To assist parents and evangelical churches by providing a Biblically-based educational program that instills a whole-hearted love of the Lord Jesus Christ, develops Godly character, and emphasizes academic excellence.
TESTIFY Grace Cook, alumni class of 2018
I am thrilled to have the chance to TESTIFY about how Blue Ridge Christian School has impacted my life. Now that I am a sophomore at Christopher Newport University, I have been able to reflect on my time at Blue Ridge and how this wonderful school prepared me for where I am today.
First of all, I have been deeply prepared academically. Because of high expectations at BRCS, the transition into college coursework was (dare I even say it?) relatively easy. Blue Ridge taught me how to study, how to manage my time well, and how to focus on learning as a gift from the Lord. (All of these things made my transition far easier than I had imagined.) I’m not saying that I do these things perfectly, but BRCS genuinely prepared me for the work I was to encounter in higher education. For example, almost every one of my high school classes were discussion-based. We learned how to discuss, debate, and dissect certain opinions and ways of thought that helped strengthen our critical thinking skills. And let me tell you, at Christopher Newport University, every Honors and Leadership class that I have taken has been purely discussion-based. Because of Blue Ridge, I feel confident when contributing to the college classroom because I have been educated in a way that incorporated deep and meaningful discussion.
Here’s another example of how BRCS prepared me academically. Last semester, my final project for my Honors class was a long, in-depth research paper on Modernism. After we submitted a draft,
our professor scheduled individual conferences with each one of us in order for us to change our papers according to his corrections and turn them in as a final.
The day of my conference arrived, and I walked into his office, slightly nervous. As I sat down, one of the first things my professor asked me was: “Did you go to private school?” Surprised, I replied yes and asked him how he knew. His response was: “I can always tell when someone has gone to a private school. This is one of the best freshman essays I’ve read.” Just in case you think I’m bragging, I AM. I am bragging on all of my English teachers at BRCS -- Mrs. Brent, Mrs. Hardy, Mrs. Sauder -- who gave me the skills to be able to write well at the collegiate level. My professor’s high opinion of my paper made me realize that my BRCS education really did lay the foundation for good, deep, intellectual work in my life.
Secondly, BRCS prepared me for a life of new experiences through extra-curricular opportunities. The amount of opportunities presented to me in my high school experience is almost unbelievable. I played volleyball and basketball all throughout high school.
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February 6 and 14
February 12 Pastor Appreciation Day - Lower School
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."
5th Grade History Fair
Grace Cook, Class of 2018, attended BRCS for 14 years.
The Stronger Together Banquet was a time of reflection, thanksgiving, and hope. We are grateful to all those who supported us financially! We raised $72, 425! Thank you!
It has been my pleasure to partner with those the Lord has led to Blue Ridge, to make eternal friendships with His people, and watch children enter BRCS and through the years mature to become strong beacon lights for Jesus in the community, state and world.
~Mary Faith Fawley
I had made a personal note to email you encouraging you for your humble boldness in taking the [leadership identity] presentation opportunity to share your faith as well as proclaim the Gospel. This obviously has no bearing on your grade - but I did want to commend your choice. I'm grateful for your exercise of such faithfulness. I hope you found yourself encouraged and fortified from the experience itself.
Mary Faith Fawley has taught for 42 years! This is her 30th year teaching 3rd grade at BRCS. Jerry Fawley served at BRCS for 7 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director.
Grace Cook was salutatorian and Student Government President. She also served as captain of the varsity volleyball, basketball and soccer teams. Grace is in the Honors Program and the Presidential Leadership Program at CNU. She will study abroad in Spain this spring.
Sylvia and her husband, David were one of the BRCS founding families in 1990. For 27 of our 29 years, Mehegan children have walked the halls of BRCS. Today we even have a Mehegan grandchild in preschool, so the Mehegan legacy continues to the next generation.
Even though I was not saved until many years down the road, Blue Ridge’s education helped establish a firm footing in Christianity that allowed the Lord to change my heart and direct my path in life.
I ran cross country my freshman year and played soccer my senior year. I took on a role in one of our all-school drama productions and sang in the choir for two years. I took several art classes, a guitar class, and a Spanish culture cooking class. I went on two missions trips to Guatemala with fellow students and our wonderful Spanish teacher (shout out to Mrs. Lopez-Cotaina). My experience at BRCS was extremely well-rounded, full of unique opportunities that have given me the confidence to get involved in various extracurriculars at my current university.
And most importantly, BRCS prepared me for a life in Jesus Christ through spiritual nourishment and healthy community. The many chapels and Bible classes that I encountered at BRCS gave me a rich foundation of Biblical knowledge that guided me towards a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Our Bible classes included studies of the Old Testament, the New Testament, and apologetics. We had symposiums once-a-month, where a speaker would come in and describe to us what it was like to be a follower of Christ in their specific vocation. We had annual retreats, where the whole school would go away for a couple days and reflect on our identities as children of God. We were bound together by our love for each other, for the school, and for Jesus Christ. How has this transferred to my college experience? Well, in my first semester of freshman year, I took a class called Self, Group, and Leadership, and we were assigned a Leadership Identity paper and presentation. Basically, we had to write a paper about our identity as a leader and then present six minutes worth of highlights to the class. As a brand new freshman, I really wrestled with the presentation aspect of this assignment. What should I say? The entirety of my background in leadership comes from a Christian perspective… Do I even dare explain that in a public college classroom? I don’t know if I have ever been more nervous, or more full of adrenaline as I walked up to give my short speech. I ended up talking about the three most important tiers of my life: family, church, and school, BRCS. I was able to TESTIFY about my life in Jesus Christ, which largely included the foundation of BRCS. A couple days later, my professor emailed me this:
I did find myself encouraged and fortified, as well as deeply thankful for the preparation that I had been blessed with through BRCS. And so, I say a big thank you to all of my amazing teachers, principals, and coaches of BRCS. Each and every one of you have taught me how to shine the light of Jesus Christ to those around me. I know that I have been hugely blessed, but I also know that this blessing is not just for me -- but as a gift to the world around me. BRCS has blessed me in order to be a blessing to others through the love of Jesus Christ. So, thank you BRCS for all that you have invested in me. I trust that, even now, the Lord is using that investment in me to further His precious Kingdom.
