Dr. David McCoy has been the pastor of Peoples Baptist Church since 1993 but served as the youth director of PBC for twelve years prior to the pastorate. Under Pastor McCoy's leadership, Peoples Baptist Academy was founded in 1995. He has been married to his wife Trish since 1982. Dr. McCoy's life's verse is Psalm 84:11: "For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." Through that verse, Pastor McCoy strives to educate with eternity in view and teach that, truly, it pays to serve God. On a side note, Preacher's favorite things are golf, his grandbabies, and Andy Griffith reruns.
Mr. Seth Haas serves as the principal of Peoples Baptist Academy and is beginning his fifth year in our ministry. Mr. Haas grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended Crown College in Powell, Tennessee. He has served in many different capacities in church ministry, but he has a desire to assist parents and students in the school ministry. He and his wife Meredith have two girls, Aven and Juliet, and their newest addition, their son Cade. Mr. Haas's favorite things would be a Milo's hamburger (which can only be found in Birmingham), the sound of a perfectly struck 7-iron, and classic muscle cars.
High School Supervisor
Our pastor's wife, Mrs. Trish McCoy, serves as the administrator and high school supervisor for Peoples Baptist Academy. Education has long been a passion of hers, having taught senior high English for seventeen years before working with the pastor to start the school. With a Master's degree in Christian School Administration, she coordinates the academics, events, field trips, graduation, and much more. A few of her favorite things would be a good book under a big shade tree, almost any kind of Hershey's chocolate, and an evening out with a view of downtown.
Mr. Randall Rickner is deeply involved in many aspects of our school and church ministries. He grew up in Marion, Indiana, and attended college in Hammond, where he obtained degrees in pastoral ministries, Christian education administration, and a specialist degree in school administration. He has taught for 34 years, 15 of those being at PBA. He and his wife Jan have a son and daughter who also both serve on staff at PBA. In any spare time he happens to have, Mr. Rickner enjoys golfing, running, and eating at Outback.
Mrs. Patti Saunders teaches K5 and is also our kindergarten supervisor. She and her husband, Mr. Alan Saunders, also serve faithfully in our church ministry. Three of her favorite people are her grandchildren, who live in Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders served as missionaries to the Bahamas for many years before they moved back to the States. She has taught for 21 years, 11 at PBA. She enjoys shopping and reading, loves shoes and handbags, and likes to eat at the French Market in Locust Grove.
Mrs. Meredith Haas serves as one of Peoples Baptist Academy's secretaries. Having grown up here as the daughter of Pastor and Mrs. McCoy, Mrs. Haas has a love for this ministry. She attended Crown College and received a degree in business, as well as in education. In her years at PBA, she has taught high school English and worked in both church and school offices. She and Bro. Haas have three children: Aven, Juliet, and Cade. A few of her favorite things would be enjoying coffee from the perfect cup, doing house projects with her husband, and watching Little House on the Prairie with her kids.
Mrs. Rhonda Culbreth, another of our school secretaries, has been a great asset to our ministry since she joined our staff four years ago. After retiring from a career at the sheriff's department, we thought she'd fit right in with the school ministry. A long-time member of Peoples Baptist Church, she and her husband Tim have two grown sons, both graduates of PBA. She enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, watching old movies, and going on mini road trips with her husband.
Mrs. Mary Goins is beginning her third year at PBA. She and her husband Cliff are faithful members of PBC and she has been a great addition to our staff. She worked for years as an accountant and now adds her work experience to our financial office. In her spare time, she enjoys doting on her baby grandson.
Our pastor's wife, Mrs. Trish McCoy, serves as the academic adviser and high school supervisor for Peoples Baptist Academy. Education has long been a passion of hers, having taught senior high English for seventeen years before working with the pastor to start the school. With a Master's degree in Christian School Administration, she coordinates the academics, events, field trips, graduation, and much more. Although she serves well in many areas of our ministry, the high school is one of her very favorite places to be. A few of her other favorite things would be a good book under a big shade tree, almost any kind of Hershey's chocolate, and an evening out with a view of downtown.
