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Larry TaylorI 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. 28:16-20), 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 & CEO, ACSI


President's Advisory Team


David Balik Vice President USA/Senior Director, Eastern Division

Dr. David Balik

 Vice President of USA


Gavin Brettenny

Dr. Gavin Brettenny

Associate Vice President of Global Strategic Development for Christian Education


Kevin Buelke

Chief Finance Officer


Juan Cabrera

Juan Cabrera

Chief Information Officer


Cindee Dodds

Cindy Dodds

Vice President of Flourishing Initiatives

Senior Vice President of Global

Michael Epp

Senior Vice President of Global


Brett Henry

Brett Henry, J.D.

Chief Executive Officer, Sevenstar
Vice President, Educational Resources

John Klingstedt - COO

John Klingstedt

Chief Operating Officer


Christi Lynn Image

Christi Lynn

Vice President, Communications & Engagement


Chris Loncar

Vice President, Human Resources

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Chief Ministry Officer



Philip Scott, J.D.

Vice President for Legal Affairs

George Tryfiates

P. George Tryfiates

Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs

Susan Verheul - COO

Susan Verheul

Vice President, Executive Initiatives

News and Press Releases

Thousands of Christian Educators Around the Globe Unite for ACSI Annual Day of Prayer

Feb 21, 2023, 12:37 PM by Caitlyn Harding

Colorado Springs, Colo.,– Thousands of Christian educators and schools around the world will unite for the ACSI Global Day of Prayer Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. 

The ACSI Day of Prayer is one of the Association’s most popular events, focusing on advancing Christ-centered education through prayer. ACSI President & CEO Dr. Larry Taylor believes that this year’s theme, “Shine Bright,” is extremely relevant and looks forward to the unification of schools internationally through prayer.

“My recent travels overseas have encouraged me… I’ve seen that God’s Word is alive and on the move. Christ-centered education on the global scale is thriving,” he shared. “There’s no doubt that the past few years have been unique and challenging, but God desires for His people to shine His light in the midst of dark surroundings.”

The theme for this year’s event reiterates that Christ’s light naturally radiates through those who believe in Him. According to the website, this monumental day is inspired by Matthew 5:14-16, reminding Christians to let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Mike Epp, ACSI Senior Vice President of Global, believes this event marks a beautiful, renewed commitment to worshipping God and seeking Him wholeheartedly. 

“It has been remarkable to see the international connections taking place on this special day of prayer,” he said. “It reminds us of God’s global work of redemption and how His message transcends all cultures, unifying us as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Schools can participate by submitting their prayer requests through the electronic form, which allows requests to be visible publicly on the ACSI website. They can also download the prayer guide, containing prayer station ideas and thematic Bible verses, to host an in-house Day of Prayer with their school communities.

In 2022, Christian educators from more than 56 countries participated in the Day of Prayer, including Romania, Nicaragua, Kenya, Honduras, and more. This year, schools from more than 40 countries have already submitted their prayer requests.

Schools creatively structure their in-house Day of Prayer gatherings. In 2022, educators shared their celebration ideas on social media, including school-wide Chapels, Day of Prayer tent stations, art and music projects, and more.

Taylor said the “Shine Bright” theme has perhaps never been more timely.

“At ACSI, we have been praying for our schools continually—that they would shine the character of Christ with boldness in their communities, and for our educators to have the endurance they need to run the race before them,” he shared. “This Day of Prayer will be a powerful way to bring all of our Christian educators across the globe together, joining on our knees in prayer.”

ACSI member Whitesburg Christian Academy participated in the 2022 Day of Prayer. They shared the following on social media: “Today was a very special day. All students and staff joined thousands around the world for the ACSI USA Day of Prayer. Students prayed specific Scriptures with their homerooms, and the entire student body circled the campus for a moment of silence. It is humbling to think of the many ways God has blessed The Academy, especially this school year. We see Him move every day. We praise Him for His faithfulness. We stand together Warrior strong.”

To learn more about Day of Prayer, visit the website or contact ACSI Care Team by calling (800) 367-0798 or emailing

About ACSI:

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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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