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Vision for Christian Education, Helping the Helpless, and a New Building
A Christian School, Christ Classical Academy
FPC called Rev. Werner Meitling (1987-1994) to FPC in 1987. He and his wife Jean brought healing and unity among the congregation. In 1988, FPC membership was at 151, but with deaths of older members and moves out of the area, by 1993, membership was at 103.
Ephesians 6:4 instructs parents to bring up their children with the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
Colossians 3:17 says whatever you do, in word and deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Because Christ is Savior and Ruler of all of life, Rev. Meitling’s passion was that Christians should be preoccupied with Him in everything they do. He sparked a vision for a Christian school where parents could send their children to be taught every subject matter from a Biblical world and life view.
As FPC caught the vision of Christian education, in 1995, First Presbyterian Christian School opened with an enrollment of 24 students.
Construction began in 1998 for a new Christian Education building that opened for the use of the school in January 1999. The large number of students from Lauderdale County moved the school to purchase a bus to aid parents from that area to attend the school.
Today the school, renamed Christ Classical Academy in 2003, when a new philosophy of education was implemented, is fully accredited, and continues to thrive, serving families with students in pre-kindergarten through 8th grade from the surrounding counties and from neighboring states across the river. The mission of Christ Classical Academy is joining families and classically educating students to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Helping the Helpless
The late elder Julius Crawford served on a committee instrumental in getting a Section 8 Housing program in Dyersburg, the Forked Deer Group Home in late 1989-1990. Crawford, who served on the board, was instrumental in the initial arrangements for this initiative to receive federal financing. This federal government program helps low-income families, people with disabilities, and the elderly rent safe, decent, and affordable housing.