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TMA History

The Lord has blessed His school in countless ways over the years. Thank you to so many great Christian families who have partnered with us to TMA what it is today!

Looking back to that first year, TMA founder, Pat Mennenga, remembers that “it took everyone chipping in to make things happen and it really was an exciting, scary, and special time.” One of TMA’s first purchases was two 66 passenger buses from Mt. Arey, North Carolina. He laughs as he recalls, “As soon as Paul West and I crossed the Florida line with those busses, one blew the transmission!” That is how we had to get started though. We bought what we could afford, we looked for deals and it took a lot of manpower to accomplish it all. Pat Mennenga shares that one of TMA’s founders, Bill Cain (Kathy Cain’s husband), was affectionately known on campus as the “tree man” because he had to cut down numerous trees to fit our portables onto the initial property and that took some creativity. He also had to take down trees to create a small field in order for us to conduct P.E. classes.

Students reminisce about sliding down the slippery ramps on the old campus, running through the field to get to a “solid” building for tornado drills, lockers which were dish tubs, teachers doubling as the cleaning staff, science classes planting bushes, and the library being in the trunk of a car. Though it was hard work, some fabulous memories were made and founders say they wouldn’t trade those early times for anything. Working side by side, parents, students, and teachers built more than a campus - they built relationships!

MANY founding families made significant sacrifices and tremendous contributions to breathe life into TMA in those early years. We, as TMA families, more than 30 years later, are as equally committed to the vision of our founders. This school is about honoring Jesus Christ and going the second mile with Christian families. Jesus Christ is the MASTER of The Master’s Academy today just as much as He was back in 1986.

The following song lyrics capture the essence of our commitment to Christian education, reminding us that the work we are now doing will leave a lasting impact on future generations:

OH MAY ALL WHO COME BEHIND US FIND US FAITHFUL
MAY THE FIRE OF OUR DEVOTION LIGHT THEIR WAY
MAY THE FOOTPRINTS THAT WE LEAVE
LEAD THEM TO BELIEVE
AND THE LIVES WE LIVE INSPIRE THEM TO OBEY!