Mr. Reisner has a B.S. in Cell Biology (University of Tulsa), and an M.S. in Biology (St. Louis University). While in a Ph.D. Biology program he felt God calling him into secondary education, so he then completed an Education Specialist Degree in Secondary Administration from the University of Missouri. He’s currently pursuing his Ed.D. at Oral Roberts University.
“My favorite part of my job is the relationship with the kids. That’s why I’m here. I’m drawn to the challenges and gifts of this particular age of student. It’s a gentle art to become part of a kid’s life, particularly to make an impact with the Gospel.”
BEN AVERITT, BIBLE AND GIRLS’ BASKETBALL COACH
Mr. Averitt is the pastor of Mingo Valley Bible Fellowship. He’s been teaching the Bible full time since 1999, and he teaches the 10th grade Old Testament Survey course for Mingo Valley Christian. He also serves as the head coach for our girls’ basketball team. He has a B.A. in History from the University of North Texas and a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.
“My hope and prayer for the sophomore class is that they have a fresh and renewed interest in knowing and loving God. The most important thing they will ever think are the thoughts they have when they are thinking about God. Getting a proper understanding of God, as revealed in the Bible, is the most important subject any human soul could ever hope to attain. One's worldview will determine their destiny.”
KIM BARTLETT, ART
Mrs. Bartlett has been a teacher for 21 years, the last 12 of which have been at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Oklahoma.
“I enjoy working with children of all ages, teaching them concepts and skills that will help them to become all that God created them to be and to do the work He will call them to do. Although I have taught many subjects throughout my teaching career, I especially enjoy teaching art; not only is art what I am trained to teach, it is an activity and skill that most students enjoy, especially when they discover that they can do more than they thought they were capable of doing.”
AMBER DREW, ENGLISH
A third-year teacher, Mrs. Drew has a B.A. in English and Music from the University of Tulsa, where she spent a year of her undergraduate time studying English and performing with the symphony orchestra at the University of Manchester in England. She also an M.Ed. and is pursuing an M.A. in English, also from TU.
“What I love most about English is the teaching opportunity of every class. Human beings are naturally story-oriented; God's Word to us is essentially His story of how He redeemed and saved us from our own broken and rebellious history. We make sense of life and relate to one another through stories. Literature -- whether fiction, prose, poetry, biblical, secular, or non-fiction -- allows us to study the story of human existence from diverse perspectives that let students have discussions and projects that broaden their scope of understanding and challenge them to defend and deepen their Christian worldview when they encounter ideas that contradict their beliefs. Students can gain profound meaning and lessons out of works of literature that they will carry with them the rest of their lives.”
RANDY FULMER, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND BOYS’ BASKETBALL COACH
Mr. Fulmer serves as the athletic director and boys’ basketball coach. He has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Christian School Administration. He is currently serving in his 37th year in education. He has coached basketball from the elementary through college level for 31 seasons.
“I commit to serve my team by mentoring each player and coach towards Christ-like character and Christian manhood. I will model and teach godly humility, personal integrity, servant leadership, affirmation of others, and a correct and healthy view of competition.”
AMBER HERMES, CITADEL
Mrs. Hermes is the teacher and facilitator for Citadel, our high school leadership program. She has a B.A. from Oklahoma Baptist University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before teaching, she served for ten years as a hospital chaplain.
“God has shown me that He is at work at MVCS and that I am to join Him in His work. My great desire is that each graduating class will follow Christ with all they have. I pray that they will find their places in His church and continue to serve others as they grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ throughout their lives. I want them to follow hard after Him and lead others to do the same.”
Lisa Funkhouser, Yearbook Adviser
Mrs. Funkhouser is in her sixth year as yearbook advisor, and is an experienced photographer with graphic design experience. She’s also the parent of four Mingo Valley Christian graduates.
“I have a passion for preserving history and sharing the importance of a ‘stamp in time’ with our students. I love to help my students look beyond the photo and find the story. My desire is for them to see the importance of their own relationship with our Lord, by looking for Him in His written word.”
DONNA JONES, SCIENCE
Mrs. Jones has taught Earth Science, Physical Science, Chemistry, and Physics at Mingo Valley Christian for seven years. She has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Tulsa and a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Southwest Assembly of God University.
“I LOVE science. A LOT. From the vast reaches of the universe down to the sub-atomic particles that make up everything we touch, all of it was created by God. As we learn more about the world around us and how it operates we can know our Creator better. He is so big and infinite, He has created an immense universe yet He also created the tiniest of sub-atomic particles and has His hand in those minute details. If He is so powerful and all-knowing, I can trust Him with both the big issues and the tiny details in my life.”
SANDY KEATHLEY, SPANISH
Mrs. Keathley has a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish Education from Oklahoma State University, and she’s been a teacher for 35 years (16 of them at MVC).
“I definitely felt God calling me to be more than just a foreign language teacher when He called me to MVC; He called me to assist in developing hearts for the peoples of the world in my students. As a result, I use a devotional about the persecuted Church as a springboard for discussion and prayer for countries and their leaders, as well as for missionaries and ministries. I pray that my students will make missions a part of their daily lives while understanding that evangelism is not just the work of missionaries, and that there are countless ways to support spreading the Gospel, both throughout the world and closer to home.”
