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History of South Pointe Christian School
In October 1976, Central Baptist Church was organized with 16-members under the leadership of its first pastor, Rev. A. Timothy Madaris. The church moved onto its present campus on Highway 9 in 1978 and opened a daycare and kindergarten program.
Sandhills Christian Academy opened as a ministry of CBC in 1979 with Rev. Sam Jewell as principal. In 1980 Mrs. Layne Madaris became principal. Rev. Randy Davis was called as pastor in December 1981. Mrs Gaye Mills Hill became acting principal, accepting the position full-time in 1983.
Rev. Julius Digh was interim pastor from 1982 until 1983. Rodney Yow was interim supply from 1983 until January 1985. During this time, a sanctuary and three more classrooms were completed. Rev. Reece Riggins was interim pastor until Rev. Donald Gamble became pastor in June 1985. In 1986, the church changed names of the church and school to New Covenant Baptist Church and Christian Ministries, Inc. In May 1987, Rev. Reece Riggins once again served the church as interim pastor until Rev. Mike Curry became pastor in October 1987.
In 1989, former pastor Rev. A. T. Madaris and family answered God's call into full-time evangelism, establishing a home base in Pageland, and becoming NCBC Staff Evangelist. Brian Hough organized the school's first competitive athletic program; the first Junior-Senior Prom was held; and in May of 1990, New Covenant graduated its first senior class (John Curry & Cindy McKoone).
In 1990, A. Melvin Mills purchased 17 acres of land on Cato Street for the development of a high school campus. In 1991, Jerry Haas served as pastor. Rev. Ernest Mungo assumed that position in 1992. In 1994, New Covenant High School was established on the Mills Campus. Mills Family Life Center was completed in January 1995.
Rev. Mike Mitchell served as interim pastor from 2000-2001 at which time Rev. Tim Madaris once again assumed pastoral responsibility. A middle school building was added to Mills Campus in 2002 to house grades 5-8.
In 2006, New Covenant Baptist Church became South Pointe Fellowship, South Campus of First Baptist Church Indian Trail, NC, under the leadership of Rev. Mike Whitson. In January 2007, Rev. Kevin Qualls was called as pastor of the new contemporary ministry.
In 2008, New Covenant Christian School changed its name to South Pointe Christian School with Mr. Dan Wooten assuming the position of Administrator/Principal.
In July 2011, South Pointe Christian School was awarded full accreditation by the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools.
In June 2012, First Baptist Church of Indian Trail graciously turned South Pointe Fellowship and South Pointe Christian School over to the South Pointe Fellowship lay leadership. Larry Stinson was hired as principal of South Pointe Christian School.
In August of 2012 Pastor Brad Phifer was called as pastor of South Pointe Fellowship.
Under the leadership of Mr. Stinson and because of generous donations of supporters, the school erected a privacy fence around the day care playground and put down a new gym floor.In the spring a golf team was added to the sports roster.
In June of 2013 South Pointe Fellowship accepted the resignation of Pastor Phifer. Supply pastors filled the pulpit each Sunday until an interim pastor was called.
Rev. Ernest Winburn began his service as interim pastor in July of 2013. During the 2013-14 school year South Pointe Fellowship and South Pointe Christian School worked together to purchase an 84 passenger activity bus. Other up-grades to the school included
new carpet in two of the Mills Campus classrooms and the addition of Promethean boards on both campuses. A patriot mascot costume was purchased by the school and the addition of chess and archery teams were made.
In November of 2014 Rev. John Helms was called as full time pastor of South Pointe Fellowship.
In October 2016, Larry Stinson resigned as principal. Mrs. Susan Waller filled in as interim principal from October 2016 through June 2018.
In February 2018, South Pointe Fellowship accepted the resignation of Pastor John Helms. Rev. Marty Quick assumed the position of Interim Pastor from February 2018 through February of 2019.
In July of 2018, Mrs. Jessica J. Griffin was hired as administrator/principal of South Pointe Christian School. Mrs. Griffin resigned in August of 2020. After a year-long search, the search committee felt led to request that Mrs. Griffin return. She returned in June of 2021. After returning to this position until April, 2023, Mrs. Griffin resigned as administrator.
In April of 2019, Rev. Kenny Pittman was called as full time pastor of South Pointe Fellowship.