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DrLarryTaylorI am inspired by the faith, courage, and reverence for God by Christian educators around the world! It reminds me of the story recounted in
I Samuel 17 about David defeating Goliath. In verse 29, David’s response to the inaction of his elder brothers and the Israelites especially encourages me. He boldly and nobly answers the call to action by asking, "Is there not a cause?”

I can think of no greater cause than to partner with you as you advance Kingdom education. We fully believe that authentic devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence are mutually reinforcing. There are not two or three forms of excellence, but rather an ethos that is cultivated throughout every facet of our schools. Faith is not separated from learning but rather integrated intentionally, resulting in a distinctive Christian worldview.

Scholarship and learning become an integral component to the maturation process known as discipleship. Thus, becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ, the ultimate objective of the Great Commission (Matt. 26:28-30), is the prize for which we strive; it is the highest form of excellence! It is certainly conceivable that we could produce students with the spiritual depth needed to enter our pluralistic society and not fall prey to empty philosophies. Rather, they would be equipped to saturate the marketplace to which God has called them with confidence, purpose, and an eternal perspective.

ACSI’s ongoing mission is to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. We want to serve you as you continue to cultivate and sustain a flourishing school. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you—thank you for your obedience to God’s call on your life—you are indeed making a difference.

Dr. Larry Taylor President, ACSI
larry_taylor@acsi.org
719-867-0200

 

President's Advisory Team

 

David Balik Vice President USA/Senior Director, Eastern Division

David Balik

 Vice President of USA
david_balik@acsi.org
770-985-5840

Gavin Brettenny

Gavin Brettenny

Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development for Christian Education

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Kevin Buelke

Chief Finance Officer
kevin_buelke@acsi.org
719-867-0114

 

Juan Cabrera
Juan Cabrera

Chief Information Officer
juan_cabrera@acsi.org
719-867-0116

 

Thomas Cathey

Thomas Cathey

Assistant Vice-President of Legal/Legislative Services/Chief Of Staff
legal_legislative@acsi.org
719-867-0201

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation

Stephen Dill

Executive Director, ACSI Education Foundation
steve_dill@acsi.org
719-867-5260

Cindee Dodds

Cindy Dodds

Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives

cindy_dodds@acsi.org

 

Senior Vice President of Global

Michael Epp

Senior Vice President of Global
mike_epp@acsi.org
719-867-0223
 

Larry Lincoln - Director of Communications

Larry Lincoln

Chief Communication & Engagement Officer
larry_lincoln@acsi.org
719-867-0213

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Special Advisor to the President

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Stephen Novotny

Vice President for Public Policy and General Counsel

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer

Lynn Swaner

Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
lynn_swaner@acsi.org
719-867-5281

Kurt Unrug

Kurt Unruh

Senior Vice President for Global Business Development

News and Press Releases

ACSI Announces Appointment of New Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development

Nov 16, 2020, 08:18 AM by Caitlyn Berman
Colorado Springs, CO – The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Brettenny as the Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development. Brettenny’s responsibilities will include building and implementing strategies that enable ACSI to realize its full potential as a global association, serving Christian schools around the world. In this position, he will focus on connecting domestically focused ACSI departments to the global work by coordinating and uniting all efforts to achieve worldwide mission goals.

He will begin this new role on Aug. 1, 2021.

Gavin Brettenny - Associate Vice President of Global Strategic DevelopmentBrettenny brings 20 years of experience in international Christian education, currently serving as head of school at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. Before joining Black Forest Academy, he led Harvest Christian School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Brettenny serves as the Director of Strategic Development for ACSI Africa and is a member of ACSI’s Global Council. Throughout his career, he has designed and facilitated ACSI African Roundtables, created development strategies for ACSI country offices, and led the research-structured Elephant Project, a teacher training program assisting thousands of schools in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to Mike Epp, ACSI Senior Vice President of Global, “Gavin’s perspective, experience, and positive relationship with our ACSI leadership and other international organizations will help strengthen the worldwide movement of Christian schooling.”

Epp expressed the importance of this role as ACSI moves more dynamically in the direction of reshaping to be a truly global outreach. He explained that Brettenny possesses the insights, strategic mindset, and passion for Christian education to help make this happen.

ACSI President, Dr. Larry Taylor, also looks forward to Brettenny joining the ACSI leadership team. “Gavin brings a unique skillset that will serve to better align ACSI as a fully international organization,” Taylor said. “We believe he will make a great impact for the Kingdom through his leadership and service to Christian schools.” 

Brettenny is excited about contributing to ACSI’s global work.

“ACSI’s expert personnel, reputation for quality work, and healthy relationships across organizations enable our global role in advancing Christian education,” he said. “It’s going to be a privilege to collaborate with national, regional, and other leaders for the development of a high-performing association in service to schools around the world. I look forward to facilitating that process.”

To learn more about ACSI, please visit the website at www.ACSI.org or connect with the ACSI Care Team by calling (800)367-0798 or at careteam@acsi.org.

About ACSI: 
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., ACSI exists to strengthen Christian schools and equip Christian educators worldwide as they prepare students academically and inspire them to become devoted followers of Jesus Christ. ACSI advances excellence in Christian schools by enhancing the professional and personal development of Christian educators and providing vital support functions for Christian schools through multiple services including teacher and administrator certification, school accreditation, legal/legislative assistance, and curriculum publishing. Serving more than 25,000 schools in 108 countries, ACSI helps more than 5.5 million students worldwide connect to Christian education.

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