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Alumna Andie Daniell

2019-06-18T14:07:03-04:00

Alumna Andie Daniell (Class of 2015) graduated from the University of Alabama in 2019 summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Education (exercise science pre-Pt with concentration in nutrition), and currently playing professional tennis.

When asked about receiving a Christian education, she said, “I’m so thankful for the Christ-centered education I received at JFCA. Not only did this school help prepare me for the education I would receive in college, but it also helped me be prepared spiritually. My relationship with the Lord grew a lot in college, but if I didn’t have a relationship with him before…I honestly do not think I would of handled the trials I faced in college very well and would not have had the wisdom, faith, or perseverance to do the things I ended up doing. Being at JFCA before college helped me develop these characteristics and learn that pursuing Christ and having him at the center of my life is far more awesome then having a perfect sports career, job title, internship etc.”

In addition, she says, “I’ve usually focused on God’s truth, but neglected his grace. I’m starting to realize that God is 100% truth and 100% grace and to know God better you have to understand both. I’m also learning to have faith in God’s timing and provision right now since professional tennis is a very unstable environment. He’s teaching me literally to live by his provision everyday and not be so caught up in the future.”

One thing Andie would like students and parents to know is that: “Your freshman year of college is going to be a huge adjustment. It’s an adjustment weather you are a student athlete or Albert Einstein. I cannot stress how important it is to keep your eyes on Christ and find a body of believers to encourage and sharpen you. Your freshman year might be tough, but fun, or it might be very very challenging…but if you keep your eyes on Christ and listen to him, you never know what impact you will have down the road and it’s worth it in the end. Just remember that glorifying Christ and growing in your love for him daily is your goal…and you’ll be fine!”

Her final encouragement to students is, “Work hard! Have fun! Don’t be afraid of failure! And always keep Christ in the center…he’s the only one who knows exactly how your feeling and exactly what you need! Y’all are going to kill it!”

Alumna Andie Daniell2019-06-18T14:07:03-04:00

Alumna Lauren Collini

2019-06-18T14:10:16-04:00

Lauren (Class of 2012) graduated from Kennesaw State University in May 2019 with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Science and Math. She will begin her teaching career as a 7th grade science teacher at E.T. Booth Middle School in Cherokee County this coming August.

Reflecting on her time in Christian school, she said, “I enjoyed my experience, however I don’t think that I appreciated it as much as I should have until I began teaching in public schools. Seeing first hand the difference in culture, friends, and quality of education has made me forever grateful to my parents for the opportunity they provided for me through JFCA. I have relied on my relationship with the Lord to guide all of my major life decisions. I took gap years to serve as a missionary overseas through Youth With a Mission after graduating from JFCA, which was a very unconventional path from a worldly point of view. I sought the Lord’s guidance and I truly believe that He has lead me to where I am now and prepared me for teaching middle school students in ways better than I could have done on my own accord.”

Lauren’s encouragement for current students is: “I think it is important for students and parents to know the lessons I learned from JFCA have prepared me for every aspect of my life. Most importantly, they encouraged me to follow the Lord’s leading regarding my post graduation decisions. In addition to this, they taught me time management skills, people skills, and how to be a teacher that is invested in the lives of my students beyond the walls of the classroom.”

Alumna Lauren Collini2019-06-18T14:10:16-04:00

Alumna Rachel Daniell

2019-06-03T06:58:17-04:00

Alumna Rachel Daniell (Class of 2011) graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, M.D. Rachel is currently a Family Medicine Resident at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune, NC. She will be continuing her training in family medicine as a lieutenant in the Navy for the next three years.

When asked about her opinion of receiving a Christ-centered education, she replied, “Looking back I am so glad that my parents placed me in an environment in which education was taught through a biblical perspective. Especially going to a secular university, I am thankful that I had a strong base coming in due to receiving a Christ-centered education.”

Regarding her walk with Christ, Rachel said, “I feel that my relationship with the Lord has influenced all my major decisions in life, including my choice to pursue medicine. His faithfulness throughout my journey through undergrad and medical school at UAB has been amazing. I just want to keep my eyes fixed on Him throughout residency and follow Him wherever He leads. Knowing Him is of more value than any success I could ever achieve professionally, and making His name known to others is more important than any disease I will ever treat.”

