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Jim Mackrell
Why have you chosen to serve on the AACS Board of Directors?

I have a passion for this school, both in its mission and the environment it produces for children. I wanted to be a part of the Board to ensure that the vision and mission of the school hold true to its foundation of growing a Christ-centered community. I have personally seen how this school has kept our children centered in Christ and has helped grow their faith.

What do you do when you're not at AACS?

I am the Practice leader for a national employee benefits firm. Our team helps employers design strategies for their employees and dependents. Outside of work I am either driving our youngest son somewhere or I am working out at our local gym.

Tell us about your family.

I have been married to the love of my life and girl of my dreams (Laurie) since 1989. We have three sons, all you have attended AACS. Our two oldest recently graduated from AACS while our youngest sons is in the upper school. We also have a dog and two cats to round out our family.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and lived there for the first 33 years of my life.

Describe a perfect Saturday morning.

A perfect Saturday morning is getting up before everyone and sipping on a hot cup of coffee on a deck in the mountains of Pennsylvania overlooking a still lake. The quietness of that moment gives me great peace. Once that quietness is broken, I love to make pancakes and sausage for everyone as they awake.

What's one of your favorite Bible passages and why?

There are so many passages that have offered me great insight and direction. One that comes to mind is James 1: 2-6. "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness..."

This reminds me that we all have trials, but if we look at those trials as an opportunity to strengthen our faith then the trial is manageable. This passage also reminds us to ask God for wisdom and he will give abundantly, provided you ask with faith and without doubt.

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