Sarah Moore Collins
Class of 2003
Director of Philanthropy
Following graduation from NFC in 2003, Sarah went to play softball at South Georgia State before returning home to Florida State University. She received an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, and then a masters degree in Communications and Marketing. Sarah married fellow NFC alum, Tanner Collins, in 2007 and they share three children - Fisher, Olivia, and Rory (all current students at their beloved NFC).
Having previously worked in fundraising at Florida State for eight years, Sarah is now the director of philanthropy for Conservation Florida - a statewide land conservancy focused on protecting Florida's natural and agricultural landscapes for future generations. She also serves as a TA for Florida State's Dedman School of Hospitality and the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship. In her spare time, Sarah engages with the local community through board service and volunteer hours - specifically with March of Dimes, the Junior League of Tallahassee, Levy Park, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Class of 2003
Director of the State Treasury
State of Florida, Division of Treasury
Following graduation, Tanner went to play baseball at South Georgia State College. He went on to receive a degree in business administration from Flagler College, and a masters in business administration from Northcentral University. Tanner is married to 2003 NFC alum, Sarah Moore Collins, and they have three children currently enrolled at NFC - Fisher, Olivia and Rory.
Tanner serves as the director of the State of Florida's Division of Treasury under CFO Jimmy Patronis. He has extensive experience in legislative bill analysis, public sector contracting, federal and state financial reporting, public sector banking, and fixed income investments. Outside of his day job, he is most likely to be found on a baseball field. He has coached the NFC Babe Ruth team since he stopped playing baseball himself, and also coaches his son, Fisher, in advanced play leagues in Tallahassee, as well as on the Heat travel team.
Class of 1987
City of Tallahassee
After graduating NFC, I attended Tallahassee Community College and then received my bachelor's degree in English from Florida State University. Since 1990 I've been working in housing and human services grant and program management with local and state government offices. My recent position is with the City of Tallahassee where I serve as the Manager of the Housing Division within the Department of Housing and Community Resilience. I live in Tallahassee with my husband of over 30 years, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. I am a certified Jazzercise FitPro Instructor, Senior Fourth Degree Black Belt, and Senior Certified Taekwondo Instructor. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our dog, Max, taking family trips to the mountains or Disney, and reading.
Class of 1983
Florida State University Athletics
Have been in Tallahassee all of my life and don't see that changing anytime soon! Both of my kids graduated from NFC - Ansley Moore 2018, Brandon Moore 2020.
Class of 2009
Allison Nichole Photography
Class of 1981
Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney
Scott is currently a partner in the law firm of Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney in Tallahassee, FL. An AV rated lawyer by Martindale Hubble, Mr. Gwartney has been recognized as a Florida “Super Lawyer” in the field of medical litigation, selected by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite lawyer (top 2% selected by peer review), selected by Rue Ratings as among the “Best Attorneys in America” (less than 1% of attorneys selected), recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a “Top 100 Trial Lawyer,” and recognized by National Academy of Jurisprudence as one of the “Premier 100” trial attorneys in the state of Florida. He is licensed to practice law in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.
He is a frequent lecturer in issues related to medical malpractice and long-term care litigation. Scott graduated from Liberty University, magna cum laude, in 1985 and from the Florida State University College of Law in 1991.
Mr. Gwartney began his legal career with acclaimed civil trial lawyer Kenneth L. Connor. The Connor & Gwartney law firmed eventually merged into the Wilkes & McHugh law firm. Mr. Gwartney brought his practice to the Brooks LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, P.A., in 2002.
Scott, and his wife Cathy Cox Gwartney (NFC class of 1984) currently reside in Tallahassee with their three children.
When asked about his time at NFC, Scott noted “At the time, I often wondered if my small Christian school education had me prepared for college, and then law school. I quickly learned that I was as well prepared,if not better prepared, than my college classmates for the rigors of college writing and classwork. More importantly, NFC helped ground me with a personal understanding of the foundations of my faith.”
