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OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
1. THE HOLY BIBLE
We believe the Holy Bible, as contained in the Old and New Testaments, to be the only inspired, inerrant, authoritative Word of God, perfect in all it affirms and sets forth. The truth of scripture is dependent wholly on God and not on the testimony of any man or church. Scripture interprets scripture. II Timothy 3:16-17, II Peter 1:20-21, Hebrews 4:12
2. THE TRINITY
We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Genesis 1:1, John 1:1, Hebrews 1:1
3. THE PERFECT DEITY
We believe in the perfect Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death on the cross through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory to judge all mankind. Luke 2, the Gospel of John, Hebrews 10:5-27
4. THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT
We believe in the work of the Holy Spirit to call man unto salvation and to indwell the Christian and empower him to seek and to live a godly life. I Cor. 3:16, Colossians 2:4-10, I John 3:1
5. THE GOSPEL
We believe that all men/women are created by God in His image. Having fallen, man is sinful in his present state before God and can be saved only by the redeeming grace of God. Romans 3:10-18, 23, Ephesians 2:1-22
6. THE WAY TO SALVATION
We believe that faith in Jesus Christ alone, as both Lord and Savior, by the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit is the only way of Salvation for a lost and sinful person. John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 4:24, Hebrews 11:1-6
7. THE RESURRECTION OF MAN
We believe in the resurrection of all mankind–those who are called and saved unto the resurrection of eternal life and those who are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. John 5:29, Colossians 3
8. THE UNITY
We believe in the spiritual unity of all true believers who call on Jesus Christ alone to be their Lord and Savior. Romans 1:11-12, Ephesians 4:4-6, Ephesians 1:15-23, I Corinthians 2
9. THE LOCAL CHURCH
We believe that according to the Bible, a Christian shall by his/her life testimony, be a member, supportive and involved in a local church of his/her choosing. Hebrews 10:19-25
OUR Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality
The Gaston Christian School (GCS) Statement of faith is a summary of our core Christian beliefs which are derived from the Bible and which are also based upon historic, orthodox, Christian consensus. We believe God’s attributes are described in the Bible, including that He is loving, holy, and unchanging. We believe all people have a sinful and broken nature which manifests itself in various ways in various people. These sinful behaviors are contrary to God’s will as it is explained in the Bible. The Bible also gives us wisdom for holy living, and God has given us His Holy Spirit to grow us in sanctification so that behaviors which please God are possible. Our student body at GCS comes from a wide variety of denominations and churches which have statements of faith which may differ from the school’s position contained herein. Therefore, this statement serves to clarify the school’s views on marriage, sexuality, gender, and the resulting impact this position has on the school’s expectations for employees and students. Policies for our employees are found in a separate GCS staff policy manual.
We believe marriage has only one meaning: the covenantal uniting of one man and one woman in a single exclusive union, as delineated in the Bible (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that God intends His gift of sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (I Cor. 6:18, 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman and that any form of sexual behavior outside of the marriage relationship is clearly outside of God’s will and sinful. Some examples include, but are not limited to adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, and use of pornography (Matt. 15:18-20; I Cor. 6:9-10).
We believe that God’s design is the wonderful and unchanging creation of each person as male or female in the womb of their mother. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s gender given by God in the womb is a rejection of God’s design for that person. The school does not condone intentional attempts by a person to change one’s biological sex nor will the school refer to students by gender-specific pronouns other than those in alignment with their gender in the womb.
We also believe that there are circumstances in which a school must react to an employee or student’s behavior when it does not align with our beliefs. We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of Gaston Christian School as a Christian ministry and to provide a Biblical role model to the Gaston Christian School students and the community, it is imperative that employees agree with and abide by this statement, and that parents and/or guardians agree that their students will abide by this Statement on Marriage, Gender, and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14-16; I Thess. 5:22) while enrolled at Gaston Christian.
Our policies and practices flow from our Statement of Faith and are also intended to guard against instructional disruptions at school (see Parent/Student handbook for specific policies). When a student is behaving in ways which contradict this statement, the school’s administration will take the following approaches:
- We will focus our partnership with parents on discipling, mentoring, and helping students understand biblical thought and actions regarding marriage, sexuality, and gender.
- While we believe sexual behavior outside of God’s design as mentioned above to be sinful, we also believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; I Cor. 6:9-11). We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31). Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of Gaston Christian School. Sinful treatment of any student by another is not tolerated (see Parent/Student handbook for conflict, harassment, and bullying policies).
