Stone Ridge Christian educates the whole child – mind, body and soul. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of disciplines that lead them to achieve their God-given potential. All activities are done through the lens of faith, bringing faith to life in real and meaningful ways. We encourage students to pursue their educational passions while growing stronger in their Christian faith. Inside the classroom, students work to deepen their understanding of subjects—and themselves. Outside the classroom, students immerse themselves in competitive athletics, enriching fine arts, other student activities, and camaraderie. They develop deep friendships with students, explore new concepts, and push past their limits.
CENTRAL THEMES of SRC:
High academic achievement
Strong work ethic
Deep sense of integrity
Ability to work well with others
Heart for service
We’re called to help students build character and life skills, not just a resume. But don’t take our word for it:
“My friend saw a bunch of football players (at a local fast food place) and recognized my grandson. She was so impressed that they took the time to pray over their food! Stone Ridge is building character that shows even when no one is looking!” – GRANDPARENT
My child loves it:
“Why do I like this school? My daughter joined Stone Ridge Christian in the middle of the year. In the beginning she was unhappy, but now she loves it! And I have peace and the confidence that she is in a very friendly, positive, and nurturing environment. She is surrounded by Christian people and studying the Bible every day, getting affirmed in her faith, and impact her life forever. Thank you for the awesome job you are doing!” – PARENT
Surrounded by Christian people:
She is surrounded by Christian people and studying the Bible every day, getting affirmed in her faith, and impact her life forever. Thank you for the awesome job you are doing!” – PARENT
They are family:
“They love and even tough love our kids. They are family.” – PARENT
Geniune loving kindness:
On our way home that night, my 16 year old told me a story about a [SRC] boy at the game that was just so good with a younger boy at the game. She just went on and on about how amazed she was at how kind he was. So…just wanted to share with you how impressed we were by such genuine loving kindness.” -PARENT FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL
“I work with a couple of gentleman who. . . came to my office to tell me how impressed they were with Stone Ridge players, staff, fans and parents. They stated that all too often they are witnesses to Christian schools and families who don’t seem to have a Christ-like attitude, however at this game Stone Ridge players, family, staff, and fans were representing their beliefs perfectly. They wanted me to pass this on to the all who are a part of such an amazing school.” -2004 ALUMNI PARENT WROTE IN 2014
In the Pursuit of Excellence
Stone Ridge Christian School is a partnership of teachers, staff, administrators, board, parents and grandparents for the sake of our students. We partner together in “Preparing students to serve Jesus in the real world.”
In my role as interim Head of School, I experience great delight in working shoulder-to-shoulder with the dedicated teachers, staff and board members of Stone Ridge Christian. Repeatedly, I see evidence of their giftedness and skill. I stand in awe at the level of excellence lived out every day in the classrooms. I am so proud of our teachers on both campuses, Elementary and Junior-Senior High.
I get to work with staff members and administrators for whom their work at Stone Ridge Christian is not “a job,” it’s their calling. No mere punching the time clock and collecting a paycheck. The dedication of staff and administrators is evidenced by their enthusiasm, their willingness to “go the extra mile,” and their passion for doing their very best in serving the Lord.
And we all, teachers, staff and administrators get to partner with the Board in the pursuit of excellence at Stone Ridge Christian School. We are aiming at, working toward and praying for excellence in Academics, Athletics and the Arts – all for the sake of our students and to the glory of God.
We are thankful for the families who entrust their students to us and if you are not already a part of the Stone Ridge family, I encourage you to visit us and see if we might partner with you in preparing your students to serve Jesus in the real world.
Bill Hoyt Interim Head of Schools
What We Believe
Together with parents and the church, Stone Ridge Christian Schools exists to educate students in developing their unique God-given potential.
Students will be equipped academically, spiritually, physically and socially to impact their community and the world for God.
Christian – all activities are experienced through the lens of Christian faith; guide students to understand that God is at the center of every pursuit of knowledge.
Excellent – pursue excellence in all areas.
Community – become a community and be involved in our community.
Generational – a lasting school that has generations of students and supporters.
Statement of Faith
The basis of Stone Ridge Christian High School is the Word of God as interpreted by the following statement of faith. We believe….
