These are the dedicated staff members God has brought together in order to love and lead students by precept & example.

Administrator's Welcome

Join me as we explore the passion God has given me to support the education of His youth at Mission Creek Christian school.  I have been refining this vision for the last 40 years working in private, public and home-school arenas.  From a special-ed teacher to serving as a consultant for entire districts, God has put me in places where I can learn how to best educate His children for this life and the life to come. Mission Creek is founded upon what God has instructed in His Word and the Spirit of Prophecy.  Students learn not only academics, but also strong vocational skills and life experiences to grow Christian character.  Our school is situated in 40 acres of pristine forest to help students learn from God’s 3 books: Nature, Life Experience and His Word.

-Mary Nell Ellingsen: Administrator, M.S. Ed


Meet Our Staff

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Amanda Archer

Amanda is our head teacher!

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John Usher


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Chris Donavan

Chris Donavan has been a builder, pastor, church planter and trainer.  He is now the chaplain and Director of IMMERSED at MC.  His greatest desire is to see people come into a loving, saving relationship with Jesus, and to follow Him with their whole lives. He enjoys all kinds of evangelism/outreach, family time, the beach, mountain biking, being on the water, and motorcycles.

Heidi Donavan

Heidi Donavan was a registered pediatric nurse for many years and has now shifted her focus to wellness and health coaching. She enjoys helping others grow to experience health and wholeness physically, mentally and spiritually. She also has a passion for young and old alike to know Jesus. Her role at Mission Creek is to coordinate the lifestyle program, assist with music education, and help wherever is needed.


We are those who love mission creek and its ministry, so we volunteer and help advance the Kingdom with team!

Galen Ellingsen

Galen has been with Mission Creek since its inception in
2000.  He is the grounds and maintenance supervisor & afternoon work supervisor. He has been with Mission Creek for 18 plus years and directs other staff in areas of learner supervision, grounds and building maintenance, and serves as the President of Mission Creek Christian School.

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Ben Ingersoll

Ben has experience in construction and maintenance and had been working in the maintenance department at Holbrook SDA Indian School prior to joining us at Mission Creek. He is married to Kimberly and they have two children, Katie & Aaron. They enjoy, camping, hiking, boating and the great outdoors!