I’m Ben Russel and I have the proud title of administrator of Verde Christian Academy (VCA). I call both Yavapai College and Northern Arizona University my alma maters. I grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and have lived here in Cottonwood for over twenty years with my wife, Alison. We have five children and are blessed to have all of them experience VCA. I became the leader here back in 2010. Verde Christian Academy and the teachers and families here have had an amazing impact on my life. I’m so blessed to lead at a school where we can focus on excellence in order to reflect God’s glory. Together as a team we are excited about and committed to educating students to; know Christ personally, excel academically, and transform communities for God’s glory!



Igniting Hearts. Unleashing Minds


We are a vibrant community who exist for the purpose of assisting families in their God-given call to educate their children. We partner with a variety of families including those who are looking for a strong Christian foundation as well as those who are passionate about finding a safe environment with high expectations and quality academics. Located on the campus of the Verde Community Church we are blessed to have bright spacious classrooms, a full-size gymnasium, and a large playground complete with a plethora of equipment More Info >>


Daily Office Hours
Monday - Thursday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday
9:00 am - 3:00 pm