School Board

School Board

School Board

School board members, offices held and additional information can be found below. Current members of the board, who serve the ministry faithfully and pray for us daily include:
Pastor Dean Woodward
PASTOR DEAN WOODWARD - EX-OFFICIO MEMBER serves as Senior Pastor at Fairfield Christian Church.  Pastor Dean earned his Bachelor's degree in Bible from Columbia International University and his Master's of Theology in Pastoral  Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary.  Before coming to FCC, he served at Grace Bible Church in Virginia Beach, VA as Senior Pastor for 17 years.
Dean was born and raised in Virginia Beach, VA.  He and his wife, Lynn, have been married for 31 years.  They have three grown children and four grandchildren.  Dean enjoys sports, music, movies and books.  He is an avid basketball player and easy to spot in a crowd, since he is a 6'7" redhead.  Dean is "passionate about helping people experience God in worship and His Word in a way that is life-changing".
Todd George
TODD GEORGE - MEMBER is a local small business owner, previously serving on our board from 2015-2018.  His daughter attended FCA from pre-school through graduation in 2018.  Todd attended Lancaster High School and received his B.S. in Business from Ohio University in Athens.  He enjoys golf and boating and has been a member of Fairfield Christian Church for 40 years.  Todd's life verse is Mark 9:23.  
Superintendent Craig Carpenter CRAIG CARPENTER - EX-OFFICIO MEMBER currently serves as the Superintendent of FCA and is the chairman of the Leadership Cabinet whose function is to help lead the various departments of the school. Mr. Carpenter previously served as Middle School and High School Principal (2006 -2013) and prior to his employment at FCA, he taught in Lancaster City Schools for six years. Upon graduating from college, he worked ten years as an Operations Manager at a Fortune 500 company in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Carpenter obtained his master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from Ashland University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. He and his wife, Shelly, have three children who attend FCA. They reside in Lancaster and are members of Fairfield Christian Church.
Josh Harper - Board Member
JOSH HARPER - MEMBER was elected to the FCA School Board in 2021.  Josh is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College with a B.S. in Business Administration, Management Concentration.  He is currently employed as Real Estate Manager at the Fairfield County Auditor's Office.  Josh enjoys coaching youth sports, traveling, fishing and spending time outdoors.  He and his wife Tessa attend Fairfield Christian Church where they serve as small group leaders and volunteer in the Kids Quest ministry. Their son attends Fairfield Christian Academy.  Josh's life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  
Michele Crum MICHELE CRUM - MEMBER  was appointed to the FCA School Board in 2019 and previously served from 2010-2015.  Mrs. Crum is a graduate of Ohio State University and holds a BSBA–Finance Major. Michele is currently employed as the Office Manager of Crum Equine Veterinary Services and works as a substitute teacher at FCA. Michele and her husband Dave, have lived in Lancaster for 17 years and are active members at Fairfield Christian Church serving in various ministries such as Sunday School teacher, Deacon Team and Elder.  The Crums have a veterinary practice in Lancaster, where they treat horses only. They are proud parents of 2 FCA students in 11th and 12th grades. Their family loves the outdoors and enjoys riding their horses.
Jennifer Lehman - Board Member
JENNIFER LEHMAN - MEMBER was appointed to the FCA School Board in 2021.  Jennifer has 3 daughters attending FCA. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton with a Bachelor's Degree in Education.  Her master's degrees in Education are from Ohio University and Ashland University.  She is currently employed by Berne Union Local Schools as Director of Student Services.  Jennifer enjoys spending time outdoors, working out and baking.  She attends Fairfield Christian Church where she serves as a Kindergarten teacher in the Kids Quest ministry.  Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.  
Ben McDowell - Board Member BEN MCDOWELL - MEMBER was elected to the FCA school board in 2019.  He is a graduate of Bloom-Carroll High School and is currently a machinist at Selectcon.  He is a radio-controlled hobbyist and enjoys 3D printing and anything tech-related.  He uses his tech skills to volunteer for the Fairfield Christian Church media team and Kids Quest.  His 3 children currently attend FCA and his wife, Lara works at FCA.  His Life Verse is Isaiah 43:1.  "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you.  I have summoned you by name.  You are mine."  
Jennifer Rowe-Keller - Board Member
JENNIFER ROWE-KELLER - MEMBER was elected to the school board in 2018.  She graduated from OSU with a Bachelor's degree in Poultry Science, a Bachelor's degree in Nursing and a Master's Degree.  Jennifer is currently employed with Fairfield Community Health Center as a Nurse Practitioner.  Jennifer and her family have been involved with Fairfield Christian Church for many years.  
Jennifer is active in the AQHA competition in the English horse show division.  Some of her hobbies are gardening, flowers, house rehab along with helping on the family farm.  Jennifer and her husband Don have been married for 26 years and are raising their sons on the farm in Baltimore.  They both consider themselves incredibly blessed to have found FCA and FCC!   Jennifer's favorite scripture verse is John 3:16.
Nate Hawkins - Board Member NATE HAWKINS - MEMBER was elected to the FCA School Board in 2018.  Nate and his wife Stacie have 2 children currently attending FCA.  Nate serves as a deacon at Fairfield Christian Church along with being on the security team.  He is also a business owner of a machine shop.  Stacie works in the FCC Cafe and in Custodial Services.
Leah Harper - Recorder LEAH HARPER – RECORDER currently serves as the Assistant to the Superintendent of Fairfield Christian Academy. Leah's 4 grandsons all attend FCA. Leah and her husband Jeff have been married 41 years and attend ZBM church in Zanesville.  She enjoys singing and playing Gospel music with her family.  Her interests include camping, boating, fishing and various sporting events with family and her grandchilden.  

Meeting Dates

2019-2020 School Year

The FCA School Board will meet on the following dates this school year: August 6, September 10, October 22, November 26, January 28, February 25, March 24, and May 26.  Regularly scheduled meetings start at 5:30 PM.

Access to the Fairfield Christian Academy School Board

If you wish to personally communicate with the FCA School Board, you may do so by e-mailing the board at the below e-mail address.

When communicating with the board, please bear in mind that the function of the board is to serve as a policy setting board. Therefore, if you wish the board to consider developing a policy or changing policies, you may communicate directly with them via e-mail. If you wish to address matters regarding the administration of the school program, please e-mail the school superintendent at the address listed below.

The board looks forward to the input of all members of the Fairfield Christian Academy community, whether through contacting our superintendent who will convey your input to the board, or through direct e-mail as provided below.


FCA Board address: [email protected]

Superintendent’s address: [email protected]

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