Rocky Mount, VA (June 29, 2017) – Passion isn’t a word Christian Heritage Academy’s new Head of School, Tony Quist, uses lightly. His “whatever-it-takes” work ethic is just the beginning of his enthusiasm for Christian education and his dedication to training the next generation through the ministry of Christian Heritage Academy.
“I recently came across a quote from Michael Catt, the Pastor of Sherwood Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia, and it touched me deeply. He said,‘whoever wants the next generation the most will get them.’ I want our students to be trained in biblical truth. I want the next generation on behalf of the Lord Jesus,” said Quist.
Having just completed a decade of service at Christian Heritage Academy in a variety of roles that included secondary teacher, instructional technology coordinator, director of development, and most recently assistant administrator, Quist begins a new chapter with a unique perspective as the school’s eighth Head of School since 1980.
“I’ve served our school from just about every angle now and I’m really excited to use those experiences in this new role,” he said.
Quist is a visionary with a clear plan for the school’s future that includes enrollment growth and program expansion. As chair of the school’s strategic planning committee since its formation in 2011, he has worked with fellow committee members to establish and implement two 5-year strategic plans that have served to facilitate and nurture more than 50% increase in enrollment since 2011. Now entering the second year of the 2016-2021 strategic plan, enrollment is approaching an all-time high with opportunities for expansion on the horizon.
“We’re a private Christian school serving a rural demographic in Franklin and Henry counties and that certainly presents its challenges. Nevertheless, we know there are more families in this community that want to provide a Christian education for their children. My immediate focus will be connecting those families with our school and continually improving the academic program, extracurricular opportunities, and biblical worldview training we offer at CHA.”
Following the May announcement of former Head of School Mr. Deke Andrews’ secession of the position, Quist was voted in by the school’s Board of Directors.
“The Board has voted unanimously, effective with the 2017-2018 school year, to hire Mr. Quist to lead CHA as our new Head of School. He has the full confidence and support of the Board who believe he is well equipped to lead CHA and serve our school, the faculty and staff, our students and families, and ultimately the Lord,” said Board Chairman and alumnus Rob Johnson in a letter to the school’s families.
The sentiment from other members of the school community echos the Board’s confidence. One current parent remarked on Quist’s passion for Christian education saying, “Mr. Quist has a God given passion for building a Biblical worldview into the next generation. I believe God has called him to this post for the future success of CHA.”
Another family expressed their assurance saying, “our family is more committed to Christian education than ever before and we are optimistic about the future of CHA.”
Originally from Warrenton, Virginia in Fauquier County, Quist came to Franklin County to attend Ferrum College and play football at the recruitment of then defensive coach, Dave Harper. Although a knee injury ended his playing career abruptly, he finished his four-year degree in Computer Science with honors and made Franklin County his home. After several years of building a career in the IT industry and serving in Youth Ministry at Twin Oaks Baptist Church in Ferrum, Quist followed the Lord’s leading to CHA in 2006 and “drove a stake into the ground for Christian education” as he likes to put it. He now makes his home near Callaway with his wife Leigh Ann, a CHA alumna and former teacher, and their two children.
With teachers and students scheduled to return to campus next month, July is “crunch time” according to Quist. The campus is abuzz this month with a renovation project on The Castle to add new administrative offices, summer athletic conditioning and open gym sessions, and of course campus tours for prospective families.
“Summers are always a busy time administratively and obviously this transition has added a few tasks to the to-do list, but we’re on top of it.”
CHA’s first day of school under its new Head of School is August 15 with teachers scheduled to return a week earlier on August 7.