God the Father – That God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He eternally exists in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal, co-eternal and are one God. (Genesis 1:1,2; Matthew 28:19; John 1:3)
God the Son – That Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and possesses all the attributes of deity. (Matthew 1:22,23; John 1:1; John 10:30-33)
God the Holy Spirit – That the Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and is a divine person possessing all of the attributes of God. (John 14:16,17; Acts 5:3,4)
The Bible – That the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative, inerrant Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20, 21)
Man – That man was made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. Man’s sin has separated him from God. (Genesis 1:27; Romans 3:23)
Salvation – That salvation is God’s free gift to us but we must accept it by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness. (Ephesians 2:8,9; John 14:1-6)
Eternal Destiny – That man was created to exist forever. We either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. (Revelation 20:15; John 14 1-6)
Marriage – The family is ordained by God, and the religious covenant of marriage between one man and one woman as created by God, provides the foundation and definition for the family.
Jennifer Hooker has a passion for English and history with Christian education. She graduated from Turlock Christian High School 1989 and attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she met and married her husband, Greg, and earned a BA in English Education. She and Greg moved to California in 1992 where she taught high school English and earned her MA in English from University of the Pacific in 2000. Jennifer and Greg moved to Chowchilla in 2002. Jennifer taught English part-time at Stone Ridge Christian for 6 years and became a board member in 2012. Jennifer enjoys developing policy and promoting the school within the community. She believes in cooperation between home, church, community and the Christian school.
Glen Bradford was born in Merced, CA. He grew up on a farm, graduated from Le Grand High School, and later obtained his BS and MS in Engineering from UCLA. He is married to Mary Lea (Fries) and has four grown daughters and six granddaughters, all attend Stone Ridge Christian Schools. He has coached softball in both public and private Christian settings and served on the Le Grand High School Board of Trustees for 6 years.
Glen has been a Christian for over 30 years. Glen was baptized at Le Grand Bible Christian Church, attended First Baptist Church in Merced, and currently attends Cornerstone Community Church in Chowchilla.
Glen worked as an engineer as well as a part-time math teacher. He was drawn back to his passion of farming in 1981. He farms almonds and is also a successful plant breeder, marketing his fruit trees in both domestic and foreign markets.
He and his wife are strong advocates of education. He believes and practices sound financial management based on balanced budgets and minimal debt. He and his wife believe that serving Christ by investing back into the Christian educational system for young people is where they are called.
Tony Louters lives in Merced along with his wife Corinna and their four children, Alexis, Bryce, Tyler and Breann. They attend Cornerstone Church in Chowchilla, which belongs to Reformed Church of America. Tony and Corinna are very involved in their church. Tony is an active member of the praise team, choir, and a leader in the men’s ministry outreach program. Their children have attended Merced Christian, Providence Christian, and Stone Ridge Christian Schools.
Tony owns and operates T & C Louters Dairy in Merced. He began his business in San Diego in 2003. In the fall of 2005, he moved his operation to Merced. Tony is a Board member on the California Milk Advisory Board, representing and advocating dairy owners in the state of California.
Tony is a firm believer in Christian education and has seen the benefits first hand in himself, his wife, and his children.
Dr. Johnston graduated from UCSF with a Pharm. D. in 1973 and completed 2 years of hospital pharmacy residency at UCSF. He then taught at the College of Pharmacology, at the University of New Mexico, received tenure as an Associate Professor, and then attended Medical School there. When his residency was complete, he and his partners started Merced Faculty Associates Medical Group. He currently resides in Atwater, CA along with his wife, Betty. They have raised 7 children in this community. They attend First Church of God in Merced. Their youngest son attended Merced Christian School and graduated from Stone Ridge Christian Schools. Their four granddaughters also attended Merced Christian, Providence Christian, and Stone Ridge Christian Schools.
Dr. Johnston enjoys ministry inside and outside of the church most of his adult life. He served on the Parent Committee for Merced Christian School. Dr. Johnston has also been involved in the Gideon Ministry, and was the Chairman of the board of Light and Liberty Ministries for five years. Throughout his career he has been a chair or board member of various entities including Lifeguard Physician Advisory Board, President of the Medical Society, chair of the Infectious Disease Committee, Department of Family Practice and Regency Medical Group. He was also part owner of Lane Home Furnishings. He has owned and operated retail, food, agriculture, and residential/commercial property.
He is a firm believer in providing the best Christian education for his children and grandchildren. He expresses a great commitment doing his part as a board member to ensure the highest standards of Christian education as well as spiritual development are maintained.
