Meet our staff

Learn a little bit about our team here at LCA #LCARoyalFamily

Dr. Charles Blackstock


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.

Lynn Brennan


 Lynn Brennan

Lynn Brennan graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio in 2002 with a B.S. of Science in Education, with concentrations in Social Studies, Science and Reading. She has worked both secularly and ministerially since then. For 10 years, she worked with her husband in Reformers Unanimous Recovery Programs, and jail ministries in Ohio. She has a passion for discipling hurting and broken people, and those suffering with addiction. She has been involved in the jail ministry in Dawson County and has a clergy license to minister to the inmates. She was the Principal of Crossroads Christian Academy in Streetsboro, Ohio for 5 years before moving to Georgia, and has worked in Dawson and Forsyth schools before accepting the Principal position at Lighthouse Christian Academy in 2018. She is the owner of House Blend Photography, and also works with Go Media on occasion for corporate events. Her hobbies include storm chasing and weather photography, for which she is Skywarn Certified, being a local coffee connoisseur, and long walks on any beach. She is married to Timothy Brennan, and has four children, and two Brussels Griffons.


Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Jamie Reynolds

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.

Kristin Reynolds

High School English

Kristin Reynolds

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.

April Jones

High School History

April Joines

April grew up on the West Coast in Seattle, Washington and the San Francisco Bay area of California but was originally from the great state of Alabama. She attended Southeastern College in Raleigh, North Carolina with a degree in Business Administration and Accounting. After graduation she worked for a CPA firm, and soon after decided to pursue teaching. April taught preschool for many years, and more recently has taught middle and high school English. She is a wife, mom of four, and is also furthering her degree with Liberty University. She loves coffee, Alabama football, music, and all things Disney!

Gina Vanvliet

4th-5th Grade

Gina Sexton

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 the public schools for 13 years. Gina moved to Georgia 8 years ago to be near her family. God closed many doors in Georgia until he brought her to a Christian school in Dawson where she taught for 4 years. During this time, she grew as a Christian and now has a personal relationship with God and was baptized last year. Gina has a son who works and lives in Arizona. She also has 2 step-children (her late husband’s kids). Gina’s faithful companion is her dog Benji, who never leaves her side. In her free time, you will probably find Gina in her “craft cave” making greeting cards, scrapbooking and art journaling in her Bible.

April Jones

1st and 2nd Grades

Penny Jones

Penny Jones was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in South Florida. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia for 29 years. Before coming to LCA, she was in Lumpkin County Educational System classrooms for 16 years and taught ABEKA for 12 years in private Christian schools. She and her husband, of 36 years, attend Lighthouse Baptist Church. They have a daughter, Katie, who works at UGA. She is taking accounting classes as well. 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!


High School Science

Emily Beuschel

Emily grew up in Juda, Wisconsin, and graduated from Brodhead High School. During her time there, she attended Blackhawk Technical College and earned 22 college credits in the health sciences with the Youth Apprenticeship Program. She began her career in the health sciences by working with patients of all ages at her local nursing home and hospital. Emily was also an active participant in High School cross country, track and field, choir, and band. Her background in public school increased her desire to attend a Christian College. This led her to follow God’s will and attend Pensacola Christian College. After four years of serving in Sunday ministry groups, being a leader in collegian academics and prayer groups, and dedicating her life to learning more about Christ, she found LCA to be the perfect choice for her new calling in education. One of Emily’s passion is to help students discern fact and faith, and to question why they believe what they believe in the world of science. Emily’s favorite things are camping, hunting, reading, and Chick-Fil-A!

Sonya Atkins - teacher

3rd Grade

Kristen Robinson

Kristen Robinson was born and raised in Lemmon, South Dakota. She was a 2 year old lead teacher, and an assistant director at a local daycare before she started watching a couple of kids at her home, so she could stay at home with her first born. Kristen was an assistant teacher at DCA for 2 years. In addition to teaching 3rd grade, she is the yearbook advisor, assistant Royals volleyball coach, and the Royals basketball parent coordinator. Kristen is married to Steven, and they have 3 children that attend LCA.

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