School Leadership

 

Headmaster - Kevin O'Dea

Kevin-Odea2My name is Kevin O'dea and I am privileged to serve LCA as school headmaster. I was born in Flint, Michigan. Because my father was in the military, our family moved all over the country until we landed here in Smyrna, TN my first grade year.  Spending the past two and a half decades in Smyrna, I have grown to love this community and call it my home. I am a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University earning a Masters of Education in Administration and Supervision. I am also ordained through and serve in a pastoral capacity at Springhouse Worship and Arts Center. I began my journey at LCA alongside Keith and Sherry Lancaster in 2004 as a Theater and Language Arts teacher. I have seen the vision of their ministry flourish, and I am thrilled to see it continue. It has been a humbling and joyful experience to see students of all ages surrender their lives to Jesus and strive to make Him famous.  I am husband to my lovely wife, Shari, and father to Hadassah, Lucia, and Ruby.  My family and I are excited to partner with families in education and work to provide a nurturing, safe environment where kids of all ages can grow in the Lord.

Director of Administration - Rachel Malpass

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My name is Rachel Malpass, and I am privileged to serve as the Director of Administration at Lancaster Christian Academy. I was born and raised in a small farming community not too far from Springfield, Missouri. I thank the Lord daily for blessing me with wonderful Christian parents. My mom has been an insurance agent for 30 years, and my dad has worked for Pepsi-Cola for 32 years. Outside of their "day jobs", they also farm and raise beef cattle. Not only are my parents hard workers, they are devoted Christians. Because of their dedication to church, at the age of 10, I realized MY need for a Savior. The best decision I ever made was accepting Jesus Christ and His will for my life. After graduating high school, I chose to pursue christian education. After completing college in 2008, I began my journey at LCA! I had the wonderful opportunity to work for Keith and Sherry Lancaster for several years before they retired. I am eternally grateful for their sacrifices and dedication to make LCA what it is today! From first grade teacher, to kindergarten, to fifth grade, and now to administrator - I have loved every step! It is a joy to work alongside Mr. And Mrs. O'Dea as they lead this ministry and pursue Christ with all they have. I have found a wonderful church home with New Vision in Murfreesboro, and look forward to being there every Sunday! I truly love Tennessee - and am thankful to be a part of such a wonderful school. I'm looking forward to partnering with you this year.

 

Director of Academics - Vonda Coble

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 Hello! My name is Vonda Coble. I am honored and blessed to have the opportunity to work and serve as the Director of Academics at Lancaster Christian Academy. I am a born and raised PK (preachers kid), which has given me a very strong foundation in Christ, but an unstable educational background. You see, my father was called to preach in many different cities and states. This caused our family of an amazing mother, rock-star older sister, and life of the party younger brother to move very often. As for me, the quiet, peace making middle child, I attended more than 7 different schools from K-12 grade.  My first year of school I was in three different kindergarten classes in three different states! No, not much of a foundation at all. However, God has used that experience to guide me as an educator (Romans 8:28 “All things work together...”). He has always given me a love for children and called me to be a Minister of Education/teacher in 1997 (Isaiah 54) while I was in college. I started teaching March 22, 1999.

I have taught for seventeen years. For the last 4 years, God has stirred a new passion within me to train/coach teachers.  He has given me the opportunity to train teachers in Honduras, Kenya, for Rutherford County School District, and at local schools

 I have been blessed to share my passion for teaching and loving the “whole child” and it has just been amazing!

 I am excited to see God's hand working in the lives of my family (my husband Matt Coble and daughter Jeavonna Coble, who is a senior at UT, “Go Big Orange!”) and the lives of the families of Lancaster Christian Academy this year. My prayer is that God continues to use me for His Kingdom building, and that I might to be a blessing to the LCA staff, students, parents.

 

Director of Primary Education - Kim Robinette

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My name is Kim Robinette, and I am so excited to be a part of the ministry of Lancaster Christian Academy.  I am originally from Pensacola, Floriday, where I attended a Christian school that is very similar to LCA.  I felt the calling to become an educator at a young age.  While in high school, I began to feel the desire to teach in a Christian school setting.  After high school I went to college at Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  

After graduation I continued to live in Lakeland, and I worked as the Managing Director at Huntington Learning Center. My husband had a job transfer, and we moved to Nashville in 2009. I worked in Rutherford County, in a 4th grade classroom, before moving to Smyrna in 2011 to begin teaching at Lancaster. In 2012 my husband and I, alongside my in-laws, planted Cross Country Cowboy Church. My husband now serves as the associate pastor, and we have enjoyed seeing God grow that ministry from the ground up.    

I have been married to my wonderful husband, Josh, since 2008, and we have two amazing children-a son named Jacob and a daughter named Julia. I have been so blessed to be surrounded by Godly influences that have always pointed me toward Christ. Coming from a strong foundation myself, I am grateful that God has chosen me to pour into the lives of these children and watch Him use move in mighty ways. Lancaster is an amazing school, and I am so proud to be a part of it. I have enjoyed seeing God do some incredible things here, and I look forward to all He still has in store.

 

Dean of Admissions and Athletic Director - Joey Odea

Joey-Odea2My name is Joey O'Dea and I have the privilege of serving Lancaster Christian Academy as the Director of Admissions and Athletics. Growing up the majority of my life in Smyrna, TN, I am honored to have an opportunity to serve our great community through LCA and athletics. I currently live in Smyrna, am a husband to my beautiful wife, Jamie, and a proud father to my wonderful daughter, Brooklyn. Another passion of mine is the game of basketball. It's a blessing to be head coach for our LCA high school boys basketball team. The Lord provides different outlets to everyone to make his Word known, and I am humbled to use basketball to fulfill His mission. I'm very excited about the upcoming school year and welcome you to the LCA family.

