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Meet Our Staff

Mrs. Stephanie Burley


Upper Level Learning Center Co-Supervisor

Mrs. Burley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but within just a few months, she and her parents moved to Lima. Pilgrim Christian School opened its doors as Mrs. Burley was heading into second grade. She was privileged to attend PCS from grades 2-12, and graduated in 1994. Mrs. Burley attended God's Bible School and College and graduated with a B.A. in Christian Teacher Education in 1998. She was employed by PCS in May of 1998, just following college graduation. Since that time, she has served as Upper Level Learning Center Supervisor, 

Learning to Read Supervisor, and most recently as Principal and Upper Level Learning Center Co-Supervisor. Mrs. Burley holds a graduate degree from Liberty University. She and her husband have four children (three of which are PCS graduates) and two Golden Retrievers. 


Rev. Caleb Zeigler

Upper Level Learning Center Co-Supervisor

(Grades 7-12)

Pastor Caleb Zeigler was born in Evansville, Indiana. He grew up experiencing life in the parsonage, as his dad was also a pastor. Part way through his childhood, ministry took his family to Shoals, Indiana. Pastor Zeigler graduated from Stone City Christian Academy in Bedford, Indiana, and enrolled at Penn View Bible Institute in Penns Creek, Pennsylvania. During that time, God called Pastor Zeigler into ministry. He graduated in 2019, and served as Student Recruiter for the school the following year. In 2020, Pastor Zeigler became Youth Pastor at Lima Pilgrim Holiness Church, as well as a staff member at PCS. In 2021, he became Assistant Pastor at Lima PHC. Pastor Zeigler, and his wife, Autumn, reside in Elida, OH.


Rev. Donald Nichols

Founder & Pastor/Administrator

Pastor Nichols grew up in the plains of south central Illinois. He felt the call to ministry at a very young age. After giving his life to Christ, he accepted the call and left his home state to enter Bible college in Cincinnati, Ohio.

In 1977, Pastor Nichols, along with his wife and young daughter, moved to Lima, Ohio to pastor the Pilgrim Holiness Church. In 1983, Pastor Nichols and his wife led the church in fulfilling the vision of opening a church school. Since that time, Pastor Nichols has filled a variety of roles within the school, and currently serves as Pastor/Administrator. Pastor Nichols has three married children, eleven grandchildren, and one very spoiled Cocker Spaniel. He and his wife, Ruth, enjoy spending their time leading the Lima Pilgrim Holiness Church, as well as serving as Conference President of the Pilgrim Holiness Church, a group of approximately 35 churches in the midwest and Carribean.  Pastor Nichols holds an undergraduate degree from God's Bible School & College, and a graduate degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Mrs. Autumn Zeigler

Lower Level Learning Center Supervisor

(Grades 1-6)

Mrs. Zeigler was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She grew up in a parsonage, and was immersed in ministry life at a young age. She graduated from Salem Wesleyan Academy in Salem, Ohio in 2016. That fall, she enrolled at God's Bible School and College in Cincinnati. In 2020, Mrs. Zeigler accepted a ministry position at PCS. In 2021, she graduated from God's Bible School and College, and she also became Lower Level Learning Center Supervisor. Mrs. Zeigler serves along side her husband at Lima Pilgrim Holiness Church.

She resides in Elida, Ohio.


Mrs. Brenda Hunter

Preschool and Learning to Read Supervisor

Mrs. Hunter was born and raised in Bluffton, Ohio. She enrolled in Pilgrim Christian School at its opening in 1983, and graduated in 1989. Mrs. Hunter served as a nurse aide for several years before marrying her high school sweetheart. The next few years, Mrs. Hunter spent her days in the home caring for her children. In 2010, she returned to PCS as a Supervisor's Assistant in the Learning to Read Classroom. In 2017, Mrs. Hunter graduated from God's Bible School and College, and since that time she has served as the Learning to Read Supervisor. Mrs. Hunter and her husband have four children (three of which are PCS grads), a daughter-in-law, and a grandchild on the way. Mrs. Hunter resides in Lima.

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