Jake is currently a 2nd year dental student at LECOM Dental School. Jake graduated from FSU with a degree in biology in 2014.
After graduation, Jake worked for two years as a dental assistant and then in a dental lab learning everything he could about dentistry so that one day, he can provide his patients with quality work.
Jake currently lives in Bradenton, Florida, but plans to move back to Tallahassee to begin practicing dentistry. Recently married to his wife Jillian Purvis Woods, who is a first-grade teacher, the two have a rescue dog named Maple.
When asked about his time at NFC Jake shared the following: “NFC prepared me for college well in most subjects but specifically math, English, and history. Learning more about the Bible while at NFC, also has given me knowledge that I use every day of my life. It has made me a better Christian and a better man. Being on NFC’s football, basketball, tennis, and golf teams helped develop me into a better leader, team player, and hard worker. It also helped me to learn how to get things done in stressful situations when things are on the line. Overall, NFC helped prepare me not only for college, but to be a better person in life.”
Colleges and Universities
North Florida Christian School students have been accepted to universities and colleges across the country including:
Ashley Sauls Myers
Class of 2006
Ashley graduated from Southeastern University in 2010 with a degree in Secondary Education. Her concentration is Social Studies. At Southeastern, Ashley was a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for Educators. After graduation, Ashley returned to Tallahassee where she taught at Florida State University School and supported her husband Austin, who she wed in 2010 in his role as Student Pastor at Generations Church. In 2014, Ashley transitioned in Curriculum Development working with Apex Learning. In 2016, Ashley, Austin and their daughter Arya ("Lioness" in Hebrew) moved to Waukesha, Wisconsin to start Horizon Church. Currently, Ashley serves part-time as Executive Director of Horizon Church completing administrative tasks, volunteer coordination, and service coordination.
Of her time at NFC, Ashley shared, "NFC served as a safe environment where I was surrounded by teachers and friends that loved Jesus and wanted to develop me into the kind of person that could really make an impact in this world. Such formidable years often bring out the worst in students, but NFC created an atmosphere that fostered growth in my faith that would help me make wise decisions that would guide my future for years to come."
After graduating from NFC in 1987, Corey graduated from Florida State University in 1991 with a BS in Marketing and has been self employed for 22 year. Since 1995, he has been president of Corey Tyre Insurance Agency, Inc.
Corey, who makes his home in Tallahassee, has been married since 2002 to his wife, Dana. The Tyres have two sons at NFC both in middle school. The sons are active at NFC and have been students here since 5K.
When asked about his time at NFC, Corey candidly responded "I didn't really take advantage of the connections I made at NFC as a student, but as a parent of two boys, I appreciate the family atmosphere on campus. How easy it is, for the elementary school students, to be able to be around and look up to the older students on campus in middle school and high school."
Patrick is currently a Senior Technology Manager for Cox Automotive, an Atlanta based company representing over 25 brands globally helping a wide diversity of clients thrive in the automotive marketplace. He started his career in technology after earning a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Florida State University.
With over two decades of technology experience, Patrick has worked in the role of Software Developer, Systems Architect, Project Manager and Technology Manager overseeing multi-million-dollar software initiatives. Prior to working for Cox Automotive, he has worked in Technology for MetLife and CGI. Patrick lives in Suwanee, GA with his wife Sandy and their two boys, Ryan and Tristan.
Patrick shared this about his time at North Florida Christian, “NFC established an unshakable foundation of faith, integrity and hard-work that has helped carry me through many challenges and successes in life. Playing baseball at NFC taught me many life lessons and created so many positive memories that remain with me today. Truly an honor to have such a positive influence from my teachers, coaches and peers.”
Currently Shannon is the anchor of Fox News Channel's FOX News @ Night. She joined the network in 2007 as a Washington D.C.-based correspondent covering the Supreme Court and as the anchor of America's News Headquarters. Shannon earned a B.S. in business management from Liberty University, graduating magna cum laude; and a J.D. from Florida State University College of Law, graduating with honors.
