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Rudi Gesch
Director of Marketing & Enrollment
973.427.4013
About Rudi
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Sheri’ Blands-Pearson
Enrollment Coordinator
973.427.4729
About Sheri’
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Ernie Pastor
Community Connections Coordinator

973.427.6244 x 7217
About Ernie


 About Rudi

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Rudi Gesch recently joined the Eastern Christian School team as the Director of Marketing and Enrollment Management. He is married with two children, both of whom are attending Eastern Christian School.

What are your main responsibilities at Eastern Christian School?
As Eastern Christian’s Director of Marketing and Enrollment, I direct EC’s Admin team in our marketing efforts. I also oversee all Admissions, Enrollment, and Re-Enrollment processes.

What attracted you and your family to move to northern New Jersey and to work for Eastern Christian School?
Even though we’re new to the area, it already feels like home. Coming from the Midwest, we were warned many times about the different/faster ‘East Coast’ lifestyle. We have found this community to be everything we hoped it would be. The EC community is so incredibly welcoming and supportive. It’s easy to feel like you belong here. I’m excited to share that feeling with prospective families as they consider EC.

Tell us about your family and how they are adjusting to the move.
Since Stephanie and I had spent the vast majority of our childhood and adult lives in Wisconsin and Chicagoland, it’s a big move for us to be here in north Jersey—probably the biggest step God has called us to yet! We’re excited to be part of His adventure here, and the family is already making many organic connections with friends, co-workers, and churches. These hills/mountain roads are an adjustment for sure—we’re very thankful for a GPS!

What have been your experiences in Christian education?
I’ve been blessed to have a first-hand, excellent experience with Christian Education in some capacity since I was five years old! I proudly count Oostburg Christian, Sheboygan County Christian High School, and Trinity Christian College as alma maters. Upon graduation from college, I taught at Timothy Christian Schools for two years. Then, I received my MBA and became Timothy’s Marketing Director—the position I served for the past eight years.

Why do you think a Christian education is important for families to consider?
God has hard-wired me analytically. I was always the kid in classroom asking, ‘Why do we have to learn this?’ Only an excellent Christian education can fully answer this question with something other than ‘because I’m your teacher and I said so.’ The entire enterprise of Eastern Christian School is driven to answer that question for every student. This education is training up the next generation of Christian thinkers. The curriculum has been developed and the expert teachers have been hired and trained in a manner that maximizes each student’s learning so that they can maximize an impact for the Kingdom. No matter where God calls our graduates, having an organization like this that shapes their lives for His Kingdom gives everything we do meaning and purpose. Otherwise, for ‘kids’ like me, education is just a ‘so what?’

What do you love most about Eastern Christian School so far?
The people! As I mentioned, it’s a very comfortable and welcoming transition. I look forward to meeting many more people and learning even more about this 122 year-old place. My daughter, Sawyer, will start in Kindergarten and my son, Xander, will be in three year-old preschool. This year is a fresh start for everyone in my family- we’re excited to see what God has in store for us.

How do you think you will make a difference in the lives of students in your role at Eastern Christian School?
I hope to be able to use my experience in marketing Christian Schools, my passion for sharing the mission of Eastern Christian, my creativity and my ‘fresh eyes’ to help elevate Eastern Christian’s mission to a wider audience. We’ve got this great school and more people need to know about it. This will lead to more students enrolled, and a bigger impact for the Lord.

What do you want families to gain by interacting with you in admission?
I love meeting interested students and parents, hearing their story, and working with them to see if God might be nudging them to Eastern Christian. I hope that families will gain a trust, understanding of the school, and ultimately a school ‘home’ for their family here.


About Sheri’

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Sheri’ Blands-Pearson serves as the Enrollment Coordinator at Eastern Christian School.

