Special to The Star
Russell Christian Academy has two new additions to its administration team.
Dr. Mark Allison is RCA's new headmaster and Cindy Watson is director of the school's dyslexia program.
“The passion of Russell Christian is to be intentional in our stand for Jesus Christ. Our goal is to be a distinctly Christian school as we continually confront the children and young adults with the person of Jesus Christ," stated RCA Superintendent the Rev. Steve Taylor in a press release.
"As we prepare for a new year I am thrilled with the staff that God has given to us. I believe that this will be a great year as we strive to serve him,” Taylor said.
Dr. Mark Allison
Originally from the Birmingham, Ala., area, Allison graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He earned a Masters of Divinity with Languages degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2002, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Beeson Divinity School (Samford University in Birmingham) in 2012.
Allison served in the U.S. Navy from 1985 to 1997, then returned to the Navy as a North American Mission Board-endorsed chaplain from 2002 to 2012, including a tour at Naval Air Station Meridian from 2007-2009. After his retirement from the Navy in 2012, he and his family chose Meridian as their permanent residence.
As a chaplain, Allison planned and led classes for officers and enlisted men and women, covering subjects including Bible studies, suicide prevention, alcohol abuse awareness, troop wellness and individual unit familiarization. He developed Officer-in-Charge training outlining the differences in Christian and Muslim faiths from a Christian perspective before his battalion deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan in 2011. He is currently pursuing his master's degree in education through the Leadership Institute at Delta State University.
A Christian since the age of 25, Allison said, “It is my goal to invest in my students from my years in ministry as a Navy chaplain to equip them not only in subjects I teach, but in making real-life decisions as an adult in a complex world. I seek to use my spiritual gifts of teaching God’s word, leadership, organization, compassion and encouragement to help them make positive decisions in their lives while they are still in their formative years.”