This month’s podcast features Joel Gaines, High School Principal at The City School of Philadelphia, and Jenny Brady, Director of Diversity at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, Texas. I talk with Joel and Jenny about their national work spearheading efforts to create diverse and inclusive communities in Christian schools, as well as the philosophy, programs, and practices they use in their own school settings.

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Additional Resources:

For resources related to inclusive Christian education, check out a podcast with Elizabeth Dombrowski, Executive Director of the CLC Network, on creating inclusive communities in Christian schools, as well as blog posts on Belonging and Disability in the Christian School and Inclusive Education: One Christian School’s Journey.

About the Host   

ACSIDr. Lynn Swaner is the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at ACSI, where she leads initiatives and develops strategies to address compelling questions and challenges facing Christian education. Prior to joining ACSI she served as a Christian school administrator and a graduate professor of education. A published scholar and conference speaker, she is the lead editor of the book PIVOT: New Directions for Christian Education, co-author of Bring It to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning, and editor of the ACSI blog. She received her EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, in New York City. She can be reached via email at 

About the Guests

Joel R. Gaines serves as the high school principal at The City School in Philadelphia. He graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University (Cairn University) with a BS in education and biblical studies, and earned his MEd in education from Cabrini University. Joel has served in multiple roles over the past 10 years in both Christian and public education, and in both urban and suburban settings. He can be reached via email at

Jenny Brady serves as the Director of Diversity at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), a position created for the passion and personal experiences she brings to the diversity discussion. Jenny grew up on the mission field in Honduras and returned to the US for college graduating with a BA in Spanish from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is completing her Masters in Sociology in December 2018, while working at PCA as a teacher and administrator. Jenny has a passion for missions and mentoring – taking the gospel to the ends of the earth while training up the next generation of godly young men and women. She can be reached at


Questions to Consider:

1. How do you and your team currently work to foster diversity and inclusion in intentional ways?

2. Looking at the coming school year, how could you be more intentional—and what people and resources do you need to involve to take the next steps toward fostering a diverse community in your school?

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