First Lutheran Classical School Board of Directors
Art is a founding member of the First Lutheran Classical School Board, served two terms as its first chairman, and currently serves as board chairman. Art attended Grace Lutheran Grammar School and Luther North High School in Chicago, and is very grateful for the sacrifice his parents made to send him to those school. Art received a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation from the College of Education at Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in forestry from the University of Montana. He is retired after many years as a forester for Plum Creek Timber Company, and enjoys beautiful Montana and serving his Lord's church. He is the husband of Barb, the father of three grown children, and the grandfather of four. Instrumental in launching and shaping the vision of First Lutheran Classical School, Art previously served as the school administrator and spearheaded the school's involvement with the Sustainable Lutheran Schools Initiative.
Helen has been a board member since the inception of First Lutheran Classical School in 2007. She has worn many hats in service to her church in addition to her formal board service. She and her husband Mark, who is the SMP Pastor at First Lutheran Church, are long-time Missoula residents with a passion for following Christ. Helen and Mark have two married children and two grandsons. Helen has first-hand experience teaching young children and shepherding souls at In His Hands Childcare, an early childhood ministry of First Lutheran Church.
Joe joined our board in 2017 and also serves as development director. He is a former executive in commercial banking and real estate investments and now has an expert witness practice in the areas of commercial real estate and real estate finance. Joe has a BBA from Baylor and an MBA from the University of Texas. He is a licensed real estate broker in the states of Montana and Washington. Joe has long been involved with ministry leadership and consulting since he was ordained as a deacon in another evangelical denomination in 1984. He has served in spiritual leadership in five churches and been involved in starting two successful churches, including one where he was the church planter. He has provided consulting, board service, finance, facilities and start up advice to many churches and Christian ministries and schools, including critical start up help as part time EVP and board member of Theopolis Institute, a Biblical institute and pastoral training program located in Birmingham, Alabama. Joe and his wife Kim have two adult children, to whom they provided an education that involved public and Christian schools, as well as home schooling. Their daughter is a graduate of New Saint Andrews College, a Classical Christian College located in Moscow, Idaho, where Joe was formerly a member of the Advancement Advisory Council and participated in long term strategic planning.
Leah wears a variety of "hats" in her life, but her favorite ones are being a wife and mother. Her son, Marcus, is a student at First Lutheran Classical School, and he loves school! He had the "best day ever!" on the first day of school. Leah's husband Denny is a retired nurse anesthetist and big game outfitter/guide. Ever appreciative of education, Leah returned to school to study early childhood education at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. Leah previously taught preschool at First Lutheran Church for three- and four-year-olds two mornings a week. Leah and her family are long-time members of First Lutheran Church. Leah is the First Lutheran Classical School Admission and Enrollment Director.
Sierra is a life-time member of First Lutheran Church. She is married to Lincoln, and has two children, both of whom are students at FLCS. Sierra has her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and currently works at Clinical Research and Consulting. She joined the school board in 2008, two years before her son was to start kindergarten. The classical model jumped out at her as a great way for children to learn. The driving force behind her work for the FLCS board is to ensure that children have the opportunity to hear God's Word and receive a great education. Watching God grow the school over the years has been rewarding, and it is exciting to see what God has in store for the years to come!
Judy worked as a professional educator in public and private schools for over 36 years, teaching children in pre-kindergarten through the third grade. She received her elementary and college education at Lutheran schools. After retiring from the Lolo School District in 2014, Judy joined the FLCS board because she sees education and learning as a gift from God. She has also been involved with teaching Sunday School, starting in the seventh grade, and also Vacation Bible School. Judy also serves in the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Judy is married to Eugene, has one son, and has one daughter who lives in England with her husband and three children.
John is a retired nuclear physicist who worked as a group manager at Idaho National Labs before moving to Seeley Lake. Actively involved in the ministry of First Lutheran Church, John has served two terms as chairman of First Lutheran Classical School Board and is a Lay Minister. While living in Idaho Falls, John was chairman of the school board for ten years. He is married to Kathy and has two grown children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Sylvia Moody is totally at home around children. She grew up on a farm in a small town with seven brothers and four sisters, and life was loud and busy! A life-long Lutheran Christian, Sylvia has always had a thirst for learning about God and His Word and has been using that passion to share Christ as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher since she was twelve! At First Lutheran Church Sylvia plays in the hand bell choir and leads Sunday School openings as well as serving on the school board. Her varied life experiences include formative years on the farm, vocational education, working with her husband in a family-owned business, and homeschooling two of her children for eight years. Her husband Chuck has been her sweetheart since the 4th grade and for 38 years of marriage. They enjoy their two sons and one daughter, their spouses, and especially their six beautiful grandchildren.
Candi's whole life has been surrounded by Christian education. After having attended a Lutheran two-room school for grades one through eight, she choose to become a professional educator and graduated from Concordia Teacher's College in Seward, Nebraska. Candi taught for twenty-four years in Lutheran schools and nineteen years in Georgia public schools. Candi's children attended Lutheran schools, and she is a strong supporter of classical and Lutheran education. She is married to Roger and is the mother of two sons. "Now that I am a retired teacher, I look forward to helping our school grow and working with the students in our school as I am needed."