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First Baptist Academy exists to assist parents by providing an excellent Classical education that fosters a biblical worldview, striving to equip students to impact the world for Christ.

Core Values


Christ-Centered

We share the deep conviction that the Lord Jesus Christ is to be preeminent in everything (Colossians 1:13-23). We are called to be Christ-centered in all that we are and in all that we do. This commitment calls for all faculty and staff to be faithful followers of Christ and seek to integrate a true Biblical worldview in every subject taught and in all activities of the school. We seek to establish all aspects of life and learning on the Word of God, leading to a firm commitment to Christ and His Kingdom. We seek to build a culture where students are introduced to an understanding and appreciation of God, His creation and grace, and to humanity’s accountability to Him in all things. Being a Christ-centered school calls for us to establish the priority of worship and service while seeking to develop a generation of students who can impact the world for Christ. The motive for all we do is Soli Deo Gloria.

Truth-Based

The biblical worldview is the governing perspective that God is the authority and source of all truth. He has revealed in Scripture everything we need to know in all aspects of life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Our conviction is that all truth is God’s truth and that there is no contradiction between God’s truth made known to us in Scripture (special revelation) and that which is known through creation (general revelation).

Family-Environment

The purpose of a school is to come alongside the parents in helping to rear up a child in good conduct and education. First Baptist Academy is a very family involved school. Whether it be at a high school basketball game, having barbecue at the fall family picnic, or an awards chapel downstairs, family is an integral working part in the functionality of FBA. Not only does the school involve the family, but the students themselves are as a family. When major events occur in the life of a student we gather as a school to pray for them. The school students are involved in the lives of one another -from kindergarten to senior year, FBA students live and breathe as a family.

Excellence-Driven

Excellence is a distinctive quality that marks every Christian who takes seriously the command; and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men (Colossians 3:23). The evidence of this conviction is seen in an individual’s character, respect for authority, work-ethic, and motivation. It is our desire that all we do is for the glory of God alone.

Scholarship-Intensive

The burden for every student to achieve their greatest potential in the acquisition of the knowledge of truth (1 Timothy 2:3-4) lies on the heart of the founders, faculty and staff of FBA. Maintaining a high academic standard and culture requires unyielding diligence to this effort. We believe academic achievement is best accomplished by all activities being intentionally geared to help students acquire the facts and skills needed to meet the challenges of the classical model of Christian education. We are committed to prayerfully seeing every student grow in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).

Missions-Focused

God’s call to take the gospel into all the world (Matthew 28:19-20), is a command to intentionally cross cultural, language, geographical and socio-economic barriers to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We are committed to affording FBA faculty, staff and students with the equipping and opportunities to personally participate in the fulfillment of that command.

Leadership-Empowering

FBA is committed to seeing that students are daily empowered to become leaders whether it be at home, at school, or in their individual communities.  Every child's leadership potential is assessed and encouraged so that he or she will have the tools to become capable, influential, Christ-like leaders in society.

School History


First Baptist Powell’s former Senior Pastor, Phil Jones, was convinced that First Baptist Academy was God’s idea and not his. God began to place a burden on his heart for a school between 1997 and 1998. He did not share the burden with anyone for a while, but it kept getting stronger. In 1999, Pastor Phil began to talk with others about this ever-growing burden for a Christian school. Early in 2003, it became clear to Pastor Phil that First Baptist Powell was missing the Lord’s will in some way. Though there was very little opposition to the school, things were just not coming together as they should. Everything was put “on hold” in mid-2003. In early 2004, Pastor Phil was very discouraged about the Christian school and wondered where he had missed the Lord’s guidance. After a Sunday service, one of the church’s prayer warriors said something to him in passing. “I don’t know details,” she said, “but I believe God wants our school to be different from other schools.” “When one of the prayer warriors speaks, I listen!” said Pastor Phil. As Pastor Phil began to earnestly seek the Lord, he sensed that He wanted us to have a school marked by academic excellence, but one that would rule out no one because of financial circumstances. He began to understand that God wanted us to have a school that would always be supplemented by special gifts and the church budget (in increasing amounts). A percentage of students would pay tuition that would be in line with their family income, and the balance would be supplemented through donations and the church budget. Soon after, a new task force was drafted and they immediately began the painstaking work of organizing our school. As we got closer to the projected start date, it was obvious that our school would also be different from most in that it would feature a classical approach to learning. The “revised vision” for the school was shared with the congregation to an amazing response. The members of First Baptist Powell began to give generously and in August of 2006, First Baptist Academy became a reality. The school has grown from 43 students to over 500, with our first graduating class in the spring of 2014. We are fully accredited by both ACSI and SACS (AdvancEd).  To God be the glory; great things He has done!

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