ELC Regional Director - April Spurlock

My name is April Spurlock, and I have been blessed to be a part of the LCA ministry for over a decade. I have had the pleasure of being a part of thousands of children's and families' lives during this 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 and 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 have two amazing sons who attend Lancaster Christian Academy and completed the Early Learning Center program.  My desire is to provide a loving, nurturing, Christ-centered environment for every child that I meet and get that opportunity every day at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center!


Jennifer Underwood - Asst. Director - Smyrna Campus

My name is Jennifer Underwood, and it is such a pleasure to serve the children and families at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center! I was born and raised in East Nashville and moved to Rutherford County in 2007. I worked in local schools and felt in my heart I need to be in an environment where our Lord and Savior had a strong presence. I couldn’t be more thankful to have found my home at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center where the word of God can be heard and felt daily. I have been a part of the Lancaster family since 2016. I love being a part of helping each child form their own personal relationship with the Lord! 


My husband and I have 4 wonderful children. Taylor, Skylar, Emma and Bella. My goal not only as a mother, but also as assistant director is that every child knows how much the Lord loves us, and for them all to know about his greatness. I am so thankful to be a part of pouring His word into your children. I am so excited to see where the Lord takes us! 



Angie Baeza - Department Head 

Hello my name is Angie Baeza. It is an honor to be an employee at Lancaster Christian Early Learning center in the infant department for over a decade. I've taught Spanish to the Pre K department for 8 yrs and have 18 yrs of experience in child development. I have taken courses in early child development, am CPR/ First aid certified. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 23 years and have been blessed with three handsome boys.

I enjoy working and loving on these beautiful babies. Sharing the fruits of the spirit with your children is a blessing.


Jocelyn Jackson: Assistant Director- Murfreesboro

Hello! My name is Jocelyn Jackson. I was born in Mexico City, but I was raised in California. I moved to Tennessee and married my wonderful husband; we have a beautiful daughter who is also attending LCA.  I graduated in California from East Los Angles College with a degree in Early Childhood Education. I started my first teaching job while I was still in High School and I have never stopped working with kids; I have been working with children for 16 years! Before I became an Assistant Director, I was a K5 Readiness teacher for 5 years at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna. I consider it a privilege to be a part of this ministry and I can’t wait to see what the Lord is going to do this year at Lancaster Christian Academy!  



Phyllis Johnson Assistant Director- Murfreesboro

My name is Phyllis Johnson, and it is an honor and blessing to work at Lancaster Christian Early Learning Center in Murfreesboro as the Assistant Director. I was born and raised on the Southside of Atlanta, GA. As a teen, I moved to South Bend, IN where I graduated from Clay High School’s Magnet Program. Right out of high school I attended Indiana State University. There I majored in Exercise Science and Physical Education, with a minor in Dance. While at ISU I was voted President of both the Exercise Student Association and Black Student Union.


 At the early age of sixteen is when I began working with children. I have worked with every age group, from babies to seniors in high school. My passion is teaching and guiding children to always do their best and to trust in the Lord with all their might. Although I have been with Lancaster for a short while (February 2020), I’m excited about my future here with the ministry, and looking forward to building with all involved in His plans. I am so thankful for the family and loved ones I have made thus far and excited to see where the Lord takes us on this journey together here at Lancaster.