‘Liv­ing a Legacy:’ Chris­tian academy cel­e­brates 40 years

The Star Democrat - - LOCAL -

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.

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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.

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