Jason is married to Rebecca and they are blessed with four lovely daughters, one in college and three who attend Stone Ridge. Rebecca volunteers at both campuses and coached the Equestrian Team at Stone Ridge, she also serves on the board of the Stone Ridge affiliated Restored Thrift Store in Merced, CA. Jason graduated from Atwater High School and attended and played football at Merced College. He co-owned a retail chain in Merced County for 10 years serving as the CEO. Jason owns and operate a sweet potato farm and has previously served as the President of The Sweet Potato Council of the U.S and President of the California Sweet Potato Council. He has volunteered in several local community activities and served on various church committees and boards. Jason and his family attend First Church of God in Atwater, CA
Bev grew up on a small farm in Southern California and graduated from Loma Linda University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. She worked in the NICU for 3 years before moving to Chowchilla and starting a family.
She married her husband Edgar De Jager in 1988 and moved to Chowchilla in 1989. Bev and her husband own a dairy as well as a small trucking company where she oversees the payroll and some aspects of Human Resources.
Beverly was baptized and made her confession of faith at Chino Valley Reformed Church, she and her family are currently members of Cornerstone Community Church where Bev has also been active in the ladies ministry where she led Beth Moore bible studies. She is also an active board member of the church’s preschool, which has over 70 children enrolled.
Bev and Edgar have 4 children; all who have or are currently attending Christian Schools, her youngest daughter graduated from Stone Ridge in 2016 and her youngest son is currently enrolled here. She credits Stone Ridge as being instrumental in the spiritual development of her children and is grateful for the school and staff. She has been a wonderful asset to the school as well, serving on various committees and helping with fundraisers.
Bev and her husband are firm believers in Christine education. She wants every child to experience the love of Christ through every person they encounter while on school property and wants to use every opportunity and gift that God has given her to ensure any family that wants to be a part of this school will be able to do so. Additionally, her desire is to encourage and support the staff, so they can be all that God has equipped them to be.
David Rogers is the newest member of the Stone Ridge Christian Board of Directors. David and his wife Laura reside in Atwater and have two grown children, Jennifer and Jason. Their youngest son Jaden is a Junior at Stone Ridge Christian School. David has one granddaughter Gracie, who will soon join the Knight nation. David, Laura, and their son Jaden attend First Baptist Church Merced.
David comes to us with 18 years of experience in public education, both as a classified and certificated employee. After completing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, David decided to change his course of study to pursue a degree in education. David continued to study and received his master’s degree in Education as well as a teaching credential in Social Science. David worked for Turlock Unified School District for six years where he taught World & U.S. History, Government and Economics. While in Turlock David was encouraged to pursue his Administrative Credential. Immediately after receiving his credential, David was offered an Assistant Principalship with Modesto City Schools. After years of commuting to Modesto, God answered David’s prayer and opened doors for him to be hired as an Associate Principal at El Capitan High School in Merced. This change allowed David to be closer to home and more importantly provided an avenue for David to transport his then-freshman son Jaden to SRCS.
David is a firm believer in Christian education and looks forward to continuing the tradition of excellence that is Stone Ridge Christian School.
Renae De Jager has committed most of her adult life to Christian Education. Her husband, Art was the head football coach at Stone Ridge for 3 years, which sparked her new era of school involvement. She and Art have several grandchildren at SRC, and enjoy seeing them participate in school activities and sports. She is involved in fundraising, athletic boosters and building committee projects.
Renae has served the dairy industry on the National Dairy Board and is a current executive of the California Milk Advisory Board. She and her family are local business owners. Renae loves watching football, spending time with her loved ones, gardening, and cooking with family and friends. You can call her for a pickle-ball match anytime, anywhere! Renae and Art are members of Cornerstone Community Church in Chowchilla.
“I believe that Christian Schools build strong leaders. I respect the trust that parents have given us at SRCS and I will work to partner with them as we strive for educational excellence in a Christian environment. I will cling tightly to 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 as I serve our school.” -Renae De Jager.
Justi Smith is married to Dr. Scott Smith and their daughter, Masyn, is a freshman at SRC. They are active members of Gateway Church. Justi served on SRC Finance Team for several years and has been the Tuition Assistance Coordinator for the past two years. Justi also served as a member of the Head of School Search Team along with Simon Vander Woude and Jerry Langum. Justi is a State Farm Insurance agent in Merced and is active in many groups within the community and loves to take students on mission trips.
Stone Ridge Christian Schools is a comprehensive Prek-12 school committed to teaching from a Christ-centered worldview. If you want to pursue your profession with excellence and your faith with passion, please submit a resume. All candidates must read and accept the Statement of Faith and be an active member of a Christ-centered church. Interested individuals may still complete and return an employment application along with credentials, references, and resume.