- Student instruction, discipline, and counseling will be administered in accordance with their God-given gender in the womb. We will refer to students using pronouns aligned with their God-given gender in the womb. Students must dress, use the bathroom and locker room, and participate on athletic teams which align with their God-given gender in the womb (see Parent/Student handbook for further language and context).
Dr. Joel Uecker
Associate Head of School and Academic Dean
Dr. Joel Uecker (the U is silent) is our Associate Head of School and Academic Dean for Gaston Christian School. Dr. Uecker is a seasoned veteran of Christian education. He graduated from Norfolk Christian School, attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and has a Doctorate Degree from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Dr. Uecker will be over the academic areas of the school.
Vice President of Advancement
Lindsay is a native of Gaston County and graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She joined the GCS team in 2019 as Director of Admissions and moved into the Advancement role in 2022. As VP of Advancement, Lindsay works directly with our Head of School to coordinate all fundraising efforts that support the school’s mission. She also provides direction and oversight for special events, parent relations, marketing, and admissions.
Dr. Jonathan Huitt
Upper School Head
High School Director
Middle School Director
Elementary Assistant Principal
Early Childhood Principal
Dr. Tina Cook
Director of Cognitive Enrichment
Director of Fine Arts
International Student Coordinator
Officer Mike Robinson
Director of Safety and Security
Director of Communications
Director of Community Engagement
Christian Life Director
Director of Women's Ministry
Middle School Counselor
9-10 Academic Counselor and 9-12 Social/Emotional Counselor
11th-12th Academic College Counselor
Shelby Campus Principal
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Front row: Ben Hoersch, Ashley Bizzell, Pamela Mumford, Yansea Taylor, Zenitra McGrinson, Katie Goforth, Dr. Marc Stout (Head of School)
2022-2023 GCS Annual Report
Dear Gaston Christian friends and family,
I hope you are enjoying the wonderful fall weather that is so special in North Carolina. Enclosed, please find our 2022-23 Annual Report (click this link to view it); it is a summary of our past year and I hope you take the time to enjoy reflecting on the events that comprised our past year! This year we are sending out our Annual Report electronically, but we will have printed copies in the offices for anyone who would like one.
As you are very aware, the 2022-23 school year was a year of growth and expansion. I sincerely thank each of you for your prayers, support, and encouragement throughout the past year. Between starting a campus in Shelby to constructing the Student Life Center, we continue to be ever vigilant to provide a safe learning environment for your children. We pray that Gaston Christian will bring much joy to your family as we minister to your children.
Our theme verse for the 2022-23 school year was taken from I Chronicles 16:34 which says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever” We are so thankful for the many families, teachers, and staff at Gaston Christian School. We know that God’s love endures forever and for that, we are extremely thankful.
Each year our publication of the Annual Report is the kick-off for the Annual Fund Drive. This year some of the proceeds from our Annual Fund will be used to provide financial aid to families that would otherwise not be able to attend Gaston Christian School. We will also dedicate a portion of the Annual Fund for the Barnabas Fund which is designed to help those in the GCS family when facing a financial crisis. Lastly, we will use a portion of our Annual Fund to continue to expand our campus enrichments. Currently, we are praying that generous gifts will allow us to expand our STEM Programs and decrease our note for the Student Life Center. None of these improvements would have been possible if not for those who have supported our efforts financially.
At a time in our country when many schools and churches have abandoned biblical principles, we are standing firm in our commitment to honor God in all that we do. Your donation to our Annual Fund is an indication of your support and affirmation of what we are doing. If each family would make a gift of $250.00 to our Annual Fund we would be able to do even more great and exciting things for our students.
Use this link for a secure online donation: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/vzIDYK1Q9mb1evjk2Ui7-g
I know that there are many of you who could do something much more significant. Please prayerfully consider how you might generously bless GCS at this time. I continue to be amazed by the generosity and humbled by the trust that is displayed through such gifts. Gaston Christian School remains firm in our commitment to honor Christ. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Our goal is to trust God for everything we need to continue to minister to families in this area. God has brought outstanding teachers and administrators to GCS. We are blessed to have supportive parents, wonderful students, and great facilities. Your financial support in enriching our opportunities for students and families would be most appreciated. If you would like to meet personally to discuss your involvement, please contact my office to arrange a mutual time to meet.
May God richly bless you and your family, as you seek to honor Him!!
In His service,
Dr. Marc Stout – GCS Head of School
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