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Staff Biographies

Pastor Groschel

Senior Pastor, Academy Principal

B.A., Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN

Th. M., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN

D. Min., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN

How was it that the Lord saved you? In my teen years, many from our family helped start and build the Oakdale First Baptist Church. The church’s first pastor, Dr. Wayne Musson, enlisted students from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and with them he developed a dynamic youth ministry. It was during these years as a teenager that I made a life-changing decision to follow Jesus Christ.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? After graduating from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minneapolis, I served for eleven years as an assistant pastor at Fourth Baptist Church and Christian School. My major responsibilities were in the areas of administration and biblical counseling.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? While serving at Fourth Baptist Church in Minneapolis, I continued to pursue studies in Theology (Th.M.) and in biblical counseling. Further studies in both of these areas equipped me to minister better to young people and to be more effective in Christian education.

What do you do at PLCA? After eleven years on the pastoral staff of Fourth Baptist Church, in 1994 I accepted the responsibility of pastoring the Prior Lake Baptist Church and Christian Academy. As the pastor of the church, I have the blessed privilege of formulating the vision for the Christian  academy. It is my responsibility to see that the overall mission of the church is advanced through PLCA as one of its educational arms. Additionally, I enjoy hands-on involvement teaching Bible and Mathematics in the upper grades.

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? PLCA has world-class instructors. The majority of the full and part-time faculty have advanced degrees; they have taught at the college or graduate level. In my estimation, however, the school's greatest strength is not in its excellent academics; but rather, the academy's greatest strength resides in its godly faculty who are committed both to live out and to teach the unsurpassed truths of the Christian faith.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? Our world needs future generations of young people who have a solid foundation in core academic subjects, young people who can adapt to the changing needs of a world in transition. But even more vital than this, they must be grounded in biblical values and Scriptural truth, equipped to reach a desperately needy culture. This is my vision and goal for the Prior Lake Christian Academy.

Mr. Calcamuggio

Professor of Science

B.S., University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

M.Div., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN

M.S., Institute for Creation Research, El Cajon, CA

How was it that the Lord saved you? I had been going to a Baptist church with my wife for several months. I always wanted to sit in the back, so I could get out without having to talk to anyone. Since I was a Lutheran growing up, all this was very new to me. One Sunday morning, the pastor was preaching from Isa. 64:6: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.” I understood then that I needed a Savior and trusted Christ to save me.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I grew up and went to college in Toledo, Ohio. Since then I have lived in or worked in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Minnesota.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? I have been a Pharmacist for over 35 years, I have was the head of the Arts and Sciences Division and Chairman of the Science Department at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College for 14 years, and I taught at Fourth Baptist Christian School for 6 years. I taught Bible, Science, and the occasional Math class.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I have a BS in Pharmacy, MS in Biology (from Institute for Creation Research), and an MDiv from Central Seminary.

What do you do at PLCA? I teach 7th and 8th Grade Physical Science.

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I love to teach the wonders of God's creation to people. I have a ministry called "Cal's Creation Concepts" that allows me to speak in churches, schools, and various venues.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? That they will get excited about Science and see God's hand in all the sciences.

 

How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? I have personally known and worked with all the pastors at PLCA. Dr Casey and I were offices buddies at Pillsbury. Pastor Groschel and I were at Fourth Baptist together. Landon was one of my students at Pillsbury. All three men have made an impact in my life and been used mightily by the Lord.

Teacher Upper Academy, Office Administration

B.S., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, MN

Biographical information coming!

Pastor Casey

Associate Pastor, Academy Chapel

B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

B.S., Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, MN

M.Div., Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, Lansdale, PA

D. Min., Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary, Lansdale, PA

 How was it that the Lord saved you? At the age of 23, I attended a home Bible study. This challenged my faulty thinking that I deserved to go to heaven because I faithfully attended church and tried to live a good life. Based on the authority of Scripture, I recognized that I needed to trust Jesus Christ as my Savior. I did so and He has been changing my life ever since.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. After I was married, I moved to Pennsylvania for a number of years. Then I returned to Minnesota.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? I served as a teacher at Calvary Baptist Christian School in Lancaster, PA. I later served as an Assistant Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lebanon, PA. God then directed me to Pillsbury Baptist Bible College where I taught for 9 ½ years.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I was trained at the University of Minnesota in Music Education. After trusting Christ, I graduated from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. I later attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary where I earned two degrees.

What do you do at PLCA? I am an adjunct teacher who helps where needed.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? It is my desire that each student would allow God to work in their lives on His terms. I want to see students learn and grow academically, spiritually, and socially so that they are well equipped to serve God.

Miss Harrier

Teacher Lower Academy

B.S., Faith Baptist Bible College, Ankeny, IA

Middle School Endorsement

 How was it that the Lord saved you? I grew up in church, but did not get saved until the age of nine. My dad led me to the Lord by using a puppet skit during family devotions. God showed me my need of forgiveness, and I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I am originally from Clinton, IL. but I lived in Ankeny, IA. for four years while I attended Faith Baptist Bible College.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? In high school and college I really enjoyed serving in Awana, Sunday School, VBS, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and other ministries with kids. My favorite ministry was with CEF, because we went to different neighborhoods to do evangelistic Bible clubs.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? God prepared my heart and my hands for teaching by giving me an opportunity to complete a course through Child Evangelism Fellowship called “Teaching Children Effectively”, working at a cognitive training center called “Learning RX”, tutoring, completing a Middle School endorsement, and receiving a degree in Elementary Education from Faith Baptist Bible College.

