On Friday, February 2, 2018, the Men of GRACE invite all dads, granddads, and senior guys to a special “Fella-Ship Breakfast. This event will meet in the upper campus chapel and will begin at 7:30am for breakfast and fellowship. Our keynote speaker will begin at 8:00am and we promise to have the men on their way to work and the students on their way to second period at 8:45am.
Our speaker is Johnny Evans. Johnny is a former NFL and Canadian Football League punter and quarterback and current radio sportscaster for the NC State Wolfpack football team for the last 32 seasons. He was a standout punter and QB at NC State, where he led the team to an 8-4 record his senior season, and was named MVP of the 1977 Peach Bowl and voted All America as punter. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1978 NFL Draft and played three years with the Cleveland Browns. After leaving the Browns, he played 3 years in the CFL with both Montreal and Edmonton. Johnny currently serves as the Eastern NC Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is President of Evans Commercial Properties. Johnny and his wife, Beth, co-lead a weekly FCA Adult Chapter Bible Study for 750 people in the Triangle community.
“These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from that service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.” Thomas Paine, December, 1776
When Thomas Paine penned The Crisis two-hundred-and-forty years ago, the United States of America was little more than an audacious idea. Independence from Great Britain had not been won. The Constitution and Bill of Rights had not been written. Paine could not have envisioned a Civil War that would end slavery or the struggle for equality that would follow. He had no idea that the very loosely connected confederation of states would eventually become the greatest economic and military power the world would ever know. However, what he did see with uncanny clarity was that he was in the midst of an event of historic importance. He grasped the magnitude of the moment. Specifically, he understood that if the colonists failed to respond to this moment with action — tangible, impassioned, purposeful action — the moment would be lost.
I feel we have reached another crisis point in American history that requires action, albeit a very different type. The 2016 election results revealed empirically what we already knew emotionally — our nation is deeply divided. We are challenged by passionately held economic and philosophical differences, as well as racial divisions dating back generations, that reach well beyond political party ideologies. Disappointingly, there is an inability or unwillingness among our population to acknowledge that reasonable, well-intentioned people can have differing viewpoints. It is important for us to think back to Paine’s words. We may be guilty of esteeming our freedom too lightly, forgetting that it was paid for dearly by those who did not shrink from serving their country, the very veterans we honored last week in the days following the election. At Gettysburg, Lincoln poetically acknowledged the sacrifice of the men who “gave the last full measure of devotion” so that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” The sacrifices of those men, as well as the men and women who both preceded and followed them, must not be in vain. Those individuals sacrificed for our right to worship as we please, to protest peacefully when we feel the need to do so, and to elect our leaders through democratic means. Today, billions of men and women around the world dream of the freedoms that we too often take for granted. As Americans, we owe a debt that cannot be fully repaid. We honor the sacrifices made by demonstrating the proper respect for and practice of those freedoms that have been so dearly won.
Furthermore, as ambassadors for Christ on foreign soil (2 Corinthians 5:20), we have an even greater responsibility in service to our eternal King. As was the case in 1776, this moment requires action. There are people throughout our nation who are wounded, angry, and frightened. We have the great responsibility and awesome opportunity to demonstrate to these individuals the love of Christ, whether we find common ground over political ideologies or not. In his book Serious Times, Dr. James Emery White writes, “The heart of Jesus’ strategy for transforming the world was unleashing a force of transformed lives…This is how the world will be changed: individuals who have had their lives touched by Christ turning around and touching the lives of others.” In the midst of this volatile season of American history, I encourage you to be counter-cultural by demonstrating a love and respect for your neighbor that sets you apart from others. Allow the joy of Christ to shine through you in such a manner that others cannot help but be drawn to it. Seek to be the difference-maker in your community through acts of servant-leadership. Speak truth, but do so in love. Demonstrate compassion under challenging circumstances. In so doing, we will play our part in healing the wounds of our nation, but, more importantly, we will live out our calling from Romans 12 to “offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.”
