Mr. Cook is currently teaching in GGCA’s middle school. He was born and raised in Maryland and attended GGCA until 8th grade. After graduation, he attended Maryland Bible College and Seminary. He completed his practicum in Budapest, Hungary, where he fell in love with teaching at Greater Grace International School. What was supposed to be a six month assignment became seven years. While there he led the youth group and was a chaplain at GGIS. He’s also spent time as a youth pastor of a Korean group. Jon is a welcome addition to GGCA’s teaching staff.
Jon spent the first 19 years of his life in the mountains of North Idaho near the Canadian border. During high school he toured with various bands playing jazz piano in Spokane, Reno, and other parts of the Pacific Northwest.
After a year at Whitman College studying astrophysics and linguistics, God called Jon to Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore where he eventually got his Masters from Johns Hopkins.
Jon joined the Baltimore Bible Speaks in 1985 and has been active in music, outreach, and education since then. He met his wife, Valory, at the church and they were married in 1994.
He is a regular guest lecturer and substitute for MBC&S, and helped found the popular “Science Guys” series.
Jon taught music at Goucher College, teaches private piano at Artist Academy, and is also a regular speaker at the Frederick Maryland Creation Society. He currently teaches science in GGCA’s middle school and physics in the high school.
Mr. Evans has been a teacher at GGCA for more than a decade and is currently teaching in the middle school. Born in Denver, Colorado, he earned a degree in Computer Science in 1985. He later continued his studies at Maryland Bible College and Seminary and received an Associates degree in 2012. He is married and has two adult children.
Mrs. Karen Walsh, who has faithfully served as a teacher in the 1st grade in GGCA for the last 12 years, will now be making the exciting move to join our Middle School team to teach Science and History. Karen brings 22 years of teaching experience to the middle school.
Originally from Massachusetts, she attended Lasell College for Early Childhood Education. After moving to Baltimore, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Maryland Bible College & Seminary in 1999.
Karen served as a missionary and kindergarten teacher in Budapest from 2001-2006 and was a teacher at Dayspring Christian Academy from 2006-2011.
She loves young people and consistently works with the Youth Ministry at Greater Grace Church where she met her husband, Jeremy.
Mrs. Hoffses has been connected to GGCA for many years, first as a graduate and now as a teacher. Her education at Maryland Bible College & Seminary, her MA of Education (TESOL) from Regent University and her experience as a missionary in Brazil have uniquely qualified her.
She taught ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) in both the U.S. and Brazil. In addition, she taught in adult continuing education programs at both Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) and Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
She is married to Isaac Hoffses and they have two wonderful children, Emily and Jack, who are both students at GGCA.
Coach Lynch graduated from Stevens Christian School in 1983 and Stevens School of the Bible in 1987. He became the Athletic Director at GGCA in 1990. He served as president of the Maryland Christian Athletic League for 18 years. Has successfully led the GGCA Eagles to numerous national, state, and league titles in soccer, basketball, and baseball as the boys’ varsity head coach in these sports. In addition to teaching Physical Education and working at the AD at GGCA (where his two children attend school), he directs a youth instructional league on Saturdays (soccer, basketball, and baseball) and runs summer sports camps. He also volunteers as a counselor at Camp Life. As a young man who grew up in the church and enjoyed playing high school and college sports, Pat sees the value athletics can play in the lives of young people. Pat’s wife,Jennifer, is a great coach in her own right and has led the championship girls basketball program for many years while serving both the school and the Greater Grace church.