The GRACE Board of Trustees considers it a blessing to be a part of what God is doing through GRACE in the lives of our students. Our Lord is guiding exciting changes at GRACE, but we continue to be a loving community working together for a common purpose – preparing our students, both academically and spiritually, to follow God’s plan for their lives. To contact a member of the GRACE Board of Trustees, consult the Board Directory.
In simplest terms, the GRACE Board has 3 primary duties:
- guard our school’s mission
- set policies that work toward our mission’s fulfillment, and
- build the means and strategies to fund our school’s mission.
By way of contrast, our Head of School leads and directs the day-to-day operations of GRACE and implements the general policies established by the Board. With our Lord’s direction and blessing, our Board has helped lead GRACE in many growth areas, including acquiring and developing our Crossroads Campus, working toward full ACSI and SACS accreditation, implementing our technology program (E4), achieving academic progress at all levels, emphasizing spiritual growth, expanding both capacity and student enrollment, beginning an effective advancement/development effort and building financial stability.
In May of 2015, the GRACE Board of Trustees established a Search Committee to guide the process of seeking God’s will and guidance in the search for our next Head of School. The committee commenced a national search, researched and evaluated numerous qualified candidates, and narrowed the results to a short list of candidates in December, 2015. This process included an extensive and thorough evaluation of each candidate in partnership with our search consultants to determine the candidate who best fit the needs of GRACE, both now and in the future. After multiple phone and on-site interviews with the Search Committee and the Board, and after intentional deliberation and prayer, both the Search Committee and the Board unanimously supported the recommendation of Mr. Eric Bradley for Head of School. We are certain that God provided Eric with the experiences, talents, and leadership abilities to insure we stay consistent to our mission and vision with excellence and in partnership with our families. Mr. Bradley officially began his tenure as GRACE’s Head of School on July 1, 2016.
Our Vision is that “Students at GRACE Christian School will be grounded in God’s Word and challenged to achieve academic excellence as they prepare to use their gifts and abilities effectively to follow God’s plan for their lives.” Our Mission Statement continues to be: “GRACE Christian School is a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges and inspires students to impact their world for Christ.” Our vision and mission statements are the prism through which all policies considered by the Board must be evaluated. They are a reminder of who we are, whom we serve, what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Policies that meet this standard will honor God and further our mission to our students.
Each Trustee testifies to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, commits to serve faithfully at GRACE and seeks God’s leading in all Board matters. Board service is a demanding, challenging, humbling and rewarding commitment that requires prayer, wisdom, judgment, discretion, trust and substantial time. Our Board consists of at least six voting members and two administrators sitting ex-officio. The Board typically meets monthly (and at an all-day strategic planning session in the summer), but has other meetings and regular “homework” to complete our work. Board terms are three years. Members can serve two consecutive terms but then must take a year off before serving again.
Our God can use each of us in His work. The qualifications and procedures for nomination to the board are detailed in Articles IV and V of our Bylaws and Section 3.8 of our Standing Board Policies (available upon request at the GRACE office). Board trustees are selected based in large part on their spiritual maturity, commitment to GRACE, dedication to Christian education and general reputation. Each Trustee agrees to serve as a Christian Role Model and to commit to uphold our Statement of Faith. If you or someone you know would be a qualified candidate for Board service, please pray for God’s leading, and then contact our chairman or a current Board member for information on the application and nomination process.