Larry Taylor, President
Prestonwood Christian Academy, Head of School
Larry Taylor just completed his twelfth year as the Head of School at Prestonwood Christian Academy (PCA), a ministry of Prestonwood Baptist Church. As Head of School, he serves nearly 1,500 students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Prior to this position, 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 and continues his active involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Dr. Taylor’s more than 25 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. SLi also sponsors yearly training conferences for other schools interested in starting SLi programs. He developed a training program for parents titled, “Becoming a Kingdom Family.” He is the founder and president of Engage the Culture Ministries, Inc. (ETC) a ministry dedicated to advancing the philosophy of Kingdom Education with special training programs for schools, student leadership and parents.
Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. in Philosophy in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University.
Dr. Taylor has been married to Delinda Rose Taylor for 26 years and has four sons, Bryce, a graduate of Yale University and currently attending Graduate School at Notre Dame, Luke, a senior at Princeton University, Zeke, a sophomore at Florida State University and Chas, a senior at Prestonwood Christian Academy.
Don Mayes, Vice President
Indian Rocks Christian School, Superintendent
Dr. Mayes became Superintendent of Indian Rocks Christian School in 2002, 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.
S.L. Sherrill, Treasurer
North Raleigh Christian Academy, Founder/Superintendent
Dr. S. L. Sherrill is currently the founder/superintendent of North Raleigh Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. NRCA has grown to 1460 students in its short ten year history under his leadership (www.nrcaknights.com). He attended Louisburg College (AA, 71), 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).
Over his 41 years in Christian ministry, Dr. Sherrill has served in seven ministries as youth pastor, pastor, principal, administrator, and superintendent. He is a strong advocate of Kingdom education proclaiming the importance of linking the church and school with the family. It has been his privilege to assist in the start of seven schools. He serves as the District 3 Representative for the Southeast Region of ACSI (Eastern North Carolina). He also consults with schools in governance, accreditation, strategic planning, and the development of staff and curriculum. After 35 years of service, Dr. Sherrill was honored by his alma matter, Tennessee Temple University with an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree.
Edward Gamble, Secretary
Executive Director, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools
A life-long teacher and Christian school leader. He has served as a teacher and headmaster in four private and Christian schools, including The First Academy at First Baptist Church Orlando and Central Florida Christian Academy at First Baptist Church Central Florida. In 2003, he became the executive director of the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS), the national organization representing the interests of over 750 Christian schools and their sponsoring churches.
In June 2010, Ed launched Florida Christian Schools (FCS), a new ministry to help churches and communities start new Christian schools and restore struggling ones to good health. As director of SBACS and president of FCS, he is committed to providing America’s children with a sacred education instead of a secular one by bringing the cause of Kingdom Education* to the forefront in churches.
Speaking and consulting regularly, Ed builds the case for Christians to make true disciples of their own children through Biblical worldview education. He is an advocate of the Kingdom School model, a set of school behaviors based on Biblical principles as the best way to start, grow and preserve schools of excellence. He has taught school leaders and boards on governance, church-school alignment, financial stability, development and other issues relating to school health.
A graduate of University of Memphis with a BS in Zoology/Chemistry and an MAT in Secondary Education, Ed is married to Wanda, his high school sweetheart of 40 years. They have three grown children, all graduates of Christian schools. Ed and Wanda teach an adult Bible study class in at First Baptist Church Central Florida where he serves on staff as Pastor of Kingdom Education and President of Florida Christian Schools, Inc., the Christian school-starting ministry of the church.
*Kingdom Education is the life-long, Bible-based, Christ-centered process that leads a child to Christ, disciples him in Christ and equips him to serve Christ. From the book, Kingdom Education: God’s Plan for Education Future Generations, by Dr. Glen Schultz, LifeWay Christian Resources, Nashville, TN.
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 fourteenth 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. 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 and David.
High Point Christian Academy, Headmaster
Richard Hardee is the Founding Headmaster of High Point Christian Academy where he has served for seventeen years. The Academy is a ministry of Green Street Baptist Church. 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 serves on the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA) Board of Directors. In addition, he is the President-Elect of the High Point Rotary Club. Richard teaches a couples Sunday school class at Green Street Baptist Church and occasionally fills the pulpit. He and his wife Traci have been married for 23 years and have three sons; Drew, Caleb, and Ben.
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.