Dr. Jim Johnson
Dr. Jim Johnson holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Geneva Theological Seminary and a Master’s in Business Administration. Dr. Johnson brings experience from the fields of university and seminary education, the pastorate, and public and private Christian education as he leads the administrators, faculty, and staff of ECA. Jim is a ruling elder at Village Seven Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Helen, have two grown children and three grandchildren. He prays that the nurture and growth of students will yield graduates who are well-grounded in their faith and fully equipped for the challenges of spiritual involvement, family responsibility, college achievement, and career success.
Mr. Bob DeRuiter
High School (Rhetoric) Principal
Education: B.A., Business Education: Trinity Christian College
Prior to coming to ECA in 2000, Mr. DeRuiter taught business classes at Chicago Christian High School. Mr. DeRuiter serves as ECA Secondary Principal, Academic Advisor, Modern History/Literature 9 teacher, and ECA Baseball Coach. “My greatest joy is witnessing God’s handiwork in each student and watching them mature in their attitudes and beliefs.”
Mrs. Kerry Singleton
Junior High (Logic) Principal
Education: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Middle grades education with concentrations in Math and English
Prior to ECA, Mrs. Singleton taught at a Christian school in Atlanta, tutored math and SAT preparation for 15 years, and taught math at a homeschool co-op. Mrs. Singleton serves as Junior High Principal in addition to teaching Algebra I, Logic 8, and Medieval History/Literature/Bible 8. “I love sharing my passion for God and my subjects with my students, and it is a joy to point them to their true identity in Christ and to the one, true God, the source of all truth. I start my students off with Colossians 1:15-17, because it points directly to the fact that all things have been created by God and for His glory, and that is the beginning, middle, and end for all subjects.”
Mr. Don Steiner
Vice Principal and Athletic Director
Education: B.S. Kinesiology: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo M.A., Sports Administration: University of Northern Colorado Certified Athletic Administrator (CAA): National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association
Before joining ECA in 2004, Mr. Steiner worked at Lockheed Martin in the Learning & Development Department and coached football at CSCS. Mr. Steiner currently serves as ECA Vice Principal, Athletic Director, and Physical Education Instructor. He has been the Black Forest League President and a member of the Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) since 2009, served on numerous committees, and has recently been nominated for the CHSAA Board of Directors. “I desire that our students see the big picture and understand that their actions have consequences, both good and bad; and that if they choose to be godly in those actions, then those consequences will be blessed in our current life as well as our life to come.”
Mrs. Darla Blue
Education: B.S. in Elementary Education, Minor in Music: Chadon State College
Mrs. Blue has been a part of ECA since 1988; both of her daughters attended the elementary and secondary schools. Mrs. Blue became our 3rd grade teacher in 2006. She enjoys being in the classroom setting, where she feels like she can impact her students personally, spiritually, and academically. Mrs. Blue sees it as a privilege to work with children, helping them develop as a whole person, to reach their fullest potential, and to be an integral part of His kingdom.
Rev. Matt Holst
Director of Spiritual Life and Bible Faculty
Education B.A., Sec. Ed.: Washington Baptist College M.A., Hist. Theology: Westminster Theological Seminary M.Div.: New Geneva Theological Seminary
Rev. Holst serves as Bible Instructor and Director of Spiritual Life at ECA, as well as Pastor at High Plains Fellowship (PCA) in Falcon, Colorado. “My goal for all of my students is that they will leave ECA with a true understanding of what it means to be saved by grace apart from works and will in turn live a life of gratitude for what God has done for them.”
ECA Board of Directors
DR. JIM JOHNSON – ECA Superintendent, Ex Officio Board Member
DJ DeJONG – President, ECA Board of Directors
DJ and his wife, Diane, are parents of three children who are students at ECA. They are grateful for their growth through the nurturing of the ECA teachers, staff, administration, and community. The DeJongs are members of Village Seven Presbyterian Church, where DJ serves as a ruling elder. Vocationally, DJ is an airline pilot and has served in the roles of first officer, captain, and instructor. Dordt University is DJ’s beloved alma mater, where he graduated with a degree in education. Go Defenders! The Lord has worked through Christian education in DJ’s life, and it is his prayer that the Lord will continue to grow and utilize the Christian and classical education of ECA and Collegium.
