Faith Baptist School offers ‘Christ-centered ministry’
By Jeff Whitten
Faith Baptist School is a very different kind of school.
“A Christ-centered ministry is what this is, and it is a ministry out of Faith Baptist Church,” said Pastor Dr. S. Freed Ware.
The school, which was established in 1976, usually has only 30 students from Kindergarten to12th grade and six teachers. The largest classes only have eight-ten students.
“We have a lot of interaction with our teachers because our classrooms are small,” Ware said.
It uses the same standards as the public schools; “Our education is usually better than one that students get in other schools.
“(They) go a little bit further and push a little bit harder.”
At Faith Baptist, they teach Bible lessons in every grade.
“We have no problem with bullying; we have no problems with drugs. We have no problems with foul language. We believe that a Christian education pairs up with a Christian family and a good Bible preaching church. We believe that will produce a very functional Christian for society,” Ware said.
In history, Ware says they “go all the way back to our Founding Fathers and bring out the Christian heritage of our country.”
In sports, the school offers basketball, girls’ volleyball and is starting an eight-player football team.
The teams play teams from other Christian schools.
Ware describes the school as “a place where you can bring your child, leave them and they will be all right.”
The school tries to offer a Christian environment, Ware says.
“We’re still taking enrollment,” joked Ware.
He was a missionary in Haiti and Costa Rica for 31 years.
Ware was the field director for Central America and Mexico for Macedonia World Baptist Missions. He was the representative for this mission on the international mission board before coming to Faith Baptist Church almost five years ago.
Ware speaks Spanish and French Creole.
“I speak great North Georgian,” he jokes.
He has a theological graduate degree from Tennessee Temple University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Midwestern Baptist Bible Seminary. Ware has a doctoral degree from Sharon Baptist College in missions.
Ware has four children, and he and his wife Betty will be married for 41 years on Oct. 4.