Who We Are
To ENRICH, EQUIP, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER homeschool families by providing quality Christ-centered academic and support opportunities.
To glorify God, while training students to grow in spiritual maturity and academic knowledge.
To serve the homeschool community by connecting families with qualified Christian instructors who teach core and elective classes from a Biblical world-view for students aged 5-18.
OUR EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
The educational philosophy of Truth Academy is based on a God-centered view of truth and man as presented in the Bible.
The entire process of education is seen as a means used by the Holy Spirit to bring the student into fellowship with God, to help him become strong or mighty in the Spirit, to assist him in developing a Christian mind, to enable him to think God’s thoughts, to help the student demonstrate Christ-like character qualities, so that he can fulfill God’s total purpose for his life, personally and vocationally.
We believe that God gave parents the primary responsibility for the total education and training of their children. Truth Academy was founded to partner with parents in providing this education. Truth Academy is an extension, not a replacement, of the parent’s own teaching in fulfilling their responsibility of educating the child.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
Truth Academy aligns itself with the mission and beliefs of the Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE), a statewide organization We subscribe to the following definition of home education as outlined by the MACHE directors and veteran home educators:
“… the traditional family is the foundation of society and parents have the God-given responsibility to determine the proper education for their children. Home education takes place when children are primarily taught under the authority of their own parents in their own homes. We believe that parents, not the government, should determine the curriculum and standards for their own children. We believe that home education fulfills its highest calling when parents educate their children according to Christ-centered, Biblical principles.”
The Bible is the verbally inspired, infallible, literal, written, Word of God and constitutes His completed and final revelation to man. It is the sole rule of faith and practice for the believer. The Bible, in its original autographs, is without error in whole and in part, including theological concepts as well as geographical and historical details.
God has existed from all eternity in three persons; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, come in human flesh, born of a virgin, being fully God and fully man, except without sin. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
Apart from Christ, all men are in violation of God’s righteous requirements and His holy character both by nature and act and are therefore under His wrath and just condemnation.
The central purpose of the coming of Jesus Christ was man’s redemption, to demonstrate God’s all-holy character that he alone is just and the One Who justifies. Jesus Christ alone paid the penalty for man’s sin through His substitutionary death on the cross, the successful accomplishment of which was attested to by His subsequent visible, bodily resurrection.
Salvation is God’s free gift to the sinner. By God’s grace alone, this gift must be responded to by individual repentance with faith, not trusting in any personal works whatsoever, but in the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
We believe in the Church, a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people in this age are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, and associated with worship, work, fellowship, and learning together. We believe that the local church is critical to God’s purpose for this age and that every Christian should be accountable to and involved with a local church.
We believe that a person’s biological sexuality has been created by God and therefore should be accepted as a gift and stewardship from God and not altered (Genesis 1:27). We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female, and that these two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. We believe that God created marriage to be exclusively the union of one biological man and one biological woman. We affirm the biblical standard that sexual behavior is moral only within the institution of heterosexual, monogamous marriage. We affirm that God established boundaries for sexual behavior that should not be changed according to the dictates of culture, tradition, law, or personal preference.
We believe God has given parents the responsibility of training and teaching their own children.
The vision for Truth Academy began in 2008 in the local coffee shop. Rebecca Irey and Kellee Metz visited while their kids attended AWANA at Calvary Memorial Church in Navarre. Both of them had been members of other homeschool groups in the past and had concluded that there were certain elements important to them that were missing from those groups. They brainstormed ideas for starting a new homeschool group to meet certain needs such as:
- Parents to have options to stay with their children or drop them off.
- Parents to have options of what courses would best support and enrich their specific homeschool.
- An administrator on-site so that if students had gaps in their schedule, there would be a place where they could be and use the gym or the Commons as a study space.
- A clear Statement of Faith for parents and teachers to sign to encourage like-mindedness in the community.
- A Discipline policy that sets the guidelines on how we're going to resolve conflict in a Biblically honoring way.
- To be able to equip parents to reduce their fees for classes with the Scrips program.
- To focus on the ages of kids, not grades, to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling.
- To have time set aside for parents to pray for the needs of our community.
