Staff Spotlight: Isaiah Whelpley

Staff Spotlight: Isaiah Whelpley

Seven years ago, Isaiah Whelpley first came to GRACE as a substitute teacher. This led to a full-time position teaching middle and high school Bible and history. As a Bible teacher, Isaiah’s passion for the spiritual life of our students led to his increased involvement in the weekly chapel program on the Upper Campus. During the 2013-2014 school year, Isaiah left the classroom and became the Upper Campus Assistant Principal, a position he held for four years. During this time, he helped establish the missions trip program available to students in 7th through 12th grades. This year, Isaiah is stepping into a newly created role as GRACE’s Director of Christian Life. in this role, Isaiah will be focusing on spiritually equipping students, teachers, and parents in all grade levels. He will also continue to lead and organize school missions trips.

Isaiah received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Hope International University with a focus in youth ministry. He is on target to complete his Masters in Administration and Supervision at Liberty University in October.

Isaiah and his wife, Kat (a former GRACE kindergarten teacher), are parents to Zeke, who is three and a half.  They would like to expand their family and are currently in the middle of an international adoption from South Africa. The Whelpleys are famous for making goofy faces and having tons of fun regardless of where they are. They are avid card and board game players and Isaiah especially likes to play Settlers of Catan and Monopoly Card Deal.

When asked to share his favorite school memory, Isaiah quickly explained that in 5th grade he was picked by the “Yo-Yo Man” in a school assembly and learned cool yo-yo tricks that he was able to teach to his classmates. His favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 5:17 because it reminds him of his identity in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

When asked to share about a memorable gift he had received, his first response was the teen Bible he received from his mom (seems apropos, given his current job description). This gift was “new and cool and mine” according to Isaiah. A pet rock named fluffy given to him by former GRACE student Josiah Vanderkin, was also mentioned.

Something you might not know about Mr. Whelpley? His first job was working the Mulan-themed parade at Disneyland as  “Puppet Pusher #1 and #2” and “Dragon #9.”

From Isaiah, students have learned that they “get” to do amazing things at GRACE!