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".
Shaun Eckels - Board Member
SHAUN ECKELS - EX-OFFICIO MEMBER serves as a Fairfield Christian Church Elder representative on the FCA School Board.  Shaun is a pilot and check airman for NetJets Aviation where he has been employed for 18 years. Shaun serves as an elder for Fairfield Christian Church and is part of the worship team. His wife, Sarah, works in the children’s ministry of FCC. They have been married for 21 years and have four children who have attended FCA since 2008.  Shaun enjoys playing music, fishing, flying small airplanes and a good laugh.
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.
Mark Gerken - Vice-chairman MARK GERKEN - CHAIRMAN was elected to the FCA School Board in 2016.  Mark is a graduate of Ohio State University and received a B.S. in Environmental Science.  Mark is currently employed at Nationwide Children's Hospital Research Institute.   He also taught at FCA from 2002-2004.  Mark coached biddy boys basketball for 4 years and was also an assistant coach for boys jr. high basketball.  Mark and his wife Kellee have 3 children who are a part of FCA;  Andrew graduated in 2016 and Ben & Carter are currently enrolled.  Mark serves as a sound tech and Deacon at Fairfield Christian Church, and Kellee is part of the worship team.  Some of Mark's hobbies include basketball, bike riding, cooking and music.  His life verse is Galatians 5:15. 
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.
Dr. Steve Meliotes DR. STEVE MELIOTES - MEMBER serves as a Community Member on the FCA School Board. Until recently, Steve has been a family practice physician at Diley Ridge Medical Center.   He is retiring from active patient care and starting another career path which will be medically related but of a non-clinical nature.  Dr. Meliotes graduated from Mt. Vernon High School, received his B.A.  from Kenyon College, and received his M.D. form Wright State University school of medicine.  Steve and his wife are very active members of Calvary Baptist Church where Steve serves as a Sunday School teacher and focuses on teaching apologetics. Steve and his wife Leanna have 2 daughters, and their youngest Natalie, graduated from FCA in 2011.  Some of Steve's hobbies include Bible reading, sports, photography, traveling, cycling and history.  Steve's life verse which also happens to be FCA's school verse is: Romans 12:2 -  "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-—his good, pleasing and perfect will"
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.
Lenny Potochnik - CFO LENNY POTOCHNIK - CFO - currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer of FCA and FCC.  Lenny received a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems from Marietta College with a major in Accounting and minor in Computer Science.  He has been a CPA for almost 30 years and has worked in various finance positions in both the public and private sectors.  He has been attending FCC for 16 years since his family moved to Logan in 2003.  They have two children who both graduated from FCA in 2010 and 2013 with his oldest working for FCA as well.  Personally, Lenny enjoys hunting, fishing and sports.
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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