Dr. Charles Blackstock
In 1979, our Pastor, Charles Blackstock, was attending Georgia Tech where he was studying for a degree in engineering.In 1992 he received his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Education. In 1993 he finished his studies toward a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Finally, in 2000 he was walking the aisle for a Doctorate in Pastoral Theology. God laid on his heart to start a church in Dawsonville, GA. On October 10th, 1999, Lighthouse Baptist Church had its first meeting in a restaurant called The Fisherman’s Net. Despite the unusual location, the church began to grow and God again blessed our Pastor’s faithfulness.
Mr. Dewey Moye
Mr. Dewey Moye has spent forty-six years in both public and private schools. His background includes twelve years as Superintendent of Lumpkin County Schools, seventeen years as a public school principal, four years as a private school headmaster, and ten years as an assistant principal. He also served as an Adjunct Professor at UNG for one year. His advanced degree in Educational Leadership is from the University of Georgia. His dedication to the pursuit of excellence for children and creating the very best environment spiritually and academically is his top priority. He is married to a wonderful wife of forty-nine years. They have three children and three grandchildren.
Assistant Principal, Athletic Director
Jamie Reynolds grew up in Greenwood, SC, and graduated from Eastside Christian School. While attending there he developed a love for sports, specifically basketball, which has led him to become the head coach for the high school boys team at LCA. Jamie attended The Crown College in Knoxville, TN where he graduated with a degree in Pastoral Studies. He has served as the Student Pastor at LBC since 2015. He and his wife, Kristin, lead all youth ministries at the church, and enjoy working together with the many different ages to help them grow closer to God. Jamie’s favorite pastimes include reading and playing basketball.
High School English
Kristin Marie Reynolds grew up in Cumming in a loving Christian home. She attended Lighthouse Baptist Church, where she worked in a variety of ministries with her family. Kristin graduated from The Crown College of the Bible in Knoxville, TN with a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English and Physical Education. She is married to Jamie, who is the Student Pastor at Lighthouse, and works alongside him with the youth. In her free time, she enjoys reading, the great outdoors and spending time with her awesome husband. Kristin has a heart for young people and deeply desires to influence them to grow more like Christ every day. Although she is a true Georgia peach and the South is her home, her goal is to one day travel the world, one coffee shop at a time.
High School History
Catherine Craig Pickel
Hello. I am Ms.Craig Pickel. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and attended school in Dekalb County. In Atlanta I was an active member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church where I served as a youth counselor. I attended Asbury University, a small christian school in Wilmore, Kentucky. At Asbury University I served on the tumbling team. We traveled to churches and schools on weekends and spring break sharing the word of God. During my college years I also served at Camp Glisson, Methodist church camp in Dahlonega. At Camp Glisson I was a counselor, a section leader, and the summer camp director. After college I went to work for Dekalb County Schools in Atlanta. I started my career teaching at an alternate school for expelled middle and elementary school children. I also spent several years teaching kindergarten in Dekalb County Schools. During this time I earned a Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction. I am a reading specialist. It was always my dream to live in Dahlonega. So, in 1999 I traded the city for the mountains and moved to Dahlonega, Georgia. I have spent the last twenty years teaching first and second grades. During this time I adopted my daughter, Maria, from Guatemala and earned a Specialist Degree from Piedmont College. For twenty years I was an active member at Dahlonega United Methodist Church. I taught children’s church for twelve years.
7th and 8th Grades
Mrs. Karen Johnston grew up in small-town Alabama. Like many southern women, she believes in the fundamentals of Faith, Family, Food, and Football. (Roll Tide!)
Karen has been married to her husband, Jeff, for over 17 years and has served beside him in the youth ministry for 15 of those years. She earned her BS in Elementary Education and used her degree to homeschool their 2 children, substitute for their Christian school in NC, and teach math for Lighthouse in 2020.
One of Karen’s philosophies is: we are not to raise kids; we are to train capable young adults.
My husband, Dewey and I, moved to North Georgia over 40 years ago. I earned my teaching degree from Horth Georgia College and taught for 25 years. My experiences include teaching K-12, EIP, and gifted classes.
I have been Teacher of the Year in two different schools in Hall County and Lumpkin County. I firmly believe that every child can learn. I believe that creating a positive environment is critical to the learning process. I have retired but am looking forward to returning to the classroom. We have three grown children and three grandchildren. My husband and I are looking forward to celebrating our 50th anniversary. I am so happy to be a part of Lighthouse Christian Academy.
Gina Sexton was born and raised in South Florida. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University, and taught in public schools for 13 years. Gina moved to Georgia 11 years ago to be near her family. Gina has taught in Christian schools for the last 7 years – the last 3 years have been at LCA. During this time she grew as a Christian and now has a personal relationship with God. Gina has a son living and working in Arizona. In 2020, Gina married Tony, and their first grandchild was born this year. In her free time, you will probably find Gina in her “craft cave” making greeting cards, scrapbooking, and art journaling in her Bible.
1st and 2nd Grades
Penny Jones was born in Toledo, Ohio, and grew up in South Florida, where she taught ABEKA for 12 years in Christian schools. Before coming to LCA, she was in Lumpkin County Educational System classrooms for 16 years. She has served at LCA as the First and Second grade combined class teacher for 2 years. She has 30 years of classroom experience.
Tom, her husband of 36 years, and Penny are members of Lighthouse Baptist Church. They have one grown daughter, Katie. The rest of her children are in her classroom. She feels the happiest when they walk in each morning and say, “Good morning, Mrs. Jones!”
Laura Lunsford received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of North Georgia. The past four years, she has taught both Preschool and Pre-K. Laura is excited about teaching in a Christian environment and instilling God’s love into young hearts. “Being a graduate of LCA, I feel extremely blessed to be returning as a teacher!”