To students attending JFCA, she says, “Make sure to keep God at the center. It can be very easy to make education, hobbies, or really anything, an idol. Just remember that He is worth more than anything else, and use the unique gifts and talents He has given you to bring glory to Him.”

Alumna Rachel Daniell2019-06-03T06:58:17-04:00

Alumnus Jacob Harb

2019-06-03T07:00:11-04:00

Alumnus Jacob Harb (Class of 2017) (pictured right) is attending Kennesaw State University and graduating in 2021. Jacob is currently studying business management with a minor in marketing. As the Co-Head Manager for the Men’s basketball team, some of his responsibilities include traveling on the road with the team, managing equipment, helping with team laundry, rebounding and passing during practices, and many other jobs within the program. Jacob is also involved with the Johnson Ferry college Bible study.

When asked about his opinion of receiving a Christ-centered education, he replied, “A Christ-centered education has made me realize how grateful I am to have the chance for my education to be centered on Christ. Being able to pray openly before class and relate some of the topics to Christ showed me a different perspective coming from a public high school.”

Regarding his walk with Christ, Jacob said, “My walk with Christ has been growing so much, especially over the past year. The college Bible study through Johnson Ferry made an immediate impact on me when I joined over my sophomore year. We quickly dove into James where having genuine and intentional faith is extremely important to understand.”

Jacob encourages all students to continue managing their time well through school, sports, work, and fun because JFCA taught him crucial time management skills that he uses daily in college.

Alumnus Jacob Harb2019-06-03T07:00:11-04:00

Alumnus Jackson Webb

2019-05-13T19:40:13-04:00

Jackson Webb (Class of 2015) attends the Georgia Institute of Technology and is seeking a degree in Business.  Jackson plays baseball for the Hornets and is actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

When asked his opinion on the effects of a Christ-centered education, Webb states, “Yes very glad! It helped me keep my focus on the important things and kept me around some great people.” He further states that, “My walk with Christ has lifted me up knowing He is the reason behind everything and that He has a plan. Without this everything seems hopeless!” The one thing that Jackson wants students and parents considering JFCA to know is that, “People at JFCA care about me! They are invested in my life and success not only as a student, but as a person too.” Also, “Going to school two days a week was pretty cool!”

Jackson, JFCA is proud of your accomplishments!

Alumnus Jackson Webb2019-05-13T19:40:13-04:00

Jackson Webb & Mason Meadows

2019-05-09T11:17:16-04:00

Alumnus Jackson Webb (Georgia Tech) and former student Mason Meadows (University of Georgia) squared off at the Farmview Market Spring Classic Baseball Game at Sun Trust Park on April 23, 2019. Approximately 125 JFCA parents and students attended the event. JFCA is very proud of Jackson and Mason and the impact they are making on their teammates and campus!

Jackson Webb & Mason Meadows2019-05-09T11:17:16-04:00

Alumnus John-Paul Gouin

2019-06-03T07:03:21-04:00

Alumnus John-Paul Gouin (Class of 2015) was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Gouin was initiated at Auburn University. He will graduate on August 3 and marry his fiancee, Abigail, on August 8. Congratulations JP!

Alumnus John-Paul Gouin2019-06-03T07:03:21-04:00

Alumnus Jonathan Taylor Bradberry

2019-06-03T07:04:39-04:00

Jonathan Taylor Bradberry (Class of 2009) attended University of Georgia, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. degree in animal science. He then graduated with an M.D. from the Medical College of Georgia. He currently works as a Resident Physician at the Carilion Memorial Hospital/ Virginia Tech University, in Roanoke, Va. Focusing on Internal Medicine.