After law school, Shannon practiced law with a private firm in Florida for a few years before pursuing her true passion, news. Shannon worked in broadcasting in Tampa, Charlotte, and Washington D.C before landing at Fox News Channel. During her years at Fox, she has had the chance to cover the White House, presidential campaigns, landmark decisions from the nation's highest court, and all the action on Capitol Hill.
Shannon says of her years at NFC, "I will never forget the educators and leaders at NFC who challenged me to grow spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally. I got a top notch education from people who cared enough to encourage me and hold me accountable to the highest standards which made it possible for me to pursue all my academic dreams. I'm grateful for the deep spiritual roots NFC helped me to establish, which have strengthened me through many storms."
Currently Wes is a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman, a leading global security company worldwide. Wes earned a B.S. in physics from Stetson University, a MBA from Auburn University, and a M.S. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech. While at Stetson, he played varsity baseball and was active as a FCA leader. While at Auburn, Wes finished #1 in his graduating MBA class.
After Georgia Tech, Wes moved to Washington D.C to work as a systems engineer for Northrop Grumman. Since beginning with Northrup Grumman in 2009, Wes has been stationed with Northrop Grumman in Washington D.C.; India; Colorado Springs, Colorado and currently Los Angeles, California.
Wes shared this about his time at North Florida Christian, “NFC served as a firm foundation for me in many ways – grounding me in personal relationships, engaging me to always perform at high level, and preparing and encouraging me to challenge myself academically.”
Chris is entering his 14th year coaching football at the Naval Academy. He has coached the offensive line for the last 7 years, before that coached the fullbacks for 5 years. Chris attended Georgia Southern University on a football scholarship, and graduated in 2000.
Chris' football playing career was cut short by a neck injury his freshman year. He continued to be a part of the football program as a student assistant coach. Following graduation, Chris coached the offensive line at Rhode Island for one year, before beginning his career at the Naval Academy. Chris and his wife Amanda have 4 children - Julie Grace(5), Reilley(4), Ella(2), and Bain(1).
Chris reflected on his time at NFC by saying, "I was spiritually prepared to handle real life situations and struggles. Life is hard, faith is real, and we need a foundation. My foundation was solidified at NFC."
Micah currently is an Independent Board Certified Optometrist, and owner of EyeDefinition Eyecare. Micah and his wife, Christen reside in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Micah attended Montreat College on a basketball scholarship, and later finished his undergraduate work at FSU. He later attended Nova Southeastern College of Optometry in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
After practicing in Orlando for a brief period, Micah returned to Tallahassee to join Eye Associate of Tallahassee. Micah spent the next 6 years in Tallahassee in primary care and specializing in Low Vision care. Micah also enjoyed providing regular vision screenings at the Senior Center and local churches.
Micah shared the following about his time at North Florida Christian, "I cannot say enough how much my teachers and coaches at NFC prepared me for the road ahead. Still to this day, I am continually applying those same Christian principles and educational tools that learned at NFC. I will always be proud to be an Eagle!"
Bobby is the president of Kelly Brothers Sheet Metal Inc. of Tallahassee, FL. Kelly Brothers is a family owned business and has been a part of Bobby's life for as long as he can remember. He began working in the family business at age 12 during the summer months. Since college, Bobby has been working to build the local, family owned business to where it is today. Today, after 36 years in business, Kelly Brothers is one of the largest mechanical contracting firms in all of North Florida.
Bobby, and his wife of 20 years, Tonia live in Tallahassee along with their two boys; Nolan(16) and Landon(13). Both Nolan and Landon attend NFC.
Bobby said, "NFC prepared me for the world we live in today. I often reflect back on the influence NFC had on me, through education and athletics, then and now, directing pivotal choices I have made in my life. I credit NFC for the fundamentals of my faith and civic duty. I will be forever thankful for my experience at NFC."
Sara is an online teacher and tutor in the NFC Academy, while also being a stay at home mom. Sara graduated in 2004 from Florida State University with a degree in Elementary Education.
