Faculty

Pastor Bob Snyder

Bob Snyder is an ordained minister of the gospel, serving as founder, director, and tutor of Spring Branch Academy, and also as one of the associate pastors at Countryside Bible Church in Jonesville, Michigan. He has Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, an M.Div., and a Ph.D. in Church History from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Jinna have been married over twenty-five years, and have been blessed with six children.

  • North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND): BS, Mathematics, BS, Mechanical Engineering
  • Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Minneapolis, MN): Master of Divinity
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY): PhD, American Church History
  • Academic teaching experience includes teaching full-time at two Christian schools in Kentucky and being an adjunct professor at Hillsdale College (Lecturer in Religion)

Mr. Aaron Darlington and Mrs. Monica Darlington

Pastor Aaron Darlington serves as one of the associate pastors at Countryside Bible Church and teaches second-year Greek. Having spent time in over twenty different countries as a missionary, he brings unique cultural and linguistic experience to the classroom. He’s been trained in biblical Greek and Hebrew, English, and Latin, and speaks Spanish. His wife Mónica, a native Spanish speaker, teaches conversational Spanish at Spring Branch as well. She loves practicing hospitality and photography. 

  • Bluffton University (Bluffton, OH): BA, English Language and Literature
  • The Master’s Seminary (Sun Valley, CA): Master of Divinity,
  • The Master’s Seminary (Sun Valley, CA): Master of Theology [expected 2022]
  • Academic teaching experience includes tutoring Masters-level students in Greek and Hebrew, tutoring middle and high school students in reading, writing, and ACT/SAT test prep, and two years at Rockland Academy (Woodland Hills, CA).

Mr. Keith Keana

Mr. Keana comes with a considerable amount of experience teaching chemistry in the United States Air Force, including the academy in Colorado.  Equipped with both a bachelor degree and a master degree in chemistry, he also brings to his teaching a passion for God’s wisdom and ways in science.  He and his wife are currently raising two children, both of whom take classes at the academy.  He also teaches some upper-level mathematics.

  • University of Oregon/University of Oregon Honors College: BA, Chemistry & Minor, French
  • University of Oregon: Master of Chemistry
  • Academic teaching experience includes one year University of Oregon, four years as Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy, and two years as Professor and Chair of Aerospace Science at Michigan State University.

Mr. Jonathan Meckel

Mr. Jonathan Meckel is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College who teaches mathematics and classical logic at the academy. He tutored math students for two years in Algebra and Geometry while he was a college student, and was able to stay on after graduation to continue in a teaching role. He double majored in English and mathematics.

  • Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI): BA, Mathematics and English
  • Academic teaching experience includes two years of math tutoring at SBA before beginning his teaching role

Mr. Chandler Ryd

Mr. Chandler Ryd teaches Humanities II at Spring Branch Academy, leading the Sophomores through a wide range of history and literature. He and his wife, Lara, are members at Countryside Bible Church and live in Jonesville with their young son. A graduate of Hillsdale College, he received his BA in English with a minor in Classical Education, including a semester-long apprenticeship at Hillsdale Academy. He brings his love of writing, storytelling, and art to Spring Branch.

  • Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, MI) BA, English, & Minor, Classical Education
  • Academic teaching experience includes classroom observation, teaching, and grading during apprenticeship