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Society Board


Immanuel Christian Schools is supported by the Society for Christian Education in Southern Alberta, who are the owners and operators of school buildings and transportation fleet. The Society is made up of members who have paid their annual dues and who support the mission of the Society. The membership elects a Board of Directors who are charged with maintaining the mission and overseeing the operation of the schools.

Society for Christian Education 2023 – 2024 Board of Directors

Brendan Scholten Chair
Dave Neels Vice Chair
Daniel Hummel Secretary
Scott Van't Land Treasurer
Joni Brandsma Director
Josh deHaan Director
Laura Maljaars Director
Gerrit Schooten Director


Current Strategic Plan

This strategic plan was developed to be a guiding document for present and future Board members of the Society for Christian Education in Southern Alberta (SCESA). With a focus on the future, this document is intended to help guide the SCESA Board further our mission, strengthen our operations and enhance our collaboration with Lethbridge School Division and the alternative program at Immanuel Christian Elementary School and Immanuel Christian Secondary School.

The strategic plan was approved by the SCESA membership on November 27, 2023, and will guide the SCESA Board for the next 5 years.  The strategic plan can be viewed here. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact our Executive Director, Monica Loewen, or any of our Society Board members.

School Council Representatives

ICES - Laura Maljaars

ICSS - Joni Brandsma

2023-2024 Concept Minutes

Concept minutes can be found in our Society For Christian Education of Southern Alberta Newsletters that go out monthly. Click here to view our latest newsletter.

ICS is a member of the following organizations:

Christian Schools International

Founded in 1920, Christian Schools International was the first educational services organization to be established in North America and has been the leader in Christian education for almost a century. Our worldview is firmly rooted in scripture and in a reformed tradition of Christian theology. In the most simple terms, a reformed worldview means: 1) The world belongs to God. There is no part of education that can be separated from God. 2) Faith and learning are inseparable and imbedded in every aspect of the school and its curriculum. 3) Each child is a unique image-bearer of their Creator. Their gifts and talents are God-given and are to be nurtured and celebrated. 4) Our biblical worldview is firmly rooted in Scripture. Probing the mysteries of Creation, engaging in dialogue over troubling issues, and seeking greater wisdom and understanding are challenges for Christian schools to embrace as we impact the world for Christ.

Prairie Centre For Christian Education

The Prairie Centre for Christian Education opened its doors in August of 2011. Formerly known as the Prairie Association of Christian Schools {PACS}, PCCE is a community of 16 Christian school communities in Alberta and Manitoba. PCCE represents nearly 5600 students from K-12, nearly 400 teachers, and nearly 40 administrators. PCCE is the joining together of Christian School Societies {PACS}, teachers {The Christian Educators Association}, and administrators {The Prairie Christian Principals Association}.

ICS is affiliated with the following organisations:

Christian Schools Canada

Christian Schools Canada is made up of organizations from three regions:

  • Edvance, representing Christian schools in Eastern Canada,
  • the Prairie Centre for Christian Education (PCCE) and
  • the Society of Christian Schools in British Columbia (SCSBC, along with the regional teachers’/principals’ associations: CTABC and CPABC)

Each of these has, as part of their mandate, the strengthening of Christian schools in their region. To further the cause of Christian education at provincial and national levels, these organizations partner together in a Canada-wide alliance of Christian schools. 

Society For Christian Schools in BC

The Society of Christian Schools in BC is an organization of Christian school communities sharing a biblical vision for Christian education. The SCSBC “seeks to do collectively what no school could or should do individually.”

In the 1950's, several Christian schools joined to form the Southwest British Columbia League of Christian Schools. This organization became the SCSBC officially established in 1976. We are also affiliated with Christian Schools International (CSI) and Christian Schools Canada (CSC).The SCSBC provides a wide range of services for its member schools as well as others seeking resources and support in the provision of Christian education.


Edvance exists to foster excellence in leadership, learning, and school operations in Christian schools in eastern Canada.  Founded on the strength of several legacy associations, Edvance opened its doors for operation on August 1, 2028.  Within months, Christian schools across Ontario - and one in Prince Edward Island - joined the new industry association.