The Greyfriars Archer
Sagittae Formosae et Praeacutae
(Arrows, Beautifully Formed & Sharpened)
                                                                                      (Ps CXXVII)

2701 Rice Road • Matthews, NC 28105 • (704) 315-5774 •


Volume 2 No. 9                                                     DECEMBER 28, 2010




Upcoming Dates:

Christmas Break
Dec. 20 - Jan. 6
(no classes)

Spring Semester Begins
Jan. 7, 2011 (Friday)

Open House
Jan. 25, 2011 (Tuesday)
7:00 p.m.


Students Celebrate Christmas as Fall Semester Ends

Friday, December 17, marked the final day of the fall semester for students at Greyfriars Classical Academy. One week earlier, students and faculty enjoyed an afternoon Christmas celebration (pictured above) at the home of Dr. Jeffrey and Jennifer Cleveland. Students and faculty performed skits, conducted a gift exchange, shared favorite Christmas memories, and of course, enjoyed holiday treats after a lovely meal.





GCA Leadership

Cliff Blair, M.Div.
Jeff Cleveland, M.D.
Gwen Firebaugh, B.S
Beth Harvey, B.A.
Lori Lawing, B.A.
John McGowan, M.Div.
Greer Nabb, B.A.
Lee Shelnutt, M.A., M.Div.
Darol Timberlake, M.S.
Nathan Trice, M.Div.
Barbara Van Patter, M.E.

Board of Directors
Nathan Trice, President
Shawn Brandt, Secretary
Thomas Willingham, Treas.
Henry DeBoer
Jeffrey Roach

John McGowan






School Verses


Psalm 127:4

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.


Micah 6:8

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?








School Anthem

Psalm 24 (C)

“The Earth and the Riches”








On Education

True Christian education ... is giving [a student] the framework for total truth, rooted in the Creator's existence and in the Bible's teaching, so that in each step of the formal learning process the student will understand what is true and what is false and why it is true or false. It is not isolating students from human knowledge. It is teaching them in a framework of the total Biblical teaching, beginning with the tremendous central thing, that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. It is teaching in this framework, so that on their own level, as they are introduced to all of human knowledge, they are not introduced in the midst of a vacuum, but they are taught each step along the way why what they are hearing is either true or false. That is true education.

- Francis A. Schaeffer






Open House Scheduled

If you or someone you know would benefit from hearing more about Greyfriars, please consider attending or inviting others to attend the upcoming Open House:

  • January 25 (Tuesday), 7:00 p.m.

At the Open House you will have an opportunity to meet some of the faculty, talk to a currently-enrolled Greyfriars family, tour the campus, hear about our courses, have your questions answered, and review the application process.


News for the New Year


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When you purchase one-year subscriptions to WORLD Magazine—for yourself or a friend—WORLD will donate $30 to Greyfriars Classical Academy.  Your $49.95 subscription includes bi-weekly issues packed with national and international news, and coverage of culture, business, education, travel, commentary, and more—all from a Christian perspective.  You will also have full access to WORLD magazine's web coverage of breaking news, podcasts, and an archive of thousands of articles.
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Feature Article


Do We Need Christian Schools?
by Henry & Herma DeBoer

[Editor's Note: Henry DeBoer is a recent addition to the Board of Greyfriars Classical Academy. Mr. DeBoer and his wife, Herma, have been heavily involved in Christian education for many years. After moving to the area in 1998 from Canada, the DeBoers have seen five of their six children graduate from Christian school, and their sixth child is enrolled in GCA's 10th grade. Henry operates a landscape design and service company called DeSignia. He is a deacon at Matthews OPC.]

    This brief essay will examine the purpose of education itself, the movement toward private and home schools, and the role of the church in the education of youth.

    The purpose of education is determined by the purpose of life as defined by God.1 The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks: What is man's chief end? The answer states: Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. In order to be able to do this, we must be equipped with the basic tools of learning and be able to apply them to each aspect of God's creation. Since this knowledge is not innate, training is required.

