Pastor Joe Garner III - Administrator
Joe serves as Administrator of Christ Church Academy as well as Executive Pastor of Christ Church. A Louisiana native and alumni of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and received his Master of Divinity in Theology and Administration. He is also a PhD student in Historical Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He oversees operations at all Christ Church locations as well as leading our elementary school.
Rebekah Garner - Elementary Teacher
Rebekah serves as Christ Church Academy's fifth and sixth grade teacher for Christ Church Academy. She grew up in south Louisiana with a brief sojourn in Fort Worth, TX where her husband attended seminary. Rebekah has served Christ Church for several years in a variety of administrative functions, has had extensive training in our "Spell to Write & Read" phonics program, has been a homeschool mom, and has been a part of Christ Church Academy since the very beginning of the school. Rebekah is married to Pastor Joe Garner III and has five children.
Leah Theriot - Elementary Teacher
Leah is the third and fourth grade teacher at Christ Church Academy. She received a BA in elementary education from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a Master's in Education in gifted education from Louisiana State University, and is also certified in secondary math education. In her twenty years in education, Leah has had the privilege to teach in both public and private schools at various grade levels and has homeschooled her children using a classical model. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, sewing, reading, running, hiking, and playing in the ocean. What most excites Leah about teaching at Christ Church Academy is using God's Word to guide and instruct young hearts and young minds.
Kristin Dragna - Elementary Teacher
Kristin is the first and second grade teacher at Christ Church Academy. She graduated with a BS in secondary mathematics education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Having been educated using the classical model for a number of years, she is excited to influence future generations to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. Kristin is married to Houston Dragna, worship pastor at Redeemer City Church, and loves serving alongside him. She enjoys hiking, running, reading, cats, and the Oxford comma.
Monica Groce - Elementary Teacher
Monica is the Kindergarten teacher at Christ Church Academy. She graduated with a BA in elementary education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. With both energy and creativity, Monica excels at establishing the building blocks of a classical christian education in our kindergarten class which will serve the students throughout their years here at Christ Church Academy. Monica is married to Cody Groce and they are expecting their first child this summer.
Jessica Ruiz - Elementary Teacher
Jessica currently serves as our Pre-K teacher here at Christ Church Academy. She graduated with her Bachelor's degree from Texas Women's University and has taught in both school and church settings. Jessica strives to show the love and grace of Christ in all that she does and hope to model Christian character to her preschool class as she teachers them the basic skills for thriving in the classroom. She is married to Ian Ruiz, a City of Lafayette police officer, and they have one son.