Following graduation, Sara taught 3rd grade for six years in Tallahassee, Thomasville, Ga and Moultrie, Ga. Currently, she and her husband Robert, NFC class of 2001, live in Forsyth, Ga. where he is the head football coach at North Forsyth High School. The Crafts have three children; Ella Grace, Lyla, and Gunnar.
Sara reflected on her time at NFC by saying, "NFC prepared me for my time in college and my career by building a strong foundation of biblical truth and a faith that I could stand on. Academically and socially I was prepared to have several different leadership positions and to excel in the classroom. My love for the classroom and my desire to serve others led me to choosing to teach in the classroom, and now to serve the Lord by working in children's ministry."
Kristen is currently serving as a host on NBA TV. She joins former NBA All-Star Grant Hill on "NBA Inside Stuff" Saturdays at noon. Additionally, Kristen serves as a sports anchor on CNN and HLN. She is a graduate of Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. While at Southeastern, Kristen earned All-American honors as a volleyball player and set school scoring records as a basketball player while earning a double major in Broadcast and Communication.
After graduation, Kristen spent time in Tallahassee both in TV and radio, before relocating in Atlanta where she resides now.
Kristen looked back at her years at NFC and said, " Without the years I spent in the classroom at NFC, I wouldn't have developed my knack for writing, which has become vital to my career as a sports broadcaster."
Rebekah is currently the Director of Change Leadership and Planning, Information Technology Services at Florida State University. Rebekah received her undergraduate degree from FSU in mass media communications. Rebekah also earned a master of science in higher education. Most recently, Rebekah earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems.
She currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband Joe, and two daughters; Ella, Finleigh and Abe .
Rebekah said, "NFC provided me with the tools to be successful through a strong education and a foundation for my faith to grow. As I went on to college and became an adult, I used those things I learned while at NFC to develop my personal relationship with God and a love for helping others."
Micah spent four years as the pitching coach for the baseball team at Elon University before joining the coaching staff at East Tennessee State University in the Fall of 2017. Micah is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in marketing. He began his undergraduate work at FSU following a six year professional baseball career. Micah was drafted in 2001 by the Anahiem Angels. He and his wife, Julie, currently reside in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Micah reflected on his years at NFC by saying, "NFC prepared me for college, but more importantly prepared me for life. NFC taught me the value of my faith in God as well as receiving a quality education. My success in college was a direct reflection on the discipline and education I received at NFC."
Since 2010, Emily has worked in the national office for Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). She earned the Hope Scholarship and attended the University of Georgia, majoring in middle school education.
Following undergrad, Emily interned with RUF, the campus ministry of the Presbyterian Church in America, for 3 years at Middle Tennessee State University. She then moved to Jackson, MS, to attend Reformed Theological Seminary where she earned a MA in general theological studies. While in seminary she served as the junior high youth intern/director of women student ministries at Highlands Presbyterian Church.
In May of 2010, Emily was called to fill a ministry position in the national office for RUF in Atlanta, GA. She continues to reside in Atlanta, now as the intern administrator for RUF.
Emily shared this about her time at NFC, "I believe that the staff and faculty of NFC helped to nurture in me a love and concern for individuals on an emotional and spiritual level. I am thankful for the care and concern shown to me as a student and attribute this example set before me as a factor in my career and life decisions since graduation."
Holly is in her 21st year teaching in the math department at North Florida Christian School. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.S. in mathematics education and received a M.S. in mathematics education from Georgia State University.
Holly currently resides in Tallahassee with her husband Dennis Gorham and two children, Emma(13) and Jack(11), who attend NFC. Holly stays active outside the classroom as well coaching cheerleading at NFC, and as a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Holly said, "NFC prepared me academically for college; but, most importantly, spiritually for the challenges that would lie before me. I had such a firm foundation of what I believed and why I believed it. That is a credit to the teachers I had while at NFC. We are a family here, and I knew that I had people that cared about my academic success as well as my personal success. I was truly inspired by my math teacher, Adeeb Ayoub, to become a math teacher myself. I now have the unique opportunity to teach students at the same high school I attended, and hopefully make a difference in their lives just like my teachers did for me. I am proud to say I am part of the alumni of NFC and a teacher at NFC."
