Sergiy Pronin, Principal
Mr. Sergiy Pronin is a Principal-CEO of Bryte Christian Academy. He is confident that only Jesus Christ and Bible could be a basement for a development and growth of every person, and because of that the Christian education is the best way to nurture children, to growth them spiritually, and to prepare them to be the leaders of the society. Mr. Pronin was born in Ukraine, where he graduated from Donetsk Music College and worked as a Music Teacher at public school, Choir and Voice Teacher at Donetsk School of Arts, and Music Director at а church. In 2008, all his family emigrated to the USA, and currently, they live in Sacramento, California. After emigration to the U.S., Mr. Pronin graduated from Folsom Lake College with an AA degree in Business and made a transfer to California State University – Sacramento and graduated from there with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy. In 2018, he obtained his Master of Divinity degree from Moscow Theological Seminary, and in 2020, he received his second Master’s degree, Master of Business Administration, from California Baptist University.
Mr. Pronin has extensive administrative experience. After the immigration to the USA, he and his wife Alina founded and operated their own business - Music School; in different times, Mr. Pronin worked as Accountant at Grace Family Church and Sierra Pines Camp; and he was a Department Director at Pacific Coast Slavic Baptist Association. In 2016, Mr. Pronin accepted a position of Principal at Bryte Christian Academy, and from 2017 he became a Principal-CEO of our school.
In addition to his main job at BCA, Mr. Pronin works as Adjunct Assistant Professor at Blagovest Institute of Ministry, where he teaches Theology and Apologetics, and as Visiting Professor at Moscow Theological Seminary, where he teaches Theological Writing and Management of Christian Organization.
Mr. Pronin and his wife Alina have 5 children and 4 of them are students at BCA.
One of the Mr. Pronin’s favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 4:7: “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (KJV)
Alina Pronina, Administrative Assistant
Alina Pronina is occupying position of BCA Administrative Assistant. Her passion in life is to work with children and she already has an experience in teaching for more than seventeen years. Mrs. Pronina was born in Donetsk, Ukraine, where she graduated from Donetsk Music College and continue her education in S. Prokofiev Donetsk State Academy of Music. She repented to the Lord in eighteen years old and her life has changed dramatically. After immigration to the United States, Alina decided to continue her education where she got her AA in Business from Folsom Lake College (FLC) and later BS in Business Administration with concentration in Management Information Systems from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). In addition to her secular education, Alina graduated from Blagovest Institute of Ministry and received Bachelor of Church Ministry with concentration in Sunday School Teaching. During her studying at CSUS, she started to work at FLC in Counseling department, and after she also received a position of Administrative Assistant to the President of Pacific Coast Slavic Baptist Association. When Mrs. Pronina’s husband, S. Pronin, accepted a position of Principal at BCA, she started to help him in his role. Mrs. Pronina worked in our school as a Music and Choir teacher and Computer Science teacher for last three years. In August of 2020, she accepted a position of Administrative Assistant to the Principal of BCA.
Together with her husband Sergiy, Alina has five children, and she is very happy that four of them has a privilege to be the Bryte Christian Academy students. Alina likes to spend her free time with family and visit beautiful places in California. She like to do crafts with her children and little projects for her home.
One of the most encouraging Bible verses she likes is: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:9-10.
Vasiliy Warkentin, Accountant
Alevtina Tscherenkow, Kindergarten Teacher
My name is Alevtina Tscherenkow and I have had the joy of teaching kindergarten at BCA for the past three years. I graduated from CSUS with a B.S. in Speech and Language Pathology and minored in music in 2011. Following the graduation, I completed the SLP assistant program and got licensed that summer. I worked with children in various environments and all ages and seemed to enjoy the creative minds of little ones the most!
As a hobby, I enjoy surfing the web (and shopping at dollar store) for fun activities and crafts I can do with my amazing students. Also, a perfect weekend for me would be to shop at my local nursery and plant/dig in my flower garden with my children, although they don’t seem to think it’s a much fun as I do. I minored in music and my flute is my passion; I look for opportunities to perform in orchestras to glorify our amazing God.
