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OUR TEAM


Joshua & Bernice
Founders of Christian Academy & Lighthouse


Russell Brabec, Secretary, Christian Academy & Lighthouse
Rose Marie Brabec, Treasurer and Registered Agent, Christian Academy & Lighthouse

Rose Marie's interest in helping children started when her parents were foster parents on a dairy farm in the Midwest. Rose Marie has been both an educator, an entrepreneur, and a world traveler. As a wife, mother, and grandmother, her motto has always been, "God 1st, Family 2nd, and Career/Business 3rd." She was a classroom teacher and then wrote a Christian Art curriculum for North Florida Christian School in Tallahassee, Florida where she taught 650 students in 1-12th grades each week. She then joined her husband as Vice President at Design & More Interiors. She was privileged to be invited into a variety of homes and businesses where she gained an appreciation for a diversity of heritage, faiths, and budgets. It also provided for international buying trips while using her artistic talents. In turn, Rose Marie has invited international exchange students into their home for a full year of studies, taught Sunday school classes, and been involved with various community business groups.

Russ has celebrated 48 years of marriage to Rose Marie. He is a father and grandfather, was an art educator at Sioux Fall Christian University and then President of Design & More Interiors for 30 years. Russ gained a keen interest in missions when he went with 11 other men on an Around-the-World-Missions-Tour encouraging missionaries. He traveled to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, and Burma, Hong Kong, many cities in India, Egypt, several European countries, and England. Russ has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club International. Like Rose Marie, Russ has a heart for children and enjoyed giving a helping hand in several children's Sunday school classes.



Board Members


Charlie Lewis, Founder & CEO of The Kingdom Group

Charlie Lewis is an International Business Man who lives in Thomasville, Georgia with his wife, Fran (a Gemologist University Graduate) of more than forty-five years. They have two wonderful sons, Zachary and Nicholas whose jobs form a team effort in the Kingdom Group business which give opportunities to 30,000+ agents. Their wives Leah and Jennifer have each added two additional Lewis', ZJ and Ben and Kaitlyn and Nick II, the four Lewis Grandchildren, are among the most beautiful and intelligent Grandchildren ever. Charlie & Fran Lewis Family operates several Enterprises, but they function primarily as a National Distribution Company for many large insurance carriers. The Kingdom Group works with a base of approximately thirty- thousand Agents and employees with several hundred Company personnel. He has traveled to over 50 countries sharing the Good News of the Kingdom of God and how humanity can benefit from it through Relationship and Benefit. God is teaching him principles of the Kingdom through his business experiences, which is where "THE KINGDOM SYSTEM" 3-Book Series was birthed. Fran is a university graduate Gemologist and has operated multiple jewelry stores for more than thirty years, giving many people great business opportunities and jobs. Charlie and Fran find that team effort through business has given them tools by which they are able to share the Good News of Jesus Christ around the world. CHARLIELEWIS BIOGRAPHY


Pastor Jonathan & Jennifer Pugh

Jonathan grew up in a home centered around Christian ministry with parents who taught the utmost importance of taking the Good News of Jesus to all of the people of the world. His parents’ Gospel witness led him to be converted to Christ at a young age and pursue his own call to Christian ministry. He holds degrees from King University, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity. He has spent over ten years in pastoral ministry and is currently serving as the Associate Pastor at Venture Church in Dallas, NC.

Jonathan has been challenged through his family connections, Godly friendships, and educational opportunities to view missions in local communities and around the world as the primary means through which God calls His church to bring glory to His name. His passion is for Christians in the churches he serves to be praying, connected, and giving to Gospel ministry in the darkest and most strategic places on earth.

God has gifted Jennifer with passion and expertise in the area of special education. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she graduated in 2007. She holds training and certification in various methods to meet the unique needs of students with learning disabilities so that they can attain academic and vocational success. Her current mission field is a class of students with autism at Lowell Elementary School in Lowell, NC. Jennifer is profoundly interested in the spiritual development of children and adults with special needs. She is able to offer a very unique perspective in helping Lighthouse to fulfill its mission to this population.

Jonathan and Jennifer are natives of Greensboro and High Point, NC. They currently reside near Charlotte, NC. They have four children who range from eight to one years old. They pray daily for their children to become obedient followers of Jesus with hearts to share Him with the nations.


Pastor Tommy & Audrey Tennison

Tommy Tennison was raised in a broken home. He was saved at the age of 17 while in Army basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Tommy and Audrey have four children, many grandchildren, and married 42 years. He attended Bible College for five years at two different Bible Colleges graduating with a Bachelor’s degree majoring in Bible and Missions. He has been actively serving in various capacities in the local church since his salvation. He was ordained to the gospel ministry at Temple Baptist Church (now North Florida Baptist Church) in Tallahassee, Florida and has bi-vocationally pastored three different churches. After 30 years serving in law enforcement, he retired as a Police Officer in September 2016. Currently, He enjoys working outside of law enforcement and serves as the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. He has a special God given desire to serve in the Christian Academy & Lighthouse ministry as it will bring the Love of God to widows and orphans.

Audrey was raised in a Christian home and went to local church meetings every time the doors were unlocked. She was saved at the age of six. She was involved in helping with the children’s ministry as soon as she was too old to participate in them. She graduated with a Bachelor in Religious Education with a Christian Day School emphasis. Audrey has 22 years of teaching experience in Christian private schools. She also home-schooled their four children for five years. Currently, she leads the children’s ministry at their local church. After retiring, she has begun helping other people home-school their children. God has blessed her with a love and understanding for children.

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Christian Academy & Lighthouse, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible under IRS regulations in the USA. (EIN: 81-3587059)

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