Phone: (209) 928-4126

Meet The Members

Semsen, Walt

Attending Chapel in the Pines in Twain Harte since 1978. Married since 1978 with four children – all graduated from MLCS. Five of our grandchildren have attended MLCS. Retired in 2010 after working for the California Department of Corrections for 27 years. Served several terms on the MLCS board since 1990 under seven administrators. Full time volunteer at MLCS, working with my wife who manages the two MLCS thrift stores.


  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S) Veritas Seminary, 2013.
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies (BBS) Horizon College, 2008.
  • Associate of Theology, (A.Th.) Calvary Chapel Bible College, 2001.


  • Small business owner since 2002.  Ambassador Leather, a mobile business that specializes in leather repair, custom dye refurbish, and also windshield repairs.

Ministry Involvement & Church Affiliation:

I am the fifth generation born in Tuolumne County. I was raised in Jamestown and attended Sonora High School. I received my Associated Arts Degree from Columbia College, My Bachelors of Arts from CSU Stanislaus and my Masters of Education from Brandman University.

I have been a member of the Tuolumne County 4-H program since 1974. I am currently serving as a Club Leader, Project Leader, and I chair the County Community Dinner. The projects I teach are catering, Swine, and Community Service.

My wife Krishna and I have been married since 1991. I am Principal Director of a local Charter School and Krishna works for Blake Elliott Insurance. We have three kids: Emily is a Registered Dental Assistant, Danny a senior at Summerville, and Faith.

I have had children at MLCS for 8 years. My son Danny graduated from MLCS in 2011 and my daughter Faith is in the 7th grade. I volunteer at the school by doing the cooking at the Jubilee and BBQing the Drive thru Dinners.

I am a 19 year member of Sierra Bible Church where I have lead growth groups, and served on the Outreach Ministry Team. I serve on the MLCS Board as I am interested in serving our youth by striving to offer a quality education while learning in the eyes of God’s love. My focus is curriculum.

Mitchell, Ken

Ken has been on the Mother Lode Christian School Board since 1996. His  son graduated from Mother Lode Christian School, and he currently has his two daughters attending Mother Lode Christian School.

Graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business Administration. Ken attended Victory Christian High School in Carlsbad, CA.

Married to Mother Lode Christian School alumni, Patty (Elliott) Mitchell. Mother in Law Janice Elliott, a retired teacher from Mother Lode Christian School (30 years).

Ken and his family attend Sierra Bible Church. He is a local business owner, Blake Elliott Insurance (25 years). In addition to Mother Lode Christian School, Ken is involved in youth soccer, little league, football, and softball.

Mother Lode Christian School provides a quality education with amazing staff and teachers. I appreciate the Christ centered environment that Mother Lode Christian School offers. It is a great compliment to our household, reinforcing our relationship with christ. All of this makes Mother Lode Christian School, a great christian education community.  

McKernan, Carrie