Executive Staff


Rev. Keith Ratliff, Executive Director & Elementary Principal

Reverend Keith Ratliff, Executive Director

Pastor of Maple Street Baptist Church

Email: keith.ratliff@gotjosh.org


Rev. Brandon M. Spriggs, Secondary Principal

Rev. Spriggs has worked in the field of education for the past 11 years. He started as a Before/After Care Coordinator. Later, he became a high school music teacher and special education assistant. Prior to working with Joshua Christian Academy, he taught kindergarten in West Des Moines.

In addition to being a JCA Principal, he is the Youth Pastor and Minister of Music at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. He also tutors at the Oakridge YEWP project.








Sheryl Van Weelden, Administrative Assistant, Registrar, & Curriculum Director

Sheryl Van Weelden graduated from Central College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary

education.  She began her teaching career at Stowe Elementary in East Des Moines.  Next she became a full time mother to five and returned to teaching in 1982.  God called her to full time ministry at Des Moines Christian School where she served as Director of Early Education for over 25 years. Upon her retirement, she was drawn to the planning table for Joshua Christian Academy where the team designed a school to provide affordable faith-based education for families in urban Des Moines.  She remains here serving every day in many capacities.   Her background includes public, private and mission schools.

Her personal philosophy is that each child deserves a clean slate.

She is a child of God, a disciple of Christ, mother of many, grandmother to more and faithful servant in ministry.