Halifax Christian Academy is pleased to announce that Mr. Stephen Michels is returning to the faculty on a full- time basis, serving in middle and high school, beginning in September. Mr. Michels has touched a multitude of lives through his previous tenure at HCA, and via his work as a Pastor at multiple churches in the HRM region. Stephen’s ability to connect with middle and high school students is well known and highly respected. Stephen uses his connection with students to help them discover Jesus and the Gospel, and then to grow in their faith once they have chosen to become a Christ-follower.
For those that do not yet know Stephen:
Stephen is excited to be returning to the HCA team for the fall of
2019. Stephen is no stranger to the field of Christian education. He holds a jointly awarded BA from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University with a teachable focus in English and history, a BEd from St. Francis Xavier University, as well as a MA in Educational Ministries from Providence Theological Seminary. Stephen holds a teacher’s license in the Province of Nova Scotia and is an ordained pastor with the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist Churches in Canada. Stephen taught part time at HCA in 1993-94, returning to take on a full-time position from 1995 to 2005. Since that time, Stephen has returned to speak in student chapels, do some supply teaching and taught a year long Bible survey course for grade nine in 2014-14. During his tenure at HCA, Stephen taught junior and senior high school English, senior high social studies, Bible, and
Drama. Stephen served as the student services director for students transitioning to post-secondary education as well as supporting the principal in the role senior high school administrative liaison. He supported extra curricular activities by coaching the soccer teams and directing some of the junior-senior high school major dramatic presentations.
When Stephen became a teacher, he quickly realized that he could not truly teach students without ministering to the whole person, both the mind and the soul. While schools can do great things teaching students skills, if each young person’s identity as the intentional creation of a loving, holy God is not presented and understood, Stephen felt that he would be failing them in what matters most. When Stephen encountered HCA, he found a place where he would be free and encouraged to minister to the whole person.
Stephen is excited to join the staff at HCA moving into the future because he has experienced what the school can be through what it has been in the past. Stephen remembers when the school mission was focused on discipleship infused education and the school was growing both numerically and
spiritually. Stephen has seen the school with over 300 enrolled students and believes the Lord has set up the school, through the clear focus and dedication of its leadership, to be that again.