Billy Henderson, MACCS
Kentucky History, Senior Seminar, Government
Billy and his wife, Brenda, were both part of the original group of college students who planted Lexington Christian Fellowship from a Bible study that started in 1974. Today, they still work with the same group of friends to give vision and direction to the CF congregations. Billy also the headmaster of Mars Hill, where he teaches Kentucky History, government and Senior Seminar. He and Brenda launched the cooperative when their children reached middle school. He recently completed the Master of Arts (Christian and Classical Studies) program at Knox Theological Seminary.
History Department Head
Western Civilization I and II, Worldview, 8th Grade American History
Since receiving his history degree at the University of Kentucky, Chad Grissom has continued his education through classes on Biblical languages, geography and archaeology of the Bible, and personal study of the Bible, theology, history and philosophy. These studies have taken him to California and Israel. He is committed to life-long learning that spills over into his classes. He is also the pastor of Trinity Christian Fellowship and gives pastoral direction to a local pre-school-6th grade cooperative.
William J. John, MD, FACP
Science Department Head
Basic Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Dr. John, who has held the science department to high standards since Mars Hill’s inception, is currently a lead drug developer for Eli Lilly. He received his medical degree at UK, then after post-graduate training in medical oncology, he became the associate medical director at the Markey Cancer Center. He and his wife, Catherine, have had 6 children graduate from the Mars Hill program, and are educating 3 more to follow.
Melissa Pittard, PhD
Math Department Head
Dr. Pittard is currently a senior lecturer in statistics at the University of Kentucky. She has been teaching math at Mars Hill since 1996. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Potsdam College in New York State and earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Kentucky. She also homeschools her own five children as well as teaches at a Mars Hill Primary co-op.
Dan Sheffler, PhD
Trivium Department Head
Logic, Latin III
D.C. native Dan Sheffler received his Ph.D. in classics and philosophy from the University of Kentucky in 2017. His professional area of specialization is ancient philosophy, primarily the metaphysics of Plato and Aristotle, but he also has written in philosophy of religion, free will and metaphysics more generally. He has taught several courses at UK, Asbury University and Mars Hill.
English Department Head
11th Grade English/Rhetoric
Ben Hughes has taught at Mars Hill since 2007 and currently serves as chair of the English Department. A Mars Hill alum, he majored in English at Asbury University (class of ’08), and there discovered a love for both studying and writing poetry. His favorite poets are Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Milton, T. S. Eliot, and Seamus Heaney. He was ordained as a pastor in the CF community in the summer of 2017.
Thomas Coburn, MD
A longtime family physician in Wilmore, Ky., Dr. Coburn has taught Mars Hill courses for three departments since 2006 when the first of his five children started attending Mars Hill. Though he has taught English and science in the past, he currently teaches Algebra 1. Dr. Coburn graduated cum laude from Duke University in 1991 with a bachelor’s in zoology and certificate in neurosciences. He then graduated with honors from UK College of Medicine in 1995 and completed residency in family medicine from UK College of Medicine in 1998.
Kate Flannery, MAT
11th Grade American History
Kate Flannery, who teaches U.S. History and Art History at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, received her bachelor’s in Secondary Social Studies Education from Asbury College and her master’s in Educational Leadership Studies from UK. Mrs. Flannery has also studied and developed a lecture series on the philosophy of modern education.
Shannon Grissom, SLP
8th Grade English
Shannon Grissom received her bachelor’s in Communication Disorders and her master’s in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Kentucky. She worked as a speech pathologist for the Jessamine County School system and for the University of Kentucky teaching undergraduate Speech Science and as a supervisor for graduate level student clinicians. Currently, Mrs. Grissom homeschools her six children and works with Mars Hill primary students, as well as teaching 8th grade English at Mars Hill.
Kelly Hahn, MDiv
7th Grade English, 9th Grade English
Kelly Hahn is the associate director of communications for the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. He received a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University in 1997 and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008. He and his wife, Dawn, have four children: Samuel, Carter, Ian and Emily. Kelly has taught at Mars Hill since 2006.
Brenda Henderson has taught Life Science since Mars Hill began in 1993. She also is the coordinator of the Fayette-Jessamine County Home School Science Fair, which sends winners to the KY American District Science Fair. She received a bachelor’s from UK in microbiology and worked as a lab technician in biochemistry at the UK Medical Center and in plant pathology in the UK Department of Agriculture. She homeschooled her 5 grown children, who all graduated from Mars Hill.
Rebecca Sweeney, RN, BSN
Latin I and II
Rebecca Sweeney (nèe Hughes) is a Mars Hill graduate, class of 2002. She received her bachelor’s of science in nursing from UK in 2007 and works as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Baptist Health Lexington. While at Mars Hill she studied Latin, Spanish and Koine Greek. During her studies at UK, she continued on in Latin prose and poetry classes, as well as taking a few classes in Russian. Most recently she has been studying Haitian Creole, and now classifies herself as a “language junkie”. She has a growing interest in spoken Latin and Latin used in liturgical music.
Rodney Johnson, CPA
Born in Costa Rica, Rodney Johnson primarily lived in the Dominican Republic where his parents serve as missionaries. Rodney has served in 27 countries around the world sharing the gospel alongside his family. He received his bachelor’s in accounting from Asbury University’s Howard Dayton School of Business as well as a minor in Spanish. He is currently employed with Edward Jones Financial Investing, a Fortune 500 company.
Andy Martin, MSCS, BSCS, BSEE
Andy Martin has been a firmware engineer at Lexmark for 7 years. For 3 years pervious, he worked as a software engineer at Lumenware. He received his master’s of science in computer science, bachelor’s of science in computer science and bachelor’s of science in electrical engineering from UK. He also minored in mathematics and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in the Honors Program.
10th Grade English
Lifelong Kentuckian Kent Pittard first started in the Mars Hill English department in 1998 and has taught the 7th, 10th and 11th grades. He has currently settled in as the 10th grade teacher. Mr. Pittard attended Kentucky Christian University and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s in English. His wife, Melissa, is head of the Mars Hill math department and they expect all five of their children to graduate from the Mars Hill program. He is employed by Milk & Honey Daycare.
In addition to volunteering as the long-time administrator for Mars Hill, Susan Vogel also teaches pre-Algebra. She and her husband, Tom, were among the families who founded Mars Hill, and all five of her children have graduated from the full program. Susan earned an associate’s degree in secretarial science from Ball State University Indiana.