My husband and I have two children; Milana in 4th grade and Mark in 3rd grade. One of the biggest blessings in our life is for our children to receive quality education and Godly influence at a Christian school. The Bible verse that I see daily in my car and try to live by is: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Brad Meyers, 1-2 Grades Teacher
Hello BCA families! If we have not had the chance to meet, here is a little bit about me. I have been married to my wife Sandra for 31 years and she is most certainly the best part of my life while I am here on earth. She is an amazing woman of God and I am so blessed (more than I deserve) to do life with her. I have raised 2 boys (Jordan and Jason). While they are just starting out life as adults, they are pretty great kids! I have a dog named “Roy” and he is pretty annoying. I love him anyway! I have lived in Sacramento for a little over 20 years and I attend a church that is absolutely amazing! I do hope to do missions work full time, but I don’t know when that will be. I will have to wait on the Lord and go when I am called.
I graduated with an AA degree in Administration of Justice, a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies and received my teaching credentials from Western Governors University. I have done many things with my education, including law enforcement, engineering for nearly 20 years and I have been a teacher for the last 12 years. By far, my favorite career has been being a teacher. I absolutely love it! God has given me such a heart for children and I intend to use my gift to serve him as best as I can.
I have lots of hobbies but my favorites are kayaking, long distance bike riding and reading. I absolutely love history. I can’t get enough of it! I will participate in almost anything that is sports related. I am pretty competitive, but I do it mostly for fun.
Perhaps my biggest desire is to serve God and others. So, what is my favorite Bible verse? Well, I have 2 of them! The first verse is Proverbs 9:10 “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” This had particular meaning to me as a new believer many years ago. The other is 1Timothy 1:12 “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he has considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service." Whenever I have doubts, I think of this verse.
That’s pretty quick window into my life! If you ever have any questions about me, my life, my walk with God… just ask! My life is an “open book.”
Andrea Furze, 3-4 Grades Teacher
I have been blessed to work at Bryte Christian Academy for six years. I have had the privilege of teaching kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade during my time here. Currently, I am enjoying my class of 3rd and 4th grade students. I have had the joy of teaching many of my students for more than one school year. This has allowed me the opportunity to develop deep relationships with my students and their families. Prior to coming to BCA, my husband and I worked at a small Christian school in Sonoma County. I earned my Bachelor’s degree at Simpson University in Christian Education. I received my teaching credential at Sonoma State University.
I have been blessed to be married to my wonderful husband for twenty-three years. We have two daughters. They are both in college and are studying education. We also have a small Chihuahua named Indie. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, reading, and planning future travels. I hope one day to visit all of the National Parks that I teach my students about. My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love the music, the lights, the sweets, and of course the Christmas Story! One Bible verse that I find comforting is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you and expected end.”
Brian Thorpe, 5-6 Grades Teacher
Brien Thorpe is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in Liberal Studies. He is married to Mariya and has three children. In his spare time Brien enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and playing music. His favorite Bible verse is: "He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8
Sherwood Haisty, 7-10 Grades Teacher
Rev. Sherwood E. Haisty, Jr. serves BCA by teaching classes for both the Junior and Senior High department. Sherwood is originally from a small farming town and is a native of southeast Arkansas where his mom and sister reside. His sister is married and has three grown children. Sherwood’s beloved father passed away in 2015. Sherwood is a bachelor himself, having never been married.
Rev. Haisty revived his ordination to the Gospel ministry from Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN. As an ordained Baptist minister he has served in several Baptist churches either on staff or as Pastor including serving as Senior Pastor of three different churches over the course of his ministry career. As a member of First Ukrainian Baptist Church in Roseville, Sherwood currently is an active preacher in his home church and among the Slavic community in the Sacramento area preaching regularly in other churches and at various retreats and camps for children, youth, and adults. Sherwood also preaches as well in BCA chapels. Furthermore, he has taught Bible classes for the youth at Bryte Baptist Church as well as taught courses in Blagovest Institute of Ministry for adults. Sherwood is an evangelist and has conducted evangelistic tent meetings and church revival meetings. For many years Sherwood has done open air street preaching and college campus evangelism, taking the Gospel straight to unbelievers of all types and religious backgrounds, while using bold public preaching, apologetic debate, or one on one encounters.
