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Jay Fernandes
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Board member since August 2011

I was born and raised in Boston Mass. I first heard of Christ's love for me at a special event that my brother invited me to. I heard for the first time how much Jesus loves me unconditionally, no matter what I've done or where I've been. I was struck by the fact that He loves me even thought felt broken, confused and alone, He loves me and called me home like the prodigal son. He was waiting with open arms. That night I accepted Christ into my life to be my Lord and savior. Ten months later, and with encouragement from several sources, I was led to Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa. In the course of the year, I received a one year Bible Certificate, met my lovely wife, Anna and decided to pursue a four year Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. My wife and I have been married for almost 19 years now. Anna and I both love kids, so we decided to have a few of our own...5 to be exact! We consider this to be an awesome responsibility and a privilege!

For nearly ten years, I worked with troubled youth at Hillcrest Family Services. I then stayed home with our fifth and final child Samuel! until he was ready for school. He was blessed and very excited to attend Tri- State Christian School along with his siblings. We attend Asbury Community Chapel (ACC) in Dubuque, Iowa. We have attended ACC for our entire time here in Dubuque, where I currently serve as a deacon. I am also involved with the Dubuque Dream Center where I will serve as a life coach, to the Dubuque community youth.

Our family verse is Proverbs 3:5-7, we have this verse engraved in our wedding bands. We continue to Trust God and NOT lean on our own understanding and to acknowledge Him in all His ways (because His ways are better than man's) as He guides our family.

The Lord has used the past to guide our present and future.

Over the years seeing the lack of parenting influence and the unstable home environment has driven us to provide the opposite for our children. We are committed as a couple to provide a stable, safe, encouraging (and, yes, disciplined) environment for our children. I grew up with little regard for education and an even less regard for Christian education. We are committed to provide a home where the word of God is central in all we do, if we fail to teach that to our children we have failed as parents! The world is prepared to lie to our children and is eager to show them the shortcomings of Christianity. Sadly Christians today struggle to defend their faith with certainty and truth. A well grounded Christian education will give children the tools they need to defend their faith. Lack of Christ-centered values and having no accountability led me to the choices I made as a teenager. We are committed to provide for our family a supporting and caring Christian community... Which includes our home, our church and Christian education. My early years were filled with selfish ambitions and worldly self-centered desires. I pray that my desires now are to serve God and Him only.
To God be the glory for the great things He has done!
Jeffrey James Fernandes

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Jon Glock
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Board member since November 2012

Jon Glock has a lifelong connection to Emmaus through his father, David Glock, former Dean of Education and current faculty member at the college. Jon Glock studied at Emmaus from 1987-1991. He then went on to study at Dallas Theological Seminary (1991-1994) where he earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Educa- tion. Jon worked as part-time recruiter for Emmaus while serving full- time in youth and adult ministries at College Heights Chapel, now New Heights Chapel in Murfreesboro, TN for 11 years. In May 2005, Jon moved back to Dubuque to serve as Dean for Student Development. In his current role as Vice President for Advancement, Jon manages a diverse portfolio of responsibilities. He provides leadership for student life, supervises enrollment management and marketing/publications efforts, and builds relationships with local churches, elders, youth workers, alumni, and other friends of Emmaus. Jon serves as an elder at Asbury Community Chapel and main- tains a dynamic, itinerant camp and conference speaking ministry.

Jon and his wife Kati (Kern; EBC Class of 2004) have been married for ten years as of October and have two children, Anna Kate (7) and Jonathan David (5). Together they enjoy quality time with family, traveling, and attending professional sports events. Jon enjoys the game of golf. Call him if you’d like to play!

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Michelle Murdock
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Board member since August 2012

I am a life long resident of the Galena area. I graduated from Scales Mound High School and then went on to earn a bachelor degree from Western Illinois University in sales and marketing with a minor in finance. I currently reside just outside of Galena with my husband, Toben and three boys, Holden (11), Owen (9) and Evan (4). Holden, Owen and Evan are all currently enrolled at Tri-State, with Holden and Owen having been with Tri-State since pre-school. My husband, Toben, works in Dubuque selling insurance with Eagle Eye Insurance and I currently work full-time at Galena State Bank and have been there for almost 11 years.

I grew up knowing who God and Jesus were, but what I lacked was a personal relationship with God and Jesus and a deeper understanding of what it really meant to know Them. I didn’t know I could confess my sins directly to God and be forgiven. It was about 8 years ago when God started to change my heart and I started to seek him and when I started seeing my sin for what it really was: sin. It was during this time that I actively started to seek forgiveness from God for my sins and to invite Him into my daily life. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior through faith and my desire is to continue to know Him more and grow in understanding and knowledge. I cannot walk through this life without Jesus for He is the one who strengthens me and guides me. I thank God every day for Tri-State Christian School and the role it is playing in my family’s lives. I am deeply honored to be able to serve the Lord and all of you on the school board. Thank you!

In service to Christ,
Michelle

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Secretary
Glenn Scheer
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Board member since August 2012

I grew up in Missouri in a large family, regularly going to church and attended youth group. However, I did not fully understand the meaning of a personal relationship with Jesus until attending a Bible study in Dubuque at age 25. I learned to have a daily dependence on Him. As Christ reveals in John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches, he who abide in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." Christ has continued to bless me and always reveals more and more of His truth and love with each challenge in my life.

My wife, Patti, and I were high school sweethearts and married in 1975, while still in college. I have worked in engineering at John Deere since coming to Dubuque in 1980.

Our family has been very blessed by Tri-State Christian School for many years. Patti and I have been active with the school since 1996 when our son, Sam, started attending in the third grade. Our daughter, Bethany, started kindergarten the following year. They both graduated from Tri-State, and our whole family is extremely thankful for the friends and teachers at the school, as well as the wonderful education received.

Serving on the Board is an opportunity for me to continue to support the school and help care for its future.

In Christ,
Glenn

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Member At Large
Angie Steele
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Board member since October 2010
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Karl Stieglitz
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Returning Board Member in November 2016

I was fortunate to have grown up in a Christian home and am blessed to have parents who loved the Lord. They did what they could to bring me up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and were faithful to make sure that we as a family attended Sunday School and worship service when the doors were open. I “knew” who Jesus was and “understood” what He had done for sinners at an early age. However, I didn’t have a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior until I was 38 years old. While attending a revival service at our local church in Wisconsin, some twenty-seven years ago, I realized how utterly helpless I was to deal with some overwhelming circumstances in my life, and how desperately I needed a Savior. I asked Jesus to save me and become Lord of my life. With that acceptance of His free gift, I was born again and life has been different from that day forward. I now love the Lord Jesus Christ and am committed to serving Him. It is because of my faith in Him and my love for Him that I have such a passion for working to see this world changed for Him. The mission of TSCS to provide a Christ-centered education with a biblical worldview while working to disciple Christian students and develop their character aligns well with God’s desire for parents articulated in Proverbs 22:6 to “Train up a child in the way they should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” I trust that having once again been selected to serve on the board at Tri-State Christian School, I will be helping to promote and develop His kingdom and that Jesus Christ is the one who will get the glory.
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