Mat is a fourth generation Tallahassee native and loves being active in the community. Mat has been in the construction industry for ten years, and has started his own business, Tharpe Construction & Remodeling LLC.
He currently serves as the chairman of the Chamber Nuts and Bolts Committee and is president of the NFC Football Booster Club. Mat is an active member of the Exchange Club of Tallahassee as well as Tallahassee Builders Association. Mat, along with his wife, Jess, and son Everett(2) are active members at North Florida Baptist Church.
Mat said, "The older I get and have kids, the more I can look back and appreciate the value of my Christian education at NFC. To add to that the connections I have later in life that started at NFC either with people I knew or people that are alumni before or after me. I certainly think there is a strong sense of community within the graduates of all eras from NFC."
Eddie currently is a partner and professional civil engineer at Moore Bass Consulting Inc. He graduated in 2000 from the University of Florida with a B.S. in civil engineering. Upon graduation from Florida, Eddie returned to Tallahassee and immediately began working in the field of civil engineering. Eddie has two children, son E.N.(6) and daughter Kinleigh(8).
Eddie was a key member of NFC's 1995 baseball team, which was the first ever state championship program in school history. Eddie remembered his time at NFC by saying, " NFC prepared me by teaching me how to be a leader, and the senior class of 1995 taught each other how to strive for only the best on a daily basis. NFC provided me the academic foundation to be a success in college, and in my professional career."
Jeremy is in his sixth season as an assistant men's basketball coach at Gardner-Webb University. Jeremy graduated from North Greenville University, after playing college basketball at Robert Morris, Liberty University,and Covenant College. Following his college career, he played overseas and in the CBA for the Washington Wizards organization.
Jeremy, who is beginning his 17th year coaching college basketball, has been a head coach at Newberry College(2 years) and Armstrong Atlantic State University(4 years). He spent time as an assistant coach at North Greenville University, Mercer University, and now Gardner-Webb University. Jeremy and his wife of 14 years Ginny, currently reside in Boiling Springs, NC, along with their three children; Bryson(7), Kendall(4), and August(born on 9/1/2014).
Jeremy remembered his time at NFC by saying, " I will never forget my time at NFC. NFC laid a spiritual foundation and I am grateful for all the teachers that had a part in building that foundation. I have great memories and strong friendships that have lasted me a lifetime."
Tom is a vice-president of Centra Health, Inc. in Lynchburg, Virginia. Centra Health is a regional healthcare system consisting of four hospitals. Tom earned a B.S. in accounting from Liberty University, graduating magna cum laude; and a M.B.A. from Lynchburg College.
After graduating from Liberty, Tom went to work for Centra as a financial analyst with a focus on investments, feasibilities, and physician joint ventures. Tom was promoted to managing director of materials management to manage the purchasing activities of Centra. In this capacity Tom served as co-chair of the Central Atlantic Health Network, LLC consisting of 36 hospitals located in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Tom, and his wife of 25 years, Denise live on a farm in Altavista, Virginia along with their two children; Thomas(20) and Katherine(17). Thomas is a junior at Liberty University and Katherine is a senior at Liberty Christian Academy.
Tom said, "NFC, along with my family, provided a foundation for me to work from. The commitment of my teachers and family will never be forgotten and I will forever be grateful”.
Denise is a Pre-School Teacher with Liberty Christian Academy Early Learning Center in Lynchburg, Virginia. Denise earned a B.A. in education from Liberty University and is currently working toward a master degree in education from Liberty.
After graduating from Liberty, Denise worked as a fourth grade teacher for many years until having children. During those early years Denise was a home-maker, class-room mom, church volunteer, and mom-taxi-driver.
Denise, and her husband of 25 years, Tom live on a farm in Altavista, Virginia along with their two children; Thomas(20) and Katherine(17). Thomas is a junior at Liberty University and Katherine is a senior at Liberty Christian Academy.
