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History of Tri-State Christian Academy


Our school began in 1988 with a handful of students under the direction of James E. Rhodes, Senior Pastor, and M.R. Hawley, Associate Pastor of Mercy Baptist Church.  The academy, known then as Mercy Baptist Academy, held classes in the church’s Sunday school wing at 3474 Pennsylvania Avenue in Weirton, West Virginia. 

Why Christian education?  This answer was written by former youth pastor, R.J. Bush, in the first yearbook of 1991-1992:

“In these days of educational decline, negative influences, and spiritual indifference, parents are confronted  with a tremendous responsibility of rearing children.  It is with that burden in mind that Mercy Baptist Academy  was founded.  The academy is here for parents who still desire a proper learning environment as well as  a Christian education for their child.”

When the 2000-2001 school year opened at the present facility the academy name was changed to Tri-State Christian Academy.  The 12-acre campus provides us with the proper facilities to extend our ministry to children throughout the Ohio Valley.

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