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Cahawba Christian Academy

The mission of Cahawba Christian Academy is to provide a Christ-centered environment where students are challenged to achieve both spiritual and academic excellence.

FACULTY & STAFF

Matthew Allen

History 8-12

Tim Bonds

Bible & Government/Econ 8-12

Christy Brooks

2nd Grade

Joyce Butler

Computer Resource & Life Skills 8-12

Becky Davis

English & Language Arts 8-12

Miranda Easterling

Science 8-12

Rebekah Gothard

Student Services & Registrar

Jeri Gregg

Office Secretary

Meredith Johnson

1st Grade

Angie Koch

3rd Grade

Cherrie Lilly

Bookkeeper

Valeria Mays

K5

Julie Misch

Math 8-12

Diane Morgan

Bookkeeper

Lynn Nelson

4th Grade

Karen Parrish

History & Science 5-7

Ryan Phelps

Math & Bible 5-7

Heather Poe

English & Language Arts 5-7

Gail Sammons

Principal


Academic Resource Support & Teacher Aides

Wendy Argo, Drew Johnson, Tammy Steele, Lakendra Tubbs, Renee Walker


MISSION STATEMENT

Cahawba Christian Academy provides a Christ-centered environment through Christian teachers, and Christian curriculum. It is our desire to challenge and inspire each student to glorify God by responsible actions in our modern day society. We provide education from a distinctive Biblical foundation and perspective. The true reason for life, and the study of every subject as well as our extra curricular events are viewed in relation to God and His Holy Word.

ARTICLES OF FAITH

We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory. We believe that for salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential. We believe it is by the Holy Spirit’s indwelling that the believer is enabled to live a holy life; and be a witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe on in the resurrection of both the saved and lost: them that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and them that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL

Cahawba Christian Academy is located off of Alabama State Highway 25 approximately 2.5 miles from the city of Centreville, Alabama in Bibb County.

Cahawba Christian Academy was incorporated in 1970 as a private Christian school in Bibb County, Alabama. The first year of classes were held in Eoline, Alabama for grades 1st thru 12th. The pre-school was held at the old pastor’s manse of The Brent Presbyterian Church. The first headmaster was Rev. Aubrey Elam.

The school moved into the present location at the start of the 1972 school year. This location was made possible by the donation of land by Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Belcher, Jr. The school was a member of the Alabama Private School Association. The school has had several headmasters including Col. Charles Swienny, Rev. Lenard T. VanHorn, Dr. Milton Cucthens, Rev. Mike Lynn, and Ms. Judith Puhr.

After declining enrollment the school closed grades 1-12 in 1986 and kept the pre-school open. The pre-school was operated by Mrs. Mary Lynn Davis. The building was rented to the Bibb County School System for a period of two years while the Brent Elementary School building was being renovated. The money received from the rent was used to reopen pre-school thru 6th grade at the old Southern Methodist Church building with Ms. Becky Davis as principal.

In 1989, the school moved back to the present location and began rebuilding enrollment. The school continued to renovate the building and joined the Alabama Christian Education Association. The Rev. Elam returned as headmaster until Ms. Diane Thompson was named Principal. The school has added a daycare facility by the generous donation of Mr. S.E. Belcher, Jr. and his family. With this expansion the school provided daycare thru 12th grade.

In 2006 the Board of Directors voted to join the Alabama Independent School Association and in 2007 voted to hire Dr. Steve Morgan as Principal, Ms. Shelley Jones in 2010, Rev. Tim Bonds in 2013, and Ms. Gail Sammons in 2015.

WHY PAY TUITION WHEN PUBLIC EDUCATION IS FREE?

Parents must never lose sight
of the philosophical differences
that exist between Christian
education and public education.
The spiritual development of
your child is too important to
do otherwise.

Why would parents pay tuition for their children to attend a Christian school when they can attend a public school free? For some parents, it’s caring, loving teachers, protection from undesirable influences, or small class sizes. For others, it’s strictly academics, a safe environment, or discipline. Yet for other parents, it’s Christian school teachers, Bible study, prayer, Christian values, and Christian character.

Do you want God’s blessings on your children’s lives? Of course you do! Does God place conditions on His blessings? God’s blessings come from valuing the things that God values, obeying the things that God commands, and keeping one’s heart in tune with the things that please God. The Bible teaches that parents should have a genuine love for His commandments and obey the teaching of Scripture, which include His child-rearing instructions (John 15: 7-17).

The Old and New Testaments talk much about parents’ duty to teach God’s truths to their children, to talk about these truths in the home, to talk about the truths when traveling to and from the home, and to bind the truths in their children’s hearts (Deuteronomy 6: 4-15). If parents want God’s blessing on their children, they must teach God’s truths in their homes, and instill truth in their children’s minds and hearts, especially during the formative years. This would include reading the Bible regularly in the home and talking about the things God loves. If God wants preeminence (first place) in the home, don’t you think that He wants preeminence in your children’s lives as well?

With these thoughts in mind, let’s examine six reasons why Christian school education is worth the financial investment.

1. Truth. School is a place where learning occurs; and learning, if it honors God, is based on truth—Bible truths. This means the truths of Scripture and academic knowledge are presented from God’s viewpoint. Truth is always in harmony with the Creator of the universe, for it is “by Him” and “for Him” that all things were created (Colossians 1: 16-17). Truth, then, is an integral part of education.

2. Bible and Prayer. God bestowed upon man a means to communicate directly with Him—prayer. God also provided a way that He can express His thoughts to man—the Bible. The Bible states that parents are to rear their children to love and obey God (Proverbs 22:6). This can only be accomplished when parents genuinely want their children to know the mind of Christ, which means to give Jesus Christ preeminence in every area of life—home, church, school, and society (Colossians 1: 16-18).

3. Academics. Truth in academics harmonizes with Bible truths. And truth, if it’s preserved, is never mixed with error or contaminated by human thoughts. In the Christian school, all subjects are taught from a theistic worldview perspective. In other words, God is exalted in every school subject—mathematics, English, science, history, music, computers, etc.

4. Protection. The four most damaging influences children face today are negative peer pressure (including wrong friends), instruction from teachers at school who reject Christian beliefs and values (humanism), electronic media, and lack of discipline. Any one of these influences can destroy your child’s confidence in God, in you (dad/mom), in school rules, in authority, and in Christian values and beliefs.

5. Training. The Christian school complements the home and church by training children to love and obey God and the teachings of Scripture (Matthew 22: 37), to love and honor their parents, and to honor government and God-ordained authority. Education is more than book learning; it’s about knowing God and His universe. What is taught by word and example is a major influence in training children.

6. Philosophy. How parents view God is the basis for their philosophy of education. Knowledge is influenced by one of two worldview—theism or humanism. Theism is rooted in creation and the Bible; humanism is founded upon evolution and the belief that man is a god. The Bible warns against viewing life through the wrong philosophical lens, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8). When the biblical worldview of education is excluded from school, human reasoning displaces biblical truth (Mark 7: 1-13).

CONCLUSION

Whereas more reasons could be given to explain why parents should send their children to a Christian school, those listed are sufficient to validate Christian school education as a wise, biblical choice for parents (1 Thessalonians 4:1). For education outside the home, there is no schooling alternative that matches with Scripture except the Christian school. In the final analysis, the blessings parents (and their children) receive from God for investing in Christian education go beyond description.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mickey Barton

Phillip Bonner

Dr. Steve Foster

Terri Horton - Chairperson

Brian Johnston

Bobby Pratt

Billy Thompson

Chance Wallace

Wayne Whitlock