Elkins Christian Academy honors founder

The late Rev. Gloria Roy, former pastor of New Life Fellowship, will be celebrated at Elkins Christian Academy this week, with students learning about the school’s history and its founder.

Students also will have the day off from school Friday to commemorate the school’s inception.

Though now operating under the name Elkins Christian Academy and under the direction of Elkins Church of God Family Worship Center and its pastor, Bishop Jamie Estep, Roy’s legacy remains vibrant at the school and within the community at large.

Roy’s charitable foundation has donated nearly $90,000 in total this year. Gifts have been made to the school as well as the Little League, Randolph County Fair and other key organizations that enrich the lives of this region’s children.

“We celebrate and dedicate Gloria’s legacy on Founder’s Day at ECA each year. Our goal is to carry on where she left off. Thank you, Pastor Gloria Roy!” Estep said.

Pastor Gloria, as Roy was affectionately known, had a heart for children and wanted to see them receive the best education and Christian foundation possible, according to a press release from ECA. In 1991, she formed New Life Christian School to accomplish that goal.

In the early years, classes were held in the church fellowship hall and some of the church’s classrooms. The school had rapid growth, and the release state’s Roy knew a separate building needed to be erected to support this mission.

In 2001, construction began, and the new school included an office, five classrooms, a small science lab and a full-size gymnasium.

Then, in 2012, Elkins Church of God Family Worship Center purchased New Life Church and its surrounding property. EFWC continues to carry on the legacy that Pastor Roy left and is taking it on to higher dimensions. The school now has a complete computer lab and library, in addition to the original structure.

The school was renamed Elkins Christian Academy and is under the administration of Bishop Estep. The West Virginia Division of Education accredited school offers classes for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

There are five full-time teachers at the facility. They are: Chelsey Toms and Adam West, who teach high school with specialities in math and foreign language among other subjects; John Taylor, who teaches secondary education; Melinda Watson, who teaches elementary education; and Genna Fincham, who teaches pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.

In addition to the state accreditation, the school uses the award-winning Christian-based A Beka curriculum. The A Beka approach to education keeps learning lively, interesting and memorable, as well as grounded in the practical aspects of classroom teaching for excellence in education, the ECA release states.

For more information, contact the school at 304-591-4554. It is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.