 

Director of Student Affairs - Darren Moore

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My name is Darren Moore and I have the priviledge of serving as Director of Student Affairs at Lancaster Christian Academy.  Born and raised in Murfreesboro TN, I still reside there with my enduring and lovely wife Wendy. We are blessed beyond measure to parent our four amazing children: Isaiah, Elijah, Brooklyn and Matthew.

I hold an MBA in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Management and an Associate’s degree in Software Development.  I have also completed one year of ministry school with Every Nations North America, where I was formerly employed as a Youth Pastor in Murfreesboro, TN.

I am extremely excited to serve LCA as Director of Student Affairs and thrilled to partner with the LCA athletic department.  I have 9+ combined years of coaching basketball for the Murfreesboro Youth Basketball League and Homer Pittard Campus School earning multiple championships.
God has truly gifted me to be an advocate in advancing His kingdom for this generation. I am honored that God has chosen me to help impact the youth of Lancaster Christian Academy. 

 School Counselor - Jessica Trujillo

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My name is Jessica Trujillo and I am privileged to serve LCA as School Counselor. I was born in Lancaster, CA, and grew up near San Diego, CA. I attended an Adventist school from K-12, earning the coveted "13 year award", before moving on to receive a B.A. in Communication from San Diego State University. After a few years working in sales and customer service for the San Diego Padres, I continued my education and earned a M.S. in Counseling at Loma Linda University. While in pursuit of my degree and credential, I had the honor of joining the Colton Joint Unified School District counseling staff as an intern and substitute counselor. I then served in a number of roles for Loma Linda University Health before relocating to Denver, CO, to work as an academic coach for education non-profit College Track.

With a recent moved to Nashville, I am honored to work with LCA students of all ages since January 2017. I am incredibly grateful for the warm welcome from LCA students and staff, and excited to serve the LCA communit.

 Elementary Campus Pastor - Shari O'Dea

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My name is Shari O'dea. I was born and raised in Tacoma, WA as the youngest of four kids.  At the age of 12 years old my church allowed me to serve in the 3rs. old class.  From there, I have helped in 2 yr. old classrooms, children's choir, elementary away camp, Middle school, high school, day camps, and summer camp programs. That was all before I left to attend Evangel University in Springfield, MO. From babies to young adults, I have had to opportunity to love on and strengthen others in the Lord though many ministries.  I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a Concentration in Theatre Arts and a Minor in Social Sciences.  Many programs and activities spark my interest. Yet, by far, praising Jesus with a group of children warms my heart the most.  That is one reason, among many, LCA is so important to me. I married an incredibly inspiring man, Kevin O'dea, in 2010, and we have three daughters of our own.  At home, we strive to glorify God in everything we do and this philosophy is instilled in our involvement at LCA. We love the students, teachers, and staff and truly feel excitement to come to work everyday.

 Director of Early Childhood Education - April Spurlock

1YP1087My name is April Spurlock, and I am blessed to be a part of the LCA ministry for over 10 years. I have had the pleasure of being a part of thousands of children’s and families’ lives during that time. I served as a Pre-K teacher for three years, toddler teacher for one year, and a curriculum coordinator for two years.  In 2011, I felt the Lord calling me to be the director of the Early Learning Center. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to provide excellent, Christian early education for hundreds of children each year!

I was born in Decatur, Illinois but grew up in Charlotte, Tennessee.  My family moved to Smyrna my Junior year of high school and I instantly fell in love with this community.  I studied Early Childhood Education and Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree.  I’m married to my best friend, Tom, and have two amazing sons.  Both of my sons attend Lancaster Christian Academy and completed the Early Learning Center program. I currently serve in the children’s ministry at my local church.  I have a strong desire to provide a loving, nurturing, Christ-centered environment for every child that I meet.   I get that opportunity everyday at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center.

My name is April Spurlock, and I am blessed to be a part of the LCA ministry for over 10 years. I have had the pleasure of being a part of thousands of children’s and families’ lives during that time. I served as a Pre-K teacher for three years, toddler teacher for one year, and a curriculum coordinator for two years.  In 2011, I felt the Lord calling me to be the director of the Early Learning Center. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to provide excellent, Christian early education for hundreds of children each year!

I was born in Decatur, Illinois but grew up in Charlotte, Tennessee.  My family moved to Smyrna my Junior year of high school and I instantly fell in love with this community.  I studied Early Childhood Education and Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree.  I’m married to my best friend, Tom, and have two amazing sons.  Both of my sons attend Lancaster Christian Academy and completed the Early Learning Center program. I currently serve in the children’s ministry at my local church.  I have a strong desire to provide a loving, nurturing, Christ-centered environment for every child that I meet.   I get that opportunity everyday at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center.

Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education - Tammy McElroy

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Hello!!!  My name is Tammy Lawson McElroy.   I was born in the quaint and very charming town of Marion, Virginia.  My father was in the military throughout my childhood which entailed moving frequently.  I was blessed to live in many different locations from Alaska to Germany.  I come from a hard-working and very patriotic family.  I truly feel that my greatest achievement in my personal life is my three wonderful children.  I know that my purpose in this life is to tell everyone about our Savior Jesus Christ.  I cannot imagine working anywhere but Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center.  It is so important to teach children about our Savior.  I have a wonderful testimony for being planted at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center and I know I am following God’s plan for my life.  I have been part of children’s ministry since 2002, worked at Lancaster Christian ELC since 2008 and teaching children about our Savior for a total of 29 years.  I understand the love a parent has for their child.  I know how important it is to always provide excellent childcare while teaching children academics, social and spiritual growth.  I sincerely thank you for allowing me to share this precious time with your child.