parents and staff at Kingsway. I have worked in the front office since 2008 and can tell you the front office is never boring! 

My husband and I have four children, all Kingsway students or alumni. We also co-lead a local church. I refresh by reading, digging in my flower beds, watching sci-fi, and perusing Pinterest.

Elmer Gable
Maintenance Director

Graduated from Dalton High School 
Attended one year at Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana before being drafted to serve 1W service. I look back on that service time as also being a valuable part of my education experience.

After fulfilling my 1W service requirement, through serving at the Grace Brethren Navajo Mission in Counselor, New Mexico, I moved back to Ohio to work for the Schantz Organ Company. Through apprenticeship training, I eventually became one of the Design & Layout Engineers for the company. After being laid off during downsizing, I became aware of the need at Kingsway for a Maintenance Director. Prayer and the interviewing process led me to feel that God was calling me to serve here. It's hard to put into words the feeling of being where you believe God really wants you to be and to also have that affirmed by others. I actively participate in my local church ministries by working with the boy’s ministry, leading a senior adult Sunday School class, participating in leading worship hymns and serving on the Elder Board.

Gary Steiner
Technology Director/Project Manager

A.A.S. in Data Processing, University of Akron
B.S. in Business Administration & Accounting, University of Akron

My personal mission is to remain faithful to God's call in my life. Thus far, the highlights of His calling have included more than 30 years working in various roles within Information Technology and at the same time various roles volunteering within Youth Ministry environments working alongside wonderful leaders and volunteers to start and grow youth outreach environments. For the past several years, I have also served as facilitator on the vision team for our church.  

Throughout all of this, God has blessed me with many challenging experiences, both personally and as part of the various teams I serve with, which have caused my relationship with Him to continue to grow in ways I could not have imagined. At times it has been humbling and at times it has been very rewarding but it has always been a privilege and an honor to serve Him as I serve the youth of the Orrville area for Christ.  

My personal interests vary from reading books and discussing essential leadership topics in ministry to coaching youth and playing competitive sports to photography / videography.

Shawn Swartzentruber
Business Manager

Wooster High School Graduate
BA in Business Administration/Economics, Asbury University

Married to Merlin for 20 years, 2 daughters Audrey and Kara grades 12 & 11. Prior to getting married I worked at a bank in Kentucky as the Loan Review and Compliance Officer. I moved back to Ohio in 1996 and worked for First Federal Savings and Loan in the loan processing department.  My hobbies include sewing, canning (if it can be canned I can it) and reading. We are members of Orrville Christian Missionary Alliance.

Ruth Overholt
Administrative Assistant

AA Degree, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

I have been working in Church administrative roles since 2009. My husband and I currently lead a church in Hartville, OH. Our journey at Kingsway began in 2015 when my oldest of three children was as a kindergartener. We have always loved Kingsway and could not imagine sending our kids anywhere else. I am excited to use my administrative gifts to serve alongside the rest of the Kingsway staff to see our school thrive in greater ways in the coming years!  

Kitchen Staff
Tammy Himes
Kitchen Staff

BS degree in home economics from Bob Jones University


Our family began our journey at Kingsway in 2007. Initially, I volunteered in the kitchen to fulfill our families volunteer hours and enjoyed it very much. Not long after, I was hired to be apart of the kitchen staff and I have been serving in this way ever since. 

I desire to be used of the Lord to make our kitchen and cafeteria the best it can be, but also a place of ministry. I look to meet the needs of others physically, emotionally and spiritually as opportunities arise. I love working at KCS and I especially love seeing God at work in our students, families and school!

Kathi Lucas
Jaime Stillings