History

Twin Valley Bible Academy began and is currently operating as a ministry of Twin Valley Bible Chapel.

 Pastor Jack Palmer recognized the need for Christian education and began to pray about starting a Christian day school. In May of 1975, after seeing an advertisement for Accelerated Christian Education in a magazine, Pastor Jack Palmer and several others attended a rally for A.C.E. in Baltimore. Fully convinced of the quality of the A.C.E. program, Pastor Palmer and Twin Valley Bible Chapel became “Pioneers” of the Christian school movement. Twin Valley Bible Chapel officially broke ground in July of 1975 for Chapel expansion and Academy facilities. After 54 working days, the Academy opened its doors on September 10, 1975 with 94 students enrolled. On June 6, 1976, the first graduating class, made up of five seniors, received their high school diplomas.

In 1985, the Chapel and Academy were blessed by the addition of the “Family Center,” which includes the gymnasium, kitchen, locker rooms, and storage room. This addition was built and completely paid for by donations from God’s people. Needless to say, the Family Center has been a vital part of the Academy as well as the Chapel ministry over the past twenty years.

A number of Academy graduates have come back to serve on our staff. We have also had nearly 30 second generation students attend the Academy. Many of our graduates have gone onto higher education and are involved in ministry and numerous vocations.

 


 

Facilities

God has richly blessed Twin Valley Bible Academy with facilities that meet the needs of the ministry.

The students and teachers meet in the auditorium for chapel once a week. The auditorium is also used for music and drama rehearsals and special programs.

In 1985, the Chapel and Academy were blessed with the addition of the “Family Center,“ which includes the gymnasium, kitchen, locker rooms, and storage room. The Family Center has been used for a number of activities through the years—P.E. class, basketball and volleyball games, “Spirit Night,“ special lunches and banquets.

 


Staff

   Pastor Bill Muller - President


Pastor Muller has been in ministry all of his adult life having served as a Christian school teacher (elementary, Jr. High, Sr. High) and Administrator. He has also served the Lord as a Youth Pastor and Associate Pastor. He currently serves as the Senior Pastor at Twin Valley Bible Chapel and President of the Academy.

  Mr. Dale Lutz - Principal


Mr. Lutz graduated from Garden Spot High School in 1965, then enlisted in the Military for three years and served in Vietnam. Afterwards, he attended the Penn State Berks Campus for two years and received an Associates Degree in Business. He then went to Penn State, Middletown, and received a B.S. in Education. In 1992, Mr. Lutz began teaching Jr. High and also assumed the position of Assistant Principal. He has faithfully served in these positions through the years, and now serves as Principal of Twin Valley Bible Academy and the Supervisor of the Main Learning Center 5. 

  Mr. Nate Mellinger - Athletics Director


Nate Mellinger has served in various capacities in the academy for four years. He has filled the role of the Jr. High and High School boy’s physical education teacher, has served in the learning center as class monitor/supervisor, has taught an elective Bible class, is the current athletic director, and coaches the fall sports for the pioneer boys (soccer/golf). Nate graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute, Schroon Lake, New York in 2003, completing WOLBI’s two year Bible Certificate program. In 2003 Nate transferred to Appalachian Bible College in Beckley, West Virginia to complete his education. Upon graduation in 2006, Nate received a Bachelor of Arts in Theology with a minor emphasis in camping. After ordination in 2007 Nate took the position of Minister of Youth at Twin Valley Bible Chapel. Nate is married to Karen and has four children, Gabriel, Hayley, Noah and Joel.

 Mrs. Karen Mellinger - Girl's Gym Teacher


Karen Mellinger graduated from Howardsville Christian School in 2005. She then went to Appalachian Bible College in West Virginia and studied there for three semesters. She is originally from Michigan and currently serves as Girls P.E. Instructor, and is the Youth Pastor’s wife.

  Mrs. Kathy Martin - Music Director


Kathy Martin is a Twin Valley Bible Academy graduate of 1982. She attended Bob Jones University and graduated with a B.S. in Music Education in 1988. She currently teaches elementary music classes, directs the hand bell choir, vocal choir, instrumental ensemble, and gives private lessons.     

Mr. Loren Taylor - LC5 Supervisor


Mr. Taylor taught middle school science, math and Bible in a Christian school for 26 years before coming to Twin Valley Bible Academy. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and Washington Bible College and completed half the course work toward a Master's degree in Education at Philadelphia Biblical University. He recently completed the supervisor training with A.C.E.

Mrs. Loren(Susan) Taylor - LC5 Monitor


Mrs. Taylor has taught their twelve children at home for 34 years and has taught numerous courses in a homeschool co-operative. She received her bachelor's degree from Washington Bible College.

Miss Caitlin Martin - Upper Elementary Supervisor


Caitlin Martin graduated from Twin Valley Bible Academy in 2008, after attending the school and spending many extra hours there as her mom taught.  In May 2012, she graduated from Bob Jones University with a B.S. in Elementary Education.  She currently serves as the LC3 Supervisor and is excited to see her students grow and learn.

Mrs. Linda McNamara - Lower Elementary Supervisor


Linda McNamara is a 1984 graduate of Garden Spot High School. She and her husband, Tom, have three children. This is her 17th year on staff here at TVBA and her 11th year as Supervisor in LC2, teaching 1st through 3rd grades. She enjoys teaching her students to read and write, and incorperates many art projects and hands-on nature activities.

Mrs. Rachel Forrester - Secretary


Rachel Forrester is a 1995 graduate of High Point Baptist Academy.  She and her husband, Jason, have 3 daughters, all of which attend the Academy.  She is very appreciative of her position and is likewise pleased to know her daughters, which are the third generation in the family to attend Twin Valley Bible Academy, are getting a solid christian based education.