About

Why PCS?

Here at Providence Christian we educate the whole child–mind, body, and soul. This is the heart of Providence Christian School. The transformation that takes place throughout the year is exciting to watch! Students grow academically, spiritually, socially, and physically. Smiles, laughter, games, learning, activities, fun, studying, friends, music, computers. All these things and more transform your student into the unique individual God intends him or her to be.

All activities here at PCS are done through the lens of faith, bringing faith to life in real and meaningful ways. Children worship together through weekly chapel services, give to their local and global community through service projects, and teachers integrate the Biblical worldview into each subject, not just Bible class. We encourage each student to understand more than a religion, but a life of faith.

Why choose Providence Christian? Because we value:

  • Quality academics
  • Faithfulness to God’s Word
  • Excellence in all areas of school life
  • A caring and nurturing community

 

  •  Servant leadership in service for others
  • Establishing and fostering respectful relationships
  • Most of all, we value you and your child

Don’t take our word for it, come see for yourself the Providence Christian difference.

Why choose Providence Christian School?

Here's what our families are saying:

Loving, caring teachers…family atmosphere…trust…that’s what I love most about Providence Christian School.
– PARENT

Why choose Providence Christian School?

Here's what our families are saying:

I love the teachers–amazing education! My daughter got straight As for the whole year–BECAUSE OF THE TEACHERS!!!
– PARENT

Why choose Providence Christian School?

Here's what our families are saying:

I like the safe environment at PCS. I don’t have to worry about my child’s safety when I’m at school or what type of children are around her.
– PARENT

Why choose Providence Christian School?

Here's what our families are saying:

What’s best about Providence? The community feeling, acceptance of all kids, teachers and staff and other parents know my child.
– PARENT

Why choose Providence Christian School?

Here's what our families are saying:

Some of the people I’ve recommended the school to are hesitant of private schools, worried it’s focusing too much on religion instead of academics or not diverse. This school is a great in that incorporates religion, academic and still has a diverse population.
– PARENT

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Welcome

 

Welcome to the new and improved website for Providence Christian School!  We are glad that you have chosen to visit our site.  Providence Christian School is part of the San Joaquin Valley Christian School Association, which includes Providence Christian and Stone Ridge Christian High School. 

 

Though we are only 5 years old, we have deep roots in the greater Merced area and are thriving as a great place for students to grow academically in a Christian environment.   Currently our enrollment is over 200 Pre-K through eighth grade.  Our goal is excellence in what we offer parents and students.  Though our theme this year is “Under Construction”, we work each and every year to offer our best with God’s help to our parents and students.  We are committed to preparing our students well for high school and beyond!

 

So, take a look around and contact us with any questions that you have. If you are not already a Providence Patriot family, we would love to talk with you about what we have to offer and how you and your student(s) could join with us in our building project of sharpening minds and hearts for the future and for God.

– Dr. Christopher Busch, Principal

What We Believe

Mission

Together with parents and the church, San Joaquin Valley Christian School Association exists to educate students in developing their unique God-given potential.

Vision

Students will be equipped academically, spiritually, physically and socially to impact their community and the world for God.

Core Values

  • Christian – all activities are experienced through the lens of Christian faith; guide students to understand that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge.
  • Excellent – pursue excellence in all areas.
  • Community – become a community and be involved in our community.
  • Generational – a lasting school that has generations of students and supporters.

 

Statement of Faith

The basis of Stone Ridge Christian High School is the Word of God as interpreted by the following statement of faith.  We believe….

  1. God the Father – That God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, co-eternal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:3)
  2. God the Son – That Jesus Christ is the Son of God.  He is co-equal with the Father and possesses all the attributes of deity.  (Matthew 1:22,23; John 1:1; John 10:30-33)
  3. God the Holy Spirit – That the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and is a divine person possessing all of the attributes of God. (John 14:16,17; Acts 5:3,4)
  4. The Bible – That the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)
  5. Man – That man was made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character.  Man’s sin has separated him from God. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23)
  6. Salvation – That salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness. (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:1-6)
  7. Eternal Destiny – That man was created to exist forever. We either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. (Revelation 20:15; John 14 1-6)

Board Members

Jennifer Hooker

Jennifer Hooker

President

Jennifer Hooker has a passion for English and history with Christian education.  She graduated from Turlock Christian High School 1989 and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she met and married her husband, Greg, and earned a BA in English Education.  She and Greg moved to California in 1992 where she taught high school English and earned her MA in English from University of the Pacific in 2000.  Jennifer and Greg moved to Chowchilla in 2002. Jennifer taught English part-time at Stone Ridge Christian for 6 years and became a board member in 2012.  Jennifer enjoys developing policy and promoting the school within the community.  She believes in cooperation between home, church, community and the Christian school.

