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.

Dr. Mary Clater

Mary ministers in KCEA on a part-time basis, especially assisting staff with the many aspects of preparing for and reviewing student programs.  With a doctorate in American Studies and a Master’s degree in European History, her knowledge and teaching experience in Christian education at the high school and collegiate levels brings a wide range of background experiences to apply when working on KCEA activities.

Dr. Thomas Coleman

Dr. Coleman has ministered within KCEA for decades as a local pastor, while also serving for an extended period on the Board as President. He has served since 2018 in a consulting role, communicating with leaders and staff at local ministries and visiting ministries throughout the state.

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.