Abington Christian Academy is a board-run school. Board members are area leaders, pastors, and business professionals who have a passion for providing rigorous Christian education to families in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The board meets at the school on the third Monday of each month at 9 a.m.
MR. DOUGLAS BATZEL, Chair
BA -- Business Administration -- Warren University
Born in Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Doug Batzel grew up in Gouldsboro. He spent eight years in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour at Bien Hoa Air Base in Vietnam in 1969. Batzel received the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross.
Over the years Batzel has owned several businesses and has spent most of his professional career in supervision and management. He is currently a consultant for oil and gas pipeline cleaning and has worked on projects in 5,000 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore work at Sakhalin Island, The Russian Federation, pipelines in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia, as well as Europe and the North Sea. He enjoys speaking at conferences in places like Prague, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Monaco, and others. Batzel has also spoken at Temple University two times on the subject of working as a Christian in the Muslim part of the world.
Married to his wife, Kathy, for 43 years, Batzel has four children and six grandchildren (so far). His favorite Scripture--especially as a grandfather--is Psalm 128, and his favorite hymn is "It is Well with My Soul.
PASTOR JAMES COHEN
AA equivalency -- Bible -- Word of Life Bible Institute
AA equivalency -- Bible -- New Brunswick Bible Institute
Pastor James grew up in Brewster, New York, and has been pastoring since 2003--when he planted Wayside Bible Church in Holmes, New York. In 2009 he began pastoring Waverly Community Church and ministering with his wife, Jen, at Camp Timberledge in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania. While at Word of Life Bible Institute as a teenager, Pastor James heard a speaker preach on Joshua 24:14-15, in which Joshua called the people of Israel to choose whom they would serve. These verses became Pastor James's life verses, and they encourage him to strive to follow God the Father rather than any other gods.
Since becoming a board member in 2015, Pastor James has appreciated Abington Christian Academy's focus on classical Christian education. He's grateful that the school educates children and young people in the proven methods that were used to educate the parents and grandparents of his generation. Pastor James also notes that the teachers and staff at the academy create a joyful and cooperative spirit that make it "a great blessing" to be part of the school.
When Pastor James isn't at church or the school, you might see him at a playground with his four children, watching baseball, or out in the community meeting new people.
Mrs. Toshia Somerville
MBA -- Regis University
BS -- Fashion/Marketing -- Old Dominion University
AA -- Foreign Language/Arabic -- Monterey Peninsula College
Mrs. Somerville served for seven years as an Army Staff Sergeant and Arabic Linguist Intelligence Specialist. She considers Virginia home--though she currently lives in South Abington with her husband, Corei, and her three boys, Corei Jr., Jaelen, and Jeremiah. In her spare time, Mrs. Somerville enjoys baking, cooking, entertaining, organizing, and reading. Her goal is to raise God-fearing, respectable men who are able to function successfully in society. She's grateful that she has the opportunity to be part of how God's Word is introduced into the lives of ACA students. Her favorite Bible verses are Matthew 6:25-34, which remind her not to worry but to seek God first.