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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.

Principal

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

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.