I am very pleased to offer you this opportunity to learn more about Warner Christian Academy. In keeping with the finest tradition in Christian education, Warner Christian has offered a Christ centered program for families since 1971. Our mission statement communicates our goal of being a school “where Jesus is Lord and students are led to develop spiritually, academically, socially, physically and in service to others.”
Warner Christian has never compromised its commitment to quality education, a highly qualified and loving faculty, a low student/teacher ratio, a strong athletic program, an outstanding fine arts program, and a commitment to prepare each of our students towards the college, university, ministry or vocation of their choice. We believe in providing students with the widest range of opportunities for growth spiritually and academically, as well as in extra curricular areas. The personal relationships in the classrooms, on the athletic fields or anywhere on campus make Warner Christian a very special place for students to grow and develop.
I encourage families to explore our website, come and visit with us at school, and then meet our teachers, administrators, students and parents. In this way you will begin to sense the real excitement that exists at Warner Christian Academy, and to determine if this is the school that meets your desires and expectations. On behalf of everyone who is part of the “Warner family,” we welcome you to WCA and thank you for spending this time with us!
Mr. Mark Tress
~ Warner Christian Academy Preschool is a safe haven where children in the early stages of life are appropriately nurtured and guided to develop and achieve spiritual, academic, social, emotional and physical growth ~
- Warner was founded and functions upon the basic fundamental principles of the Word of God, and espouses the historic Christian view of life as presented in the Bible. The following Statement of Faith is held by every member of Warner’s faculty, staff, and administration.
- We believe the Bible to be the inspired and only infallible authoritative Word of God (2 Peter 1:20-21).
- We believe there is only one God, eternally existent in three persons: the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:24-25).
- We believe in the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory (John 17:1-3. Romans 1:3-4, Philippians 3:10-11).
- We believe that man is sinful by nature and that regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for salvation (Romans 3:23).
- We believe in the continuing ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Acts 24:14-15).
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: those who are saved unto eternal life, and those who are lost unto eternal damnation (Galatians 6:10).
- We believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:11).
- We believe in the creation of man by the direct act of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
- We believe that the church is the body of believers with the mission of preaching and teaching the Gospel of salvation to the world (Matthew 28:19).
- We believe that marriage is a holy union between one man and one woman as ordained by God (Matthew 19:4-6).
Warner Christian Academy began as a vision of White Chapel Church of God pastor, Dr. Maurice Berquist. He desired a school that would provide a Christ-centered education to as many children in Volusia County as possible. One of Dr. Berquist’s goals for the school was to train up 1000 Christian leaders to send out into the world.
In September 1971, the doors to the first grade opened in the original wooden church building and soon thereafter a day care center was added. It was painted red and called “The Little Red School House”. That first year Warner Christian Academy, which was named after the founder of the Church of God Reformation Movement (Anderson, IN), Daniel S. Warner, had 20-30 day care children and nine first graders. David Black was the first principal and his wife, Martha, served as the first teacher. Originally the plan was to add a grade each year, but in response to the community demand, the school expanded through grade nine with 228 students in 1972. By 1973, Warner had 440 students, new classroom buildings, and a newly implemented athletic program. There was a very deep feeling of commitment by all those involved in this new Christian ministry and outreach for Daytona Beach. During the mid-1970’s, the drive-in theater located south of the campus was purchased to provide for the growing high school and athletic program.
After pastoring for 20 years at White Chapel, Pastor Berquist accepted the call to a new ministry. Rev. R. Dale Whalen followed in leadership. He was instrumental in the growing efforts of our present day care facility in 1980. Pastor Whalen also initiated the development of the secondary facilities in 1981. At the time, enrollment was nearly 1,000 and the need for larger facilities was evident. After the arrival of Pastor A. Marvin Cain, the students, faculty, and staff all helped move into the secondary building in January 1986. Mr. Renwood Bruning, headmaster from 1985-1990, also initiated our first missions trip to St. Kitts and Nevis.
Pastor Roger Stamper served as President of WCA from 1989-1991 until Dr. Russell L. Richards arrived to replace him in 1991. Pastor Kerry Robinson filled the position of President of WCA during his pastorate at White Chapel Church of God from January 1991-1996. The memorial gazebo was erected during this time. In 1997, Rev. Tommy Dove became Senior Pastor and President of WCA. He brought Dr. Sam Smith on board as Headmaster in 1998. Dr. Smith helped to expand our NILD Discovery Program. Our present Superintendent, Mark W. Tress, arrived in 2008 to assume leadership of WCA along Pastor Steve Birch, Senior Pastor of White Chapel. The Virtual Center became a reality in 2009 under Mr. Tress’ leadership.
We thank God for His faithfulness in providing students, teachers, staff, and the necessary finances during these years. We look forward, with great anticipation, to the way in which He will direct the expanding outreach and the continuing growth of Warner Christian Academy.