Professional, Dedicated Staff

Dr. Ted & Mrs. Shirley Clater

Dr. Ted & Mrs. Shirley Clater

Ted is an ordained minister of the Gospel and has ministered on a full-time basis with KCEA since 1979. He holds a Master’s degree  in Christian Education and has 40 years of experience in pastoral and Christian education ministries. Clearwater Christian College conferred upon Ted the Doctor of Pedagogy, Honoris Causa, in 2001. With KCEA, Ted’s role is to give administrative oversight to the whole ministry and its staff, to produce KCEA’s publications, and to act as liaison with the government regarding education and childcare issues.

Shirley’s Master’s degree is in Christian Education, and her 40 years of experience as church/school worker (plus wife and mother) have come in handy. She began with KCEA on a part-time basis, and this grew to a full-time commitment by the late 1980’s. With KCEA, she serves as the office manager and specializes in administering the student and staff-oriented programs of the Association.

Part-Time Specialists

Rev. Terry Bachur

Terry came to minister in KCEA on a full-time basis in 1993. His education includes a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, plus doctoral work. He has 35 years of pastoral and educational experience, and over 15 years helping schools and churches respond to current environmental laws.  Terry served on the KCEA Board from 1980-1985. He is a walking encyclopedia of specializations, including environmental issues, educational leadership, special education, and programs for school and church leadership. Terry now serves as a consultant to the KCEA Board and Staff and to the affiliating ministries.

Michael Clater

Michael came to minister on a full-time basis in 2009. His education includes a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and a Master’s degree in History.  He has a lifetime of knowledge of KCEA’s activities and programs and a decade of experience as a collegiate librarian.  He continues to serve through his strengths in research, legislative and legal issues, and student programs.

Rev. Jonathan Tillman

Jonathan has ministered in KCEA for a couple decades while being the pastor of a local church while his children matriculated in a neighboring KCEA-affiliated Christian school.  His dominent role has involved lending assistance through his expertise in computers, software, recording, and other areas of technology.  Beginning in January, 2016, his role was broadened to include assistance in publications, program administration, and consultation.

Georgene Whalen

Georgene serves, especially assisting Shirley with the many aspects of program administration, database management, and mailings.  Georgene’s extensive teaching experience in Christian education (MS, English) brings a wealth of background to many of her tasks.  She and her husband have a long history of involvement with KCEA and their two children attended and graduated from an affiliating school.  She has served in the office since August, 2005.

Nathan Hoerner

Nathan lends his academic degree and expertise in accounting to handle the details of KCEA’s bookkeeping and checkwriting.  Nathan was involved in KCEA throughout his childhood and teen years.  He began serving in KCEA in 2016.