Felicia Nielsen and Isaiah Whelpley will be leading the 7th/8th Kentucky Mission Trip from October 23rd-29th. We would appreciate your prayers as we will be working on a small building project, working in a local thrift store, growing spiritually, and challenging ourselves in new experiences. Please pray for the team:
Welcome to GRACE Christian School, “a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges, and inspires students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.” Our mission provides us with more than words on a wall or a nice byline for our stationary. Our entire community is committed to making these words a reality in the lives of our students.
We talk about community a lot at GRACE because we understand the importance and value of a Christ-centered community. As a Christian community we are unapologetic in our commitment to place Christ first in all things. These are interesting times for families as technology has created a culture that has the power to unite people across the world, but also to isolate us as individuals become increasingly focused on their digital lives. Our loving community seeks to help young people engage in healthy relationships built upon a reliance on Jesus Christ, understanding that their value is not based on the number of likes or followers they receive, but on the fact that they are children of a loving God.
We commit to engage our students both spiritually and academically, striving to develop well-rounded individuals equipped to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century marketplace. Our goal is for each student to maximize his or her talents, whether academic, athletic, artistic, or spiritual, to God’s ultimate glory. We accomplish this through the work of our teachers, lifelong learners committed to engaging in best practices in the classrooms and beyond. Author Henry Adams famously wrote, “A teacher impacts eternity; he never knows where his influence stops.” Our teachers are eternally minded, teaching from a Christian worldview and incorporating biblical truth into their instruction. Our commitment to best practices includes integrating technology throughout the curriculum. At the earliest elementary levels our students are introduced to the basics of coding, keyboarding, and digital citizenship through the use of Smartboards and laptop computers. In fourth grade, each student learns to use a laptop for daily work. From fifth grade through graduation, every student receives a laptop computer as part of our 1:1 laptop program. Significantly, every teacher receives personalized training and support in utilizing the computers as an instructional tool.
We are excited about what God is doing here and look forward to sharing the news with others.
GRACE Christian School proudly hosts many large events throughout the school year, and we invite you to join an event planning team and share your gifts with our community. Support our school by volunteering in an area that fits your area of interest and schedule.
Love Where You Live: August 27, 2016.
Location TBD, but tentatively on the GRACE Athletic Field. Love Where You Live is a fundraiser for local and international ministries. This event is designed for the whole family and will include a 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, carnival games, and food.
Planning Meeting: Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30am in the Crossroads Campus Conference Room. All are invited to attend.
Homecoming: September 26-October 1, 2016.
All events to be held in GRACE facilities. Homecoming is a special time of fellowship and school spirit that includes the Homecoming parade, pep rally, coronation of the Homecoming King & Queen, football game, alumni reception and high school dance.
Hoops for Hope: February 3, 2017
Held in the GRACE Gymnasium. 2017 will mark our 9th year of raising money for cancer research through the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. To date, GRACE has raised over $43,500 for this worthy cause and we look forward to the 2017 event continuing this tradition.
Celebrate GRACE: March 31, 2017
Held in the GRACE Gymnasium. The inaugural event held in 2016 exceeded all expectations on attendance and fundraising. Join us in planning for next year’s annual fundraising dinner and helping us showcase the things that make GRACE great!
Please indicate your interest by signing up on the Event Planning Team Sign Up. Signing up now does not obligate you beyond attending an initial planning meeting where specific roles and responsibilities can be claimed. Please prayerfully consider how you can serve GRACE by helping with one of these events.
Ok, that’s a misleading title because there are many reasons I (Laura) love what I do, but here’s one of them:
It’s a great time to be at GRACE. The new 3D printer is here and already teachers are planning projects to use it. We’re thinking more and more about exciting, engaging real-world learning, especially with project-/problem-/challenge-based learning (and yes, if you’re confused about the difference between all of those, it is confusing. That’s a blog post for another day). Teachers and students are being bold and willing to fail in the search for deeper learning, which means more authenticity, passion, and grit.