Jonathan shares his reflections on receiving a Christ-centered education:

“A Christ-centered education gives me reason to pause and revisit my time in school. I was homeschooled from 6th grade through 12th. My early years were spent in private Christian school. I can’t speak from experience as to whether a Christian based education or secular is to be preferred for the younger years as I have no comparison. I do think that the one aspect of Christian schooling that is important is the sense of community unlike what I observed of kids in public school. You knew everyone and participated in events together whereas in secular school settings, you may know the kids in your neighborhood but there seems to be no common thread bringing a group together.

Now, having experienced education from a secular college and medical school I can say that I am glad to have received a good foundation in the faith. Perhaps that is a combination of Christian based education along with teaching in the church, and home. I think more importantly than anything, salvation through Jesus Christ and living in a way that glorifies God must be the cornerstone of any foundation. For many, that may mean a Christ focused learning environment.

I can truly say that my relationship with God has been pushed to limits many times, especially through the medical school years. Through trials such as being forced to undergo a life altering surgery in my second year of school, a year of recovery, forging my way back to school and finally graduating I’ve seen that God is absolutely sovereign. In a world where Christianity is shunned and even laughed upon, God has led me. It really IS a narrow path, and there are few who follow. Prayer and faith are my constant companions, and patience, my leader. God has supplied me with men of faith, doctors, though few, who have walked a disciplined and Christ only life. I can’t imagine a life apart from Christ. What is the motivation? What is the purpose of life apart from God?

I get a chance to see the despair of people who don’t know Jesus, who have a false hope. Hope in health, hope in people, hope in temporal things. It is my hope, a true hope in a living God who chose to give me eyes to see that I will honor Christ. My walk with Christ? Thankfully, trusting in what I don’t understand, believing what His Word says is true, following, walking, praying daily to be an example of Christ.

One thing parents should know is whether a Christian centered education or secular, each child or adult must internalize what they learn, to become who they are and further into who they are meant to be. Prayerfully consider all teaching and test. Hold accountable those who have responsibility for influencing your children. Be active in the example of Christ in their lives.”

Alumnus Jonathan Taylor Bradberry2019-06-03T07:04:39-04:00

Alumna Katherine Helbling Barkman

2018-04-09T13:18:27-04:00

Alumna Katherine Helbling Barkman (Class of 2009) attended Kennesaw State University for two years following her graduation. She is currently completing her degree in Social Work and Human Services at LeTourneau University in Texas. Katherine hopes to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and is very passionate about counseling and advocating for the marginalized.

For the past seven years she worked as a full-time missionary based out of Texas with an incredible organization called Youth With A Mission. She genuinely loved this experience. Katherine had the honor of being a Christian mentor to over ten young women from at least seven different nations. She led mission trips all over the world and saw God’s glory everywhere. Katherine met her husband doing while doing mission work and says it’s been a wonderful journey being in full-time ministry together.

Once she finishes her degree, she plans to use it in the mission field as a practical resource for her non-profit work.  Katherine states, “I am grateful for my Christ-centered education. It set a standard for biblical principles in my life. I’m also thankful for the friendships I made while attending JFCA; they were positive and valuable influences during the formative years of my life. My experience at JFCA, paired with a God-loving family, has encouraged me to follow hard after God’s direction for my life, not simply rely on what I think is best.  I need Jesus every day. I am nothing without him. In fact, my job would be entirely pointless if I didn’t rely upon him. He is the reason I live my life with joy, the reason I can have peace despite difficult circumstances, and the reason I have found a vision for my life.”

When asked what she would like others to know, Katherine says, “Comparison is always, always a thief of joy. Whether its grades or passions, trust God’s individual plan for your life and don’t compare it to anyone else’s. The story God is writing for your life may look wildly different than what you can image from your vantage point, but it will be wonderful and intentional. Also, take advantage of learning imperative life skills like time management and discipline while at JFCA. They will quickly set you apart from other young adults and make life (college, work, marriage) less stressful.”

From the administration and staff at JFCA: Katherine, what an amazing impact you have made, investing in the lives of others! We are looking forward to hearing more about the incredible things God is doing in and through your life. May He use you mightily in the lives of those that experience social exclusion, and use you to share His love and truth! God bless you, your husband, and your kingdom work!

Alumna Katherine Helbling Barkman2018-04-09T13:18:27-04:00