Bob Gresh brings his entrepreneurial spirit to the Christian educational world. By the age of 30, Bob had built a Media Marketing and Design firm with 15 employees, founded a local monthly magazine as well as two start-up radio stations. His marketing, design, and business consultation garnered the Marketing Masters Award from Inc. Magazine and Missouri’s top Economic Development Marketing Award for two consecutive years. His customers have included The St. Louis Ballet, Mobile Oil of St. Louis and Moody Publishers. He is the author of Who Moved the Goalpost? Seven Secrets to Sexual Integrity by Moody Publishers.
He, along with his wife, Dannah, founded Pure Freedom which has offered faith-based abstinence resources and events for over half a million American teenagers around the world. They speak internationally at youth retreats, Christian schools, and conferences and were the keynote speakers at the World Hope Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, in November of 2005.
Nearly ten years ago, the Lord prompted Bob to switch his focus from the business field to begin to take care of God’s business. This prompting led him to the field of Christian education. In the Spring of 2004, Bob woke up in the middle of the night and penned the 40 Points of Grace which define the vision and personality of Grace Prep. Bob’s passion is to create a model that brings creativity, innovation, and academic excellence together with the resources necessary to prepare godly students to be world-changers. In eight years, Grace Prep has done just that.
• Founder, Best-Selling Author and Speaker
Dannah Gresh is the author of multiple bestselling titles — including And the Bride Wore White. She’s a great encouragement to moms and women of all ages, having written Six Ways To Keep the Little In Your Girl and Six Ways To Keep The Good In Your Boy.
She has long been at the forefront of the movement to encourage both tweens and teens to pursue purity and is often called upon to defend the conservative position of abstinence in national news media like USA TODAY, TIME, CNN.com, FoxNews.com, Chicago Tribune and Women’s Wear Daily. She is also a frequent contributor to FamilyLife Today, Midday Connection and is a recommended spokesperson on modesty byFocus on the Family. She has been a keynote speaker for Focus on the Family’s teen missions trips and cruises; and has headlined with David Platt, Kay Arthur, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John Piper, and others who seek to bring the body of Christ relevant, meaty scriptural truth.
Although the volume of her ministry has been focused on helping moms to help their daughters, Dannah also ministers to women in all walks of life, as she equips them to not only be better mothers but better wives and individuals.
Dannah lives in State College, Pennsylvania.
Jarrod Sechler | email@example.com
• Head of School
Prior to joining the Grace Prep team in 2010, Jarrod served as a youth pastor for 13 years. He has a degree in Art Education from Penn State University where he was also a member of the cycling team. He has bungee jumped out of a hot air balloon and ridden his bicycle across the US with his dad. Aside from making little bug-buzzing noises by your ear, he enjoys eating hot wings, hunting, spending time with his family and tending to his flock of chickens and his turkey named Chestnut.
Dave Anderson | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Spiritual Life Director • History
David has chosen a career in Christian education because of his desire to academically train students and spiritually disciple them. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion from Nyack College where he had the opportunity to study in the Middle East. He has earned a Master of Arts degree in Church History from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School for his study of the history of American higher education and its evangelical roots. David is thoroughly excited about fulfilling the vision of Grace Prep: “I want to see every Grace Prep student completely prepared for life after high school. That means they will experience college-level academics, learn everyday life skills, and form their own Biblical worldview.”
Jane Auhl | janeauhl
Jane Auhl comes to us from Penn State University in the Aerospace Engineering Department working as a Computer Systems Specialist. She is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, with a major in Germanic languages. She received a Masters Degree in Political Science and International Relations at Penn State University.
Jane was a teaching assistant at Penn State (Intro to Political Science and American Government and Politics). In 1984, she helped organize Students for America, a nationwide campus outreach, and political action committee. While working on her MA she also worked for Robert Jastrow at the George C. Marshall Institute in New York City, as a policy analyst. She received a commendation from the Outstanding Young Women of America in 1985.
Jane has worked as a freelance editor for the last twenty years and on various book projects and as a copy editor. The majority of her work focused on the history of religion and the works of nineteenth-century theologians and philosophers. She also assisted Dr. Keith Ord in the publishing of Kendall’s Advanced Theory of Statistics (Vol. 1), Wiley Publishing.
When she is not typing at her keyboard, her favorite way to relax is playing the fiddle and singing in her bluegrass band – Bluegrass Redemption. Spending time walking her dog Tribble in the woods near her home is a close second. She lives with her husband Richard in State College and they attend Centre Church. Their three children, Nicole,Jonathan and Miranda are all Penn Staters.