Not long after high school as a young man, Sherwood first earned an AA degree in electronics engineering technology from Arkansas College of Technology in Little Rock, Arkansas. After surrendering to the Gospel ministry, Rev. Haisty became a graduate with an ADiv from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, in Memphis, Tennessee. He also received a BA from Creighton College (formerly Mid-South Bible College), also in Memphis, Tennessee. His most recent degree was earned as a graduate with a MDiv from The Master’s Seminary in Los Angeles, CA. While at the Master’s Seminary, he more extensively studied Greek and Hebrew exegesis, systematic theology, and biblical counseling among other courses. Sherwood loves and is highly committed to expository preaching, giving the meaning of the text verse by verse and book by book.
Besides ministry, Rev. Haisty has an interest in politics and recently ran for U.S. Congress in District #6 in the Sacramento and West Sacramento area. He ran as a Republican candidate, and is a devout biblical and political conservative who is unapologetically pro-life, pro-biblical family, pro-righteousness, pro-capitalism, and pro-American.
Sherwood’s favorite verse from the Bible is as follows: Philippians 1:20-21 "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Among other important convictions Sherwood believes that Jesus Christ must reign as Lord and that the Bible is the perfect and final authority by which Jesus Christ reveals His will and exercises His lordship.
Tom Furze, 7-10 Grades Teacher
Six years may seem like a long time. To someone sitting in a dentist’s chair having their teeth drilled, it’s a very long time. To someone trying to watch a pot of water boil, it seems like six years. However, for someone who was called a long time ago to work with children and teach, six years goes by very quickly.
I have enjoyed teaching at Bryte Christian Academy for six years. I started here with a class of 4th and 5th grade students. I have been blessed to work with those same students for all six years. My oldest students are now currently in 9th and 10th grade. We are currently studying Algebra together and discussing great works of literature. I received my bachelor’s degree at Sonoma State University in Environmental Science Education. I also received my teacher’s credential from Sonoma State University.
I have been married to my beautiful wife for twenty-three years. One of our favorite things to do as a couple is to read together. We go to the bookstore, choose a new book, and take turns reading it to each other. We also have two daughters that are in college.
One Bible verse that I have found encouraging is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”
Sergey Levankov, PE Teacher
Sergey Levankov was born in 1987 in the city of Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan. In 2009 he graduated from North Kazakhstan State University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. From 2009 to 2010, he served in the army of Kazakhstan. He has the rank of junior sergeant of the air defense forces. Sergey started his coaching career in 2012 as a fitness instructor at the local gym. In 2015, he moved with his wife and four-year-old son to Sacramento, California. Today he is a happy father of two sons. Since 2016, he has been an independent NCSF-certified personal trainer; and currently, he trains people at Fitness System health clubs. Also, since 2017 he has been working as a physical education teacher at Bryte Cristian Academy. In 2020, he completed a fitness instructor course at Sacramento City College. Sergey's hobbies are weight training and fishing. His favorite bible verse is - "But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." 1 Corinthians 9:27
Vanessa Furze, Teacher Assistant
My name is Vanessa Furze. I am a college student who is studying to be an elementary school teacher. I have always had a love for kids since as long as I can remember. I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was four years old on Easter Sunday. My goal as a teacher’s assistant is to be able to spread his love and kindness to all of my students. I work in all of the classes at BCA helping in any way I can.
I enjoy many things ranging from cooking to ice skating. I absolutely love reading. One of my favorite book characters is Anne from Anne of Green Gables. "Dear old World you are lovely and I am glad to be alive in you." I love this quote because as a Christian, God has made every day full of wonder. I love fall the best out of all seasons. I love the cold weather and the trees changing colors. I enjoy many subjects in school, but my favorite is Chemistry. Most likely if you find me in the halls, I will be humming a tune under my breath.
I love my job, because I have the ability to talk to students about Christ freely. God has blessed me with being able to work at such a wonderful school and with godly staff. A Bible verse that has meant a lot to me is Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Pavel Gorbenko, Extended Care
Olga Tscherenkow, Staff
Olga Tscherenkow joined the BCA staff in 2019, when her family immigrated from Germany to the United States. Olga was born in Russia, where she graduated from Bryansk Medical College and obtained her degree in Nursing. She is married to her husband Stanislaw and together they have wonderful four children, three of them are current BCA students. During her leisure time, she likes to read and cook something delicious.
Olga’s favorite Bible verse: “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20–21