Meet Mrs. Barb Skinner, Director of Development

I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1980 with a B.S. in Child Development. While my husband Merle and I were at Pitt, the Lord laid the vision for a Christian ministry on our hearts. It's an amazing story about how the Center got started and God gets all the glory! Over the years I have fulfilled many duties at the Center; everything from teaching Preschool and Kindergarten, to managing the accounting department.

Currently, I am the Director of Development at the Center. I am married to Merle, the Center Director, and we have three beautiful adult daughters; Sarah, Danah, and Amy, who is now married to Jake and has a son, Jakey. 

I love sharing about what the Lord is doing here! My role is to work with public relations, recruitment and retention of students, and with raising funds. In my 'spare' time I love to read and travel. We pray that we can visit Israel soon.

I am privileged to serve the Lord here. God has done many miracles these past years. All the honor and praise goes to our Lord Jesus!


Mrs. Barb Skinner


My husband, Merle and I
My husband, Merle, and I in front of science fair projects!









Petersen Event Center
At the Petersen Event Center at the University of Pittsburgh when CCS girls & guys basketball teams played here.
Steeler Jerseys in Greece
In front of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece- in our Steelers Jerseys!











Barbara A. (Kalb) Skinner


    Diploma | 1976 | Connellsville Area High School

    BS in Child Development | 1980 | University of Pittsburgh

·         Cum Laude


    Co-Founder of the Indian Creek Valley Christian Family & Children’s Center

    Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer


    Preschool teacher | Connellsville Area Preschool | 1980-1981

    ·        Taught three to five year old classes

    Development Director | Christian Family & Children’s Center | 1981 to present

    ·    Oversees public relations, student recruitment, and fund raising.

    ·    Grant writer

    ·    Oversees accounting and prepares IRS Form 990

    ·    Experience in A/R, A/P and budgeting

    ·    Plans community coach bus trips

    ·    Past teacher at Champion Christian School in preschool, kindergarten and reading

    ·    Lead Bible studies and seminars

    ·    Provides administrative support including databases

    Serve on the Board of Directors of the Mountain Laurel Chamber of Commerce (MLCC)

    Member of the Laurel Mountain Ministerium representing the Center


  •       First Aid/CPR
  •       QuickBooks
  •       D.I.S.C. Trainer for Walk Thru the Bible
  •       Certificate from The King’s College and Seminary online class on Israel
  •       Certificate from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) Mental Health Coach First Responder 


  Presenter at Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Mid-Atlantic Early Education Conference  March, 2005

    Served on an ACSI Accreditation team

    ·    Received the Rogers/Curry Award from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Education, Applied Psychology given "to an alumna that exemplifies the spirit of Fred Rogers and Nancy Curry."   March, 2005