Robby Gresh | email@example.com
• Geometry • Business Math • Pre-Calculus • Calculus
Robby Gresh grew up in State College and graduated from Grace Prep High School in 2008. He received his B.S. in Engineering Science from the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State in 2012. Robby then spent a summer working as a counselor at a Christian camp in New Hampshire called Brookwoods. At camp, he had the opportunity to lead Bible studies and teach sports skills to children from the ages of 8 to 16 and realized that he enjoyed teaching. Robby received an M.S. in Engineering Science from Penn State in 2014 and is currently working toward a PhD. This fall he is performing research on thin film coatings formed using electron beam physical vapor deposition for corrosion protection and teaching Pre-Calculus at Grace Prep!
Deb Moyer | firstname.lastname@example.org
• English • Academic Operations
Deb Moyer’s academic background is in Human Development and Counseling. She graduated from the Honors College at Penn State in Human Development and Family Studies where she did research concerning mother-infant interaction. Additionally, Deb has a MEd in Counseling, also from Penn State. Her work experience includes teaching children with special needs and adults with mental health concerns as well as teaching at the college level. She has spent many hours volunteering with children and youth over the last twenty years, including Christian education and individualized tutoring. She considers raising her own four very diverse children including two Grace Prep graduates as her best experience for working with young people. Her favorite aspects of working with High School students are trying to harness the energy, creativity, and interesting viewpoints that the students have, and helping the students realize their God-given potential.
Carrie Kanagy | email@example.com
• International Programs Director
Lisa Madeira | lisamadeira
• Performing Arts Director
Lisa is a Centre County native growing up in Boalsburg. After high school, she went to Christ for the Nations Bible School in Dallas, Texas where she studied Child Evangelism. After Bible School, she went to school for her Cosmetology License here in PA. She married her husband Michael in 1995. They have 4 children: Michael 18, Emily 16, Alexandra 14, and Jonathan 12. Lisa has taught drama and art classes in several different schools in the area. She has directed many school and church plays here in Centre County along with summer drama camps. She has had a love for the Arts since high school directing and participating in plays and musicals on many stages throughout Centre County.
Beth Shearer | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Director of Program Development
Rebecca Spencer| email@example.com
• Biology • Anatomy & Physiology • Algebra 1 • Algebra 2 • Bible
Rebecca is entering her second year with the Grace Prep family. She attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania where she received a B.S. degree in Biology. At Lycoming, Rebecca was a member of the biology and chemistry honor societies and received the Chieftain Award, an honor given once a year to the graduating senior who has shown the utmost dedication and leadership qualities during their collegiate career. Rebecca competed as a Lady Warrior on Lycoming’s basketball and softball teams and was on the leadership team of Play by Faith Ministries, a ministry for student-athletes.
Rebecca has a love and passion for learning, evangelism, service and adventure. She enjoys hiking, running, kayaking, fishing, and playing basketball and softball. Rebecca volunteers with the CCO, Coalition for Christian Outreach, in discipleship relationships with Penn State University Students. She attends Community Worship Center in Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Meagan Williamson | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Spanish • Independent Foreign Language
Meagan Williamson has been a State College local since she attended Grace Prep as a student in its inaugural year. Upon graduating, she studied at Penn State, receiving a B.S. in Community and Environmental Development from the College of Agriculture, as well as completing her minor in Spanish. While in college, she studied abroad in Santiago, Chile and was also able to practice her Spanish speaking skills during various trips to Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico. In 2013, she married her best friend, Joel, whom she met at Grace Prep, and the Lord called them into ministry. During the 2013-2014 school year, Meagan and her husband served as missionaries and teachers at the Santiago Christian Academy in Chile. This afforded them all the wonders of hispanic culture, like drinking mate with huasos (cowboys), eating sopaipillas from street carts, lingering for hours over dinner with new friends, and exploring the Andes Mountains right outside their window. In July, 2014, they returned from their year of short term missions and the Lord opened doors for Meagan to become the new Spanish teacher at Grace Prep. She is very excited for the opportunity to expose the students to the beauty of the Spanish language and all the wonders of the Spanish-speaking world. She also facilitates in developing the language program for students who decide to pursue other foreign language options, as well as those who are non-native English speakers.