NATE MADDEN, BIBLE
A former Mingo Valley Christian student himself, Mr. Madden now serves as secondary Bible teacher and high school theatre director. His Bible courses include Life of Christ, Worldviews (two years), Acts and the Pauline Epistles, and Systematic Theology. He has a B.A. in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Christian Education from The Master’s College.
CYNDI MAYBERRY, MATHEMATICS
Mrs. Mayberry has been a teacher for 11 years, five of which have been at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.S. in Math Education from Northeastern State University.
“It is truly a blessing when a student shares with me that they understand a concept with which they have previously struggled. Teachers throughout their academic career have created strong foundations, but I am the teacher that gets to see that moment when all of that learning comes together. That experience parallels our sharing of the gospel with others and is one of the reasons that I love teaching!”
ANDREA PEWTHERS, ENGLISH
For nine years, Mrs. Pewthers has taught 7th, 8th, and 9th grade English at Mingo Valley Christian. She has a B.A. in English from Oklahoma State University.
“To be an effective teacher, I myself must be a lifelong learner. In this career God has stretched and grown me through my interaction with the students and sometimes I feel I have learned as much from them as they learn from me! I absolutely see my work in Christian education as a ministry. Each day I pray that God will help me to appreciate the unique gifting He has given each of my students and that He will give me the wisdom to challenge them to do their best to help them become all that He created them to be.”
CINDY SELBY, MUSIC
Mrs. Selby fills many musical roles at Mingo Valley Christian, teaching elementary music, directing the middle through high school instrumental ensembles, directing our high school choir, and serving as the musical director for our theatre productions. She has taught music for 12 years, and she has a Bachelor of Music Education from Pittsburg State University. Her two children both attended MVC from K4 through 12th grade.
“My ministry as a music instructor is three-fold: I love the Lord Jesus, I love students and I love music. My desire is to combine these affections to create a music department that is honoring to the Lord, inspiring to the students and academically sound to any observer. I want to build in them a bank of knowledge, skills, and great memories of participating in musical performances that celebrate life and honor the Lord.”
KELLY SHOOP, HISTORY
Mrs. Shoop has been a teacher for ten years, and she graduated from Northeastern State University with a B.A. in Social Studies Education. At Mingo Valley Christian, she teaches middle school world history and a high school elective called Heroes and Villains. This course analyzes key people in world history who have shaped the culture of their time in significant ways, both positively and negatively.
“There is a quote on the wall in the front of my classroom that states ‘ We study the past so that we may understand the present and change the future’ and it sums up my mission in the classroom. I want to teach the past in such a passionate way that my students are inspired to see the value in history and make connections between past and present. The insight and understanding I hope to generate in them will lead them to a wider understanding of God, the world, history, and their individual roles. This understanding will not only help them to become citizens who are passionate lifelong learners of history, but positive world changers with a Biblical worldview.”
MELISSA THOMPSON, MATHEMATICS
Mrs. Thompson teaches a wide variety of math courses from pre-algebra to AP calculus. She has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and she has been a teacher for nine years.
“I want my students to learn a lot more than how to reduce fractions or take the derivative of a function. I want to give them an appreciation for God’s designed order as described by mathematics. We work on developing an ability to think logically and to defend their answers. I hope they discover the connection between math and science, but they ultimately need to apply math to daily decision-making and an understanding of Creation.”
NATE THOMPSON, HISTORY
Mr. Thompson teaches U.S. History, World History, American Government, and Oklahoma History. A teacher for six years, he has a bachelor’s degree in History from Hillsdale College and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in American History and Government at Ashland University. In 2016, he was selected as the James Madison Fellow for the state of Oklahoma.
“History contributes to our own ability as Christians to promote human dignity and flourishing within society and culture. Examining how other people in other times and culture have answered the big questions (Who is man? Who is God? How do we as humans find meaning?) enables students to recognize the “spirit of the age” and bring light to the cultural blind spots. Better understanding the past allows students to better understand our time and live counter culturally, as representatives of Christ’s kingdom on earth.”
BETH TROUTMAN, SCIENCE
With both a B.A. and an M.A. from Oral Roberts University, Mrs. Troutman has been a teacher for over 30 years, including some time teaching at Chungdu University in People's Republic of China.
“Teaching is important because it touches eternity, both in the near future and the far. Learning about science is learning about God, His order in systems and His beauty in nature. Students are naturally able to see and know about Him every day.”
CHERYL WASSALL, ACADEMIC ADVISOR
Mrs. Wassall has been in Christian education for 18 years and has been an academic advisor for the last nine. She has a B.S. in Mathematics from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada and an MBA from ORU.
“I love working with the students and building relationships with them. I especially love pushing students to perform at a level beyond what they think they are capable of achieving. The whole college application process can be quite confusing and intimidating. I enjoy helping students and families understand the steps and walking the path toward college with them. It is most rewarding to watch the students as they walk the platform at graduation and head off to pursue their dream knowing that I had some small part in getting them there.”