- They also wanted to provide a parent support time where we could encourage each other on our homeschool journey.
With much prayer and God’s grace, They implemented their vision and opened the doors in the fall of 2009. In the beginning, there were some decisions that were made out of necessity but continued out of choice.
When they shared the facility with the Calvary Christian school for the first year, Friday afternoon was the time that worked best for the school. Over the years, they have been asked if they would ever consider changing the day of the week. The answer is “Yes." They considered it every year.” But they finally decided that it fits the best for a number of reasons: It allows parents to run their homeschool from Monday to Thursday in a way that best meets the needs of their family; It allows parents time on Friday to reflect on what went well that week, what didn’t go so well, and how to make some course corrections; Fridays allow parents to have a weekend to enjoy some family time and Sabbath rest, where they can be more than just the homeschool teacher, they can be parents; and discipleship teachers from Bethlehem Seminary do not have scheduled classes on Fridays so we can utilize their gifts and talents in our young women and men discipleship classes.
They are frequently asked whether Truth Academy has considered adding another day of classes to the week. Yes, they have. They have been in groups where they have split the older students from the younger students on different days. What they have seen is that it divides the family. Often parents don’t want to be out of the house that much, so they pick a day, usually for the older students at the expense of the younger students, and ultimately those groups tend to fold when students age out of the group. They have chosen to focus on keeping the family together on one day instead of dividing loyalties. Also, every person on the administrative team is currently homeschooling their own kids so they need to have enough margin and grace to focus on homeschooling our families as well.
I was one of the original homeschool children being taught by my parents and participating in a co-op in Eugene, OR (my hometown) in 1985-1988. Knowing that I had turned out OK gave me the inspiration to give homeschooling a try when my kids were school age and we have been figuring it out since 2011. We live 5 minutes away from Truth Academy where my husband Travis attended school at Calvary Memorial School until 6th grade. I am a mix of rigid and spontaneous, loving boundaries and rules while also loving to launch into new territories of creativity when we all feel moved. I have a BS from the University of Oregon in Business Administration/Entrepreneurship which has never helped me file our taxes. Our family has been strong on history, the arts, and literature and less proficient in the cursive and math departments. We own a family marina business which keeps us in a crazy work schedule but we spend every spare moment outside or adventuring on bikes, boats, trails, or road tripping in the Sprinter camper van. I am passionate about supporting other homeschool families, but especially about supporting those who give their time and energy to leadership as it is a heavy but crucial yoke to help many people succeed with their homeschool journey. I am deeply loyal, love to laugh (mostly at myself), and am committed to the homeschool experience and supporting people starting, trying, and finishing.
Meagin has homeschooled her 3 children since 2013. Born and raised in Minnesota she appreciates the outdoors in every season. She views nature as one of God's best classrooms. She loves gardening and woodworking and enjoys sharing/teaching those hobbies with her children. Meagin and her husband have been married for 17 years.
My journey in the homeschool world began very early in my life. My parents attended one of the very first Mache meetings in the early 1980s, and committed to homeschooling me and my four siblings. I grew up attending church here at Calvary which is how I met my husband! Andy and I got married in 2003, and we live in the St Boni area where we are raising our 4 children. Our decision to homeschool was a natural one because of my past experience. Andy and I also really liked the idea of being able to control the learning environment of our children and most importantly, what they were being taught. And so our homeschool journey began in 2010. We were blessed to be a part of a small homeschool group consisting of four families that met twice monthly for several years. We have also enjoyed taking classes at Wings coop, and now love being a part of Truth Academy as our children begin High School. My Husband is an Operating Engineer, and because of his work schedule, we get to have him home with us a lot in the winter months. I am a Cosmetologist by training, and after years of working in the salon, I retired in 2009. I am also a staff member of a local BSF group that has a homeschool program. I love that my children and I can attend and study the Bible together! Our family enjoys playing games, reading books, listening to audio stories, playing musical instruments, and just spending time together. I am excited to be apart of Truth Academy’s Admin team! I look forward to partnering with TA families, and supporting them as they raise the next generation of disciples for Jesus Christ.