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Our Board of Directors
David Hardy, Chairman
Sylvester Brown, M. Ed, Ed.S., Vice
Ed Myers, M. Ed, LMFT, Secretary
U.S. Army (RET), Treasurer
David Miller, Ph.D.
Helen Partridge, M.Ed.
Staff: Laura Garner, Executive Director
Rev. Paul Volpitto,
Augusta School of Biblical Studies
The Christian Learning Centers of Augusta (CLCA) was formed for the sole purpose of bringing the Released Time Christian Education (RT) Program to the Augusta area.
In cooperation and partnership with schools, parents and churches, the CLCA provides off-campus biblical teaching for public school students, giving them an opportunity to embrace the Gospel, to grow in Christian maturity, and to apply biblical principles in the many choices they must face in their lives, families, and communities. CLCA teachers and curriculum seek to strengthen family relations, wholesome friendships, a good work ethic, and strong study habits.
We believe that the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is the true Word of God, and is the sole rule of faith and practice.
We believe in one God, eternally existent in three Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who, as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and all that is therein, is alone the rightful determiner of when life begins and ends.
We believe He has established the family, with lifelong marriage between one man and one woman, as the foundation for a strong and lasting society.
We believe Jesus Christ, who being God became flesh, was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
We believe that He suffered, died, and rose bodily from the dead, atoning for the sins of mankind by His shed blood on the cross.
We believe that He will return to judge the living and the dead. And we believe in salvation by God's grace through faith in Christ alone and His completed work on the cross - not human actions, the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and the life everlasting.
Brief History of Christian Learning Centers of Augusta
After some years of talking with pastors, businessmen and the public to determine interest, in 2001 the CLCA became official, incorporating as a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in the state of Georgia.
All Board members are local citizens who come from different backgrounds and denominations to assure that only biblical principles are taught, and no one church's doctrine. May 7, 2002 saw the first meeting of the CLCA Board of Directors.
Approval for the Pilot Program to begin right away for the 4th & 5th grades of John Milledge Elementary School was granted by the Richmond County School Board in January 2003. This continued throughout the 2003-2004 school year, with well-qualified, Christian teachers, who have a heart for Christ and the children, and backgrounds in both public school and/or church education.
Classes were 45 minutes once a week and held in Crawford Avenue Baptist Church, which has graciously offered the use of their facility.
Time was spent in memory verses and Bible stories, along with games and songs to reinforce the lessons learned. When the number of students increased other classes were added. Each class had a Lead Teacher, Teaching Assistant and a Teaching Aide to help teach the students.
In June 2004, the Richmond County Board of Education voted to accept our plans to begin expansion of the RT Programs. This was due, in no small part, to the grace of God to allow this program to grow throughout our community.
In the 2004-2005 academic year our program for the students at John Millege Elementary School became an on-going program and a Pilot Program for the students of Monte Sano Elementary School began. Enrollment went from 31 students to 106. Our corps of volunteers working in the classrooms also grew, totaling 32.
In the 2005-2006 academic year the School Board approved our plans to conduct another Pilot Program for the students of Glenn Hills Elementary School. Our student enrollment continued to climb, totaling more than 150.
The 2006-2007 year saw the addition of Sue Reynods and the following year we added Copeland and Warren Road Elementary Schools.
We anticipate concentrating on 4th and 5th graders for at least the next five years, adding one new program each year. In God's timing, perhaps CLCA can cover the public schools of Richmond, Columbia, and Burke Counties.