Pastor Matt Herrell, President
Pastor Matt joined the staff of both the church and the academy in the summer of 2016. Before this, he and his family had served in multiple capacities in many different places. Pastor Matt has a background in children’s, youth, and adult Sunday School classes, public school Bible programs, and youth ministries. He and his family also served for six years as missionaries to Peru, where he was involved in church planting, children’s homes, and an English speaking youth group. In November 2017, Pastor Matt became the co-pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church.
Pastor Matt and his wife, Crystal, have four children: Maddie, Kyle, Lauren, and Tanner. Two of them, Lauren and Tanner, are currently attending the academy. Pastor Matt graduated from the Crown College of the Bible in 1996.
In November 2018, Dr. Jack Scallions was voted into the role of President and Pastor Emeritus. This promoted Pastor Matt to the roles of Senior Pastor and President of the academy.
Dr. Jack Scallions, President Emeritus
In September 1973, Fairview Baptist Church called Jack Scallions as its pastor. Pastor Scallions had been pastoring the Northview Baptist Church in Dalton, GA, while attending seminary. When Pastor Scallions came, Fairview Baptist Church had previously had six pastors in twenty years and only one building. Along with his love for the pastorate, he is a regular speaker for Bible conferences, special meetings, and commencements.
In November 2018, Pastor Scallions was voted into the role of President Emeritus. This came after forty two years of faithful service to the academy. Pastor still continues to speak in chapel, connect with the students, and provide spiritual guidance and leadership.
Pastor Scallions is known and respected by his peers for his strong conservative stand and his genuine love for people. Dr. Scallions and his wife, Paulette, have three children: Randy Scallions, Mrs. Dana Cash, and Mrs. Marty Alexander. Dr. Scallions graduated from Temple Baptist Seminary in 1973, taking the M.R.E. and Master of Divinity degrees. He was honored by his Alma Mater with a Doctorate of Divinity Degree in 1996. Under his leadership, the Fairview Baptist Church has grown into a multi-faceted ministry with a 36-acre campus. A 16,800 sq. ft. auditorium facility was completed debt-free in May of 2009. Camp Fairview, a 150-acre youth camp, hosts hundreds of campers each summer.
Fairview Christian Academy was founded in 1977, and as an accredited institution, has provided quality, academic education in a Christian environment. A daily radio program has been a ministry of the church since Pastor Scallions came. The church's ministries include: a Spanish church, bus ministry, King's Kids, children's church, and a worldwide missions program.
Mr. Greg Ranck, M.Ed., Administrator
Before Mr. Ranck began his tenure at FCA as the Administrator in 2005, he served in Central Georgia for eight years as a Math teacher, Assistant Principal and Coach.
Mr. Ranck graduated from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, in 1998, and completed a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2008. Along with his administrative duties, he enjoys teaching students Math and coaching girls’ basketball.
Mr. Ranck attributes his passion for Christian Education to the impact that Christian Education made in his own life as a young person. He is also an active part of Fairview Baptist Church.
Mrs. Connie Keeton, Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Keeton is the Administrative Assistant to Mr. Ranck. She also serves as the School Secretary. As secretary, she has the opportunity to interact with students and their parents. She attended FCA for ten years and is an FCA graduate. She earned a degree in Office Administration at Tennessee Temple University. She gladly accepted God's call to work at Fairview in 2009.
She is thankful that her boys have the opportunity to attend the same Christian school that she attended. Mrs. Keeton feels it is a privilege to be able to work in a Christian environment and enjoys serving others.
Mrs. Mary-Ann Davis, M.Ed., Asst. Principal-Curriculum & English
Mrs. Davis is the senior faculty member (1978 to present). During her years at FCA, she has taught 2nd grade through 12th grade and at present is teaching English in grades 7-12. She also serves as Preschool Director.
She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education with an English proficiency and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum from Tennessee Temple University. In 1981, as well as 2014, she was honored as the FCA Yearbook dedication recipient. In 1988, she received the TACS Elementary Teacher of the Year Award and was awarded the “2004-2005 FCA Teacher of the Year” by the Optimist Club of Athens.