Denise said, "My experience at NFC provided a place for me to learn and grow. I established life-long friendships while at NFC and often reflect on the positive role models displayed by my teachers. As a student and now as an educator of 18 years, I am grateful for my experience at NFC.”.
Matt is a high school history teacher at Community Christian School in Tallahassee, FL. Matt attended Notre Dame University on a football scholarship, and later transferred to Florida State University. He graduated from FSU on the Dean's List with a degree in History.
Following college, Matt attended Bible college and participated in several different missions trips. Matt has worked at CCS for three years. He and his wife Lauren, had their first child, Pierson, in June.Matt remembered his time at NFC by saying, "I got saved while in school at NFC. NFC prepared me for playing athletics at a very high level, set the coarse for my spiritual formation and gave me a lifelong appreciation and desire for learning."
Michael currently resides in Nashville, TN with his wife Kelly. He currently works for Lifeway Corporate and independently as a recording artist. After high school, Michael attended Florida State University and received a B.S. in Information Technology, specializing in Network Infrastructure and Information Security.
Since 2001, Bane has released ten underground compilations as an independent artist, establishing himself as a notable presence in the Southeast. With an impressive track-record of mix-tapes and compilations, the young artist plans to release his first solo independent project, Exile, fall of 2014. His sincere, heartfelt lyrics scream authenticity, an increasingly uncommon quality in the hip-hop genre. His anti-industry sound is a direct result of his values and morals which stem from his faith in Jesus Christ. Through faith and originality, Bane hopes to set a new standard in hip hop, one that has a positive influence on its listeners.Michael thought back about his time at NFC and said, "For me, North Florida Christian was more than a school. NFC was like family - building my knowledge, shaping my character, strengthening my faith and preparing me for life after high school To this day, that family continues to support and encourage my mission as a follower of Christ.
Bo is a 2009 graduate of NFC, and currently serving as the children's pastor at Generations Church in Tallahassee, FL. He graduated in 2014 from Florida State University with a degree in Religion. He is currently attending seminary and working towards becoming an ordained minister.
Since the age of 16, Bo has worked in ministry. He has served as a part time assistant to the children's pastor, part time youth pastor for 3 years, and now as a full time children's pastor. Bo has felt God's calling on his heart to work in full time Christian ministry since the age of 10. Bo has also coached the middle school baseball team at NFC since 2009.
Bo and his wife Megan Walker, 2009 NFC graduate, reside in Tallahassee. Bo said, " NFC helped prepare me for life and ministry. NFC provided me with a firm foundation in the Word of God, something every Christian student needs as they graduate high school and move on to new things. It also was a place where I was able to build lasting relationships with friends and teachers. NFC helped me grow in an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ surrounding me with leaders who lived out that same faith."
Blair graduated from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC with a degree in Finance. After a successful baseball career at NFC, while attending Gardner-Webb on an academic and athletic scholarship, Blair played four years of Division I baseball.
Since graduating from Gardner-Webb, Blair has returned to Tallahassee and is working as a Financial Advisor with Morgan Stanley.
Recently engaged, Blair and his fiancé Morghan, are busy planning a 2018 wedding.
When asked what was most important about his education at NFC, Blair said "The Christian education I received at NFC gave me the foundation I would/will need in college, in my career, and in my duty as future leader of my household.”
Barry is a 1983 graduate of North Florida Christian School where his mother was a teacher for many years. After graduating from Liberty University with a BS in Television Production, he returned to Tallahassee to work for NBC12. Barry also volunteered in North Florida Baptist's television station for a few years, then transferred to Fox 35 in Jacksonville. He later became Technical Director for Fairmount Christian Church in Mechanicsville, Virginia, where he has been for 11 years.
Since 2005, Barry Scott Will has written 20 strategy guides for video games across a wide range of genres. His guides have sold several thousand copies and generated more than ten million hits on websites such as GameFAQs. His guides have received high praise from readers and won several awards; he was the "Writer of the Month" for gaming media giant IGN in October 2005. Barry has recently released his 2nd fiction novel, The Long-Lost Troll which is the sequel to A Fine Basket of Fish, published in 2013.
