“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be lit.”
Buffalo Creek Boys School believes that a Classical, Christian education is the best approach to whet a boy’s appetite for discovery, unlock his passion and creativity for the task at hand, while presenting him with opportunities and challenges that inspire and motivate him to grow to his God-given potential in mind, body and spirit. By working in partnership with parents and the community, BCBS equips boys with the necessary tools of learning and finds meaningful ways to channel their energies into positive growth. The school nourishes their souls on Truth, Goodness, and Beauty so that in Christ each boy is able to know, glorify and enjoy God.
Faculty and Staff
BCBS hires staff that exhibit godly character, demonstrate an active and growing faith in Jesus Christ, and love to study God’s Word. They serve as Christian role models for the students and their families. Our teachers are professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, and express an enthusiasm for learning and their subject matter. They have a passion for working with adolescent boys and an ability to teach in a manner consistent with our educational philosophies.
Head of School and Teacher
Lee grew up all over the Southeast, as his father was transferred as a store manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and earned a Juris Doctor degree from Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. He has been the principal of law firms in both Ellijay, Georgia, and Lexington, Virginia, enjoying a career of “teaching clients, judges, and juries about the law.” He discovered his passion for ceramic arts in college and has been a wood-fire potter ever since. He is a self-taught mandolin, harmonica and guitar player, and loves nothing better than a good cup of coffee while listening to some bluegrass music. Lee is a leather craftsman, horseman, and outdoorsman, and particularly loves camping and cooking over an open fire. He has great enthusiasm for science, grammar, the stars, and critters of all kinds, including snakes and raptors. Lee became a Christian at the age of 12 through the influence of his youth pastor at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Alabama. He believes that the most effective way to have an eternal impact on individuals, our community, and our nation is to raise a generation with the spiritual and academic mettle to set themselves apart as men of character.
Assistant Principal and Teacher
Rebecca grew up in a family of eight in Nashville, Tennessee, McLean, Virginia, and Atlanta, Georgia. She earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and her middle school teaching certification from the University of Georgia.
She taught in public school for four years and ended up with her own “one room schoolhouse” when God called her to homeschool her four children for six years. In 2001, her family sold everything and spent a year on the road, homeschooling with America as their classroom. In Rockbridge County, Rebecca taught Weekday Religious Education (WRE) in the public schools and helped create and lead a homeschool co-op. In 2014, she also took her first of many mission trips to Africa to teach in classical Christian schools in Rafiki villages. Her passion is to teach sports, games, music, dancing, fiber arts, gardening, and core subjects from a Biblical worldview in an engaging way.
The opportunity to nurture the hearts of young boys as they learn and mature is a challenge and calling Rebecca is excited to heed.
Brent was born in Billings, Montana, but spent the majority of his childhood growing up in Wisconsin. He attended private, Christian education his entire life, and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2011, while also commissioning as an Army Infantry Officer. The next few years found Brent moving through military posts, assignments, and deployments, but in February of 2018, he decided to exit the active military in order to spend more time with his wife and 3 sons, as well as pursue the Lord’s work in his life through other ventures.
Brent played piano for years as a young man, and is a self-taught guitar player and amateur woodworker. He enjoys fixing up homes, diving into remodel projects, exploring the wild outdoors with his 3 young boys, and wishes to pursue living a simple and self-sustaining life off the beautiful earth the Lord created.
Brent found the Lord molding and challenging him through his walk in the military and interaction with young men of all different backgrounds, and keenly felt the call to continue that path of interaction with young students through becoming an educator and Classical Christian teacher.
The BCBS board is the governing body of our school. Its purpose is to set policies that define and maintain the goals of the school and align them with Biblical principles. It makes sure that all programs, curriculum, and major decisions are consistent with the school’s mission, philosophy, and strategic plan in order to promote the long-term growth and prosperity of BCBS.
Rev. William, “Bill,” Cobble
Bill completed an undergraduate degree in Industrial Education for secondary and adult education and also holds a Masters Degree in human Relations. He taught Technical Education at the Junior High level and construction trades in the Job Corps environment.
