Welcome to First Baptist Academy!
Since FBA's inception our prayer has been that people would sense God's presence the moment they drove onto
the campus. As you view this website our prayer is the same. What began in 2009 as a journey of faith has
become a community where lives are changed on a daily basis. FBA exists to do one thing and to do it well… "to
equip students spiritually for service in the body of Christ, morally for citizenship in the United States of America,
and academically for success in higher education or their chosen vocation." This mission pervades every aspect
of the school. It is the filter for decision-making.
The faculty and staff of First Baptist Academy strive to create an environment in which students are recognized
for who they are individually. We believe students should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences as part of
a solid foundation that will enable them to understand and thrive in the world beyond school. Educating the
whole child requires that teachers implement unique approaches to the multifaceted, engaging curriculum. The
learning opportunities reach beyond the core subject areas. From the rigorous academics to the arts and
athletics, God's presence and story are interwoven. We believe Him to be the author of all truth…whether secular
or spiritual. FBA desires that students recognize God is not apart from all things, but is a part of all things.
In Isaiah 55:8 and 9 it states, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the
Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than
your thoughts." These verses go right in line with what has happened with this school and what God has done
for us. As we look to the future, we intend to hold this school to the highest standard and will work to keep the
"The spiritual goal - We have a responsibility to share Christ with our students and teach them God s way. That
the Bible is infallible from cover to cover and our view of the future includes the eternal perspective. It is our
conviction that the parent is responsible for their child s spiritual and academic development and should not
have to sacrifice their child s faith for the sake of providing them with an excellent education.
"The mental goal - We have the responsibility to strive to offer the finest education for your child. It is our belief
that every child should have the opportunity to excel in a safe and nurturing educational environment. Your child
will be offered the finest education with various curricula, Book Adventure, teaching for individual differences,
outstanding teachers that love your children, and low pupil-teacher ratio.
We are thrilled to be a part of FBA and the long term commitment First Baptist Church of Covington has made to
their school. Remember, we are building for the next generation with the God given potential with which to
impact the world.
Julie Harpe, Director
A Letter from Our Director
About First Baptist Academy
I am a graduate of Georgia Southern University with an Early Childhood
Education degree. I received my Masters in Education from Walden
University in grades k-12. My experiences include Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd,
and 5th grades as a classroom teacher. I have always had a passion for
teaching, education, and children. Years ago, my heart was telling me to
find a new way to share with others my passion for education and the
opportunity of becoming Director of First Baptist Academy (formerly the
Children’s Ministry Center) presented itself.
Over the past 11 years, God has blessed us immeasurably. Having the
opportunity to watch the children of FBA grow in their spiritual walk is
amazing. My own family has had the opportunity to be a part of FBA for
the past 9 years and to see the growth of the preschool expand into an
elementary school has been an awesome experience and is all due to the
Glory of God! I have seen children accomplish wonderful things and I’ve
experienced the start of a new school. First Baptist Academy has been a
blessing to me from the beginning and I am honored to serve this church
Assistant FBA Director
I am a UGA graduate with a BS in Furnishings and Interiors, from the
school of Family and Consumer Sciences, and have worked for most of
mine and Billy's married life as an interior designer. I still enjoy design
work, but my heart has been to serve at FBC/FBA since 2001. I have
served FBC/FBA for ten years. I am a member of First Baptist Covington.
My start here was to teach the first kindergarten class, at the end of that
school year our family was blessed with our second son, Kurtis. Upon my
return, I became the assistant to the director.
I love our staff, the children and their families. I have always counted it a
blessing and honor to serve my Lord here and I continually seek His will
for our school and myself as we grow. I have watched as the Lord has
grown His school into what we are today. Striving daily to glorify Him in
all we do. He has shown His grace upon us yearly and to watch Him work
is amazing. I stand in awe of how He unfolds His plan from year to year.
Statement of Beliefs
First Baptist Church of Covington is a member of the Southern Baptist Conference.
Our beliefs include:
We the members of First Baptist Church in Covington, Georgia believe in the one true and living God,
creator of all things, almighty, and sovereign in the universe.
We believe that He is a three person God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
We believe that He has revealed Himself generally through His Creation and Moral law and specifically
through His own voice, the incarnation of His son, and His written word, the Bible.
We believe that the Bible is the inspired, inherent, infallible word of God.
We believe that God created all things good, but that mankind freely sinned against God and in that sin has
fallen from God s perfection.
We believe that sinful man stands opposed to God and in that sin faces the eternal just wrath of the
We believe that God is a gracious God and has extended His grace to sinful man through His Son Jesus
We believe that Christ the Son was made man and lived on earth.
We believe that Jesus Christ lived without sin in perfect adherence to the will of the Father.
We believe that Jesus was betrayed and was crucified on a Roman cross.
We believe that in this crucifixion Christ the Son took on the full weight of the Fathers wrath against the
sinfulness of man and became an atoning sacrifice for all who believe in Him.
We believe that Christ died and was buried, but after three days he was raised from the dead to live and to
reign over heaven and earth.
We believe that after His resurrection He met with His disciples, commissioned His Church, and ascended
into heaven, from where He reigns, and is building His Kingdom.
We believe that this Church is the presence of the Kingdom of Christ on Earth.
We believe that Christ s gift of grace and forgiveness of sin is available to all who believe in Him as Savior
and Lord, and who demonstrate that belief by living faithfully to Him.
We believe that this offer of grace is exclusive only to those who confess and believe the Lordship and
saving work of Jesus. Therefore, we believe in the Great Commission and that we are charged by Christ to
We believe that followers of Christ are called to join together in localized bodies or local churches that are
called to live out the life of a disciple.
We believe in Baptism by immersion in water as a proclamation of faith and an experience of Grace.
We believe in the observation of the Lord s Supper as a proclamation of Christ s work and Kingdom until He
We believe that Christ will return to establish fully His authority over all things.
We believe that Christ will judge all of humanity and condemn all evil, and that He will call those who have
believed in Him to life in His everlasting Kingdom.
A Brief History
In 1999, a group of families of First Baptist Church of Covington and the pastor established a new weekday
preschool. They felt led by the Lord to take on this mission to help reach the next generation for Christ. The
preschool served babies through pre-kindergarten for several years before adding a kindergarten class to school
enrollment. After years of much success in the preschool, the school and church revisited the idea of beginning
an elementary school. Following a great deal of research, thought and prayer, it was believed that a school
founded on high academic standards, and an unwavering commitment to our Lord and Savior would provide a
much-needed private school option for parents seeking the best Christian environment and educational
experience for their children. With this vision in place, the formation of our private school now known as First
Baptist Academy was approved by the First Baptist Church of Covington body in 2009.
An outstanding faculty with full teacher certification was hired for the elementary school. 100% of the staff holds
a Bachelor s Degree in Education and some 25% of the staff holds Masters Degrees in Education. The
elementary school opened for its inaugural year in August of 2009 with grades Kindergarten to 1st grade and
plans to add a grade each subsequent year.
Eighteen students constituted the first year s enrollment and proved to be exactly the number God chose for the
Academy s first year. The school soon became a mutually supportive and loving family. The families and faculty
enthusiastically supported the school and the vision for the mission of the Academy was validated.
Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment