Founders of Yorkville Christian High School
John and Michelle Stewart
Over the past decade, Michelle and her husband John have built an organic fertilizer spreading company that serves farmers and local municipalities across Northern Illinois. Over time, with their farming heritage, the operation has grown to 80 employees and serves communities, landowners and local farmers across Northern Illinois. As a result of their agri-business success, love for Christ, and dedication to equip teens with the tools to impact the world, John and Michelle have been called to be on the founding team of Yorkville Christian High School. The couple has donated farmland for the school’s 32 acre campus.
John and Michelle have 3 daughters, ages 6, 10 and 12. The family attends Harvest Chapel in Sandwich, is active in 4-H & Illinois Junior Rodeo and also hosts numerous tours and free community events, including National Progressive Ag Safety Day and an annual backyard bible school camp for local school children, at their home farm in Sheridan, IL.
Aaron and Jenni Kohler
Aaron and Jenni love the community in Yorkville and are invested in helping people find their way back to God in real, practical ways. They have a heart to see far-from-God kids welcomed into Christian schools and shown what it means to have a real relationship with Him.
Aaron and Jenni are both on staff at Community Christian Church of Naperville. Aaron is the pastor of the Yorkville Campus and Jenni develops preschool material for all 13 of Community's locations. Aaron was born and raised in Yorkville and has been a pastor here for the last 2 years. They both have a heart for seeing kids who are far from God be reached through this school. Aaron and Jenni have two amazing boys, Carson and Landon.
Dr. Jeff and Lori Schutt
Dr. Jeff Schutt and his wife Lori both grew up on farms in Nebraska. They both experienced the hard work, discipline and care it requires to maintain an agricultural and farming environment. Since their days in Nebraska, Jeff and Lori have pursued careers in the teaching and health field. Jeff is a Doctor of Chiropractic who specializes in the treatment and sports performance training of athletes. Lori graduated college with a secondary education teaching degree and then went on to get her kinesiotherapist degree. She currently works with Dr. Schutt in their training business.
Dr. Jeff and Lori are excited to work with YCHS because of the need for a Christian education that equips our next generation of leaders with the fundamental skills needed to succeed. Dr. Jeff and Lori believe that YCHS can be a place that will foster the growth and development of all individuals and their specific needs.
Dr. Beverlee Brisbin
Growing up on a farm outside of Yorkville, Dr. Brisbin graduated from Yorkville High School and also the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago certified in both sports medicine and family medicine and now practices at MidAmerica Orthopaedic in Palos Hills Il. Beverlee places highest importance in the work she does with non-operative patients, whether children, the elderly, or other patients for whom surgery is either not indicated or not an option. She believes in improving the quality of life by getting people back to the activities that they enjoy. She is the team sports physician for the USA Women’s Soccer team, Chicago High school for Agricultural Sciences and also Yorkville Christian High School.
Pastor Ivan and Cheryl Truman
By God’s grace, Ivan and Cheryl have been married for over 30 years. In 1996, Ivan received his Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis. He has since been pastoring Grace Community Church in Yorkville. For many years, the Lord has been using Pastor Ivan's gifts and experience in apologetics and preaching to equip the church for ministry in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Ivan sees it is a privilege to extend God’s grace to the students of Yorkville Christian High School. His hope and prayer is that the students would gain a fuller knowledge of who Jesus is and who He created each one of them to be for His glory.
Karen Monkemeyer grew up on a farm in the Yorkville area. She graduated from Yorkville High School and then went on to receive her associate’s degree in landscape design from Joliet Junior College. With her husband Bruce, they reside in the Newark area where they own Monkemeyer Family Show Pigs and Blueprint Swine Genetics. They have one daughter, Kimberly.
Karen has a diverse resume ranging from managing swine operations, working in the retail nursery/landscape business, to presently being employed as an agricultural accountant. Karen and her husband are members of Cross Lutheran Church in Yorkville where she has served on several committees and boards including a four your term on the Cross Lutheran School Board of Education. She has also been involved with several volunteer activities including being a 4-H Leader, serving on the county Pork Producers organization, and assisting with the FFA.
Growing up in the near western suburbs of Chicago, Margaret Riehle-Moeller is a city girl transplanted to the country. By God’s grace, Margaret has been married for 27 years to her best friend, Steve, and has two grown children.
Margaret and Steve have owned and managed Millbrook Insurance Agency, Inc. for 16 years. She is a member of Cross Lutheran Church and School and has served on their school board, governing board, serving as the congregation chairperson for 3 years, and is a founding member of the church’s health cabinet (Parish Nursing). Prior to buying the insurance agency, Margaret managed physicians’ offices, and worked as a nurse. She is also a certified grant writer.
Marc Altenbernt resides in Oswego, Illinois with his wife Lindsey and their three children, Aubrey, Carter, and Maryn.
Marc attended Calvin College in 2000 and then went on to graduate from Pepperdine University School of Law in 2003. He has since been practicing as a lawyer. Marc attends Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Wheaton, Illinois, where he teaches Sunday School to third and fourth grade students.