Tipton Christian Academy holds a very special place in the Tipton County community located in Covington, Tennessee just outside of Memphis. This school represents the Christian school movement in so many ways. They are a church-school ministry of First Baptist Church of Covington. FBC Covington has experienced tremendous growth which brought about a move into a larger facility. The school began as a day care outreach of the church. However, the school continued to grow and add grades as the church and the community continued to grow in their desire to reach families with the gospel and Christian education.
Pastor Chuck Williams shared these comments:
“I wanted the relationship between TCA and FBC to be a top priority. Knowing that this ministry of our church would be tested because of its complexity, I was unsettled about how to keep the relationship between the two us working properly. Bowden/Miller came in at just the right time to guide us and get us established on solid ground. Now our school and church are working together in a wonderful way and both are growing rapidly. Formerly, the future was uncertain. Now we are confident in the direction the Lord has for us. I know assuredly Bowden/Miller is an answer to prayer.Pastor Chuck has provided tremendous leadership which including having his entire staff participate in the development of the 1000 day plan for TCA.”
The one time Principal of the school who has now become Head of School is Mrs. Lisa Blalack. She shared these thoughts,
“TCA experiences security that is anchored in our mission statement written during our time with BMSG. Our school was in the process of determining whether or not to add high school when we partnered with BMSG. Through our study of Kingdom Education and Christian Worldview, we wrote a mission statement and developed core values that provided support for our policies and programs.”
Through the Strategic Planning process the leadership decided that God was in fact leading them to add grades 9-12. The Lord opened the door for an experienced school leader to join their staff at just the right moment. Chuck Smith, Upper School Principal shared these thoughts,
“Having opened our doors only 10 years ago, we are a relatively young school in a market where there is no other tuition-based education. There are many moving parts as we strive to graduate our first class in 2020 while also amid the construction of a new middle and upper school building. BMSG has responded to our school needs in a manner that is distinct to our school, our size as well as our season and our community.”
Former Board Chair, Kate Krull reflects on the major decision to seek the help of BMSG.
“Tipton Christian Academy began to experience large growth in a short period of time and we were faced with the daunting task of adding grades 9-12. We quickly realized we were treading into new and overwhelming waters The combination of experience and expertise that the two of them provided together was undeniably the perfect answer to our prayers.
Kim Turner served on the Board at this time and subsequently followed Kate as Board Chair. She is experiencing another benefit from the counsel of BMSG.
“One of the many suggestions made by BMSG was for our school Board to create committees. Previously, we had little time to discuss the future because we were down in the weeds. Our committees have proven to help our board run more efficiently and helps make better use of our time.
Thank you Tipton Christian Academy for trusting BMSG to guide you during this very significant time in the life of the school. We look forward to celebrating the grand opening of your new Middle and High School Building and your first senior class celebration.