About Us


Beyond the Classroom

At HCA, we offer unique programs such as the Education in Action (EiA) that promote and encourage learning outside the classroom.

Hands-On Learning

Hands-on learning is so vital to our mission that we established an on site greenhouse to foster experiential education among our students.

Personalized Learning

With 200+ students in PreK-12, we offer personalized learning through smaller class sizes, ensuring more individual attention from teachers.


We prioritize higher education and encourage our students to apply for scholarships, with our graduates receiving $500,000 in awards.

High Success

Student success is our top priority. We proudly uphold a 100% graduation rate, reflecting our commitment to excellence in education.


Our vibrant student body represents over 50 churches in Kalamazoo, highlighting our school’s rich diversity and community spirit.

Our Mission

Pursuing School God’s Way

 “To prepare students for a life of service by teaching, modeling and encouraging Biblical principles while pursuing academic excellence and God-given potential.”

Our Vision

Cultivating educational innovators that equip, energize, and include all learners.

Creating a model of education that offers life changing learning experiences and academic excellence based on God’s personal design for each child.

Utilizing diverse business platforms for hands-on learning and academic disciplines that produces revenue and overcomes the financial limitations that hinder creative educational innovation.

Equipping students to be servant leaders who impact their communities and the world for the glory of God.

Our Philosophy

We believe that the Bible is the only Word of God; infallible, without error or omission, which serves as the standard and guide for all we do and say. Therefore, we believe that the process of equipping a child for a lifetime of Christian service starts in the home.

It is the goal of the school to be a tool available to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) to aid in the process of bringing the child up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord spiritually, academically, physically, and socially.

Our Core Values

God First
We strive to keep God first in our thoughts, attitudes and actions.
“In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” –Proverbs 3:6

Biblical Standards
We believe the Bible is the only Word of God, infallible, without error or omission, which serves as the standard and guide for all we do and say.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” –II Timothy 3:16, 17

Love Others
We believe that love for others, as commanded by Christ, is imperative for effective leadership and operation.
“Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” –I John 4:7

We protect and support the individual family unit.
“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart; and thou shalt teach them diligently unto the children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.” –Deuteronomy 6:6

Local Church
We acknowledge the God-given importance of the local churches and therefore seek their shared wisdom as we serve.
“I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.” -I Timothy 3:15

Christ-Centered Curriculum
We challenge all students to academic and spiritual achievement through a high-quality Christ-centered curriculum.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” -II Timothy 2:15

We believe that personal and corporate integrity, enabled by accountability to God and one another, is necessary to guard the word of truth.
“Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.” -Psalm 25:21

Meet Our Staff

Administrative Staff

Jason Miner


Melanie Simpson


Julie VandeGiessen

Administrative Secretary

Dawn Zondervan

Business Manager

Faculty & Staff

Suzy Bos


Rachel Lockwood


Julie Switzer

1st Grade

Merritt Pace

2nd Grade

Valerie Pike

3rd Grade

Deborah Strahan

4th Grade

Matthew Davidson

5th Grade

Sue Davidson

K-12 Computers

Leslie Grubbs

K-12 Vocal Music

Jen Taylor

MS Teacher

Natasha Miller

MS Teacher

Danece Adams

MS & HS Bible

Sarah Gonyer

MS & HS Band

Eric Fenstermaker

MS & HS Art

Dianna Anderson

HS Math

John Beck, Ed.D

HS Social Studies

Renae Mroczek

HS Science

Stacey Koning

HS English

Kaitlin Ives

HS Spanish

Jade Wolfe

EiA Greenhouse

Mary Beth Allen

Music Therapist

Shannon Burlison

Learning Lab

Stephanie Jevert

PE Teacher &
Athletic Director

Randal Hadley

Guidance Counselor


Therapy Dog

Supporting Staff

Carol Anderson

Directed Learning Tutor

John-Mark Grabow

EiA / Student Servies

Suellen Hadley


Amber Kilian

Enrollment Coordinator

Mike Wolfe

Facility Supervisor

Melanie Mills

Lead Teacher’s Aide

Angela Wessing

Pre-K Teacher’s Aide

Kristi Rabe

Directed Learning Tutor

Jean Rus

Academic Support Coordinator 

School Board

Brent Bishop


Lee Belden

Vice Chairman

Liz Cary


Jenna Yetman


Jake Hammond


Anthony Wickey


Our History

HeritageBaptist Academy was founded in 1989 as a Christ-centered, biblically-based Christian day school by five Baptist churches: Berean Baptist Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Cooper Baptist Church, Northeastern Baptist Church, and Westwood Baptist Church.

Initial enrollment was 89 students in grades K-8. Enrollment grew steadily, and in 1994 the name Baptist was changed to Christian in order to more accurately represent our student body.

HCA purchased 42 acres on 9th Street in 1996, and in 2000, opened its main campus building with a multi-purpose room, 14 classrooms and offices. Our facilities expanded in 2004 to house K-3 in a modular building, with grades 4-12 in the main building. Today, we now have added Pre-K’s in the modular with K-2 and grades 4-12 in the main building.


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