GCA Athletics

The Christian philosophy of GCA athletics must stem directly from the school’s Christian philosophy of education.  The ultimate goal must be “to be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ” (Romans 8:29) and to “develop the spiritual part of the athlete so that the Holy Spirit is in control and directing his mind and body.”   (1 Thessalonians 5:23).

Our Goals

  • Integrity: Honoring God with Christ-like behavior in all areas of life (Proverbs 11:3).

  • Respect: If you expect respect, be the first to show it (Philippians 2:3).

  • Servant Leadership: As a servant leader, is a "servant first" – they focus on the needs of others, especially their team members before they consider their own (Mark 10:43-45).

  • Teamwork: Willingness to put your individual goals behind the goals of the team (Romans 14:19)

  • Performance: Develop student-athletes who are playing to glorify and honor God as well as develop discipline and self-controlled attitudes (Colossians 3: 23-24).

    “Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown of laurel that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore, I do not run like a man running aimlessly, I do not fight like a man shadow boxing.  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”  (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)


Sue Tameling


Previous position: Principal, Chicago Christian High School (Palos Heights, Illinois)

Education: Calvin College (B.A., 1984); Michigan State University (M.A., 1989); Covenant College (M.Ed., 1997)