Letter from our Principal

As principal of Hope Christian Academy, I love to welcome new families and students to our campus. Our academy is a truly special place.

HCA is a place where students are equipped for life, connected to others, and centered on Christ. These core values are lived out each day in our classrooms, co-curriculars, and community.

In addition, Hope is a place where students receive:

Innovative Education

Hope’s innovative Philosophy of Education was developed with the latest research in student learning and growth. The goal? To prepare students for any future, even for careers that don’t yet exist, by developing the 4 Cs: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication, and a Christian foundation.

Extraordinary Connection

Connected on campus. Our students are known for being friendly and welcoming, as well as very active. Most of our students participate in multiple athletic, arts, and student life activities throughout their time here. All of this results in strong connections within our student body (and among our parents and families, too)!

Connected to our community. Hope Christian Academy is building a strong culture of community connection through service and volunteering. Our students are actively involved in volunteering throughout their years at HCA.

Life-changing Hope.

HCA connects students to God’s love through a program built on the truths of the Bible and a culture filled with grace. As they look to the future, students are encouraged in their unique set of gifts and God-given purpose in life.

I’d love to share more about our innovative education at HCA with you by giving you a tour of our academy. I look forward to meeting you and discussing all the ways an education at HCA can make a difference in your child’s life!

God’s Blessings,

Matt Foley, Principal

PS: HCA believes that no child should be denied a Christian education based on financial hardships. Because of this, HCA offers a robust financial assistance program. If finances are a concern, we have a plan for you to make enrollment possible.

Faculty & Staff

Matt Foley

Principal

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) – Bachelor of Science in Education (1999)

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) – Master of Science in Educational Leadership (2015)

Biography:

I grew up in Garden Grove, CA, and attended California Lutheran High School.  Over the past 25 years I have had the opportunity to teach at all levels K-12, and have served as a principal for the past 20 years.   I am married (Liesse) and have four children. I love helping teenagers develop their gifts and abilities and build a solid foundation for life.

Neil Schliewe

Assistant Principal

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Bachelor of Science in Education (1996)

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Master of Science in Education (2018)

Biography:

I grew up in Watertown, WI, where I attended Northwestern Prep (now Luther Prep). I graduated from Martin Luther College with a Bachelor’s (1996) & Master’s (2018) degree in education and leadership. I am married to another WELS teacher (Michelle) and have 2 children (both HCA grads). I have enjoyed working with teenagers as an LES principal (20 years) and now at HCA, leading them to analyze and problem solve as they use their 21st Century skills to tackle problems that will come their way. Getting to carry out that ministry in Jesus’ name is the best profession there is!

Kris Ruth

Athletic Director

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) B.S. Elementary, Secondary Education, and Physical Education

Biography:

I was born in Flint, MI. Raised in Appleton, WI, and attended Fox Valley Lutheran High School, graduating in 1994. I graduated from the Martin Luther College STEP program in 1999 with a major in Physical Education. My husband, Eric Ruth, is a 1994 graduate of HCA, and the school’s softball coach. We have two children, Katelyn and Alex, and have been serving at HCA since 1999.

Reverend Jon Baumann

Campus Pastor

Education:

Northwestern College (Watertown, WI) Bachelor of Arts

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon, WI) Master of Divinity

Biography:

Pastor Baumann is married to Colleen.  They have two wonderful children, a son who lives in Colorado, and a daughter who is a student at HCA.  He has served parishes in Michigan, Washington, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  He has also served in various capacities at three other area Lutheran high schools throughout his ministry. 

Steve Grosinske

Science

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm,MN) Bachelor of Science

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) Master of Science

Biography:

Mr. Steve Grosinske was born in Baraboo, WI. He has been teaching at HCA since 1983.  Before coming to HCA, he taught in a mission school in Hong Kong.  In addition to leading the science department, Mr. G works with the student council, national honor society, and band students.

Wade Shult

Math

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) – Bachelor of Science in Education (2021)

Biography:

I grew up in Duluth, MN and attended St. Croix Lutheran Academy for the duration of my high school education. After one semester of college at Montana State University, I decided to attend MLC and begin my training to become a teacher. I graduated 4 years later with a degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. I married my wife, Leah, one week after call day. I enjoy and cherish working with high schoolers, both in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts. I have a passion for mentoring teenagers and young adults as they get ready to jump out into the world after high school.

Megan Martin

Middle School

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Bachelor of Science in Education

Biography:

I was born and raised in Wisconsin until attending Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. I graduated from MLC with an elementary education major and a science minor. I was assigned to HCA with my husband Lucas Martin in May of 2023. I love teaching grades 6th-8th and being able to share God’s Word with my students!

Lucas Martin

Spanish

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Bachelor of Science in Education

Biography:

I was born in Wisconsin, but grew up in Germany while my father was serving as the WELS European Civilian Chaplain. After attending Luther Preparatory School, I attended Martin Luther College as a Spanish major. My wife Megan and I were both assigned to HCA in May 2023. I teach Spanish at HCA, and also serve at Palabra de Vida in Detroit as a part-time Staff Minister. I have a passion for equipping young people with the abilities to share the Gospel message with people who speak another language.

Anna Endorf

English

Education:

Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Bachelor of Science in Education

Biography:

I grew up in Alaska and went to public school all my life.  When my pastor asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I knew I wanted to be a teacher.  He shared with me information about Dr. Martin Luther College and said I should be a Luther Day School teacher. This led to me going to Minnesota for College.  The past 23 years I have been blessed to teach grades 3-8.  I love being able to share my Savior’s love with my students.

Kathy Howell

Administrative Assistant

Education:

Dr. Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) Bachelor’s Degree in Education

Biography:

Mrs. Howell taught at Salem Lutheran School in Ann Arbor for four years, and also taught grades K-8 before coming to Huron Valley. Her sons Aaron and Justin are both graduates of HCA.  She has worked in the administrative office at HCA since 2006.

Deb Purdue

International Coordinator

Deb Cording

Librarian

Allison Franck

Counselor, Licensed Master’s Social Worker

Come Visit Us!

The best way to learn more about HCA is to visit the school, meet with the principal, and see if HCA is a good fit for your student. Please click on the link to schedule a tour. Once we receive the form, we will give you a call to coordinate details.