Tammy Lowe – The Baptist High School, Class of 1988
I attended The Baptist High School from 7th grade until I graduated in 1988. After graduation, I attended Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. I met my husband in college, and we were married in 1994. I worked in the social work field while helping my husband as he served as a youth pastor. In 2007, we changed ministries as the Lord called us to the mission field. We arrived Portugal in August 2007, and we have been serving the Lord there for the last 11 years.
Thinking back to the days of TBHS, I am grateful and thankful for the education that I received. I felt very prepared for college, often thinking that my high school final exams were harder than some that I took at college! I have often thought of my speech class with Mr. Gard as we travel to different churches and speak about the ministry in Portugal — I still have a difficult time with waiting those five seconds before starting to speak!
I am not sure that I truly understood the blessing of having a Christian education until our own children started their schooling. To me, Christian education isn’t for the purpose of being a shelter from the world, but instead, it helps students to see the world filtered through the Bible. What I didn’t necessarily realize during my junior and senior high school years is that as my spiritual formation was being shaped, the teaching that I was receiving was consistent at home, church and school. I also realized as an adult, the love and sacrifice that the teachers made to give me a good education.
Yes they were good teachers, but they also invested in our lives and desired to help us grow closer to Jesus. While no school is perfect (it is after all made up of imperfect people), the overall desire of the school was to educate us with a biblical worldview. For that, I am grateful.
Watch our video below highlighting the 10-year anniversary of The Baptist High School, now Summit Christian Academy.