Joseph Bucher attended BRCS for his elementary years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Bridgewater College and a Masters of Arts in History from Liberty University. Joseph has served our country in the Navy for seven years. Throughout his years of service, Joseph has visited Mrs. Fawley’s class to share his story with the 3rd graders. They have written him letters and continued their prayers for him.
I am overwhelmed by God's goodness...We had no idea years ago how significant Blue Ridge Christian would be in our lives... We had no idea how deep the roots would go. Thirty years ago we were invited to pray with a group of people who were seeking the Lord about a new school. We had no idea that when we were seeking the Lord about where, and how, that when we said yes to his heart for our child, we were saying yes to 27 years! The Lord made a way...
All of us at BRCS are united by our shared bond of fellowship in Christ. Creating physical spaces that foster this shared sense of fellowship and community is central to our mission.
At the Upper School, the new Tami Wyse Commons is the hub of our fellowship. During the years when the building first served as the Dayton School, this space was used as the school cafeteria. When BRCS purchased the building in 2018, we planned extensive renovations. We aimed not only to return the room to its original purpose but also to enhance its beauty and functionality to support our program.
Thanks to generous donations from the Wyse family and their friends, the Commons was renovated this summer and opened for use in August. The attached kitchen was also updated. Named in memory of BRCS parent Tami Wyse, the Commons reflects Tami’s passion for hospitality, fellowship and teaching Biblical truth. On October 18, the BRCS community gathered with Tami’s family and friends to dedicate the space in her memory. Tami’s family chose Ecclesiastes 3:1 as the theme verse: “To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under Heaven.”
Come visit the Commons! Every day, you’ll find students and teachers are enjoying the many features and the cozy atmosphere. Middle and high school students and faculty gather together for lunch there every day. The room also serves as middle school chapel, as a classroom for small and large group activities, and as meeting space for the Board and for faculty. We envision using the Commons for community events and outreach as well.
Coming soon: the Tami Wyse Courtyard. Adjacent to the Commons, the Courtyard will expand opportunities for fellowship into the beauty of the natural world just outside our doors. We will continue to partner with the Wyse family as we finalize plans and complete renovations for the Courtyard.
We are tremendously grateful for the great gift of these wonderful spaces and for all the ways they will enhance Upper School life, both today and into the future!
Tami Wyse Commons & Courtyard
Phase II -- Courtyard
With a 11-3 record, the JV Volleyball team came out on top of UCA and Grace Christian as VACA North Region champions. These girls love volleyball, but their passion for Christ comes first. “We’ve talked this season about true confidence coming from spending time with God and letting Him build us up. These girls have taken that to heart and it shows up on the volleyball court,” said Coach Cook.
MS Soccer: Second in the Region
JV Volleyball: North Region Champions
Though small, this team is mighty in effort, attitude, and skills. Over the course of the season and through practices, each runner has shown growth in skill and knowledge. The team looks to grow even more heading into 2020. Each runner participated in several races throughout the season, all of varying lengths and terrain, and as the season progressed each one of them improved in personal time.
Varsity Soccer: Third in the State
Middle School Volleyball: Second in the Region
The team was undefeated in VACA conference play, with an 11-3 record overall. The Lady Bears faced new competition this year, including a match against Wilbur Pence, and another at Covenant School. “Coaching these fourteen amazing young ladies in volleyball this season has been such a blessing. Their love for the Lord, hard work, perseverance and encouragement to one another has been evident on and off the court,” said Coach Tarah Mumbert.
Varsity Volleyball: North Region Champions & Second in the State!
The team had a strong regular season earning a third place rank in the state headed into the VACA state tournament. They finished their season with an 11-8 record. Their 11 wins marks the first time in program history that the boys have reached double digit wins. Graduating only 2 seniors, the team is already looking forward to next season. Special Recognition: Mac Kirkland- 2019 All Tournament Team; Christian Wright- 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All State; Christian Rooker- 1st Team All Region, 2nd Team All State; Nathan Anderson- 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All State; Drew Jellum- 1st Team All Region, 1st Team All State, 2019 All Tournament Team
The team bonded quickly through the preseason and went on a 7 game winning streak against tough competition. The team held strong to “The Truth” document which they all memorized. It states, “You are not defined by what you do or what happens to you, you are defined as a child of God." They went on to place second in the VACA Regional Tournament!
The Varsity Volleyball team had an overall record in season of 11-8. At the VACA regional tournament, they came in third place, placing them as the third seed going into the VACA state tournament. They won the semi-finals game in three, and became the only varsity volleyball team in Blue Ridge history to make it past the first round in states! They finished second in the state! Special Recognition: Rachel Goehner- North Region 2nd Team, Central District 1st Team; Emma Goehner- All State All Tournament Team; Lizzie Mumbert- North Region 2nd Team, Central District 1st Team, North Region All Tournament Team, All State All Tournament Team; Makenna Secrist- North Region 1st Team, Central District 1st Team, All State 2nd Team
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