Barry currently resides in Virginia with his wife, three children, and ten video game systems.
Of his time at NFC, Barry says “The most important part of receiving a Christian education was the in-depth study of the Bible. Understanding God's Word requires much more than a 30-minute Sunday School lesson and 30-minute sermon each week. My time at NFC, followed by Liberty University, started me on a path of digging deeper into Scripture. This has helped shape who I am as a person and how I perceive God working in the world today, and those are the ideas I try to express in my books."
Chris, who is currently an area manager for VIA Consulting Services, is a 2004 graduate of North Florida Christian. After leaving NFC, Chris continued his education at Florida State University where he graduated in 2009 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Chris currently holds a state Builders' License and a Professional Engineer License.
Chris spent seven years working for the Florida Department of Transportation working in Roadway Design, Traffic Operations and State Construction offices. In his position at VIA, he continues his work with the state on a contract basis and oversees the area from Lake City to Pensacola. Additionally, Chris runs his own construction company in Tallahassee.
Chris and his wife of six years, Kelsey reside in Tallahassee.
When asked about his time at NFC, Chris remembered it this way "NFC definitely gave me the confidence to be a strong communicator through all of my student involvement with academics and sports. This has led me to a successful career path and I sincerely thank all you for the support from my NFC family,"
Barbara, who makes her home in Tallahassee, has been married to her husband Jay, for over 30 years. Together they have two sons, John Paul and Danny, both of whom also graduated from NFC. Barbara has a BS degree from Liberty University in Executive Secretarial Science with a minor in Business.
Before the founding of her company, Barbara worked at North Florida Baptist Church for twenty plus year. While getting the ministry going, Barbara worked from 2013-2015 at Chick-Fil-A in Tallahassee. She has been in full-time ministry since 2016.
When asked about how NFC prepared her for life after high school, Barbara said "The Christian-based education and influences at NFC are what sets it apart from other schools in the area. Many places offer education, but students must also be rooted and grounded in God’s Word to impact our community and world for Christ, in whatever field of life. This doesn’t happen in one day or one year, but over years of training, precept upon precept and line upon line. That’s why NFC was started -- to train champions for Christ, starting in preschool and all the way through until graduation into adulthood. I am grateful my family chose NFC for me years ago, and how the next step for me was Liberty University. This natural transition was like a stepping stone after NFC and a continuation of the Christian, educational atmosphere I desired for my life. Our environments and people in our lives do impact us. And years later, as a parent, I wanted the same Christian education for our children. Both of our sons are also now NFC and college graduates, happily married, and actively serving God with their lives each day. I am grateful for the impact and investment all of those at NFC had in my life and the solid foundation that was laid for me for life."
Bubba is currently serving as Pastor of Cross Pointe Church in Texarkana, Texas.
After graduating from NFC, Bubba went to Florida State University where he served as a student athletic trainer for two years. He transferred to Florida Southern College in 1988, serving at Robert Fraley and Associates Sports Agency before graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 1990.
Torn between attending law school and seminary after graduation, he chose to devote himself to the calling of full-time Christian ministry. Bubba received a Master of Arts degree in Theology specializing in Christian Ethics and Church State Studies. Upon graduation, he was hired by Dan Hylkema as a Bible and Government teacher and the varsity baseball coach at Eagles Landing Christian Academy.
Bubba has served on staff at four churches as college pastor and lead pastor and has written youth curriculum for several Lifeway publications.
Bubba is married to his wife, Ashlie, and has a daughter, Holland, and twin sons, Cort and Caden.
When asked about his time at NFC, Bubba noted, “After transferring into NFC from public school in 9th grade, the opportunities to play sports and participate in student government were opened to me, things I never would have considered had I been at a bigger school. I am so grateful for teachers like Mr. Epperley and Mrs. Cowart for challenging me in the classroom. Beyond that, the relationships I established with my classmates shaped so much of my spiritual journey.”
