Board Chairman & Girls' Volleyball Coach
Board Chairman & Girls' Volleyball Coach
Sarah Medlin has served on the CCA Board for five years and is currently serving as the Board Chairman. She has been married to her college sweetheart Clark for 16 years, and they have two children, Ava (9) and Jonas (3). Sarah has a BA in English from Lee University and an MA in TESOL from SEMO; she taught middle school and high school English for seven years before deciding to be a full-time stay-at-home mom. In addition to teaching, she has coached volleyball for sixteen years and has coached the CCA Lady Eagles volleyball team for the past six years. Her favorite Bible verse is, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God,” Philippians 4:6, and her favorite quote is, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier,” (Mother Teresa). Sarah enjoys traveling with her family, organizing anything and everything, and watching TN Volunteer football. She treasures spending quality time with her family and making memories that will last forever.
When asked what she thought was the best thing about CCA, she replied, “Hands down—it’s the Christian environment. Having been a teacher in the public school system for many years, I’m not quite sure all parents fully appreciate that our teachers are able to incorporate God into each and every aspect of our children’s education. They are not only able to teach little minds to grow but have the freedom to guide little hearts to come to know and love the Lord. As a parent my number one priority is that my children will know, love, and serve the Lord by actively showing God’s love to those around them. I am beyond grateful to have them in a school environment that supports my mission as a parent.”
All three of my grandchildren and my youngest daughter, Kaylee, are students at CCA. This is my 12th year as an active parent of the school. In these past 12 years, CCA has continually been a blessing to our entire family.
Brian Grow is serving his first year as a CCA board member in 2016/2017. Before accepting this role, he served the school board as a consultant to help guide the school leadership through some important changes and to help refine the mission and vision of CCA. He currently serves First Christian Church as their lead pastor. He and his wife Jennifer of 17 years moved to Dyersburg from Indianapolis 4 years ago. They have four children; Ammiah (15), Micah (13), Caleb (12), Nadia (10) who attend or have attended CCA. Brian graduated from Central Bible College (Missouri) with a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology. He and Jennifer have been serving in ministry around the country for over 20 years. They both enjoy long drives in the country with a cup of coffee, great steak dinners and spending as much time together with their kids. Brian is also an avid hunter, wood worker and mountain climber.
When asked what his favorite thing about CCA is he responded, “The vision the school has for excellence. Christ Classical Academy is driven to be the very best resource for families in our community and I love that the drive to always improve is a non-negotiable. I also enjoy the great variety of families and the relationships that our family has formed in just a few short years.”
I am a life long resident of Dyer county where I farm with my family. I am also employed with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. In 2010, I was elected to serve on the county commission and I still serve in that capacity today. My family and I are active members of Lenox Baptist Church.
Interests: politics, firearms, Biblical discussions, spending time with my family
Education: Tennessee College of Applied Science – Machinist I degree (2001)
Family: Married to Christi (Bennett) Grills for 10 years. We have 2 girls, Hadley (5) and Jaxie Kate (2).
CCA: It's my opinion that parents are solely responsible for their children in all areas of their life. CCA provides a service that helps direct, establish, promote, and grow a Christ centered education and life molding experience. Children are so impressionable. It is very critical that families make every attempt to cultivate their young ones to be more like Christ.
I have been involved with CCA in a number of different capacities since my husband and I moved to Dyersburg in 1998. I am so thankful that my children have had a school that makes Christ central to all learning. CCA has truly been a blessing to me and my family.
Family: married to Kelly for 10 years, and we have three daughters- Mylan, Maggie, and Sadie
Interests: spending time with my wife and our girls, hunting, fishing, anything outdoors
Member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (Halls, TN)
CCA: a Christ-centered and well-rounded education. Our children are excited about school, and we know they are getting the attention that they need in class daily.
I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home with parents that exemplified Christ. Having a positive influence on children has been a driving force throughout my life. I strongly support CCA due to their long history of nurturing and training children in a Christian environment. I look forward to the experience of serving on the board beginning fall of 2016.
Book: Muscle and a Shovel, by Michael John Shank
Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Vacation Spot: Walt Disney World
Movie: "When Harry Met Sally"