When Roger Everett first arrived in Iowa from California, he didn't know much about the Midwest, Iowa or small town life in general.
"It was a different life here," Everett recalled. "We had to adjust to the geography, the weather and transitioning from a larger school to a smaller school."
It didn't take long for Everett to feel at home as the administrator of Community Christian School, a position he maintained for more than 13 years before his recent departure to pursue a new ministry.
Everett and his wife, Sarah, a seventh- and eighth-grade teacher at the school, came to Fort Dodge after he had served Hisperia Christian School in Hisperia, Calif., as an elementary principal.
"We truly felt called to come to Community Christian," he said. "We fell in love with the church and the people. They really took us in."
During his tenure at Community Christian, Everett said he enjoyed seeing the students through school and into adulthood.
Many Community Christian alumni have gone on to have successful high school and college careers.
"We saw several of our kids move on to Fort Dodge Senior High where they became class presidents and valedictorians," he said. "It was always fun to see them finish college and even send their own children to Community Christian."
Everett also enjoyed the small town atmosphere and close-knit church community in Fort Dodge.
"The nice thing about being in Fort Dodge was that we never had to worry about our boys," said Everett. "We could send them to the park and know they were in a safe environment. It was always nice to see people we knew everywhere we went."
While he was at Community Christian, Everett said the school accomplished many things, but that it was the students and their willingness to serve that particularly stands out in his mind.
"Community Christian has a great group of motivated kids," he said. "Their Feed Haiti project was a huge success this past year. And they always enjoyed service projects at Friendship Haven. I really hope they continue to reach out and minister to those around them."
Everett left his position at Community Christian School in December to begin new endeavors with the English Language Institute / China in Fort Collins, Colo. as program counselor for the summer teaching institute, where he will assist in recruiting teachers to serve on six-week missions teaching English in China. He had prior missionary experience, having spent two years on missions in Kenya.
"I've always had a heart for overseas missions," he said. "I'm glad to be called to a position that enables me to pursue them."
As yet, no successor to Everett has been named at Community Christian.
Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org