About Us Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Pastor Harold Thomas, President

Pastor Thomas began pastoring in 1962. He has pastored churches in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Florida. He was the founding pastor of Forest Lake Bible Church and is currently serving at Grace Presbyterian Church. He is a cofounder of Rocky Bayou Christian School and taught Bible here until 2006 and is now working in the IT department. Pastor Thomas earned his BA from Crichton College and a MTh from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is married to Betty Joyce Thomas, Academy English teacher and has four daughters (all RBCS graduates) and four grandchildren (two RBCS graduates).


Dr. Bob GreteDr. Robert L. Grete, Secretary

Dr. Grete retired from the USAF after 21.5 years of service and over 5,700 pilot flying hours. Dr. Grete was a co-founder of RBCS in 1973 and retired as Superintendent in June 2005 to undergo orthopedic surgeries. He resumed the office of Superintendent for three months upon the June 2009 resignation of Dr. Donald Larson, who accepted a call to an inner city ministry in North Carolina. Dr. Grete serves on the Board of Directors for RBCS, and continues to teach American History, Economics, and US Government. He received his BS from the United States Military Academy, a Masters from Baylor University, and a MBA from Auburn University. He received an Honorary Doctor of Pedagogy from Clearwater Christian College. He has been married for over 52 years to Katherine Grete and has six children, 32 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. He is an elder at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Marilyn BilbyMarilyn Bilby

Marilyn began working at RBCS as a teacher assistant in 1983 and became a teacher the following year. After teaching 1st - 4th grades, she became principal of the Elementary and Kindergarten in 2003. Marilyn assumed the position of Academy principal in 2009. She received her BA in Elementary Education from the University of West Florida. She completed a Master's degree program in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College in 2005. Marilyn is married to her husband of forty years, Ben, and has three daughters: all graduates of RBCS in '93, '94, and '97. They are the proud grandparents to seven precious grandchildren, two of which attend RBCS.

Erik Stoer, PhD

Erik Stoer, PhD

Dr. Stoer has served on the RBCS Board of Directors since 1985. He retired from the Air Force in 2007 after a 34-year career in federal civil service where he worked in missile and weapon development, and a 30-year Air Force career on active duty and as a reservist, retiring from the Pentagon in 2003.  Erik continues work at Eglin helping guide aerospace-related programs in a support role as a contractor.  His formal education includes a BS, Industrial Management from Louisiana Tech University (1971), an MPA, Troy State University (1988), and a PhD from Florida State University (2001). He is married to the former Mary Frances Bennett of Dubach, Louisiana. They have two daughters--both RBCS graduates--and seven grandchildren.  Erik is an elder at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Valparaiso.

Robert C. GreteRobert C. Grete

Robert C. Grete is a graduate of Rocky Bayou Christian School (Class of 1982) and Liberty University with a BS in Accounting. After working two years in public accounting, he served the next seventeen managing the business operations at Rocky Bayou Christian School. Mr. Grete owns and operates a business here in the panhandle of Florida and resides in Niceville with his wife and four children. He is a deacon at Grace Presbyterian Church.

Bob Huisken

Bob Huisken, with his brother, built a meat-packing business from a butcher shop. After selling the business, he moved to Niceville to put his sons in school at RBCS. His passion is equipping youth with the ability to give an answer to the world for the faith that is in them. He has been married since 1973 and has 4 sons and 1 daughter. He attends Rocky Bayou Baptist Church.

Van Linn, Treasurer 

Van Linn is 1986 alumnus of Rocky Bayou Christian School, and a 1990 graduate of the University of West Florida with a BS in Marketing. He has been an owner of Ivanco Inc., a local contracting company that specializes in life safety systems, for 26 years. Van also serves on the board of Good News Jail and Prison Ministry and as a deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach. He has been married to his wife Kelley, a 1987 RBCS alumnus, for 25 years. He and his wife have been committed to Christian education since their early days at RBCS, and have already graduated two of their four children from RBCS. They are looking forward to seeing their younger two graduate from RBCS in the near future.