The Edmond Sun

Education

September 12, 2008

Fairview Baptist Church, Christian Heritage Academy open CHA North

EDMOND — Fairview Baptist Church opened its doors to students for the first time Aug. 20 as it joined with Christian Heritage Academy in Del City to become the site for Christian Heritage Academy North.

The church, on the corner of Sooner Road and Danforth, is on the original location of the “Old Jack School” established immediately after the Land Run of 1889.

“Until 1931, the facilities on this corner had a dual purpose,” said Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church. “They served as a classroom to educate our youth from Monday through Friday and then as a Sunday School and community church on Sundays.

“We are thrilled to come full circle and return to that calling and work hand in hand with Christian Heritage Academy,” Blair said. “Our desire is to make sure what our children are taught at school is consistent with what they are taught at home and in church.”

Classes for pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grades are being offered for the 2008-09 school year with plans to add one additional grade each successive year.

“Christian Heritage Academy is thankful to have the opportunity to partner with Fairview Baptist Church in pursuing the mission of CHA,” Laura Garner, principal of the school said.

After 35 years of ministry in south Oklahoma City and Del City, the expansion of CHA by the establishment of CHA North is the fulfillment of a long-term vision.

“About a year and a half ago, Ralph Bullard, a friend and former headmaster at Christian Heritage Academy in Del City came to see me and said he wanted me to pray about using our church as the North campus,” Blair said. “What he didn’t understand was that I had been praying already for an opportunity to use our church to educate children.

“I believe that CHA will be a blessing to numerous families in the Edmond area who desire the type of Christian education that CHA provides.”

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