Dr. Von Goodin

Dr. Von Goodin

Vice President

Dr. Goodin was born in Fresno, California, graduated from Madera High School, and attended CSU Fresno.  He spent several months at the UCSF School of Pharmacy before deciding to attend Dental school at University of the Pacific.  He graduated in 1992 and opened a dental practice here in Merced.

After being invited to attend First Baptist Church of Merced and an in home Bible study, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior.  He and his wife, Jill, have three children.  All three of their children attended Merced Christian School and Stone Ridge Christian School.  

In the past, Dr. Goodin served on the Board for Merced Christian School from 1995-2011, and was the Board Chairman from 1999-2011.  From 2000-2008 he served on the Board of his home church, First  Baptist Church.  Dr. Goodin firmly believes in the value of Christian education and desires a school of excellence in the future for his grandchildren.

Glen Bradford

Glen Bradford

Secretary

Glen Bradford was born in Merced, CA.  He grew up on a farm, graduated from Le Grand High School, and later obtained his BS and MS in Engineering from UCLA.  He is married to Mary Lea (Fries) and has four grown daughters and five grand daughters.  The two oldest are enrolled at Providence Christian School.  He has coached softball in both public and private Christian settings and served on the Le Grand High School Board of Trustees for 6 years.

Glen has been a Christian for over 30 years.  Glen was baptized at Le Grand Bible Christian Church, attended First Baptist Church in Merced, and currently attends Cornerstone Community Church in Chowchilla.

Glen worked as an engineer as well as a part time math teacher.  He was drawn back to his passion of farming in 1981.  He farms almonds and is also a successful plant breeder, marketing his fruit trees in both domestic and foreign markets.  

He and his wife are strong advocates of education.  He believes and practices sound financial management based on balanced budgets and minimal debt.  He and his wife believe that serving Christ by investing back into the Christian educational system for young people is where they are called.  

Greg Hooker

Greg Hooker

Treasurer

Greg Hooker was born and grew up in Fremont, Michigan.  He attended Christian Reformed church and attended Christian schools from grade school through college.  In 1992 he graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  He met his wife, Jennifer, while at Calvin College.  They were married in 1991.  In 1993 they decided to move to her home state of California.  He worked alongside her father on the family dairy until they decided to start their own dairy near Escalon, CA in 1995.  They continued to grow their business and soon their family.  They were blessed with four children in 1998 and two more in 2001.  In 2002 they moved to Chowchilla, CA where they live and farm..

Since 2003 he has been in several board and committee positions.  He served on the Stone Ridge Christian School Board from 2003-2006.  He also served on the Consistory of Cornerstone Community Church as a deacon from 2005-2007, including several years as Treasurer until 2015.

Greg looks forward to using his education and experience in the expansion and building project of the school.

Tony Louters

Tony Louters

Board Member

Tony Louters lives in Merced along with his wife Corinna and their four children, Alexis, Bryce, Tyler and Breann.  They attend Cornerstone Church in Chowchilla, which belongs to Reformed Church of America.  Tony and Corinna are very involved in their church.  Tony is an active member of the praise team, choir, and a leader in the men’s ministry outreach program.  Their children have attended Merced Christian, Providence Christian, and Stone Ridge Christian Schools.

Tony owns and operates T & C Louters Dairy in Merced.  He began his business in San Diego in 2003.  In the fall of 2005, he moved his operation to Merced.   Tony is a Board member on the California Milk Advisory Board, representing and advocating dairy owners in the state of California.

Tony is a firm believer in Christian education and has seen the benefits first hand in himself, his wife, and his children.  

Timothy S. Johnston, MD

Timothy S. Johnston, MD

Board Member

Dr. Johnston graduated from UCSF with a Pharm. D. in 1973 and completed 2 years of hospital pharmacy residency at UCSF. He then taught at the College of  Pharmacology, at the University of New Mexico, received tenure as an Associate Professor, and then attended Medical School there.  When his residency was complete, he and his partners started Merced Faculty Associates Medical Group.  He currently resides in Atwater, CA along with his wife, Betty.  They have raised 7 children in this community.  They attend First Church of God in Merced.  Their youngest son attended Merced Christian School and graduated from Stone Ridge Christian School.  Their four granddaughters also attended Merced Christian, Providence Christian, and Stone Ridge Christian Schools.