What are your main responsibilities at Eastern Christian School?
My main responsibility at EC includes guiding families through the admissions and enrollment process from the inquiry stage all the way through enrollment. I also have a responsibility to embrace all with the love of the Lord and to constantly stay prayerful and in the Word of God.

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
I love that we can worship the Lord freely at Eastern Christian. We create an environment of love and compassion using our faith and love of Jesus Christ. The foundation is our faith and we make sure that we always circle back to that one platform. Being able to express and carry out my faith on a daily basis while at work is truly a blessing.

How do you make a difference in the lives of students in your role at Eastern Christian School?
Although I may not have direct interaction with the students on a daily basis, I always remember to lead by example. When I see them, I smile, say hello, ask how they are doing…show them that I care. Children have enough worries day-to-day. Showing them that they matter will hopefully encourage them to stay on the path of their Christian walk while they are trying to figure this “life” thing out.

What sets EC students apart from students in other schools?
EC students are taught and should know that their first focus is to live a God-fearing life in everything they do, whether it is in going to church or studying for an exam or resolving conflict with their peers. EC students learn how to live everyday life through faith-tinted lenses. They are taught how to live up to a different standard…to study while remembering to pursue greatness and to resolve conflict through forgiveness.

The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How do you accomplish this in your role at EC?
Engaging lives can lead to nurturing lives which can lead to transforming lives. We are all children in a sense…God’s children and should give and receive engagement, nurturing and transformation. If we all remember our connection to Christ, then we can all remember that we all need each other to accomplish these three actions.


About Ernie

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Ernie Pastor serves as the Community Connections Coordinator at Eastern Christian School.

What are your main responsibilities at Eastern Christian School?
I will share the responsibility of welcoming new members and shepherding incoming families through the process of joining the EC family. This includes answering their questions, assisting with campus tours and managing their overall experience. In addition, I will be accountable for staying connected with them throughout their journey with EC to ensure that any questions, suggestions or concerns they have are being heard and responded to in order to provide them with the most enriching and rewarding experience we can offer. My goal will be to continue to create an environment that is compelling to new families to join, for existing families to remain, and that will grow the Eastern Christian community and our mission.

What do you love about Eastern Christian School?
I love that I am able to work, and that our students are able to learn, in a nurturing, Christ-based environment. As an alumni of the school myself, I was able to experience firsthand the joy of being able to learn in a way in which I could marry the academic elements with my faith. EC also takes a holistic approach to dealing with its students, where they can feel free to approach faculty and staff with any problems they may be experiencing in life and know that they will receive the one-on-one attention that they need.

How do you make a difference in the lives of students in your role at Eastern Christian School?
As both an employee of EC and a father of two EC students I strive to ensure that EC remains a welcoming environment. In my role I am tasked with ensuring that EC families, especially those new to the school, have the opportunity to share their experiences, concerns and joys in safe and accepting forums that work for them. In doing so we can collect feedback on ways to make EC better, not just in regards to the daily experiences of the students, but also for their parents as well. These improvements allow EC to become a more dynamic and inclusive organization that in turn enables all those who are a part of the Eastern Christian family to maximize their experience.

What sets EC students apart from students in other schools?
EC students have the benefit of learning in a safe, faith based, nurturing environment. At EC your faith in Christ is a part of your everyday experience. That gift, in addition to receiving a superior education, allows the students to grow in both knowledge and character. Graduates of EC learn to serve the Lord and their communities not only during their time as students, but also as adults carrying their beliefs and abilities into the world.

The Eastern Christian tagline is “Engaging. Nurturing. Transforming.” How do you accomplish this in your role at EC?
In my role I will interact with families on a consistent basis. It is important for me to understand and respect the diverse needs and interests of the community and to be attentive to their concerns and feedback. My goal will be to continue to foster an open and non-judgmental environment for feedback and constructive challenge of how we operate today. By valuing and sharing this feedback with in an effort to affect change where needed, I will strive to continue to make sure that EC is actively growing and developing to meet the needs of the individual.