What do you do at PLCA? I teach 1st./2nd grade at PLCA

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I love read, go horseback riding, and spend time with friends.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? My prayer is that our students would grow by leaps and bounds spiritually, because everything we do is connected to our walk with God. If we are walking with Him, then we will reach our potential with the wonderful plans that He has for us.

How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? I love teaching here at PLCA, because it is truly a team atmosphere. The staff here are so encouraging, and I am thankful for the opportunity to serve beside people who are so dedicated to the ministry of Christian Education. I have grown in my walk with the Lord through teaching the children about what God’s Word “looks like” lived out during the day. Believing in God’s promises has really changed my heart to have a greater trust in an already faithful God.

B.S., Crown College, St. Bonifacious, MN

M.Div., (in progress), Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Plymouth, MN

How is it the Lord saved you? The Lord saved me by giving me a clear and simple presentation of the Gospel during and Easter service in 1997.  I called upon Jesus Christ to forgive my sins which He so wonderfully took upon Himself on the cross so long ago.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I was born in Charleston, SC, but all of my family is from Minnesota and this is where I have lived for most of my life. I grew up in Eden Prairie and graduated from High School there in 1998.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? I am the Assistant Pastor at Prior Lake Baptist Church and before this I served in various ministries for a long time at Liberty Baptist Church in Eden Prairie and a short time at Coon Rapids Baptist Church. I am thankful for the great men who have trained me and have shown me how to be a servant of the Lord.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I am currently pursuing a M.Div. degree at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to my formal training, I have always had a thirst for knowledge and I have spent much time in personal research in various subject matters. I have also worked with children and teens of all ages and I love to help them learn.

What do you do at PLCA? I teach various classes in the Upper Academy (History, Greek, and Physical Education.) I also coach the boys’ varsity basketball team. Go Eagles!

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I have a passion for teaching (anything and everything) to kids of all ages. My ultimate goal of teaching any subject matter is to help prepare kids to be great learners so they can capably apprehend God’s Word and rightly divide it. Ultimately, as people learn about the world which God created they can better serve Him and His people.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? I hope the students develop a love of learning and a respect for their own education. I am greatly pleased when I see student care – and give their best effort. I of course hope that each student will experience salvation and a close relationship with the Lord.

How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? I am blessed and sharpened by the students of the school, primarily because I learn the most when I teach. Also, the fellow faculty and staff members have a great love for the ministry of PLCA and they are a close-knit family which cares for each member.

Mrs. Lowe

Assistant Principal

B.S., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

M.S., Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC

M.S., Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Virginia Beach, VA

AACS Administration and Early Childhood Certification

 How was it that the Lord saved you? I was saved at the age of 18. I had been given a Bible and began to read it for myself. I had heard several messages on the gospel. I knew that I was a sinner, and that God was just and punished sin. What I had not known prior to this time was that God was loving and merciful. He must punish my sin, but He loved me and provided a payment for my sins through the death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since? I grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis. When I graduated from college, I moved to Denver, CO for 3 years to run an academic learning center. I then went to South Carolina for two years and received my Masters in Educational Leadership. I met and married my husband, Daniel Lowe.  We spent time in Virginia Beach, VA where we both attended Central Baptist Theological Seminary.  We then moved to Jordan, Mn in order to plant Sand Creek Baptist Church.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? Prior to serving at PLCA, I’ve been involved in various music, Ladies and children's ministries at various churches.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I studied Child Development at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota, Educational Leadership at Bob Jones University, and Biblical Studies at Central Baptist Theological Seminary.

What do you do at PLCA? I serve as the Assistant Principal and I teach art, history and science in the Lower Academy and art in the Upper Academy.

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I enjoy biking with my husband and two children. I love to read, garden and quilt in my free time.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? My personal hopes for the students at PLCA is that they would see in me the joy and contentment that a relationship with Jesus Christ brings. I want them to be encouraged both academically and spiritually.

How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? I have been blessed with the joyful opportunity to utilize God given gifts to encourage the next generation both spiritually and academically.

Mrs. Stange

Teacher K4/K5

B.S., Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

How was it that the Lord saved you? I was saved when I was 5 years old at Vacation Bible School. Even though I had heard of my need of salvation many times, I was  convicted of my sin and knew Jesus died for me.

Where are you from originally, and where have you lived since?  I was born in Upstate, New York, moved to Indiana when I was 13,  4 years of college in Ohio, and  I have lived in MN ever since.

What ministries were you involved in prior to serving at PLCA? I have directed a  church daycare center, taught children's Sunday School classes, directed a children's choir, and headed up a lady's missionary support group.

What training did you undergo to equip you to be effective in the ministry at PLCA? I have a BA in  Education from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, specializing in Preschool-8th grade.

What do you do at PLCA? I am currently teaching Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten along with assisting in the upper Elementary and Middle School.

What two or three things about you might be of special interest to the families at PLCA? I am the happy wife of one, mother of five, and the grandmother of three beautiful girls. I like vacationing with my husband on islands with warm, sandy beaches, and I like to spend my free time in my craft room paper crafting.

What are your personal hopes for the students at PLCA? My hopes and prayers for my students is that they all come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ at a young age, and learn to love Him with all their  hearts and lives.

How has God used PLCA as a means to bless and grow you? As a parent of PLCA students and now a teacher at the Academy, it has been a blessing to see the school make the transition into a traditional school. Listening to the teachers share their knowledge of spiritual truths and  academic expertise with the students is so encouraging.  I count it a privilege, and also a challenge, to be worthy of sharing with these young lives.