He served two years in the Army Airborne and completed his twenty-year military career as an Air Force Officer. He owned and operated a light construction and custom woodworking company.
Bill was called into the ministry and ordained in 2011. He has served as Pastor in Bratislava, Slovakia and Peace Branch Ministries in Rockbridge County, Virginia.
Bill enjoys reading, crafts, and home improvement projects. One of him many favorite verses is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Cheryl Orange Nester
After being introduced to Classical Christian education twenty years ago, Cheryl has been an active learner and participant. She has worked in Classical Christian Schools as a Head of School, Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Head of School, Teacher, and Board Member. Classical Christian Education teaches according to how children grow by using the ‘bent’ of each age through the grammar, logic, and rhetoric stages. She can testify to the academic success of students educated through Classical Christian instruction.
Cheryl has undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics, and a concentration in Accounting, with Master of Divinity work in Christian Education. Prior to working as a nonprofit executive, she worked professionally as an investment broker and accountant with national firms. She currently is self-employed as a Fee-only Financial Advisor and Consultant.
In addition to spending time with family and friends, Cheryl enjoys reading, dancing, walking, and flower gardening. One of her favorite verses is: “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord…” (Philippians 3:8)
Randy is a native of Rockbridge County. He was born in Lexington and raised in Buena Vista.
Randy attended Radford University and received his degree in History. While teaching grades 4 and 5 in Waynesboro, VA he received his master’s degree in Educational Leadership from James Madison University. Currently, Randy is writing his dissertation to complete his doctoral degree at Virginia Tech.
Randy’s entire career has been in education. After teaching for four years, Randy held his first administrative position as a middle school assistant principal. For 19 years he was an administrator at all three levels. He currently is the Director of Operations for Rockbridge County Schools, a position he has held for the past two years.
In his free time, Randy enjoys spending time with his family and working on a dirt late model race team. Randy lives in Lexington with his wife Rebecca and daughter Quinn. They also have a son who lives and works in Austin, TX.
Debbie received her BSN from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio and worked her career as a nurse at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg, VA. She and her husband raised their three children in Lynchburg and became acquainted with Classical education through New Covenant Schools where their children attended.
Debbie has retired in Rockbridge County where she is enjoying the beauty of nature all around. She is a firm believer in quality, well-rounded education in which children are challenged and encouraged to be the best they can be through varied skills of learning and consistent training to be a life-long learner.
Her favorite Scripture that sums up her life is Colossians 1:18: “He is the head of the Body, the Church, and He is the beginning; the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.”
Stan has been active in men’s ministries for more than 20 years. Having had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, Stan teaches the patterns and principles of the Kingdom of God and helps men understand: “Being Male is a matter of Birth. Being a man is a matter of choice”. His Spiritual gift is encouraging others with significant talents in teaching and leadership.
Retired now, Stan worked for more than 30 years as a Federal land manager with emphasis on the management and protection of water resources. He has a doctorate in Civil and Environmental engineering with undergraduate degrees in forestry and natural resources, and forest hydrology.
In his free time, Stan enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the world as an adventure motorcyclist and planning trips for others, exploring “back roads” with an eye to their past history , hiking, photography, and working with Habitat for Humanity.
Don grew up in Denver, Colorado, graduated from Oral Roberts University, traveled abroad with a music ministry group for three years and then received a Masterʼs degree at Tulsa University before completing post-graduate work at Stanford, Berkley in Boston, Eastman School of Music and University of North Texas. He is married with a daughter in Texas, a son in Virginia and 3 1/2 grandchildren running around somewhere in Austin and Lexington.
Mr. Eland taught jazz and commercial music for 20 years and then digital media for 20 years at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He was director for the MultiMedia Institute at ORU before retiring, Faculty Emeritus, in 2014.
He has traveled in 50 states and 48 countries, living in five of these countries. His hobbies and interests are
backpacking remote areas, woodworking, speed sailing, photography/videography, sax and flute.
His favorite scriptures are the ones that start with “In the beginning…” (Gen 11) and end with “Surely I come
quickly … Even so, come, Lord Jesus.” (Rev 2220)