Meet the Teacher: Randy Gehman
What is your name? Randy Gehman
What do you teach? I teach 7th grade Life Science, 9th grade Biology, Anatomy & Physiology and Christology.
How many years have you taught at Dayspring? The 2018-2019 school year is my 14th year.
What do you appreciate the most about the Principle Approach? The Principle Approach puts Scripture in its proper place as the final authority. In this world of confusion and misinformation, it is thrilling to be able to point students to the certainty of Scripture as the basis for all of our thinking and reasoning.
What do you see in your students that is most encouraging? Overwhelmingly, the majority of students have the desire to learn. It is encouraging when they ask questions (and some ask a lot!) and seek to better understand a topic.
Why do you love teaching at Dayspring? At Dayspring, I not only get to teach about the wonderful world that God has made, but also about the amazing God who made the world! The student body is a great group of kids and my colleagues are helpful, supportive and encouraging.
How do you teach a biblical worldview in your classroom? In science, this is easy. Romans 1:20 says that “God’s eternal power and divine nature can be clearly seen, being understood though what has been made.” Whether we are looking at a bacterial flagellum, the organization of the human nervous system or the structure of a bird’s feather, all clearly point to the amazing and complex design of an omniscient Creator.
What do you think most students appreciate about your class? I have a personal goal that each student should speak and laugh in my class every day. I believe that if education is enjoyable, motivation is not a problem. I also think that students appreciate my intentionality in presenting how others think. I try to guide the students into understanding some of the false, albeit popular arguments that people make, presenting a biblical and scientific response to those arguments. I challenge students with the warning of Col. 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
What is unique about you, your talents, or interests that you bring to the classroom? After spending 10 years as a public school biology teacher, God called me into pastoral ministry. I was ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance and served in a local church for 11 years. In 2005, God again redeployed, this time to Dayspring Christian Academy. I believe He strategically used my years in public education and pastoral ministry to prepare me for this position. Additionally, I have had the privilege of studying the Creation/Evolution controversy for over 40 years. The things that I have learned, and have had opportunity to share with thousands of people through various speaking engagements I also share with the students, encouraging them to trust God’s Word as the final authority for the explanation of all life.
What have you seen in your students over the years that has touched your heart the most? There is nothing like seeing a student come into a deeper understanding of who God is and His love for us. As one of my former Christology students told his mom: “I always knew that Jesus died for me, now I understand why!”
At Dayspring Christian Academy, we are committed to raising up the next generation of Christian leaders who acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every area of life, demonstrate a biblical worldview, become citizens of excellence in Christian character and scholarship, and aid in the restoration of America’s biblical foundation. If you would like to learn more about Dayspring Christian Academy, please contact Karol Hasting at 717-285-2000 or schedule a private tour using the button below.