‘Living a Legacy:’ Christian academy celebrates 40 years
CHESTERTOWN — This school year marks the 40th anniversary of the Chestertown Christian Academy.
“For 40 years, CCA has assisted the community by training young people to love God, serve others and strive for excellence in all areas of life. As we approach this great milestone, we take time as a school and community to reflect upon the ways in which God has blessed and led in the development of our school, honoring our legacy while looking ahead to a bright future,” a news release states.
Founded in 1979 by the Rev. David Nelms and Administrator Lewis Nelms, Chestertown Christian Academy began as a ministr y of Chestertown Baptist Church. Starting in the basement of the church, the Nelms brothers used the ACE curriculum to teach their first 35 students, the release states.
“The Lord quickly blessed the school, and in 1981, with a senior class of five, students moved out of the church and into a new building (now the elementar y building),” the release states.
In 2005, with a senior class of 13, construction was completed on a new high school building, and the elementary and high school were given separate buildings.
In 1998, Joseph Baugher joined CCA as administrator, a position he still holds. Under his leadership the school continues to teach virtue and truth to each student who walks through its doors, the release states.
Throughout 40 years of growth, Chestertown Christian Academy has never forgotten its Christian mission of helping students reach their fullest potential, the release states. Each teacher at CCA is committed to providing a rigorous education and robust spiritual instruction.
Students attend weekly chapel services and daily Bible classes. Teachers also serve as a spiritual resource for students, weaving biblical truth in every class and aiding students on an individual level with counseling and spiritual encouragement, the release states.
“When a student completes his CCA education, he not only possesses the skills he needs to pursue a career or higher education, but he also has the firm foundation in Christian worldview he needs to live out his faith in every area of life,” the release states.
The theme for CCA’s current school year is “Living a legacy,” which is meant to draw students’ focus back to the principles and practices that made CCA a trusted education institution and to encourage them to look for ways to continue expanding their influence into the community, a news release states.
“In “Living a legacy,” students and faculty seek to show the community all that CCA has to offer prospective parents, emphasizing our forty years of success. We also mark this anniversary by establishing new boards and committees to further strengthen the school’s presence and look for ways in which we can expand and improve our services and programs. We are confident that this year will be a catalyst to even brighter days ahead, and we thank the Lord for blessing our school beyond measure,” the release states.
The Chestertown Christian Academy is celebrating 40 years since its founding this school year. The school was founded by the Rev. David Nelms and Administrator Lewis Nelms as a ministry of Chestertown Baptist Church.