A Godly Heritage
Fairview Christian Academy, originally named the ‘McMinn Christian Academy’, was started as a ministry of the Fairview Baptist Church in 1977. At the time, it was one of the few Christian schools in the state of Tennessee. Today, it is one of hundreds.
Fairview Christian Academy existed in 1977 for the same purpose that it exists today, to offer Christian parents a choice – something better for their children. It was because of unbiblical influences in the public school system that Pastor Jack Scallions started the school; a place where students would be offered both academic excellence and a Biblical worldview.
For over twenty years, Pastor Scallions, our president emeritus, served as the president of the Tennessee Association of Christian Schools. He worked with other leaders in the field of Christian education around the country with the goal of making Christian education better. He has been influential in offering accreditation privileges to Christian schools in Tennessee and has worked hard to see that the schools in the TACS both meet and exceed the requirements of their public counterparts.
In November of 2017, a tornado ripped through our campus, and either seriously damaged or completely destroyed all three of our educational facilities. By God’s grace, however, our school only missed one week of classes. Over the course of the next two years, God showed Himself faithful again and again by providing us with two different facilities in which to have school, generous donations of school supplies, and many hours of volunteer work from the community.
While the academy itself carried on with relative continuity, our leadership worked tirelessly on beginning a new, larger, and more modern educational building. After nearly a year and a half of constant prayer and hours upon hours of labor, our new building was completed, and in April 2019 Fairview Christian Academy returned home and resumed classes back on campus.
In January of 2019, Pastor Scallions was voted into the roles of pastor emeritus of the church and president emeritus of the academy. Pastor Herrell then assumed the roles of pastor and president. Pastor Herrell is excited to take on the challenges that come with being the president of an academy, and he is looking forward to seeing how God will work again in the future.
Over the years Fairview Christian Academy has grown from a few students to a healthy, thriving school with a strong tradition. We are grateful for our heritage as a pioneer in the Christian education movement, and we will continue to work hard to serve our students and families with the highest level of excellence.