    We are convinced that parents, in response to God's command in Deuteronomy 6, are responsible and accountable for the training of their children. This calling is renewed in the New Testament in Ephesians 6:4. Of course, this does not mean that the parents must do everything themselves. An analogy can be seen in how Scripture requires that parents provide food for their children, but does not require every father to be a farmer, growing the food for them. The key is responsible, diligent oversight. Also, the Proverbs 31 woman had many responsibilities--and had servants who would help her accomplish her tasks. She divided the labor and provided responsible supervision. In a similar way, a school is a servant of the parents, assisting parents in fulfilling their obligations. Throughout history, Christian parents have employed Christian schools in such service.

    Quite early in the history of the Church, after the time of the apostles, Christians instituted their own schools when the emperor, Julian (known as "The Apostate"), decreed that the instruction in the schools of the empire would be pagan. Much later, the schools of the Middle Ages were Christian schools, although they became corrupt along with the increasingly corrupt church. The Reformation of the 16th century called for a return to sound Christian schools. Luther wrote vigorously and often on behalf of schools, and he and Melanchthon started a system of Christian schools in Germany. Toward the end of his life, John Calvin was successful in establishing the "Academy" in Geneva, where children could be given Christian instruction.

    Here in America, established as a Christian nation, community schools (being extensions of the local church and area homes) were primarily Christian. This, however, has not remained so. The biblical worldview of many of our forefathers has been usurped by the false idea of humanism, which now permeates the teaching in the public school system. The progressing dechristianization of the government schools, together with decreasing local autonomy, has forced the establishment of many private Christian and home schools, free from government control.2

    While this movement to private education is laudable in many respects, its one drawback is that it has been largely reactionary. There is a great difference between action and reaction. As Christians, we are called to principled obedience to the Word of God, not to a reactionary faith (which is a limited defensive position, at best).3 This reaction has in many occasions been a response or reflex to the problems manifested in a school system infected with a humanistic worldview, problems such as the prohibition of school prayer, drug use, sexual immorality, lack of discipline, declining test scores, etc. So churches or parents establish schools in which there is prayer and a Bible class, better discipline and, generally speaking, a higher standard of education. However, a school established for these reasons alone is not the kind needed for God's people.

    We do not educate our children in a private or home school mainly to protect them from wicked influences, since we know that sin comes from within our own hearts. The age-old idea that we can escape from sin by separating from the world is as attractive now as when many Christians entered monasteries--and just as false. A good Christian school only shelters young people from undisciplined sin and should not try to shelter them from the presence of sin.We confess with sorrow that our children are conceived and born in sin.

    These children are all God's children. Those in the church have an interest and concern for these young people as well. Parents do not work to fulfill their responsibilities in a vacuum but in the context of a congregation, that is, young and old, parents and grandparents, single members and families without children. As Christ's body, we are connected in Him to each other, and share our joys, sorrows and burdens. In the task of education, we can also work together for the benefit of the whole. A school set up for the benefit of the church gives expression to the unity that can exist between home, church and school.

    The application of these foundational principles (and others not enumerated) to all areas of education enables the student to fulfill his/her calling to "take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ" (2 Cor. 10:5), since, "There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, 'This is mine! This belongs to me!' " (Abraham Kuyper).

  1 From material titled, Christian Education, distributed by Elder Chris Dollar for an adult Sunday School class taught at Matthews Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1998, p. 36.

  2 See Bouwman, Otto, Christian Education: For Whom? Why? How?, Part I.

  3 Wilson, Douglas, Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, p. 42.

  4 Wilson, p. 125.


You Can Make a Difference!


Here’s How:

Please consider making a year-end donation to Greyfriars that will help us during our start-up years.

The mission of Greyfriars includes providing an education for Christian families that is financially affordable.  Our unique model (without full-time faculty or a physical plant to maintain) means that our tuition is well within the reach of most families.  However, until we have added all four grades (9-12), keeping tuition affordable is much more difficult.

All gifts to Greyfriars Classical Academy qualify as tax-deductible contributions under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Donations may be mailed to:

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1460 Longleaf Court, Matthews, NC 28104


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Our school account number is 8280.

So far this year, we have earned $49.82 from 17 participating families.


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