Van Wert


Van Wert Elementary School, Grades 1-5

Van Wert Middle School, Grades 6-8

Van Wert High School, Grades 9-12 (Pilot Class)

Synergy Learning Center, Grades 6-8

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Meet Our Teachers

Sarah Hostetler has been teaching at LifeWise Van Wert since it opened in 2012 as Cross Over The Hill. She holds a B.S. in Counseling and Youth Ministry and an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. An experienced teacher, Sarah has taught in children’s church, inner city summer camp, discipleship, and Awana. She even taught for 18 months in Seoul, South Korea. Sarah’s favorite thing about LifeWise is watching kids experience the love and truth that Jesus gives. She and her husband, Lance, have four children and reside in the Van Wert community.

Myrna Hamrick began teaching at LifeWise Van Wert in 2017. She holds a B.A. in English Education and an M.A. in Education. Previously, Myrna taught English at Van Wert High School where she was also an adviser for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  Myrna and her husband Brent have three grown children: Daniel, Andrew and Alexandra. Myrna enjoys being able to share God’s Word without being restricted by the laws governing public education, and seeing the students at such an early age begin to understand how awesome God is!


Amy Prichard is a familiar face to the Van Wert school system as a retired elementary teacher of 33 years. Throughout her career she also held leading roles volunteering in church ministry, overseeing childrens choir, directing VBS and teaching Sunday School and Kid's Church classes. Amy has met a variety of LifeWise Van Wert needs by subbing and now teaching two days each week in the elementary program. Amy and her husband Jay have two grown children and 4 grandchildren with whom they love spending time.

Juanita Hotmire joined the LifeWise staff in 2013 after retiring from 29 years as an administrator and teacher at the First United Methodist Church Preschool. Juanita loves having the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with LifeWise students, some of whom she taught in preschool. Currently Juanita teaches the after-school middle school class and one day each week in the elementary program. Juanita and her husband Phil have 4 sons and 11 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with their grandchildren at every opportunity.


Matt Eding has dedicated his life to youth ministry, having worked as a youth pastor prior to joining the LifeWise Van Wert team as the middle school teacher. He holds a Master of Divinity from Winebrenner Theological Seminary and currently attends Lifehouse Church. Matt lives in Convoy, Ohio with his wife, two kids, and a plethora of rescued cats. He enjoys music, gaming, movies, and being outdoors.

Jeremy Laukhuf is the Field Director for LifeWise Academy and the high school teacher for LifeWise Van Wert. He holds an M.A. in Ministry from Luther Rice College and Seminary, a B.A. in Jazz Studies from The Ohio State University, and is a certified Project Manager. Additionally, he is a retired United States Air Force veteran. He lives life with the mindset, “Words Mean Things and Truth Matters Most”, and strives to be an efficient, effective, and authentic leader and communicator in every aspect of his work. He and his wife Cristi have five children:  Brooklynn, Cayden, Madalynn, Vivian, and Lillian. Jeremy enjoys reading, writing, running, and Prog Rock.


Our Programs

Elementary students attend LifeWise Academy once a week throughout the school year.

Lessons take kids on a Christ-centered, chronological journey through the Bible over the course of five years.

Over 92% of Van Wert Elementary students currently attend LifeWise Academy.


Middle school students attend LifeWise every day for 12 consecutive weeks. They study the Bible with a focus on the New Testament and how it influences their worldview. In

2019-2020, over 120 middle school students attend LifeWise.


Our Facilities

Elementary LifeWise Academy classes are held in the Putman building, a two classroom renovated home. Volunteers walk students to and from the facility, 

about 200 yards from the school.


Middle school and high school LifeWise classes are held in the Stoller building, a short walk through the school parking lot. The building was constructed in 2017 with design intended to draw attention to the cross. 


Our Leadership Team

LifeWise Director: Sara Spath

Assistant Director: Jeremy Laukhuf

Volunteer Leader: Sue Arn

Finance Leader: Mike Holliday

Team Up With LifeWise Van Wert


Contact us today to join our prayer team or get

information about volunteer opportunities.     


LifeWise Van Wert is funded

through private donations.

LifeWise Van Wert Mailing Address:

PO Box 702

Van Wert, OH  45891

Other Questions? We'd love to hear from you!    

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