Growing up in a pastor's home certainly gave Beverly Altopp
a taste of what it meant to dedicate your life to ministry and to her
Lord.Born in West Virginia and after living in several different states, Beverly's family landed in Phoenix where both parents became teachers in Christian schools.At that time, Mrs. Altopp
(then a 6th grade student) began what would be a life long involvement in Christian education.Believing that music was her calling, she decided to attend Azusa Pacific University in Southern California.With help from a music scholarship, she obtained her degree in Music Education and Music Theory in 1979.
It was during this time at APU
husband of almost 29 years, Ben.They have two wonderful sons, both of whom have attended Joy Christian School
.The oldest will be attending Mrs. Altopp's
alma mater (APU) this Fall, majoring in Cinema/Broadcast Arts.It was while Mrs. Altopp was employed by the Yamaha Music School® that she decided to further her education.Mrs. Altopp
received a certification in Music Therapy from California State University, Long Beach
in 1982.It was an internship in music therapy at Camelback Psychiatric Hospital
in Phoenix, Arizona which led to her
"coming back home."In 1983, through a series of God-led events, Mrs. Altopp met Pastor Walt Kallestad from Community Church of Joy.
During this time, Mrs. Altopp
also developed her
own private music studio in which she
taught more than 100 students over a 9 year period.Mrs. Altopp
also began to put her
Music Theory degree to use by writing original music.It was during this time that she
won grand prize at a national competition in song writing at the Christian Music Artist Seminar in the Rockies where more than 400 songs were entered.Since that time she
has written seven musicals and numerous songs.
By 1990, she
was approached by the pastors of Community Church of Joy
to expand her
responsibilities.Over the next nine years, she
directed children's, youth and adult choirs.Her
responsibility included touring each year with the youth choirs.It was at that time that she
developed a passion for youth and for the way in which the arts could bring together their faith and their talent to form an incredible ministry.In 1997, she made the decision to be a pioneer teacher at the Joy Christian School.Her
first choir at JCS
numbered 11 students.In 2006, JCS choirs included almost 125 students.She
knows that this is truly a gift from God.Thrilled with the opportunity to be a part of yet another pioneering adventure with Joy Christian High School
, Mrs. Altopp
is anticipating God to work in incredible ways.Mrs. Altopp and Mr. Mark Walth share the responsibilities of developing and teaching the Creative Arts class at Joy Christian High School.
...Mr. Walth and Mrs. Beverly Altopp share the responsibilities of teaching the Creative Arts class at Joy Christian High School.