TKA Attends The Summit
Monday, November 18, 2019
Tyler McCall, Beijing, CHINA/Mt. Juliet, TN
Aingar William, N’D Jamena, CHAD
Cameron Offner, INDONESIA/Bellaire, TX
Hannah Swarthout, Seymour, TN
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Joseph Eubanks,TAIWAN/Knoxville, TN
Kaylan Cole, Newport, TN
Valeriya Varnakova, Moscow, RUSSIA
Hao “Arya” Dao, Ho Chi Minh City, VIETNAM
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Matija Tanaskovic, Uzice, SERBIA
Vinicius Guedes Monteiro, Sao Paula, BRAZIL
Yadeni Eba, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
TKA President/Headmaster Matt Mercer chose Director of Admissions Lori Campbell, International Student Admissions Coordinator Janice Mink, Campus Pastor Nick Swarthout and President-Emeritus Walter Grubb to represent The King’s Academy at The Summit, the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. First Baptist Church, Concord (West Knoxville) hosted this year’s meeting November 17-20. A dynamic group of TKA Student Ambassadors also came each day to greet messengers (delegates) and visitors, and tell anyone who was interested about The King’s Academy. Regarding the students, Former President/Headmaster Grubb said, “These students were a huge help. I have never been more impressed with the quality of academy students than with these Student Ambassadors.”
The academy has been part of the TBC family for 87 years. Since 1932, the Convention has elected the academy’s Board of Trustees, and has contributed to the academy consistently through its Cooperative Program. Thirty years ago, 35% of the academy’s operating budget came from the Tennessee Baptist Convention and TBC churches. Those funds allowed many worthy students to attend, regardless of their ability to pay. Due to recent TBC actions, that support has declined to about 5% of the academy’s budget in 2019.
TKA remains grateful for the funds given in support of Christian education. However, significant cuts in financial aid, facilities maintenance and personnel have been made. God still provides for the needs of the academy, as evidenced by these Student Ambassadors.
President Mercer shared a well-received video report Wednesday morning. Surely, anyone who heard that report or visited the academy exhibit and met these students will attest to the fact that these students’ lives and testimonies reflect valuable “Returns on Investments” for TBC Cooperative Program dollars. During these years of decline, alumni and friends have increased their annual giving to help make up for those losses.