I’ll be honest: not every day feels like this. Some days I hear about websites not working, or tools that used to be free but now cost $50/student (ok, that’s an exaggeration but you know what I mean), or teachers or students discouraged by trying something and it just didn’t work the way we wanted it to work. That’s life; those things happen. Sometimes when you step out on a limb willing to fail, you fail.
But some days are like today, and I’m thankful for that. It’s a good reminder that this work that I do–being a Technology Coach–is not only meaningful, it’s fun.
Hi, my name is Eric Bradley. Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the leadership team at GRACE Christian School. Recently, the Board of Trustees extended to me the offer to serve as the next Head of School. I see this opportunity as a tremendous blessing, and it’s an offer that I accepted readily, excitedly and enthusiastically.
I have spent the last 19 years of my life serving in Christian education. I served my first nine years at Charlotte Christian School in North Carolina; for the past decade I have served as the Head of High School at Mount Paran Christian School in Kennesaw, Georgia, which is located outside of Atlanta.
It is my belief that every student is given unique gifts and talents and it is our opportunity as Christian educators to teach them to maximize these gifts and talents to the glory of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This has been the mission and vision for GRACE Christian School since its inception and I believe I can help the school move forward as together we make GRACE Christian School the best Christian school in the southeast.
My wife, Amy, and our children, Amelia, Thomas, & Audrey, look forward to making the transition to GRACE Christian School, making our home in North Carolina, and seeing what God has in store for us in the future. Thank you.
We are excited to announce that Mr. Eric Bradley has accepted an offer from the Board of Trustees to become the next Head of School for GRACE Christian School, beginning July 1, 2016. Eric has spent the last ten years as the Head of High School at Mount Paran Christian School, a TK–12 college-preparatory school in Kennesaw, Georgia.
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. This process included an extensive and thorough evaluation of each candidate in partnership with our search consultants, Laura Coverstone and Ed Poff of SIMA International, 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. 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.
Eric Bradley has been in leadership roles in Christian education for nearly twenty years. At Mount Paran Christian School, Mr. Bradley has been influential as both a teacher and as the Head of the High School. While at Mount Paran, Eric was instrumental in leading a number of major advancements for the high school, resulting in growth of their Advanced Placement® offerings, developing an engineering program and college counseling department, and increasing high school enrollment and retention rates. Prior to joining Mount Paran, Eric served nine years at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina, where his roles spanned that of History Teacher, Spiritual Life Director, and Assistant Principal. Eric and his wife, Amy, have been married for 16 years and have three children – Amelia (13), Thomas (9), and Audrey (7).
We want to thank all members of the GRACE community who participated in this process in a number of ways, and specifically for the continuous prayers that were crucial to the outcome. A special thanks to members of our Search Committee for the countless hours sacrificed over the last nine months in service to GRACE. The committee was comprised of members of the Executive Leadership Team, including Mandy Gill, Alex Sossaman, Julia Taylor, Kathie Thompson, and Isaiah Whelpley, and Board members JB Baker (Search Chair), Kyle Brown, Greg Burton, Darrel Hegar, Jamie Null, and Zac Walker.
We believe that Eric Bradley has the strong leadership, administrative and educational skills, personal faith, and passion for Christian education that will benefit GRACE Christian School, our students, teachers and families. We look forward to working with Eric in fulfilling our mission as a loving community that spiritually and academically equips, challenges, and inspires students to impact their world for Christ, as well as supporting our vision of grounding our students in the word of God and challenging them to achieve academic excellence as they prepare to use their gifts and abilities to follow God’s plan for their lives. Eric is excited to get started with the work of advancing GRACE. We are delighted with this outcome and hope that you will join us in welcoming the Bradleys to the GRACE community.