7-8 Girls' Bible
Mrs. Glory Clapp is a terrific educator and a long-time employee of Peoples Baptist Academy. She and her husband Ron have two children, both graduates of PBA. She teaches senior high English and speech and works as a fine arts coach in speech and drama. She has been a blessed addition to our ministry for the sixteen years she has served with us. Although she is known for her high expectations in the classroom, we have had an unbelievable number of colleges and professors who have contacted PBA to comment on the strength of our English program. Many thanks to Mrs. Clapp and Mrs. Trish McCoy for keeping us sharp.
12th Grade Homeroom
Advanced Math and Science
9th Grade Bible
Mr. Robert Vaughn has been a faithful, long-time member of Peoples Baptist Church and has been a blessing to our ministry in many areas. Of his thirteen years teaching, he has spent nine at PBA. Mr. Vaughn grew up in Morrow and Forest Park, Georgia, and attended Andersonville College, where he obtained his bachelor's and master's degree. He is now working on his doctorate. In our high school, he teaches Bible, physics, pre-calculus/trigonometry, biology, and chemistry. Also serving as our athletic director, Mr. Vaughn loves all things sports-related but is an intense Georgia fan. He is also, as he says, a connoisseur of all food but especially of steak.
10th Grade Homeroom
Math, Choir, Band/Handchimes
Mr. Mark Bookout is in his ninth year of ministry at PBA. He grew up in a pastor's home in Festus, Missouri, and attended West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, California, where he received a degree in music. In addition to serving as our church pianist, Mr. Bookout gives private piano and band lessons. In our academy, he teaches geometry, pre-algebra, Algebra I, and Algebra II. He also directs the bands and choirs for all grades and oversees the music in our Fine Arts department. He enjoys playing the piano (thankfully), reading in his spare time, and spending time with his family.
9th Grade Homeroom
English, Geography, Health
Miss Monica McCoy, having grown up as part of the pastor's family of PBC, has been in this ministry her entire life. She began attending PBA when the school was founded in 1995 and stayed until she graduated, attended Crown College to pursue an education degree, and is now loving having the chance to teach her favorite subject all day. She teaches junior high English, Home Ec, 9th grade geography and health, and girls' split chapel. Her favorite things would be a day spent shopping on the north side of Atlanta, a trip to Maggiano's, and everything about New York City.
8th Grade Homeroom
BIble, History, Economics
Mr. Nathan Rickner has been a part of the ministry of Peoples Baptist Church and Academy for many years. Also a graduate of PBA, Mr. Rickner attended college where he obtained a bachelor's degree in pastoral theology and a master's degree in education. He serves faithfully in our church as youth pastor and teaches Bible, U.S. History, Economics/Government, and organizes our Bible quiz teams. He is also offensive coach in Varsity football, head coach of JV football, as well as basketball coach for our Varsity and JV boys. According to Mr. Rickner, you can't beat college football on a Saturday afternoon or a good steak.
7th Grade Homeroom
7th-8th Boys' Bible, Math, History
Mr. Randall Rickner is deeply involved in many aspects of our school and church ministries. He grew up in Marion, Indiana, and attended college in Hammond, where he obtained degrees in pastoral ministries, Christian education administration, and a specialist degree in school administration. He has taught for 34 years, 15 of those being at PBA. In addition to serving as our elementary supervisor, he also teaches Bible, 7th grade math and history, 10th grade world history, and boys' P.E. He and his wife Jan have a son and daughter who also both serve on staff at PBA. In any spare time he happens to have, Mr. Rickner enjoys golfing, running, and eating at Outback.
