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John Keeney  President

My wife, Jalisa, and I have three daughters: Jovie, Damaris and Violet, the eldest two of whom currently attend Faith Christian School. Jalisa and I have been married for ten years. I am a Senior Certified General Appraiser at Rabo AgriFinance and a real estate salesperson with Adam Marshall Land and Auction. I was born and raised in Kearney and am an alumnus of FCS after attending from 2nd Grade through 8th Grade. Upon leaving FCS to attend Kearney High School, I found that I was academically ahead of my peers. I believe it is the mission of FCS to train our children to be Christ-like leaders, as well as provide them with superior academic programs. Now, more than ever, I believe a solid high-quality education based in truth is one of the most important gifts we can provide to our children.


Simon Richie
Vice President

My wife’s name is Lacie and our son’s name is Zane. Zane is a 1st grader at Faith Christian this year. My wife works as an RN at both hospitals in Kearney and I am employed at Baldwin Filters. My wife and I both graduated from Litchfield Public School in Litchfield Nebraska, and we moved to Kearney nine years ago. Since our move to Kearney, we have been attending Kearney E-Free church and realized the need for us to reaffirm our faith for ourselves and our son. So, when it came time to make the choice on what school we wanted our son to attend there wasn’t really any choice but Faith Christian. We knew that we wanted Zane to get the best education he could that is centered around God’s word. The faculty at FCS have not only met but they have far exceeded what we envisioned a faith-based education would be for Zane. Since being nominated to the school board I have truly been amazed by everyone’s dedication to ensuring the staff have the tools they need to provide the very best for the students of FCS. I am so excited to be part of this great team of individuals that have such an important role in ensuring that God is present in each and every student’s time at FCS.”


Becky Lumbard  Treasurer

My husband, Jonathan, and I have three daughters - Kayleigh, Aria & Lydia Jo. We moved to Kearney about 11 years ago for my husband's job as a pastor at Spirit of Life Church. During our first year here I served as the secretary at Faith Christian. After having our first daughter, I returned to school for my accounting degree. I had served with a few non-profits over the years and felt that there was always a need for individuals who could serve in this area and that it was a great fit with my love of math and desire to help others. I have been working as an accountant for over 7 years now and I love it. When it was time for our oldest to begin school, we knew right away that we wanted her at Faith Christian. My two favorite things about Faith Christian School are when my daughters come home and talk to me about what they have learned in Bible class and how they are going to use that at home and seeing the interaction and genuine love of their teachers and school staff have shown them. It’s an amazing environment for our children to learn and grow in.


Jeremy Bals  Secretary

I have served rural areas of Nebraska and multiple other states as an executive on the internet/telecommunications industry for the past 25 years. Diana is my wife of nearly 20 years, and we have two children attending Faith Christian School, Lucas, and Katie. I grew up in the Catholic Church and our family regularly attends Kearney Evangelical Free Church. A strong Christian education is important - not to shield our children from the world but to prepare them for it with truth and the ability to reason. Our children have thrived at Faith Christian School, and it is inspiring to see what has been accomplished at this institution. God is not finished here, and the current state of the world is providing an exciting opportunity for the school to continue to grow and improve to serve His purpose.”


Vjay Roy


Josh Murdoch

First and foremost, I am a follower of Jesus my Lord.  My wife, Charice, and I were married in 2012 and have been blessed with three children: Bentley, Savannah, and Ryker.  Bentley is in 2nd Grade and Savannah is in Pre-K at Faith Christian.  I am a Financial Advisor with Principal Financial and have been with Principal in Holdrege, NE since 2012. In 2016, I became Co-Owner of Murdoch Partnership, our family crop farming entity near Oxford, Nebraska.  We are members at First Baptist Church in Kearney.  Christian education has been essential in helping our children form a solid foundation with Jesus as the chief cornerstone.  Charice and I believe it is essential for our children to have consistency during their formative years and the Warrior Way at FCS compliments and encourages our kids to fulfill the same goals and expectations we have for them at home.  The Teachers and Staff at Faith Christian have an incredible heart for the Lord and the students.  You can see their genuine desire to see our kids come to know Jesus and thrive scholastically as the Lord has gifted them.  As a parent, seeing the blessings accumulate from having our kids at Faith has been humbling.  God is on the move at Faith Christian School and it is a blessing and honor to serve on the school board.


Jackie Hauff

My husband, Brandon, and I have been married for 15 years, and we have a 7-year-old son, Callen. We attend First United Methodist Church in Kearney where I enjoy being actively involved in our praise band, children’s ministry board, and Wednesday night events with the youth. I am a buyer and media manager for Sporting Edge, a local sporting goods store here in Kearney. I love getting to do new, different things each day in my job and pushing myself to learn more all the time. I have loved being involved at Faith Christian School these past three years. My husband and I chose to send Callen to FCS starting in Pre-K because we felt it was important to have a school and teachers that help Callen grow in his faith and emphasize the same morals and values we strive to teach him at home. We have loved being a part of FCS and have felt so blessed to have Callen here. When I was asked to join the board I eagerly accepted and enjoyed being able to serve the school while on the board.


Jeff Gove

I am a financial advisor with Stonebridge Insurance and Wealth Management. My wife, Alyssa, and I have four children: Avery, Aspen, Roman, and Londyn, two of whom currently attend Faith Christian School. Our family attends New Life Church in Kearney. It is so important to give our kids a strong faith base during the early years of their education. This is something they will take with them as they grow and develop their worldview. 


Meggan Gangwish

I am a small business owner, wife, and mom to our three children.  My husband, Steve, and I researched and considered the school options Kearney and the surrounding areas offered.  We chose FCS for our children because it’s an environment of excellence in both academics and faith building. FCS a wonderful nurturing place that encourages growth in all aspects of learning while encouraging kids to be Christ-like leaders.  I enjoy volunteering and helping at the school any chance I get.  Our girls love attending Faith Christian School.


Board Information

The Faith Christian School Board holds meetings once a month that are open to the public. Notice of meetings and upcoming agendas will be posted below one week prior to the meeting date. Minutes for past meetings will be posted after their approval at the following meeting. All Board meetings will be held in person in the Faith Christian School Library at 7:00 PM on the appointed date unless stated otherwise.

For information regarding upcoming meetings and agendas please contact John Keeney at

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