The Society of Christian Schools in BC is a not-for-profit organization of Christian school communities sharing a biblical vision for Christian education in the province of British Columbia, Canada. We seek to do collectively what no school could do on its own.
SCSBC provides a wide range of services for its member schools as well as others seeking resources and support in the provision of Christian education. Our member school societies elect a nine-member SCSBC Board, which includes a teacher representative nominated by the Christian Teachers’ Association of BC (CTABC) and a principal representative nominated by the Christian Principals’ Association of BC (CPABC). SCSBC holds a general meeting annually. We are also affiliated with Christian Schools International (CSI) and Christian Schools Canada (CSC).
Our first school was established in 1949. Today the SCSBC is a network of 32 school societies, 39 school campuses, over 100 principals and administrators, over 1,000 teachers and educational support staff, and 12,578 students. SCSBC provides a wide range of services for its member schools as well as others seeking resources and support for their work in Christian education.
We offer services that provide support to the learning, administrative, governance, financial, and development leadership in our schools.
We commit to being a catalyst that brings our schools together so we can learn from each other, support each other, encourage each other, share best practices and live in community.
We advocate for our schools through our interactions with the Ministry of Education and Canada Revenue Agency as well as our joint efforts with FISA BC.
We strive to be visionary as we explore how schools will remain biblically rooted yet relevant in changing times.
In the 1950s, several Christian schools formed the Southwest British Columbia League of Christian Schools, and were District 12 of Christian Schools International. In 1976, this group was incorporated as an independent organization – the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia.
Membership: 20 school societies serving 2,494 students
Staff: Harro Van Brummelen was hired as Coordinator to become the first staff member
Membership: 21 school societies serving 3,425 students
Membership: 33 school societies serving 5,021 students
Membership: 39 school societies serving 8,249 students
Staff: Coordinator, 2 Education Coordinators
Membership: 36 school societies serving 8,452 students
Staff: Executive Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Development Coordinator
Membership: 29 school societies serving 8,529 students
Staff: Executive Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Consultant for Stewardship and Development, International Program Coordinator
Membership: 34 school societies serving 9,321 students
Staff: Executive Director, Curriculum Coordinator, Consultant for Stewardship and Development, International Program Coordinator, Director of Finance
Membership: 32 school societies serving 10,076 students
Staff: Executive Director, 2 Directors of Learning, Consultant for Stewardship and Development, International Program Coordinator, Director of Finance
Membership: 32 school societies serving 12,578 students
Staff: Executive Director, 2 Directors of Learning, International Program Coordinator, Director of Finance, Director of Development, Director of Educational Support Services, Career Development Coordinator
“Strengthening Christian schools through service, community, advocacy and vision.”
Ed passionately believes that Christian education is as relevant and necessary today as it ever has been, and it brings him great joy to serve in an organization that seeks to help Christian schools flourish.
Ed has spent his entire career in SCSBC member schools working as in various roles as teacher, vice principal, principal and superintendent. He has embraced opportunities to participate in school inspection and policy development work for the BC Ministry of Education both in BC and internationally. He has served on the boards of The King’s University, The Christian Teachers Association of BC, The Christian Principals Association of BC, The Federation of Independent Schools Associations of BC, Christian Schools Canada and Christian Schools International.
Ed began his service as the executive director of SCSBC in August, 2014. As well as being responsible for the organization as a whole, his duties focus on leadership, governance, policy development and interfacing with associated organizations such as Federation of Independent School Associations, Christian Schools Canada, Christian Schools International.
• BA in Philosophy, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984
• PDP, University of British Columbia, 1986
• M Ed in Leadership, University of British Columbia, 2004
• Fellow, Van Lunen Center for Executive Management in Christian Schools, 2011
Supporting educators in creating learning that is engaging, empowering and fosters faith formation is Darren’s driving motivation. In his leadership roles, he seeks to challenge educators to explore ideas that bring schools closer to best practice within a framework that is distinctly Christian. Darren is committed to promoting learning that is built on meaningful relationships, is demanding and rigorous, and is engaging and relevant for the learner. He works with schools to intentionally develop learning experiences that are transformational and built on students participating as faithful followers of Christ.
Previous to joining the staff at SCSBC as a Director of Learning, Darren worked at four schools in various positions including administration. In two of those schools, he built middle schools programs that are responsive to the developmental needs of adolescents.
• Bachelor of Education, Trinity Western University
• Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership, Dordt College
Greg is a passionate educator who is deeply engaged in the practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. He finds great joy in resolving tensions between teachers’ espoused learning theory and classroom practice, finding clear and creative ways to engage professional educators in refining and enhancing their learner-centred practice. Greg’s proficiency in experiential education techniques and commitment to engaging and connecting people’s previous knowledge and understandings to new learning and discoveries are evidenced in all of his workshop and teaching engagements. Greg has extensive experience in curriculum and pedagogy design, school leadership, technology integration, and secondary and post-secondary instruction.
• Bachelor of Science in Biology from Simon Fraser University
• Masters in Educational Leadership from University of British Columbia
• Doctor in Education from Simon Fraser University
Jenny has been a Grades K-12 teacher of special needs students, a learning assistance coordinator and an educational consultant in both Australia and British Columbia. Previous to joining the staff at SCSBC, Jenny established the special needs program for students in K-12 at Traditional Learning Academy (Surrey) and served as the Vice Principal of Special Needs.