Spanish, 7th Science, Strings
Mrs. Melissa Roper has been such a blessing to Peoples Baptist Church and Academy in the years she has been here. Although she has been teaching for sixteen years, the last four years have been as a teacher at PBA. Mrs. Roper grew up in Colombia, South America, where she graduated from the Music Conservatory of Tolima and traveled with the Colombian Symphony Orchestra. In our academy, she teaches Spanish, 7th grade science, and is responsible for beginning our strings program. She and her husband Rickey have two boys, one of whom has a learning disability. She says that this has given her so much more compassion and understanding of how each person learns in a different way. In her spare time, Mrs. Roper enjoys crafts and sewing and loves date nights with her family (so she doesn't have to cook).
8th-9th Science, Computer, Girls' P.E.
Miss Mary Rogers came to Peoples Baptist Church and Academy in 2012 and has been a tremendous asset to our ministry. Miss Rogers grew up in Farmingdale, New Jersey, and then attended Crown College in Powell, Tennessee, to obtain her bachelor's and master's degrees in education. While in college, she spent a semester studying in England and has a special interest in history. In our academy, she teaches 10th grade computer, 8th and 9th grade science, and girls' P.E. She also heads up our booster club and fundraising and has become a fan favorite since adding soft pretzels and cheese sticks to the concession stand menu. She likes relaxing in a hammock, spending an evening at the symphony, and enjoying popcorn and a good movie in her spare time.
Mr. Randall Rickner is deeply involved in many aspects of our school and church ministries. He grew up in Marion, Indiana, and attended college in Hammond, where he obtained degrees in pastoral ministries, Christian education administration, and a specialist degree in school administration. He has taught for 31 years, 12 of those being at PBA. Mr. Rickner oversees many of our children's ministries in the church as well, serving faithfully in our bus ministry each weekend, hosting many special days for the children here at the church throughout the year, and working tirelessly to reach new families. He and his wife Jan have a son and daughter who also both serve on staff at PBA. In any spare time he happens to have, Mr. Rickner enjoys golfing, running, and eating at Outback.
Mrs. Patricia Gober is a long-time educator and a wonderful teacher at PBA. Mrs. Gober has taught for 39 years and is in her seventh year here at our school. She grew up in Atlanta and has a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education. She and her husband are very involved at PBC, have four children and twelve grandchildren, and just became great-grandparents in the past couple years. Mrs. Gober's life's verse is Psalm 89:18, and she especially enjoys writing poetry.
Mrs. Marsha Self has finished her thirtieth year of teaching, her sixth at PBA. She retired from the classroom but was such a great addition to PBA that we asked her to come back. She and her husband Scott (who makes the best shrimp and grits in Georgia) have been very involved members of Peoples Baptist Church, always ready to lend a helping hand. They have two children and five grandchildren with one on the way. Mrs. Self loves the beach, Starbucks, and watching her students finally grasp the parts of speech.
Miss Jannah Harris is in her sixth year teaching at Peoples Baptist Academy. She and her family spent most of their lives as missionaries in Aomori, Japan, but traveled back to visit long enough for her to graduate from PBA. She received her bachelor's and master's degree in education from West Coast Baptist College. She loves chocolate of any kind, traveling to new places, and a good Sudoku book after a busy day.
Miss Jennifer Rickner has been such a blessing to our school ministry in the last five years and in our church ministry even for many years before that. She grew up in Peoples Baptist Church and graduated from PBA before obtaining her bachelor's degree from Golden State Baptist College in Santa Clara, California, and her master's degree from Hyles Anderson College in Hammond, Indiana. A few of her favorite things would be some Dunkin Donuts coffee, her puppy Cocoa, and a good pedicure.
Mrs. Heather Vaughn is one of the sweetest people in our ministry and perfect for loving on our three-year-olds. She has lived in Georgia all of her life and married her high school sweetheart, Robert, who is also on staff here at PBA. Mrs. Vaughn is in her seventeenth year of Christian education and is also in her seventeenth year at PBA. She is very involved in both church and school ministries, and she and her husband have one daugher Annabelle. The things she loves most would be reading, shopping, and spending time with family.
