“Those from among you will rebuild the ancient ruins; You will raise up the age-old foundations; And you will be called the repairer of the breach, The restorer of the streets in which to dwell.” Isaiah 58:12

“You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” John 8:32

TFN Teachers and Staff

Barbara Kilkenny

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.”

Psalm 90:12,14

Anna Bastounes

“… we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done.”

Psalm 78:4

“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” 

John Whitehead

Carolyn Frederickson

“Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand …  and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so that light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.” 

William Bradford

Robert Kilkenny

“… neither can any Govern himself unless his reason be Lord, Will and Appetite her Vassals; nor can Reason rule unless herself be ruled by God, and (wholy) be obedient to Him.” 

Hugo Grotius

Janet Sue

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1

Heal them! Teach them! Send them out to teach and heal the nations!

Stephen Jin

“In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2:3


“The end of all learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love and imitate Him.”

John Milton


  • Philosophy of History, Government, and Education

Establish in the mind of the student a Christian philosophy of history, government, and education and help the student apply the Biblical principles of government to his conscience and character, to his habits of scholarship, to his knowledge of God’s Word, and to his understanding of God’s Providential work in his own life


  • Universal History

Present the student with a Providential view of history, a view that recognizes how God has worked through individuals to accomplish His purposes in every nation


  • Curriculum Development

Train the student to prepare and present Biblically-based lesson plans for every subject in the curriculum


  • Methods of Child Development

Prepare the student to minister to children and families by teaching principles of child development and Biblical discipline


  • The Writing Road to Reading

Equip the student to teach reading and writing to children and adults through a phonics-based program


  • Sentence Analysis and Grammar

Teach the student fundamentals of English grammar so he can effectively communicate the truths learned


  • Worship & Intercession

Nurture the student’s relationship with God, his desire to worship, and his vital role in intercession for individuals and nations


“TFN taught me that the basis for a free and civilized society is self-government. When a people  can control themselves, no external control will be needed. Self-government comes only when there is sufficient knowledge of the truth of who God is as the Designer and the Originator of all things. TFN has given me that tools for transforming a society. I am very blessed to have gone through this school.” Nicole Curiel

“When we are called to missions, God puts in us a desire to change the nations for His Kingdom. Through TFN, I learned the practical principles to actually do that. This school has transformed my understanding of how to win the nations for Christ and has given me hope to see God’s Kingdom be prevail in this world.” Morgan Wall

“The way I look at family and education will never be the same.” Thandeka Whitlock

“I will be forever grateful… for the eternal deposit Mr. Kilkenny made in me and thousands of others directly and indirectly of a deep and unwavering commitment to Christ-centered education.” Pam Eduard


James V. Kilkenny

Founder of Teachers for the Nations

In 1978, after years as a public school teacher, Mr. Kilkenny joined the international mission agency Youth With A Mission, confident that his days in the classroom were over. However, scarcely a year passed when he and Mrs. Barbara Kilkenny (also a former teacher) understood that God was directing them back to the classroom. Their call? Establish a Christian school, a school dedicated to building faith by laying God’s Word as the foundation of all teaching. Obedient to God’s voice, the Kilkennys founded Christian Heritage School (CHS) in 1979.

Convinced that God’s truth had power—power to transform individuals and nations—Mr. Kilkenny launched Teachers for the Nations, a training school to equip teachers who would serve at CHS and who would start Christian schools internationally. Christian Heritage School would provide the place where these teachers-in-training would gain valuable experience by working with classroom teachers. The school began in 1980—with only two students!

Undeterred, Mr. Kilkenny faithfully obeyed God’s call and patiently sowed the seeds of His truth. He sowed them again and again. And God gave the increase. More than 400 came from 40 nations. They sat the feet of this master teacher and learned about the fear of the Lord. They witnessed the power of humility and beheld the beauty of mercy. They experienced the love of a father and received the kindness of a friend.  

And what of the hundreds who came? Even now, they are establishing schools, planting churches, strengthening families, discipling children, and training more teachers. The hundreds are reaching thousands, many thousands around the world. All this because Mr. Kilkenny was a humble man who gave himself unreservedly to do the will of God.

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40 

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