Dr. S.L. Sherrill, Board President
North Raleigh Christian Academy, Founder/Superintendent
Dr. S. L. Sherrill founded North Raleigh Christian Academy in 1996 and has served as its only Superintendent. Under his leadership, NRCA has grown to 1460 students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade in its short twenty-year history. Today, the 60-acre school campus houses a 290,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility with the latest in wireless technology. The campus includes 74 academic classrooms, 3 science labs, 5 computer labs, greenhouse, 500-seat fine arts center, art studios, drama/dance studio, student life center, cafeteria, media center with 30,000 volumes, three gymnasiums, football stadium, soccer stadium, indoor aquatic center, baseball and softball fields, practice fields, and an athletic field house. The facilities are valued at 48 million dollars. The school completed an eight million dollar expansion eight years ago that will allow the accommodation of 1600 students. The school is a debt-free ministry.
Dr. Sherrill, NRCA Founder and Superintendent, has two earned doctorate degrees and was honored in 2007 by his alma mater, Tennessee Temple University with an honorary Doctor of Divinity for 35 years of educational service. Dr. Sherrill began his studies at Louisburg College (AA,71), then went on to the Texas College of Theology (ThB,72), Tennessee Temple University (BA,76), Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM,79, ThD,81), and Faith Seminary (MCE, 85, DCE, 88). In addition, he has 18 hours on the Master’s level in counseling from Liberty University and 15 hours in school administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sherrill has served for 42 years in education. He is a strong advocate of Kingdom education that links the family, school, and church. He serves as the District 3 Representative for the Southeast Region of ACSI (Eastern North Carolina) overseeing more than 80 schools. He serves on the boards of Joshua Expeditions and SBACS. He also consults with schools in governance, accreditation, strategic planning, and the development of staff and curriculum.
The past ten years, he has conducted Christian School 101 seminars to challenge and train Christian educators in Kingdom education and how to start schools based on Kingdom education principles. Thirty-two schools are in operation as a result of this endeavor.
Dr. Sherrill married Debbie Bierer in 1974. They are blessed with 2 daughters, Joy (76) and Jennifer (80). Currently, they have four grandchildren. Emma Elaine (6) and Ava Marie (4) are the children of Kevin and Joy Mathes. David Arthur (4) and Harper Joy (3) are the children of Aaron and Jennifer Allsbrook.
Don Mayes, Board Vice President
Parkview Baptist School, Superintendent
Dr. Mayes is the Superintendent of Parkview Baptist School in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to that, he served as Superintendent of Indian Rocks Christian School, serving as the head of school for IRCS and Indian Rocks VERITAS Academy. He has a B.A. from Marshall University in Business Administration. He also holds an M.A. in Christian Studies and a Doctor of Education, both from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife April serves as the choral director at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, and their two children, Daniel (class of 2018) and Kesley (class of 2013), have attended IRCS since preschool. Dr. Mayes also serves as the Association of Christian Schools International District Representative.
Richard Hardee, Board Treasurer
Calvary Day School, Head of School
Richard Hardee is the Head of School at Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, NC where he has served since 2014. The Day School was established in 1971 as a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. Prior to Calvary, Richard served as the founding Head of School at High Point Christian Academy where he led the school for eighteen years. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and earned his Master's degree in Educational Administration from Liberty University. Richard serves as an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Regional Council Member and he recently served on the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Board of Directors. Richard is a member of the pastoral staff at Calvary and fills the pulpit on occasion. He and his wife Traci have been married for 27 years and have three sons; Drew, Caleb, and Ben.
Dr. Larry Taylor, Board President Emeritus
Prestonwood Christian Academy, Head of School
Dr. Larry Taylor is in his seventeenth year as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. PCA, a fully accredited school, has become the largest Pre-K through 12 school in the DFW metroplex with over 1,600 students between their two campuses. PCA also has a fully accredited Virtual Academy servicing students all over the world.
Prior to coming to Prestonwood, Dr. Taylor served for twelve years at The First Academy in Orlando, Florida as a High School Principal and Assistant Headmaster. He also has held teaching positions within the public school system, including a successful high school basketball coaching career.
Dr. Taylor’s nearly 30 years of professional experience has intentionally focused on training school and church leaders, parents and students. Dr. Taylor co-launched a national training institute for schools, “Becoming a Kingdom School Institute” and founded the Student Leadership Institute (SLi) program. He developed a training program for parents titled, “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” Dr. Taylor recently published his first book, Running With The Horses, that helps parents raise children to be servant-leaders for Christ and helps to build a family plan.
Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University; has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 31 years and has four sons, Bryce, who graduated from Yale University and obtained his Masters from Notre Dame Graduate School, Luke, a graduate of Princeton University, Zeke, a graduate of Florida State University and Chas, a senior at Rice University. His son Luke married Ruth Anne Christenson and they currently live in Chicago.
Dr. Olivia Elmore
First Baptist Academy, Head of School Emeritus
Dr. Olivia Elmore received her B.A. in elementary education & history and a M.Ed. in educational administration from Houston Baptist University. In 2005, Dr. Elmore completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Texas A&M University. The focus of her dissertation was the Impact of Selected Reading Strategies on Student Success in Reading. In addition, she holds a Superintendent’s Certification.
Dr. Elmore presented at the national conferences of the Educational Records Bureau in 1997 and 2010, and 2011. As Head of School at First Baptist Academy in Houston, she has increased student success through analysis of assessment data and curriculum alignment. She currently serves as a Commissioner and Standards Chair for the Texas Association of Baptist Schools (ACTABS) and Academic Chair for the Texas Association of Baptist Schools (TABS). She was named the ACTABS Educator of the Year for 2010.
Dr. Elmore’s twenty-five years of experience includes: Head of School, Director of Curriculum & Technology, Middle School Principal, Middle School Counselor and teacher in Lower and Middle School.
Dr. Elmore and her husband, Ronney, enjoy family time with their son, Doug Elmore; daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Aaron Streett; and their three grandchildren, William, Adeline and Winston Streett.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, Head of School
Chuck Gilliam has just completed his 17th year at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, a ministry of Eagle's Landing First Baptist church in McDonough, Georgia. ELCA serves nearly 1100 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Chuck came to ELCA to serve as a 5th grade teacher and has since served as the Middle and High School principal and Assistant Head of School. Originally from Athens, Georgia, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Studies from Clearwater Christian College and a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Piedmont College. He just completed his Ed. S. degree from Arkansas State University. Prior to coming to ELCA, he taught for three years at Philadelphia Christian School in Conyers. He has been married to Julie since 1996 and they are the proud parents of Abby, Megan, Charlie, Claire, Aaron, Gabriel, David, and Nathaniel.
First Baptist Academy, Headmaster
Tom Rider became school administrator at FBA in the summer of 2003. Prior to joining FBA, Mr. Rider accumulated over twenty-five years of combined teaching and administrative experience; sixteen of those years were directly involved in administration. Mr. Rider maintains a professional lifetime - all levels principal certification through ACSI.
Tom is married to his lovely wife Nancy. They have two daughters (Jennifer and Jessica). His favorite things are playing golf and walking along the beach.