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President's Update

HCBA/TKA Alumni,

Greetings from 202 Smothers Road! For those of you to whom I have not been able to introduce myself, my name is Jeremy Sandefur, and I am honored to serve as the President/Headmaster of The King's Academy. My family (Lisa, Josiah, Lindley, and Cooper) hit the ground running on campus this past summer and worked diligently to invest in this place that we all love dearly.

This newsletter is intended to provide highlights on what is occurring on campus, opportunities for alumni involvement, and ways that you can pray and support the efforts of The King's Academy.

TKA, along with most independent educational providers, has come through a very difficult season of learning how to provide excellent faith-based education during a global pandemic. Due to the lessons learned, we are now postured for even greater success moving forward. TKA has been blessed with a 9% enrollment increase during this school year, and despite dealing with the pandemic, the school has seen a very successful year in our classrooms, fields of competition, etc. The 2021-22 academic year has included opportunities for students to learn on campus and to begin serving our community through the newly launched "Love Where We Live" campaign. The heart of our leadership team, faculty, and staff is to develop servant leaders that will change the world for Christ.

I have fully enjoyed the opportunity to get to know many of our esteemed alumni and cherish the stories and impacts that are shared with me on a weekly basis. I would like to personally invite you to participate in an upcoming alumni activity/event or to drop by campus when you are in the area. I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible in the days and weeks ahead.

In Christ,

Jeremy Sandefur


Alumni Updates

Legacy Awards

2022 Legacy Award Presented to Dr. Walter Grubb and Mrs. Brenda Burchfield

On Saturday, February 12th, the first annual Legacy Awards were presented during a special presentation at the inaugural Love Gala hosted at Johnson University. The Legacy Award was established to honor a lifetime of faithful support to TKA/HCBA to deserving recipients who gave of their time, energy, efforts, resources, and so much more.

Dr. Walter Grubb was recognized for his thirty-two years of faithful service to the Academy. Dr. Grubb's legacy of strong academic achievement, deep biblical worldview training, and community involvement forever impacted the ministry of The King's Academy.

Mrs. Brenda Ogle Burchfield was also recognized for her faithful support as a member of the board of trustees as well as her generous financial support that has allowed the academy to be positioned for current and future success.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Walter Grubb and Mrs. Brenda Ogle Burchfield on this prestigious and well-deserved recognition.

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Dedication of the Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion

The Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion was completed in the winter of 2021 and dedicated on December 17th. During the dedication, we had many special visitors on campus. Among those were Mrs. Reagan and her Granddaughter, Ashlie (Reagan) Perkins as well as many other members of the Reagan family.

The pavilion was a gift of love from Mrs. Miriam Reagan in memory of her beloved husband, Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan. Dr. Reagan's legacy lives on as the pavilion is an integral part of the daily life on campus. We are thankful to Mrs. Reagan and the Reagan family for the incredible facility that will benefit our families for years to come.

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Jane Wilson (74') was elected Chairperson of the Board of Trustees

In October of 2021, the TKA Board of Trustees unanimously elected Ms. Jane Wilson (74') to serve as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Wilson's passion for the ministry of The King's Academy dates back to her time as a boarding student at Harrison Chilhowee Baptist Academy.

Ms. Wilson routinely shares with stakeholders that it was her time on campus at HCBA that shaped her spiritual life and where the Lord began to direct her steps for her future. We are deeply grateful for her faithful service and leadership of our Board of Trustees.

The following alumni are also currently serving as members of the TKA Board of Trustees:
Dr. Carter Davis (54'), Mr. Ed Flannigan (76'), Mr. Drew Smothers (85'),
Mrs. Christy Wood (74'), and Mr. Daniel Finchum (06').

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Alumni Spotlight

TKA alum, Jun-Ho (Danny) Oh, graduated with the class of 2005. Danny was recently in the news for his work as an interpreter at the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

To read more about Danny as featured in Golf Week on USA Today's website click here.

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Legacy Fund Update

The Legacy Fund was established in 2021 as a general development fund aimed at the ability to allow those willing to leave a legacy of giving at The King's Academy. The 2022 Legacy Fund was well-funded by the generous gifts of many who faithfully gave of their resources.

The Legacy Fund was able to provide the following on campus during the 2021-22 academic year: furnishings for the
Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion, Love Where We Live campaign needs, bumper stickers and marketing supplies, a new LED sign for the entrance at Boyd's Creek, a new walk-in freezer for the Food Services department, water filling stations throughout campus, bonuses for faculty, mulch for the PreK and Elementary playground, and much more.

We are grateful to all who gave so generously to the Legacy Fund and gratefully welcome all gifts to help further the Legacy of The King's Academy!


Upcoming Alumni Events

Pastries With The President

All local alumni (and those able to travel) are invited to join Mr. Sandefur and our administrative team for a time of coffee, pastries, and fellowship. Attendees will hear about the exciting things occurring on campus, as well as be provided opportunities for fellowship and campus tours.

We will meet from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the Dr. Carroll Reece Reagan Pavilion on campus. Please RSVP by clicking the link below and filling out the information.

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Homecoming 2022

Save the date of October 21st for Homecoming 2022! More information will be communicated in the coming months, however, all alumni are encouraged to join us as we celebrate 143 years of faith-based education.

Any classes who would like to host a reunion during Homecoming 2022 are to notify Lori Campbell ( for assistance.


Prayer Partners Email

If you would like to receive a monthly email containing detailed prayer requests along with answered prayers please sign up below. Mr. Sandefur sends our "Prayer Partners" email to stakeholders on the first day of each month to those who are willing to intercede on behalf of the Academy. We would value your commitment to pray for the present and future of TKA.


Lions Weekly Updates

Are you interested in receiving a weekly update that is provided to families, students, stakeholders, and members of the Lions community? If so, use the link below to sign up to hear weekly what is occurring on our campus and within our student population.


Helpful Links

The following are helpful links for you to be able to quickly access The King's Academy website and social media platforms.

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