Samantha Zubler | email@example.com
• Graphic Designer
Sam was born and raised in Penns Valley where she started playing piano at the age of seven. She began to teach herself guitar at the age of twelve and she started playing in her youth group band around the age of fourteen. She jumped between homeschooling and public school until her eleventh-grade year when she joined the Grace Prep family. In her eleventh grade year, she began to pick up graphic design and continued to learn it throughout her senior project the following year. The day after graduation, she began working for Grace Prep as a graphic designer and worship leader. She enjoys drinking coffee and listening to classical music. She hopes to continue serving God every day of her life and worshiping Him with all of her heart. She loves being part of the family here at Grace Prep.
Part-time & Advising Faculty
In addition to full-time faculty members, Grace Prep offers a strong slate of part-time and advising faculty. Each of these gifted individuals brings special training and experience in his or her area of instruction.
Rick Auhl| Rick.Auhl@gmail.com
Rick is the Laboratory Director for the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Penn State University. During his over 25 years of experience, he has taught more than a thousand undergraduate students the details of low speed wind tunnel testing. He has also designed and built several large wind tunnels, and numerous other testing facilities. His favorite areas of research involve small-scale wind turbines, low-speed aerodynamics, and almost anything related to acoustics. Recently he co-advised a team of 20 undergraduate student on to a win at the 2016 national collegiate wind competition in New Orleans.
Growing up in the small town of Murrysville, Pennsylvania, Rick graduated from Franklin Regional high school. Soon after, he attended the New Kensington branch of Penn State and graduated in ‘84 with an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. While in college, he worked as a part-time draftsman for a small residential contractor, and as a field inspector for a civil engineering firm. In 1988 he graduated (again from Penn State) with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering. In that same year, he married his wife Jane who happens to be our current Grace Prep Principal. In 2004 he completed a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering, once more from Penn State University.
Rick is the father of 3 children, and since the mid 80’s, has been a worship leader and musician in several local churches. For relaxation, he plays guitar, piano, trumpet, and mandolin, and is the lead singer in the band “Bluegrass Redemption”. He has been a Star Trek fan since childhood, and may occasionally be found binging on movies and TV shows related to outer space.
Leah Coll| firstname.lastname@example.org
Aleigha Gresh| email@example.com
• Western Literature • British Literature
Aleigha is a member of the very first graduating class of Grace Prep High School and has returned to pour into the same scholastic family that developed her both spiritually and academically in her youth. She developed her love for language and literature as she earned her two degrees in English and Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Penn State University and has spent ten years in youth ministry and six years studying and presenting a biblical view of sexual integrity.
She is a savorer of cozy autumn evenings with a steamy mug of tea and a good book and also revels in summertime memories of digging in the family veggie garden. She adores a good adventure, whether she is excavating ancient artifacts in Israel, backpacking through the mountain peaks of Alaska, or rushing through the frigid air of her first skydiving jump. She holds a stubborn belief in the power of a fresh start and has found that both poetry and prose hold the ability to walk us through some of the deepest lingering questions of humanity.
Curtis Hershberger| firstname.lastname@example.org
Ray Regan | email@example.com
• Chemistry • Engineering
Ray grew up in the State College area as the eldest of nine children, and now has a family of his own with his wife Sara and four children named Morgan, Andrew, Bethany, and Mathias. As a family, they are involved in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, swimming, cheerleading, gymnastics, and Our Lady of Victory Church. Ray is the science director at Grace Prep and teaches chemistry, physics, geometry, and engineering explorations. Additionally, he started an educational service in 2012 called Way Cool STEM Education to teach mechanical systems and computer programming to elementary school students through LEGO Robotics. Way Cool hosts after school enrichment programs at local schools as well as summer camps, including one at Science U. Prior to becoming certified to teach, Ray spent 11 years as a project manager in the fields of civil and environmental engineering with a specialty in land development and subdivision design. He also spent two years teaching chemistry and algebra as well as coaching the varsity football team at the Saint Michael High School on the Navajo Reservation in early to mid-1990s. Ray has a Bachelor of Science degree from The Pennsylvania State University in General Science, a Master of Science degree from Utah State University in Environmental Engineering, and a Post-Baccalaureate degree from Western Governors University in Science Education. Through his own education and experiences, Ray has developed a teaching philosophy called the 4 R’s: Rigor, Relevance, Relationships, and Reflection. He plans to use this philosophy to help the students at Grace Prep achieve their goals.
Denise Wendle | firstname.lastname@example.org
• ESL Bible