ABOUT TEMPLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Our Philosophy of Christian Education
Temple Christian School (TCS) has been established to provide an excellent Christian education under-girded by a vital faith in God and in the Bible as the revealed Word of God. We believe that all students are a distinct creation of an omnipotent God. We also believe that they should be careful and faithful stewards of their consciences, understanding that they are directly responsible to God for the direction of their lives.
Furthermore, individuals who allow the Lord to govern their lives will demonstrate proper Christ-like character. At TCS, we have established models of Christ-like character for our students to emulate. However, parents have a God-given responsibility to educate their children, and the Christian school will partner with the Christian home in a cooperative effort.
We believe that the center of our curriculum should be the Word of God which teaches us that Jesus Christ is the center of all truth, knowledge, and wisdom.
At TCS, we believe that a Christian school is composed of Christian teachers training students to first know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. It is our desire to help each student realize that the highest calling for any individual is to fulfill God’s perfect will for his/her life.
Statement of Faith
We believe that whatever the Bible says is true—which means that we believe in the divine inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments. We believe that man was created by the direct act of God and in the image of God. We believe that Adam and Eve, in yielding to the temptation of Satan, became fallen creatures. We believe in the Incarnation, the Virgin Birth, and the Deity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in His vicarious and substitutional Atonement for the sins of mankind by the shedding of His blood on the Cross. We believe in the Resurrection of His body from the tomb, His Ascension to Heaven, and that He is now our Advocate. We believe that He is personally coming again. We believe in His power to save men from sin. We believe in the necessity of the New Birth, and that this New Birth is through the regeneration by the Holy Spirit. We believe that salvation is by grace through faith in the atoning blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ alone. We believe that this creed is a sufficient basis for Christian fellowship, and that all born again men and women who sincerely accept this creed can, and should, live together in peace, and that it is their Christian duty to promote harmony among the members of the Body of Christ, and also to work together to get the Gospel to as many people as possible in the shortest time possible.
Temple Christian School was founded in 1975 as an outreach ministry of Temple Baptist Church which itself was founded in 1965 by Pastor Joe Pelfrey. The church itself began by meeting in the Lion’s Club of Fort Myers. Later, the church rented a building on McGregor Boulevard for a short time, and then met in a storefront on McGregor Boulevard for a few months until the church constructed its first building circa 1968 on Ballard Road in Fort Myers, Florida. Pastor Dannie Webster who became the pastor in 1973 was led to begin a place for students to learn in a Christian school. Construction for the present building began in 1974 on Highway 31, in North Fort Myers, Florida.
The school began in 1975 with thirteen students in primary grades and four staff members. It quickly grew and additional grades and faculty were added each year. In 1976-77, a new auditorium and additional school rooms were added. Temple Christian School’s first graduating class was in 1980. In 1984, Pastor Ken Griffith came on board. In 2006-07 a $40,000 playground was constructed for the use of the school.
2015 brought Pastor Nathan Thomas as the Senior Pastor until September of 2017. Hurricane Irma took a toll on the facilities of Temple ministries and did well over a quarter of a million dollars of damage. Pastor John Edwards arrived in December of 2017 as our current Senior Pastor and the Administrative Director of Temple Christian School. Extensive repairs got underway upon his arrival and by April 2018 the students were able to move back into their classrooms.
The 2017-18 school year was tumultuous. Shortly after the 2018-19 school year had begun, another tragedy struck Temple Christian School. In October 2018, a horrible car accident claimed the lives of the school’s Principal, Mrs. Dawn Baker, her husband and teacher Mr. Chet Baker as well as their 4-year-old son Jamison. Those people are not replaceable, but the positions they held in the school are, and Temple Christian School is now fully staffed.
We are excited about our future here and we are headed in a healthy direction for the Lord.