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Dr. Ray Casey

FBA's new Head of School

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
2:30 - 4:00pm
Commons Cafe
(light refreshments will be available)

 

Great News in the Headmaster Search

At the beginning of this week, we had Dr. Ray & Esther Casey as our guests here at FBCN and FBA. Our discussions with Dr. Casey started a few weeks back about the possibility of becoming First Baptist Academy's next Head of School. After meeting with some FBA and FBCN staff, the FBA School Committee, the FBCN Personnel Committee, as well as a few parents, the FBCN Personnel Committee extended an invitation to Dr. Casey to become FBA's next Head of School. Dr. Casey enthusiastically accepted and is already making plans to move from their home in South Carolina to Naples.

Dr. Casey comes with an extensive and impressive resume in primary and secondary education. He holds three masters degrees and a Doctorate of Ministry from Regent University School of Divinity. This will be Dr. Casey's fourth assignment as Head of a Christian School. Dr. Casey saw success and growth at all three of his previous schools, and we trust the Lord that the same thing will occur here at FBA.

Dr. Casey comes with a great passion for discipling not only students, but also their families, and we feel confident that Dr. Casey is God's man to lead First Baptist Academy to the next level. After meeting with committees and parents, some of their comments ranged from personable, knowledgeable, caring, resolute, and a fit for FBA and FBCN.

Dr. Casey and his wife Esther have 12 children, six of whom are still in their home. The exact timing of when Dr. Casey will be presented to the church and start his new role here at FBA is still to be determined, but you will be informed as soon as those plans are made. Please be in prayer for the Casey's as they make a quick transition to Naples.

The FBA Way

Partnering with parents to develop students with Christian character and a biblical worldview, equipping them for life, learning and leadership.

 

Life

encourage every student to have a personal relationship with Christ evidenced by a life surrendered to the will of God, directed by His word and inspired by the Holy Spirit

Learning

understand that all truth is God's Truth as revealed in His inspired, inerrant Word and His creation.

Leadership

focus on the demonstration of servant leadership as modeled by Jesus Christ.

‚ÄčOur Foundation is the Word of God and its teaching.

The Cornerstone of First Baptist Academy is its commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. It is truly our desire that "in everything He might come to have the supremacy" (Colossians 1:18).

Our Goal is that each student would be equipped to pursue God's plan for his/her life while being salt and light in a decaying and lost world.

Our Prayer for our students is "...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give (them) the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that (they) may know Him better...and that the eyes of (their) hearts may be enlightened..." (Ephesians 1:17-18a).

Our Guiding Principles is that as a Christian School, we are distinctly unique. It is a privilege for all of us to work together building a school which honors God. Therefore, everyone (adults and students) at First Baptist Academy will maintain the following guiding principles:
All of us at FBA strive to be:

  • Cooperative: Galatians 6:10

  • Respectful: Ephesians 6:1-3

  • Responsible: Colossians 3:25

  • Christ-like: Philippians 2:5

Our core values are central to the accomplishment of our mission. They are:

 

Truth

God's truth is absolute and is revealed to man through creation, the Bible, and the person of His Son Jesus Christ.

Supporting Scripture
 
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of  God may be adequate, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16, 17).
 
Operating Principles
 
Natural truth is evident to all and produces great good for humanity; however, its primary function is to draw man to his Creator
 
The authority of the Bible will supersede all other authority, although it must be clear the truth of the Bible will not yield eternal lasting results apart from one’s having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ
 
Biblical principles applied to any situation will yield positive results, although lasting results require a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ

 

Church

We are blessed to be a ministry of a local church and are deeply committed to training the next generation to understand and support God's program for our day and time.

The local church is God's plan for community and the pillar and support of truth. FBA is dedicated to the local church and is committed to communicating clearly to our faculty, staff, and students the importance of active involvement in a Bible-believing local church.

Supporting Scripture
 
“…I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth” (2 Timothy 3:15).
 
Operating Principles
 
The church will benefit as FBA students grow and mature in Christ
 
FBA students are equipped to be servants to their community and the body of Christ as they serve the church
 
FBA is a ministry of FBCN committed to reaching out and serving those in southwest Florida and beyond
 

Family

FBA is deeply committed to coming alongside families to provide support, resources and encouragement in a day in which many aspects of our culture are anti-family; therefore, FBA is committed to partnering with Christian families in this endeavor.

