In Joshua 4:1-6, God commands the children of Israel to chronicle His enduring faithfulness to them by building a visible monument of twelve stones. Like the Israelites, we have witnessed God's faithfulness in bringing us to this point in history - to be able to make an official announcement of the opening of The King's Academy in fall August, 2019. We would like to share with you a few of our stones of remembrance:
1995 - BridgeBuilders Ministry is formed under the direction of Mike Fechner. This ministry was formed to bring faith, hope, and love to the Bonton/South Dallas Community. Prestonwood Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. Jack Graham was and still is a major supporter of this ministry. In 2012, a couple of years before Mike lost his battle with cancer, he shared his vision to start a Christian school in Bonton.
2013 - Bonton Farms is formed under the direction of Daron Babcock to provide an agricultural intervention to restore lives, create jobs and ignite hope in Bonton/South Dallas Community. One of the six pillars of Bonton Farms to transforming a community is education for children and adults.
2017 - Norm Miller, Chairman of the Board of Interstate Batteries, contacted Daron Babcock to discuss a possibility of starting a Christian School in the Bonton/South Dallas Community. In fact, years earlier, Norm was one of the key leaders interested in funding the original vision for a school shared by Mike Fechner.
2017 - Daron Babcock and Norm Miller reached out to Dr. Larry Taylor, Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA) Head of School, to assist with the development of a Kingdom education school in the Bonton/South Dallas community. A meeting was held between several Board members from Bonton Farms, Daron Babcock, Prestonwood Christian Academy and Prestonwood Baptist Church leaders, Norm Miller and some of his key personnel at Interstate Batteries. The vision was shared, followed by prayer.
2017 – A small group of current and former Prestonwood Christian Academy Trustees, and Prestonwood Church leaders began to meet weekly to conduct strategic planning sessions, and to prayerfully explore God’s plan. After much planning and prayer, this group felt God’s prompt to move forward in providing leadership in launching and overseeing the school in Bonton. Four different groups agreed to advancing the Christian school—Bonton Farms, Prestonwood Christian Academy, Prestonwood Baptist Church, and Norm Miller-Interstate Batteries.
2018 - Norm Miller commits to providing start-up funding for the school. This leadership gift provides the two to three-year funding essential to launch the school.
2018 - The King's Academy's school board is formed, and a Head of School is officially hired. Dr. Shailendra Thomas, a nationally respected educator and leader felt God’s call on her life to return to the same community she grew up in as a child to lead The King’s Academy.
December 12, 2018 - Launch Date for The King's Academy!
Authentic community transformation must include an intentional effort to nurture, mold, and educate the most impressionable citizens of the community—the children. The King’s Academy will offer families a faith-based education that focuses on the heart, mind, and soul of the students. It is most exciting to be part of a vision that has an eye on the next generation.
If your vision is for a year, plant wheat.
If your vision is for ten years, plant trees.
If your vision is for a lifetime, plant people.
Through a collaborative effort with several existing community ministries and programs, Prestonwood Christian Academy developed strategic partnerships to not just start a school—but, to plant people. These people are children today, but tomorrow they will be our doctors, lawyers, businessmen and businesswomen, educators, ministers, fathers, mothers, and community leaders!