As the SCSBC Director of Educational Support Services, Jenny’s responsibilities include support for schools in connecting funding to program implementation, assistance with development of policies, procedures and guidelines; support for schools in their HR management of special ed staff; assistance with accessing services from provincial outreach programs and SET-BC; providing in-service such as staff development workshops, specialist days and assessment; regular communication regarding current trends, conferences and resources.
BEd from UBC, MEd from UNE, Australia
When it came time to make a decision for her childrens’ education, Cathy found herself captivated by the possibility of integrating faith and learning. She soon found herself immersed in and enveloped by the Christian school community in Langley. More importantly, she was transformed into a passionate believer in Christian education.
This led to 15 years of service as the Director of Development at Langley Christian School; years of great learning and stretching, growing the Development program from infancy to young adulthood. During this time she presented at conferences on all things related to development work in Christian schools and provided consultant services for SCSBC and Endeavour (Australia).
In 2015 Cathy joined the team at SCSBC as the Director of Development where she is responsible for providing resources and leadership to Christian schools in their development initiatives as they seek to grow enrolment, build strong community, develop fundraising strategies, engage in capital campaigns and strive to maintain long term financial sustainability. She thrives on the synergy of professionals working collaboratively to turn challenges into opportunities.
Tracey brings a varied background of experience to her role with SCSBC schools – as a former student, a parent, a board treasurer, and a school business manager – which helps her consider issues from different perspectives and serves as a testament to her long standing commitment to Christian education.
Tracey began her career in a large public accounting firm, specializing in audits of not-for-profit organizations, local government and public utilities. While taking some time off to raise children, she continued to serve on the boards of various not-for-profit organizations, including John Knox Christian School in Burnaby. That involvement led to her taking on the role of Business Manager at John Knox in 2014, where she continues to work part time.
As SCSBC’s Director of Finance, Tracey’s responsibilities include consulting with schools on financial management issues, producing benchmarking reports for member schools, administering financial health reviews, providing support for the SCSBC School Budget Template and support and review of the SCSBC Framework for the Issuance of Charitable Tax Receipts, and facilitating conferences and discussion groups for school business personnel.
Marlene has been working with international students and their families since 1996 as a homestay parent, the International Student Coordinator at Langley Christian School and with the SCSBC as International Education Program Coordinator.
Marlene’s responsibilities include:
• providing international program support to principals, international student coordinators and homestay coordinators
• promoting school-based International Student Programs
• providing in-services for staff on issues dealing with new students entering Canada, and cross-cultural joys and challenges
Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of BC, Vancouver, BC
Herb’s position as Career Development Coordinator allows him to pursue his passion for developing and expanding career education programs at Timothy Christian School where he has been a secondary teacher and vice principal for 37 years, as well as in the local School District 33, local independent schools and all independent schools across the province. Herb’s part-time secondment with SCSBC allows him to work with all independent schools in the province in the areas of Career Development, Career Exploration, Job Shadow, Work Experience (WEX), Co-op programs, Secondary School Apprenticeship (SSA) and ACE It programs. Herb has extensive experience in developing strategies for the effective delivery of career programs.
Around the time Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released and Dire Straits was all over the radio airwaves, Jean joined the SCSBC as office assistant in a two-person office in Langley. Working with Dr. Harro Van Brummelen, she was quickly captured by the creativity, professionalism and dedication of the teachers, administrators and school society members who were part of the SCSBC community.
With her previous administrative experience ranging from the Canadian Home Bible League, the Ontario Provincial Police, a dredging firm in The Netherlands to a fledgling Christian high school in Vancouver, and her training in payroll and business, Jean was excited to begin a time of new challenges with the SCSBC. Over the next few years she led the modernization of the office, shifting the operation from the IBM Selectric typewriter to the digital era adding email and SCBCS’s first website.
Many years later, Jean continues in her role for the SCSBC. This includes support for the Executive Director, other staff and the Board, as well as managing the day-to-day needs of the office, all aspects of the finances of the SCSBC, event planning and group enrolments. Further, she also provides support for Christian Schools Canada and the Christian Principals Association of BC.
Jean has found it a privilege and blessing to be able to play her part in supporting an organization and community that is committed to integrating faith and learning in our BC Christian schools.
Karen is the graphic designer responsible for creating and managing SCSBC’s publications, websites, The LINK newsletter, conference planning and marketing and PowerPoint presentations for the directors at SCSBC. As well, Karen provides publications and website management for the Christian Principals Association of BC and Christian Schools Canada.
Karen studied graphic design with Conestoga College and Mohawk College in Ontario, and website design with BCIT. She has worked as a graphic artist in the packaging and screen printing industries, as well as freelancing in publications, illustration and logo design. Previous to coming to SCSBC, she founded and operated Aspire Art and Design Studio in Mission, BC, and was Publications Designer for The Salvation Army in Abbotsford.
Justin Kropp is a graduate of Surrey Christian Secondary and is presently completing his third year at Trinity Western University studying business with a concentration in finance. Justin’s main passion is for anything computers. He has participated in leading various sound/tech/internship programs at Surrey Christian Secondary School, Trinity Western University, his church and GLC Solutions Inc. Justin hopes to continue following his passion for business, leadership and technology with hopes of blending them in his future career. In Justin’s role at SCSBC as part-time Technology and Collaboration Specialist, he supports staff in the area of SharePoint, and works with member schools to help them utilize the resources and networking opportunities of the SCSBC Collaboration Portal.