Gaston Christian School, founded in 1980, is a non-denominational, college-preparatory school serving more than 900 students in grades PK-3 through 12.

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We believe in the development of the whole child, and our curriculum (beginning with our youngest learners) is designed to bring out the full potential of each of our students.

Our teachers create a supportive, stimulating and fun environment that allows our youngest students to grow into confident and independent individuals and develop a lifelong love of learning. Because our classes are small and personal, children can explore their unique skills and talents, while developing new friendships and new confidence. We help your child build a wide range of skills for success, from learning to interact with peers to acquiring the foundations for scholastic success.

For three-year olds, students have Bible instruction and memorization; fine arts enrichment through music and art; regular show-and-tell; mastery of colors, shapes, days of the week, and months of the year. There is an emphasis on socialization and the concept of sharing. For four-year olds, the students will have Bible instruction and memorization; an introduction to phonics and number concepts; manuscript writing; and fine arts enrichment through music, art, and poetry. There is an emphasis on socialization and the concept of sharing. Field trips are also planned to reinforce learning.





Our Elementary School program builds upon the strong Biblical and academic foundation of our pre-school and kindergarten.  The elementary program uses a blend of Abeka, Bob Jones, and Purposeful Design curriculum.

Scott Foresman Reading Street and Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop are used in 5th grade.  Students also have a weekly rotation of Fine Arts, computer skills, library, and physical education. From “See You At The Pole” in September to National Day of Prayer in May, our students quickly learn about the power of prayer and it’s importance in our everyday lives.  We have a group of dedicated parents that meet on campus every Thursday morning to lift up our school, our students and their families, our faculty and our administration, our community, our nation and our leaders.  Elementary students also attend Chapel for a time of worship and continued teaching from the Bible and also have opportunities to lead worship in our Chapel times.

Elementary students have many opportunities for enrichment through activities such as Girls on the Run (girls in grades 3-5), 5th Grade Band, Bricks for Kidz and we have recently started a Cyberkids Robotics team for 4th and 5th graders.  Students in grades 1-5 are also able to participate in our Jr. Eagles Athletic program in soccer, basketball, cheerleading, t-ball, and coach pitch.  Our High school students also provided after-school sports clinics for our Elementary students. Technology is one of our focuses as we work to engage the 21st century learner.  We have recently added two Net Book labs for teachers to take into their classrooms. Several of our classrooms have interactive whiteboards installed for the students to utilize in addition to several mobile interactive whiteboards in our building. Our desire is that Christ is glorified through all that we do at GCS.






Jonathan Huitt

Jonathan Huitt

Jonathan Huitt double majored at Liberty University in Biology and Chemistry. He then attended UNC-Charlotte and got his certification in Middle Grades Science and an M.A. in Education. Jonathan then attended Liberty University for his M.Ed with a concentration in Supervision and Leadership with a certification in administration from the state of Virginia. He is currently writing his dissertation to complete his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Columbia International University. 

Jonathan is a product of Christian school and has been involved in Christian education either through being a student or teacher for almost thirty years.  Jonathan has been a teacher, coach, or administrator in the middle school at Gaston Christian for fifteen years. Jonathan is passionate about Christian Education and loves middle school students! Jonathan has a wife and three children. All three children attend Gaston Christian School.

MIDDLE SCHOOL Staff Directory


Staff Member Department Email Address
Brack, Heidi Music & MS Concert Chorus
Cook, Tina Math 6/Pre-Algebra 8/Dean of Students
Currence, Kay After School Care Director
Denham, Julie History 8/Bible 7
Frady, Amber English 6
Grahl, Patricia Science 6/Science 8
Gunter, John Band/Music 8
Huitt, Jonathan Principal
Lambert, Holly Art
Loeffler, Olivia MS PE 6,7, 8 (Girls)
Lynn, Stephanie Bible 6/Foreign Language
Moore, Jason MS PE 6, 7, 8 (Boys)
Parker, Karen Staff
Peckman, Joel Algebra 8/Bible 8
Rabb, Pattiann English 8
Robinson, Trina Technology & Personal Finance
Taylor, April Pre-Algebra 7/Science 7
VanZant, Terry History 6 & 7
Williams, Lizzie English 7






Dr. Joel Uecker

Dr. Joel Uecker

Dr. Joel Uecker (the U is silent) is our new Associate Head of School/High School Principal for Gaston Christian School. Dr. Uecker is a seasoned veteran of Christian education. He graduated from Norfolk Christian School, attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees and has a Doctorate Degree from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Dr. Uecker will be over the academic areas of the school. 

HIGH SCHOOL Staff Directory

Name Subject Email
Abromaitis, Becky Yearbook, Art
Barrett, Tim Chaplain, Bible
Brack, Heidi Choral
Brandon, Melissa Technology Support
Brooks, Karen International Students
Collins, Ricky Band, Praise Team
Connell, Ken Social Studies
Erwin, Randy Director of Communications
Grahl, Joshua Science
Hartley, Ashley Bible/Communications
Hartley, Kevin Math
Hawxwell, Tom Athletic Director
Huelsman, Dr. Shirley Academic Dean, English
Huitt, Justin Health/PE
Lands, Karen English
Loeffler, Olivia Health/PE
Lovelace, Brandon Video & Visual Design
Lynn, Adam Administration, Math
Medlin, Maralie Director of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts
Moore, Mark Bible, Spanish
Oates, Justin English
Overton, Jill Art
Pratt, Christa Social Studies
Ramsey, Susan Math
Roach, Amanda Science
Robinson, Mike Security
SanMillan, Bethsy Spanish
Schofield, Les Theatre Arts
Smith, Barbara Administrative Assistant
Tankersley, Rev. Mark Bible
Turpin, Chelsea School Counselor
Uecker, Dr. Joel Associate Head of School/High School Principal
vanPelt, Leigh Athletics




There are approximately 900 students in the PK3 – grade 12 program on the school’s 66 acre campus.

Gaston Christian School

1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd. Gastonia NC



Come spend some time with us and discover why Gaston Christian School may be THE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!


Early Childhood Office:
(704) 824-9893

Elementary School Office:
(704) 824-9011

Middle School Office:
(704) 349-5030

High School Office:
(704) 349-5020

Business Office:
(704) 349-5025
FAX (704) 349-5027

Admissions Office:
(704) 824-4128
FAX (704) 349-5027

Gaston Christian School
1625 Lowell Bethesda Rd. Gastonia, N.C.  28056

Gaston Christina School is the best private Christian school in Gaston County, North Carolina. We are also the best private Christian school in the following North Carolina counties: Mecklenburg County, Lincoln County, Cleveland County and York County. In addition to these counties, we are also the best private Christian school for Gastonia, Belmont, Cramerton, Lowell, Lincolnton, Bessemer City, Charlotte, Mt. Holly and the surrounding areas. If you want a premier private Christian education with top-tier instruction, athletics and extracurricular activities, Gaston Christian School is the best private Christian school in Gastonia, NC for you!

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