After graduating from NFC in 2004, Annie (Butterworth) attended Faulkner University's Great Books Honors College, where she graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian with a liberal arts degree (emphasis in journalism). While at Faulkner, Annie served as editor-in-chief of the school paper and received the university's President's Award.
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After graduation, Annie interned at Coastal Living magazine at the Southern Progress Corporation, then served as communications specialist for Florida Healthy Kids in Tallahassee. She moved from Healthy Kids to the Florida Bar Association, where she worked as a writer and editor for the Florida Bar News and Journal. In 2013, Annie took over operations of The Bookshelf.
Currently, Annie is owner and managing partner of The Bookshelf located in beautiful Thomasville, Georgia. Annie, who is happily married to her husband of 10 years, Jordan Jones, makes her home in Thomasville.
When asked about how NFC shaped her, Annie responded “ My time at NFC laid a foundation for the adult I am today; I learned invaluable lessons about leadership, authenticity, and identity. My high school years, in particular, allowed me to figure out who I was and where I wanted to go next, and I'm forever grateful to the teachers who helped me form and articulate my own opinions and cement in me an independent spirit. “
Shane received an Associate of Science degree from Gordon College in Barnesville, GA as well as a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University.
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After graduation, Shane began work in 2000 as a Project Manager in construction. From 2001-2003 he was Vice President of DAL Builders, Inc. In 2003 Shane also obtained his State Certified General Contractor License and founded Shane Y. Lambert Construction, Inc.’ Shane served as President of the Tallahassee Builders Association in 2013 and has been a board member of Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce for five years.
Currently, Shane is President/CEO of Shane Y. Lambert Construction, Inc., Tallahassee’s Premier remodeling firm and is Managing member of Triple L. Assets, LLC, a real estate investment firm.
Shane resides in Tallahassee, FL with his blended family which includes his wonderful wife Lane Lambert and their children Kyleigh Lambert (13), Parker Lambert (11) Camp Gunter (9) Molly Lambert (8) and Collins Gunter (5). And, of course, adorable puppy Howell “The Dood” Lambert who is 6 months.
Asked about his time at NFC, Shane told us “NFC reinforced the foundation in my life which is Jesus Christ. The truths I learned from NFC’s environment and the friendships that I still have to this day, have guided me through a secular world longing for Christ’s Grace and Mercy.” 1 Corinthians 9:19
Ryan is a 1994 graduate of NFC who went on to Florida State University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
In 1999, while attending college, Ryan founded B & T Fencing and grew the business while still in school. Nineteen years later, B & T is still in operation and is continuing to expand.Currently, Ryan holds the title of Vice President at the company.
A resident of Tallahassee, Ryan and his wife, Elisabeth, along with their son Pierce, make their home in the Buck Lake area.
Asked about his time at NFC, Ryan had this to say, “NFC instilled discipline, respect and work ethic in my younger self. I was inspired by the Word of God and encouraged to lead a Christian lifestyle. I commend the school for helping me grow in all aspects of life. I’m successful because of it.”
Aaron graduated in 1997 from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction.
In 2012, Governor Rick Scott appointed him to the State of Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board as a member. He remains in the position today.
Aaron worked from 1996-1997 for Elkins Constructors out of Jacksonville, FL and from 1997 to the present, at PSBI of Tallahassee. Aaron currently holds the title of President of PSBI (Federal and Commercial General Contractor) as well as President of ColoneyBell Construction and Engineering Consultants, LLC (Construction Defect Litigation Support and Expert Witness Services).
Aaron resides in Tallahassee with his wife, Elizabeth.
We asked Aaron about how NFC prepared him for college and life after high school and his response was “NFC’s Christian-based education, coupled with my opportunities for leadership roles during high school, laid the foundation for my life choices after high school. From leadership roles in my fraternity and post-college in our community to whom I chose to marry, I can trace all choices back to the lessons I learned at NFC.