Our Story

Started in 1986, Providence Christian Nursery School was founded as a ministry under the non profit organization, Providence Ministries, Inc. The non profit was established by Ronald and Barbara Christman. The Christman's operated the preschool for 22 years, twenty of which we were located at Shepherd of the Hills Church in Bechtelsville Pennsylvania. Barbara served as Director and Teacher and her husband, Ronald, assumed the role as President of the Preschool Board.

When Barbara announced her plans to retire, members of Shepherd of the Hills Church were inspired to keep the school open. In 2008, Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool was established as a ministry of the church.

Today, it is a completely self-generating program, funded by the student registration and tuition governed by a school board consisting of dedicated church members.

Our Philosophy

​​​Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool's philosophy of education reflects in every way a Christian philosophy of life. The preschool is God centered, believing all truth is God's truth. Any truth existing in the universe is in line with God’s revelation, both in nature and in His written word, the Bible.

God is the physical enabler and spiritual motivator for pursuing knowledge. It is God and His world which are the objects of our learning. We look to God's Son, Jesus, as the single perfect example of both student and teacher.

In scripture, God has commanded two institutions to educate; the home and the church (Deuteronomy 6:7, Proverbs 22:6). Parents have been made responsible for their children and have been charged with an educational task.

In partnership with families and the Church, Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool will provide another avenue for learning and developing, working toward the total education of our children.

At Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool the student's world of learning is designed and planned to reflect not only a challenging classroom environment but also a Christian worldview, a Christ-centered view of life.

The educational process will teach the whole child - spiritually, socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. Each child is to be educated as one with unique abilities, qualities, and personality.

​At Shepherd of the Hills Christian Preschool we will encourage learning that contributes to total Christian development.

Our Team

  • Charles Rowdon

    Charles came to Shepherd in June of 2017 to serve as our Executive Pastor. Beginning in August of 2018 he took on the role of director for the preschool. 

    Charles holds a Bachelor's degree in Christian ministry and has an extensive history with youth.  Charles grew up in an Air Force home and was raised in a home dedicated to serving others, an experience that positions him well to care for the needs of the church. 

  • Estela Peters

    Estela Peters is the teacher for the 3 year old class as well as the assistant in the Pre-K class. She has a great love for Christ and for the children and is looking forward to teaching and helping the kids grow in Christ. She loves to spend time with her husband Scott and her 2 children.