RANDY THOMPSON – Vice President, ECA Board of Directors
Randy and his wife, Lanie, have lived in Colorado Springs since 1999, when the Air Force brought them here. Randy retired from the Air Force in 2006 and he now works as a defense contractor. Randy and Lanie have eight children, four biological and four adopted. Their youngest currently attends ECA. Randy is a member of Village Seven Presbyterian Church and is a ruling elder.
SANDI GEVING – Treasurer, ECA Board of Directors
Sandi Geving previously served two terms on the Board of Directors and returned for a new term in September of 2018. The Geving family’s journey with ECA began in 1999 when their daughter, Lindsay, enrolled in kindergarten. Not only did she attend through graduation from high school; her brother, Carson, also attended from pre-K through graduation, and Lindsay is now a third grade teacher at ECA. While various things may have changed over the years, Sandi’s commitment to and admiration for the school and its mission have remained constant. She has a background in both education and business, having been a public school band director followed by work experience in administrative, customer service, and management roles in several industries. Her husband, Randy, and she are both originally from Minnesota and have lived in Colorado Springs since 1983.
HEATHER MORGAN – Secretary, ECA Board of Directors
The Morgan family has been connected to ECA since Don, Heather’s husband, became a student here in the 1970s. Don and Heather have two children currently attending ECA, and they are members of Village Seven Presbyterian Church. Heather’s education and experience in English and writing have opened doors for her to work for a non-profit organization, to teach English as a Second Language, and to volunteer in a variety of areas at ECA and V7PC.
LANCE BECKET – ECA Board of Directors
Lance and his wife, Leslie, have lived in Colorado Springs for 15 years. They have been married 53 years, and have two married daughters and six grandchildren. The Beckett’s are members of Village Seven Presbyterian Church, where Lance is a Ruling Elder and Leslie is the church’s Hospitality Coordinator. They were both raised in Air Force families, including several years living in foreign countries. Lance retired from a multi-national corporation. Over more than three decades, he and Leslie had the opportunity of living, working, travelling extensively, and serving the Lord for eleven years in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Lance is a strong advocate for education in general, especially Christian education. He was raised in an unchurched family, and didn’t have the opportunity to attend a Christian school. Thus, serving on the ECA Board is a special privilege and a blessing from the Lord for Lance.
JOSEPH FRIEDLY – ECA Board of Directors
Joseph serves as the pastor of Tri-Lakes Reformed Church (RPCNA) in Monument, Colorado. Previously, Joseph served the ECA community as headmaster of Collegium Study Center, elementary principal, and Classical Education Integration Specialist, as well as teaching a number of courses for the high school, junior high, and elementary. Joseph is married and God has blessed the Friedlys with six children.
WILL KIM – ECA Board of Directors
Will Kim grew up in the Korean American Presbyterian Church (KAPC) in Southern California and has been attending United Reformed Church of North America (URCNA) churches since 2003. After moving to Colorado Springs in 2006, the Kims commuted with others to Coram Deo Reformation Church in Denver until Covenant United Reformed Church (Colorado Springs) began in 2011. Will currently serves as a Sunday school teacher at Covenant URC and has previously served as an elder. Will and his wife, Olga, have three children. Their oldest son has graduated from ECA and their other two children are currently in high school at ECA. Will has also had the pleasure of coaching junior high and elementary basketball at ECA. Will enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, tennis, basketball, and rock climbing.
MARK MORLEY – ECA Board of Directors
Mark is pleased to be serving his first year on the ECA board. Although his background is primarily in Human Resources, he was introduced to classical education over 20 years ago. From 2006-2010, Mark served as Elementary Principal/Secondary Teacher at a Classical Christian school in Kansas City. In 2010, he and his family moved to Colorado Springs, where he assumed the role of Human Resources Director for the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Currently, he is the Human Resources Director for the Dr James Dobson Family Institute. Mark has a Master of Arts in Human Resources Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications. In addition, he is an adjunct instructor at Colorado Christian University.