Our Leaders

Pastor James Wooten

Pastor James Wooten

President

God called Pastor Wooten to Westgate Baptist Church and Westgate Christian School in 2018. He has an MA in Biblical Exposition and a Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary. He is himself a gifted teacher and spent several years teaching at Pensacola Christian Academy and at Pensacola Christian School before God called him to the pastorate.

Pastor Wooten has a passion for Christian education and for young people to know Christ and live in service to Him. You can read his full bio here.

Gail Grab

Gail Grab

Administrator

Gail Grab has over 20 years of experience in Christian Education. She has served at nearly every level from librarian, to teacher, to curriculum director, and vice principal. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Bob Jones University. 

God brought her to Westgate Christian School in 2020, and she has since devotedly, and with great heart, led our school. Under her leadership, WCS has grown in number, increased its ministry to students, and become fully accredited through the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools (SCACS). 

Gail Grab has a passion for special education, mentoring teachers, and sharing God’s word with students.

Harry Peart

Harry Peart

Vice Principal

Harry Peart joined our team at Westgate Christian School in 2019, serving as an administrative assistant and a secondary Bible, history, and geography teacher. Since 2023, he has served as our vice principal and has remained very active in the daily operations of the school. He continues to teach 11th and 12th-grade Bible. His wife Melissa is the director of our new Exceptional Edge program that provides educational support services. Mr. and Mrs. Peart served as full-time missionaries in Haiti for 15 before becoming part of our WCS staff.   

Our Faculty

Jeff Hoyt

Jeff Hoyt

Business Manager/Facilities Manager

Jeff Hoyt has been a member of Westgate Baptist Church since 1992. God called him to join our ministry staff in 2010 as business manager for our church and school.

Jeff was born in Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting. He worked in a CPA firm for several years and then expanded into newspaper management with the New York Times and the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.

Jeff’s wife, Dorcas Hoyt, is our church and school receptionist. Their daughter, Tabitha, and her family are also members of Westgate Baptist Church.

 

Melissa Routon

Melissa Routon

Financial Secretary/Administrative Asst.

Mrs. Routon began serving as church secretary in 2018 and is currently the school financial secretary and administrative assistant to our principal. She also serves in the school as a Spanish teacher.

She and her husband, Slim, have a passion for young people and serve in the teen and music ministries at Westgate Baptist Church. Melissa and her husband moved to the Spartanburg area after Slim’s 20-year Air Force career.

Dorcas Hoyt

Dorcas Hoyt

Receptionist

Mrs. Hoyt taught high school English at Westgate Christian School for 24 years before joining the administration team. She has served as receptionist for two years and loves meeting the needs of students and parents.

Dorcas grew up on a dairy farm in Hendersonville, NC. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English Education from Clearwater Christian College before meeting Jeff Hoyt, a Bob Jones University graduate. Jeff currently serves as our school and church business manager. Dorcas and Jeff have been married since 1985. Their daughter, Tabitha, and her family are also members of Westgate Baptist Church.

Our Teachers and Staff

Pastor James Wooten
Pastor James Wooten

President/6th-9th Boys Bible

 

Gail Grab
Gail Grab

Administrator/Principal

 

Harry Peart
Harry Peart

Vice Principal/11th & 12th Bible

 

Jeff Hoyt
Jeff Hoyt

Business Manager/Facilities Manager

 

Melissa Routon
Melissa Routon

Financial Secretary/Administrative Asst/Spanish II

 

Dorcas Hoyt
Dorcas Hoyt

Receptionist

 

Julie Abbott
Julie Abbott

K5 Assistant

 

Miriam Backhaus
Miriam Backhaus

MS English/6th & 7th Girls Bible

 

Anna Blake
Anna Blake

Church Secretary/Office Support

 

Sarah Bissette

Preschool Asst./Extended Care/Lunch Asst.

 

Sandi Boyce
Sandi Boyce

Preschool Director/1st Grade Asst.

 

Regina Brodsky
Regina Brodsky

K3 Assistant

 

Miranda Chapman

5th Grade Teacher

 

Lacey Crooks
Lacey Crooks

MS History/Study Skills

 

Lena Dickens
Lena Dickens

HS Math

 

Cheri Duncan
Cheri Duncan

2nd Grade Teacher

 

Joe Grab

Head of Maintenance

 

Jean Greene
Jean Greene

HS English/Gov't & Economics

 

Katrina Hafar
Katrina Hafar

Computer Apps/7th Math/STEM

 

Gloria Hayward
Gloria Hayward

1st Grade Teacher

 

Shanna Kaminski

K5 Teacher

 

Melissa Lednum
Melissa Lednum

K3 Teacher

 

Heather Leeman
Heather Leeman

2nd Grade Teacher

 

Susan Lloyd
Susan Lloyd

Resource/PTC Leader

 

Natalie Martinez

K4 Assistant

 

Melanie McCurry

Elementary Enrichment

 

Benj Melton
Benj Melton

Youth Pastor/10th Grade Bible

 

Joyce Miller
Joyce Miller

MS Math & Science

 

Grace Morrow
Grace Morrow

K4 Teacher

 

Kristen Murrell
Kristen Murrell

4th Grade Teacher

 

Harry Peart
Harry Peart

Vice Principal/11th &12th Bible

 

Melissa Peart
Melissa Peart

Director of the Exceptional Edge

 

Olivia Petty

Librarian

 

Myra Poteat
Myra Poteat

Cafeteria Supervisor

 

Amye Ranck
Amye Ranck

Choir Director/SCACS Coordinator

 

Chester Rickard
Chester Rickard

Maintenance

 

Stephanie Romeiser
Stephanie Romeiser

HS Science/SAT Prep/Personal Finance

 

Heidi Rogers

MS & HS PE/French 6th Science

 

Cary Rupe
Cary Rupe

Athletic Director

 

Julie Rupe
Julie Rupe

3rd Grade Teacher

 

Tricia Segar
Tricia Segar

Art Teacher

 

Davey Seiber
Davey Seiber

HS Geography/Music Theory/Security

 

Josh Shorey

Algebra 1

 

Dr. Keith Stafford
Dr. Keith Stafford

Anatomy & Physiology

 

Heather Trautner
Heather Trautner

MS English/8th & 9th Girls Bible/ Marketing/Yearbook

 

Trudy Watson
Trudy Watson

Art Assistant/Sign Language Teacher

 

Claudene Wooten
Claudene Wooten

Speech Teacher

 

Careers at Westgate Christian School

Are you a teacher with a higher calling? Do you want to partner with others who are dedicated to making an impact for Christ? If so, we invite you to learn more about available positions at Westgate Christian School in Spartanburg, SC.