Dr. Johnston enjoys  ministry inside and outside of the church most of his adult life. He served on the Parent Committee for Merced Christian School.  Dr. Johnston has also been involved in the Gideon Ministry, and was the Chairman of the board of Light and Liberty Ministries for five years.  Throughout his career he has been a chair or board member of various entities including Lifeguard Physician Advisory Board, President of the Medical Society, chair of the Infectious Disease Committee, Department of Family Practice and Regency Medical Group.  He was also part owner in Lane Home Furnishings.  He has owned and operated retail, food, agriculture, and residential/commercial property.

He is a firm believer in providing the best Christian education for his children and grandchildren.  He expresses a great commitment doing his part as a board member to ensure the highest standards of Christian education as well as spiritual development are maintained.

Jason Tucker

Jason Tucker

Board Member

Jason Tucker is married to Rebecca, and they own and operate a sweet potato farm in Atwater, CA. They are blessed with four daughters, who attend both Stone Ridge Christian Schools. Jason and Rebecca fully support Christian education. Rebecca volunteers at both schools,  coaching the Equestrian Team at Stone Ridge, and serving on the Restored Thrift store Board.

Jason graduated from Atwater High School and then attended and played football at Merced College. He co-owned and operated a retail chain in Merced County for 10 years. He has volunteered in local community activities and served in various ministries including Interim Youth Leader at First Church of God in Atwater; Co-Leader of the Iron Men’s Ministry, Lay Leader of the Sr. High Youth Group, and Chairman of the Board of Deacons at First Baptist Church.  Jason believes God is always in control and feels blessed to be used in many ways to help others.   

Beverly De Jager

Beverly De Jager

Beverly De Jager

Bev grew up on a small farm in Southern California and graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked in the NICU for 3 years before moving to Chowchilla and starting a family.

She married her husband Edgar De Jager in 1988 and moved to Chowchilla in 1989. Bev and her husband own a dairy as well as a small trucking company where she oversees the payroll and some aspects of Human Resources.

Beverly was baptized and made her confession of faith at Chino Valley Reformed Church, she and her family are currently members of Cornerstone Community Church where Bev has also been active in the ladies ministry where she led Beth Moore bible studies. She is also an active board member of the church’s preschool, which has over 70 children enrolled.

Bev and Edgar have 4 children; all who have or are currently attending Christian Schools, her youngest daughter graduated from Stone Ridge in 2016 and her youngest son is currently enrolled here. She credits Stone Ridge as being instrumental in the spiritual development of her children and is grateful for the school and staff. She has been a wonderful asset to the school as well, serving on various comities and helping with fundraisers.

Bev and her husband are firm believers in Christine education. She wants every child to experience the love of Christ through every person they encounter while on school property and wants

to use every opportunity and gift that God has given her to ensure any family that wants to be a part of this school will be able to do so. Additionally, her desire is to encourage and support the staff, so they can be all that God has equipped them to be.

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Christopher Busch

Dr. Christopher Busch

Principal
cbusch@srcs.us

Jennifer McCary

Jennifer McCary

Admissions Director
jmccary@srcs.us

Pam Flowers

Pam Flowers

Administrative Assistant
pflowers@srcs.us

David Brooks

David Brooks

Physical Education
dbrooks@srcs.us

Nancy Goebel

Nancy Goebel

Music
ngoebel@srcs.us

Jessica Romo

Jessica Romo

6th Grade
jromo@srcs.us

Mark Tillotson

Mark Tillotson

5th Grade
mtillotson@srcs.us

Stephanie Jantz

Stephanie Jantz

4th Grade
sjantz@srcs.us

Ruth Walstrom

Ruth Walstrom

3rd Grade
rwalstrom@srcs.us

Teresa Jacobsen

Teresa Jacobsen

2nd Grade
tjacobsen@srcs.us

Dayna Hopkins

Dayna Hopkins

1st Grade
dhopkins@srcs.us

Katie Cann

Katie Cann

Kindergarten
kcann@srcs.us

De Anna Biggs

De Anna Biggs

Preschool
dbiggs@srcs.us

Esmeralda DiFalco

Esmeralda DiFalco

Preschool
edifalco@srcs.us

Lawanna Souza

Lawanna Souza

Teacher Assistant
lsouza@srcs.us

Lindsay Robinson

Lindsay Robinson

Business Manager
lrobinson@sjvcsa.com

Blevin Robinson

Blevin Robinson

I.T. Director
brobinson@sjvcsa.com

Employment

Providence Christian School is committed to teaching from a Christ-centered worldview. If you want to pursue your profession with excellence and your faith with passion, please submit a resume. All candidates must read and accept the Statement of Faith and be active member in a Christ-centered church. Interested individuals may still complete and return an employment application along with credentials, references, and resume.