Supporting Scripture
 
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up” (Deuteronomy 6:5-7).
 
Operating Principles
 
We are ourselves accountable to God’s Word through consistent Christ-like lifestyle, disciplining in love and training students to make biblical based choices
 
Educational partnership occurs when the home, church, and school work in harmony agreeing in purpose, character, and biblical worldview
 
Effective communication, encouragement of active parental participation, and assistance in training their children to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives best serves the family
 

Kingdom Education

First Baptist Academy is also a Kingdom Education school. As such, we are dedicated to the "life-long Bible-based, Christ-centered process of leading a child to Christ, building a child up in Christ and equipping a child to serve Christ." (Schultz. 2002, pg. 29)

Supporting Scripture
 
“That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children, that they should put their confidence in God and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:6, 7).
 
“We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ” (Colossians 1:28).
 
Operating Principles
 
For Life: FBA will endeavor to lead every student to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through the proclamation of the Word of God and in the power of the Holy Spirit
 
For Learning: FBA will provide a Biblically integrated program of studies taught by born-again instructors, challenging students to develop and utilize God-given talents and abilities for the glory of God
 
For Leadership: FBA will equip and train students with a biblical worldview enabling them to engage and impact their generation, teaching them to both understand and appropriate biblical truth
 

Read More About Kingdom Education

The educational philosophy of First Baptist Academy is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible.

Read More About Christian Education

Biblical Principles of Kingdom Education

The education of children and youth is the primary responsibility of parents.

Read More About Kingdom Education

As stated in the Parental Commitment to First Baptist Academy, parents and/or guardians must understand that these doctrinal positions will be taught in our Bible classes and in our Chapel.

THE SCRIPTURES

We affirm that the Holy Bible is the inspired, inerrant Word of God and the basis for our beliefs. Through the providence of God, the Word of God has been protected and preserved, and is the only infallible and authoritative rule of faith and practice (II Timothy 3:16-17; II Peter 1:20-21).

GOD

We believe that there is only one true, living, sovereign, holy and eternally existent God. He exists in three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, each being a distinct person with a distinct function, but all of one essence and all possessing the same nature, perfection and attributes. The Triune God is the creator and sustainer of all things, the source of all truth, and is worthy of worship, confidence and obedience (Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Genesis 1:31).

JESUS CHRIST

We believe that Jesus Christ is God. In His incarnation, He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, lived an exemplary, sinless life, performed miracles, shed his blood on the cross to pay the debt for our sins, was buried, bodily resurrected, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return literally, visibly, and personally in glory and power (John 1:1-3, 14; Matthew 1:18-25, Philippians 2:5-9; Colossians 1:15; I Corinthians 15:1-8; Acts 1:11).

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the Holy Spirit is God, co-equal and co-existent with the Father and the Son. He convicts of sin and lostness and then brings about regeneration and sanctification. The Holy Spirit lives within every believer and desires to infill us and empower us to live a godly life. He gives special spiritual gifts to each believer to be used for His purposes and edify His Body (John 14:16-19; 16:7-15; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 8:9, 11; Titus 3:5; I Corinthians 12).

MAN

We believe that in the beginning, God created man in His image, in order to have fellowship with Him, and man is not in any sense the product of evolution (Genesis 1:27, 31).

SIN

We believe that Adam and Eve, the first humans, sinned by disobedience to God. This act resulted in the fall of all mankind and creation. All people since then have likewise sinned and lost their ability to live in fellowship with God. Every person's sin incurs both physical and spiritual death unless there is forgiveness and salvation by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. All are in need of a new nature, which then allows us to have relationship and fellowship with God (Genesis 3:1-24; Isaiah 59:2; Romans 3:10-23; 5:12-21; 6:23, II Corinthians 5:17).

SALVATION

We believe that the salvation of lost and sinful people is a free gift of God's grace, apart from human works, based solely upon Christ's vicarious and atoning death and glorious resurrection. It is affected by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, and received only through repentance and faith in the person and finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead. We must individually receive and confess Him as Lord of our lives in order to receive this free gift of salvation (Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 10:9-13; Acts 20:21).