Mrs. Davis believes God led her to Fairview to serve Him by serving the students and parent of FCA, and she has enjoyed investing in the lives of her students.
Mr. Austin Brown, Bible
Brother Austin became the assistant pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in January of 2019. In 2014, Austin and his wife, Jessica, graduated from the Crown College of the Bible in Powell, TN. For the next two years, they served at the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Helena, Alabama where he had the opportunity to serve in a wide variety of ministries as the Music and Youth Director, Assistant Administrator in the Academy, VBS Director, Teens for Christ Bible Clubs and as an Assistant to the Pastor,. Then, prior to joining the staff here at Fairview, he served as senior pastor of his home church, Five Forks Baptist Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina. In December of 2018, Brother Austin completed his Masters of Ministry through The Crown College.
Brother Austin and his wife have two children, Abigail and Andrew.
Mr. Jim Johnson, High School Sciences, Personal Finance, Economics, Math
Mr. Johnson joined our staff this in the fall of 2018 to teach our High School Sciences. These include Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Also, he teaches middle school math, Economics, and Personal Finance.
Mr. Johnson has a deep background in the fields he is teaching, including a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance Emphasis from Tennessee Wesleyan University. Since completing his education, Mr. Johnson has worked in the private sector for more than ten years as both a Mechanical Engineer and in the accounting field at a local manufacturing company.
Mr. Johnson is passionate about the ministry of the academy and its students. He is excited about serving the families of the school and preparing the students for their next steps in life.
Miss Becky Anderson, Fifth & Sixth Grade, HS Spanish
After graduating from Pensacola Christian College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Miss Anderson received her Master's Degree in Christian education from Crown College in Powell, Tennessee.
After receiving her Master's Degree, Miss Anderson taught at a Christian school south of Atlanta for thirteen years. She has taught every grade on the elementary level. Currently, she is teaching 5th and 6th grade at FCA.
"Serving in a local church is wonderful. Having the opportunity to assist a local church with their ministry of Christian education is an exciting investment in the next generation."
Mrs. KariAn McElhaney, First & Second Grade
Mrs. McElhaney, along with her husband Joe, is an FCA Alumnus. She attended Tennessee Temple University and was able to complete both her 5th/6th grade student teaching and a K-5 project study at her Alma Mater. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1999, she taught K-5 for a year and a half before taking a leave of absence to raise her own children. Since her return in 2007, Mrs. McElhaney has taught 6th grade, P.E., and Teacher Cadet. Currently she teaches first and second grade.
Mrs. McElhaney is also involved in coaching, intramural sports, and elementary field day. In 2011, she was awarded the “2010-2011 FCA Teacher of the Year” award from the Optimist Club of Athens. When asked what she enjoys most about teaching at FCA, she responded, “I love coming back to teach at my school and being a part of the wonderful ministry of the Fairview Baptist Church.”
Mrs. Samantha Boyd, Kindergarten - K5
Mrs. Boyd serves as our lead teacher in our "Kiddy Academy." Mrs. Boyd came to us with seven years of service in the city schools preschool. In 2018, Mrs. Boyd graduated from Ashford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education.
Mrs. Boyd has three children, Bentley, Baylor, and Berkley. Two of them currently attend the academy, with the third slated to once he is old enough.
Mrs. Jan Reynolds, Hand Bells Director
Mrs. Reynolds diligently instructs FCA students in the area of music. She is married to Boyd Reynolds. They have three children – all FCA alumni.
Mrs. Reynolds is a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
Under Mrs. Reynolds' direction and her desire for excellence, our students have excelled in hand bells.
Mrs. Paulette Scallions, Lunchroom
Mrs. Scallions serves as our Lunchroom Coordinator. She has served at FCA since the school began in 1977. She enjoys ministering to the students from K3 to 12th grade.
Mrs. Scallions is married to Pastor Jack Scallions. They have three children (all FCA graduates) and seven wonderful grandchildren. "Miss" Paulette is an active member of Fairview Baptist Church.