Shekinah Christian School board of directors is comprised of seven members with six elected. Of the six elected members, three are from Shiloh and three are at-large members with preference given to supporting churches. The Shiloh pastor or his designate serves as a pastoral board member “ex-officio”.
Current Shekinah Christian School Board Members:
*Participate in all board meetings; however, considered non-voting members of the board
Meet Our Board Members:
KEITH SCHEFFEL, Chairman
Keith is currently employed as an employee benefits representative by LD&B Insurance and Financial Services of Harrisonburg,VA. Keith transitioned to this career after serving 22 years in executive level leadership positions with Rosedale Mennonite Missions. Keith has served on Shekinah's board since January of 2013 and currently serves on the board for several other non-profit organizations. Keith is a firm believer in the value of Christian Education and the way it prepares young people for living out their faith and impacting the world for Christ. Keith says, "I'm grateful for the solid foundation our predecessors have built for Shekinah and the opportunity we have to continue building on that foundation."
ALDINE GINGERICH, Vice-Chairman
Aldine works in the family heating business. Aldine is an alumni of Shekinah Christian School and has served on Shekinah's board since 2014. He attends and is a member of Agape Community Fellowship in Plain City for the past 3 years. Aldine says, "I believe we have a scriptural mandate to train our youth to be followers of Christ while impacting the community and world for Christ, Shekinah is intentional about this and our children receive a quality education in the process!"
STEVE COOLEY, Secretary
Steve is self-employed with a small business call Cooley Countertops providing custom countertops and several lines of cabinets to residential and commercial clients. Steve has 23 years experience in various aspects of the business ranging from high-end sales, design and fabrication. He attends and is a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church for the past 3 years. Steve has served on Shekinah's board since 2013 and is the current varsity volleyball coach at Shekinah Christian School. He has been coaching different levels of volleyball at Shekinah for 13 years. Steve says, "I know God cares for and wants the best for each student at Shekinah. I want to do my part as a board member to fit into his exciting plan for Shekinah's future."
Rod and his wife, Tina, are the owners of R&T Yoder Electric for the past 12 years. He attends and is a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church for the past 29 years. He has served as elder, small group leader, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent.Rod has served on Shekinah's board since 2012. Rod says, "I love that we were able to send all five of our children to Shekinah from K thru 12. They received a biblically based education that prepared them for life after high school. I am excited to help grow the vision of Shekinah Christian School."
Scott has worked as a carpenter for Troyer & Troyer for 27 years. He attends and has been a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church for the past 22 years. Scott has served on Shekinah's board since 2013. Scott is passionate about Christian education and appreciates Shekinah Christian school. Scott says, "Students are being taught with a Biblical World View and the Bible is being integrated into the classroom settings. The sense of family and community, and Shekinah is small enough that it encourages interaction of all ages K-12 with each other. Seeing what God is going to be able to do and accomplish through current students after they leave Shekinah."
Jason has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic at LTFD for 10 years. Jason has served on Shekinah's board since 2014. Jason is passionate about a Christian education and says, "We are all influenced each & every day by someone or something; having a school where students are positively influenced in a Christ-centered environment is something that I'm extremely passionate about. While partnering with families, Shekinah Inspires students through programs & relationships to be engaged lifelong learners who glorify Christ. With a focus on the mission of the school, I'm excited to see the additional changes, programs, updated equipment, and technology that continue to make Shekinah the preferred Christian School in the Plain City area."
PRESTON YODER, Shiloh Pastor
Preston is in his second year as the Lead Pastor at Shiloh Mennonite Church in his overall seven years of pastoring. Preston has served on Shekinah's board since 2016. Preston is passionate about a Christian education and says, "Christian Education teaches God's truth, and inspires and expects students to grow academically and spiritually. Christian education builds equips and inspires the next generation of leaders in our churches, our communities, and our world to live out their faith in Christ faithfully. I appreciate Shekinah's commitment to encouraging students to grow in their relationship with Christ, and to support the work of busy parents in forming a Biblical World-View. The alumni I meet, who are both serving the Lord and doing well in their vocations are a great testament to the school's effect. I can't wait to see and hear the stories of future alumni. It is the lives of the students, being filled with God's truth, and passionate about following Jesus in their churches, their families, and in their vocational callings that gets me excited."
WELDON SHROCK, Treasurer*
Weldon has been an Accountant and Network Administrator at Rosedale Mennonite Missions for the past 23 years. He has also served as the Treasurer for Conservative Mennonite Conference and the Treasurer at Shekinah Christian School over the past 3 ½ years. Weldon is also a retired worship leader (more than 25 years experience). He attends and is a member of Shiloh Mennonite Church. While Weldon is not a board member, he attends board meetings to provide financial updates. Weldon says this about Shekinah's Christian education, "I know from personal experience (in my own life and the lives of my children) what a major impact quality, Christ-centered education can have on a person’s overall development and world view. I appreciate the opportunity of working closely with staff and other parents in providing quality education for one’s child(ren) both in and out of the classroom; emphasis on teaching all subjects from a Biblical view; and staff taking a personal interest in the students both educationally and spiritually."
BRICE KAUFFMAN, Administrator*
Brice has served as School Administrator at Shekinah Christian School for just over 2 years. Prior to that, he has served as a principal, dean of discipline, guidance counselor, teacher, and basketball coach at other Christian schools. He also has experience as a fundraising consultant that focuses on assisting Christian schools and ministries. Throughout his career he has had the privilege of interacting with more than 100 Christian schools both large and small throughout the state of Florida. He has been attending Agape Community Fellowship of Marysville. While Brice is not a voting board member, he attends all board meetings and collaborates with the board chairman to set the agenda. Brice says this about the educational experience at Shekinah "We use the word 'family' to describe those who are connected in our school community for a reason. I've watched faculty, staff, students, and parents jump in and care for others in ways that are rarely seen in today's world. We are very intentional about offering opportunities both as a whole school, in smaller groups, and one-on-one for students to grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and to wrestle with difficult life questions. We want Shekinah to be a safe place for students. We want to maintain the strong Biblical foundation established through much hard work and sacrifice over 37 years ago. I'm so thankful for the community of people who united to build this place and make the family-atmosphere a normal part of our culture. It's been a privilege to watch the overwhelming support for improvements in technology, classroom spaces and teacher training over the last two years. Our senior students have averaged multiple points above the state ACT average for the last 12 years and we want to continue to take steps to ensure students to prepare students with 21st century skills for success in college and beyond."