THE CHURCH

We believe that the Church is the Body of Christ and the Family of God. It is comprised of saved and baptized believers who regularly meet together and commit themselves to the purposes of our church: worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and service (Matthew 16:18; I Corinthians 12:12-24; Hebrews 10:25).

EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS

We believe that it is the responsibility and privilege of every Christian to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ, and to seek to make growing disciples in Southwest Florida and beyond. Our commission is to give to, pray for, and be as involved as possible in home and foreign missions (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).

THE HOME

We believe that God has given parents the responsibility to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4, Prov.22:6). We believe that a consistent and whole education occurs when the home, church, and school work closely together and are in agreement in purpose, character, and biblical world-view (Ephesians 6:4; Proverbs 22:6).

Foundational Verses

 
The Lord gives wisdom, and from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding."
(Proverbs 2:6)
 
...Your word is truth."
(John 17:17b)
 
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."
(Proverbs 22:6)
 
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, what ever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things."
(Philippians 4:8)
 
...Prove yourself to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the Word of life…"
(Philippians 2:15)
 
...You are the salt of the earth...you are the light of the world…"
(Matthew 5:13a, 14a)
 
...We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
(II Corinthians 10:5b)

In keeping with our mission statement, "partnering with parents to develop students with Christian character and a biblical worldview, equipping them for life, learning and leadership" First Baptist Academy provides community outreach opportunities for every grade level.

The opportunities for this year are below:

PK3/K4-Soldier Care
 
Kindergarten - Surfing the Nations
 
1st Grade -Families in Kingdom Service
 
2nd Grade -Grace Place
 
3rd Grade -Helps Tackle Hunger-Helps Outreach
 
4th Grade -Children’s Home Society
 
5th Grade - Soldier Care
 

Both our middle and high schools are involved as a whole and by grade level in the following ministries:Harbor Chase, Pregnancy Resource Center "Walk for Life", Florida Baptist Children's Home, Bless Immokalee, Operation Christmas Child, Helps Outreach, St. Matthews House, Habitat for Humanity, Team Impact Orlando, Domestic Animal Services, Immokalee Soup Kitchen, Millennium House, FBCN Widows/Shut-ins, Race for Immokalee, Ft. Myers Rescue Missions, Youth Haven, and various other ministries. 

We thank God for our students' desire to be a light in their communities.

FBA Snapshot: Life, Learning and Leadership

At First Baptist Academy we can say with confidence and integrity that we are committed to providing a rigorous, academic program of studies designed to challenge and prepare our students to serve in the Kingdom of God.

As you visit each school page on our website, you will see a continuum of learning built solidly on foundational, biblical truth from PreKindergarten through High School.

Students are trained by highly qualified and gifted teachers to develop a personal biblical worldview that will enable them to think biblically and critically as they encounter new information and face life experiences.

Training for leadership in the Kingdom is a life-long process of equipping the total child which begins with a transformed mind and heart (Romans 12:1, 2).  It is our prayer that FBA students be thoroughly equipped unto every good work.


At First Baptist Academy, we are a family. We strive daily to create an atmosphere of love, encouragement and self-discipline that provides a fertile environment for children of all ages to grow academically, spiritually, socially and physically. We focus on right relationships to God, self, others and His creation in our preparation of the next generation to lead the Kingdom of God.

First Baptist Academy is a ministry of First Baptist Church Naples. As a ministry of FBCN, we are blessed to share the 94-acre campus God has provided in Naples, Florida and are also privileged to be a part of the church's mission of "making Christ known, in Southwest Florida and beyond."

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Mission Statement

Partnering with parents to develop students with Christian character and a biblical worldview, equipping them for life, learning and leadership.

First Baptist Academy

"From attending First Baptist Academy, my children have a strong desire to learn with great enthusiasm, and truly look forward to the next day of school."

 Elementary School Parent

What we love most about FBA is that Christ is first in all they do. He is first in the classroom, athletics, arts, outreach, and in the hearts of the teachers and staff. I am overwhelmed with joy knowing my children are being educated in this environment! FBA truly is giving God glory in all they do.

High School Parent