Meet the DA Boarding Team

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Evan+Jewel Evans

Evan and Jewel served at the International Christian Academy (I.C.A.) in Cote d'Ivoire, W. Africa for 20 years. I.C.A. was evacuated in 2002 due to civil unrest, and they moved to Senegal, W. Africa to work at Dakar Academy where they currently serve as DA's Boarding administrators and lead other campus ministries, including Outreach programs, discipleship ministries, and the Sunday worship program at DA. 

For 28 years, the Evans trained boarding parents at ACSI’s Pre-Field Orientation, and these people then went out to schools all around the globe.

The Evans have 4 daughters, all of whom are married and serving the Lord overseas, and 8 grandchildren.


Aaron+Amber Maxwell

In addition to parenting their own two boys, Beckett and Reese, Aaron and Amber are home parents to high school girls in the boarding program at DA. Prior to arriving at DA in 2015, they served as resident assistants at a boarding school in South Korea.  Amber is a graduate of Dakar Academy, and both she and Aaron have a heart for third culture kids and a passion for serving missionary families.

“If the parents feel as though they [their kids] are being loved and cared for and all their needs are being met they are able to continue serving in their ministries without any worry,” Amber says.  “It really allows them to fulfill the calling that the Lord has placed on their life.”

Students from West Africa and North Africa attend boarding school at Dakar Academy, where house parents create a “home away from home” environment.

Silas+Courtney Stacey

Silas and Courtney, with their son Jethro, live and work at Dakar Academy as house parents for senior high boys. They moved to Senegal in 2014 to work as MK teachers, and before that they served for 2 years as resident assistants in a high school boys dorm at Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany. They love doing life with high school boys, and feel that some of the best ministry/discipleship opportunities are had by coming alongside youth in their daily routines. They love reading, coffee, watching movies, and playing board games, and are excited to partner with parents in raising young men of God. 

"Some of us are called to work in a certain place or among a certain culture. We've been called to care for third culture kids." 

Peter and Denise Giffen are house parents to middle school girls enrolled in Dakar Academy’s boarding program.

Peter+Denise Giffen

As house parents to middle school girls, Peter and Denise come to DA with years of parenting experience; each having to raise their own children alone for a season in light of significant losses in both their lives. They have been together for almost 8 years, and are the parents of 8 adult children, 6 of whom are married, and grandparents to 6 children. Denise has previous experience in Ivory Coast and Senegal, and together they have volunteered as medical staff at a bible camp in British Columbia, Canada, as well as leaders at a TCK re-entry camp for the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Peter and Denise took early retirement from their jobs as a paramedic and RN respectively, to come to Dakar Academy and serve.

“It is our desire to see our middle school girls thrive at DA and learn how to have a solid walk of faith in Christ.”