Mrs. Angela Thompson is beginning her second year at PBA and her twenty-first year in Christian education. She and her husband Wes serve in many aspects of our ministry, even bringing in children on the bus route on Sunday. Her daughter Elizabeth is a recent graduate of PBA. Mrs. Thompson's life's verse is Hebrews 12:2, and she says her favorite things are coaching volleyball, working in King's Kids at PBC, and just serving the Lord.
Mrs. Katelyn Revelle is a graduate of Peoples Baptist Academy. She left Georgia and went to Crown College to obtain an education degree. She's now back in our ministry and married to her high school sweetheart, who is also a PBA graduate. Mrs. Revelle is in her first year at PBA and her third year in Christian education.
Mrs. Cheran Staley seems to have the perfect balance needed for kindergarten. She is known around here for always having a smile on her face. She and her husband Jeff have two children, a daughter and son who are both graduates of PBA. This is her fourteenth year teaching, and she has been a blessed addition to our staff. If you asked her what might be a few of her favorite things, she would say...spending time with her family and watching her Braves. Her daily hobby is coffee, but her favorite restaurants are Pie Five and Chipotle.
Mrs. Patti Saunders teaches K5 and is also our kindergarten supervisor. She and her husband, Rev. Alan Saunders, serve faithfully in our church ministry as well. Three of her favorite people are her grandchildren, Luke, Logan, and Leah, who live in Montana. Mr. and Mrs. Saunders served as missionaries to the Bahamas for many years before they moved back to the States. She has taught for twenty-one years, eleven at PBA. Each year, she works diligently to give the kindergarten new programs and events, and those programs are favorites of the parents for sure. She enjoys home decorating, cooking, writing children's plays, and drinking coffee.
Located close to I-75, our 117-acre campus is located on Mill Road between Exits 218 and 221 on the south side of Atlanta, approximately 25 minutes from downtown.
From I-75S, take Exit 221, bear right, and turn left at the first red light, which is Mill Road. Once you pass through the four-way stop, the academy is located approximately one mile on the right.
From I-75N, take Exit 218, turn left to cross over the interstate, then turn right onto Hwy 81 (also called Hampton-McDonough Road; Race Trac is on the corner). Approximately two miles on the right, turn right onto Mill Road. The academy is located 1/4 mile on the left.
As a cut-through between the two exits, Peoples Baptist Academy is easily accessible and highly visible.
Check out our video to see firsthand the sprawling campus we call home; or better yet, come to see us and
As a ministry of Peoples Baptist Church, whose long-time motto has been "where families are important and friendliness makes the difference," we enthusiastically minister to people of all ages. Opportunities for learning and growing abound--mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Our academics are some of the strongest in the state, with PBA students placing in academic testing competitions each year. SAT and ACT prep is a priority and two days per week are allocated for concentrated study for college entrance exams. Students have been granted as much as $250,000 in scholarships, and annually we receive reports of students who have been able to exempt freshman English and math because of their high scores.
A full sports program allows both guys and girls to enjoy the sport of their choice. Football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, and cheering insure that an exciting sports program is enjoyed throughout the school year, with Peoples Baptist Academy playing host to many of the state-wide tournaments.
Emotionally and spiritually, our students enjoy a Bible-based curriculum, weekly chapels, varied opportunities to
serve, the love and support of teachers and coaches, and a chance to learn and grow with some of the best and
As a school, we believe that we should teach students not only how to make a living but also how to live. Knowing that we will all stand before God one day, it is our desire to equip students for this world and even better prepare them for the next. Offering a well-rounded education in an atmosphere conducive to learning, we deliver college-prep academics, an impressive fine arts program, and a competitive sports program, all within a godly environment with a biblical worldview.
We feel that what we do here on earth matters on all levels, and we take it seriously. Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing young people with all the tools they will need to make it in this world and to make an impact on this world. We have produced and continue to produce Christian young people who are outstanding citizens and who are making
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