Who We Are
In partnership with Christian parents, Truth Academy's mission is to ENRICH, EQUIP, ENCOURAGE, and EMPOWER homeschool families by providing quality Christ-centered academic and support opportunities.
Our vision is that through practicing and promoting Biblical truths, submitting ourselves in prayer, and offering educational support, we can encourage and assist parents in training students to glorify God in all areas of their lives so that they may achieve academic excellence and spiritual maturity.
Our purpose is to serve our homeschool community by connecting families with qualified, Christian instructors who teach core and elective classes from a Biblical world-view for students ages 6-18, in addition to providing parental support through prayer and book study.
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 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 marriage is a God-ordained institution consisting of the union of one man and one woman,
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:
- They wanted parents to have options to stay with their children or drop them off.
- They wanted parents to have options of what courses would best support and enrich their specific homeschool.
- They wanted 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.
- They wanted a clear Statement of Faith for parents and teachers to sign to encourage like-mindedness in the community.
- They wanted a Discipline policy that sets the guidelines on how we're going to resolve conflict in a Biblically honoring way.
- They wanted to be able to equip parents to reduce their fees for classes with the Scrips program.
- They wanted to focus on the ages of kids, not grades, to allow for maximum flexibility in scheduling.
- They wanted to have a 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 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.
Administrator, Treasurer, Scrips Coordinator
Kristin Keppel was born and raised in Minnesota and still seems to think it’s the best place to live! She has been homeschooling her children since 2010. Her professional background is in purchasing, but the Lord has brought her joy serving in Biblical Counseling and Congregational Care ministries, as well as serving with her husband Andy as youth leaders and on the Overseers Board of their church. They have been married for over 16 years and are grateful for their three children (in addition to all of the stragglers their kids bring home quite often). In addition to reading, singing, watching the Vikings, and Doctor Who, Kristin loves discipling and counseling girls and young women, creating friendships united in the Gospel, and encouraging them from God’s word.
Nicky is a homeschooling mom of 11+ years and a part of Truth Academy for the past 5 years. Originally hailing from Nebraska, she has also lived in Indiana, Rochester, MN, and currently lives in Prior Lake, MN, with her best friend and husband of 21 years, Nathan, their three children (ranging from 11-15 years old) and an old, three-legged, Great Dane. In her work life, before children, she worked as a front office administrator in healthcare. Nicky has a heart for Jesus, marriage, motherhood, special needs, hospitality, serving, learning, and teaching. When she has free time, Nicky enjoys home improvement projects, reading, crafting, and gardening.