Christian school leader-couple set for 'yet another adventure'

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Rock County Christian School Assistant to Head of School Janet Befus and her husband Head of School Tim Befus have announced they will be leaving the school at the end of the school year to be closer to their children in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They say they will miss Beloit and are excited for the school as it moves into the future.

BELOIT - Rock County Christian School (RCCS) Head of School Tim Befus and his wife Assistant to the Head of School Janet Befus aren't strangers to adventure.

With a background in missionary work, they've been on the move several times in their lives. So it's not surprising they are closing the chapter on their life in Beloit and heading toward a new adventure in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.

The two hope to be closer to three of their four grown children, and one granddaughter, near the Twin Cities. They will remain at RCCS throughout the rest of the school year and hope to help the new Head of School transition into the job. Tim said the school board has begun a search for a Head of School and is enlisting help from the Association of Christian Schools International.

The Befuses, who've had a couple stints as missionaries abroad, are accustomed to making big moves when they feel the time is right. They said they feel God is moving them on again.

The Befuses met at Wheaton College, got married and became missionaries for seven years in Costa Rica.

Tim Befus worked for years at RCCS in the early 1990s where he taught high school Spanish, computers, Bible, math and history in addition to bus driving and coaching different sports teams.

The couple then went to Guadalajara, Mexico as missionaries for six years. Tim Befus worked establishing church planting training centers and translated a curriculum previously used in Europe. His wife said her husband was always a "jack of all trades," a task-driven leader and passionate about whatever he was doing.

When they came back stateside, Janet was interviewing for a first grade teaching position at RCCS when her husband was also offered the chance to interview for the Head of School position. She became Assistant to the Head of School in 2013.

The Befuses then embarked on their most recent stint at RCCS. They saw a lot of changes at the school as it launched a growing entrepreneurship program as well as mentoring and leadership program. It became a Wisconsin Parental Choice Program which accepts school vouchers. Current enrollment between the Beloit and Janesville campus grew to 228 this year.

The Beloit site also became home to a new gym.

On Wednesday, Tim Befus said RCCS has purchased a 4,000-square-foot building at 419 Harrison St. which will house the entrepreneurship program as well as additional offices and classrooms. Plans are for the new site to be ready for use by next fall.

With no family in the area, the Befuses grew quite close to those at the school.

"We have a good relationship with each other, and it's encouraging to work with people that encourage, pray for you and back you up," Janet Befus said. "School has been our extended family. Even the parents in the school pitch in whenever we need volunteer help."

"We will miss Beloit. This been our home where our kids grew up, and we have a lot of good memories here," Tim Befus said.

Tim Befus said he enjoyed seeing the growth at the school in the numbers of students and programs as well as increases in spiritual growth and education among the students.

Although they will miss Beloit, the Befuses say it's time to move on. The future is filled with possibilities. They are considering education jobs or perhaps opening a business or starting a new Christian school. Janet Befus said she doesn't worry what comes next because her husband's talent has led them on many wonderful adventures thus far.

"I am sure we will plug ourselves into yet another adventure," she said.

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