Our Special Story
Red Lion Christian Academy opened in 1980 with 85 students in preschool through fourth grade. Dr. Charles F. Betters led Red Lion in the formative years until he was called to full-time ministry in 1986 at nearby Glasgow Church. Red Lion continued to grow under new leadership and in 1997, building on the success of the Early Education and Lower School programs, added an Upper School program. This ultimately provided a full breadth of pre-collegiate offerings, preschool through twelfth grade. Red Lion Christian Academy held its first official commencement ceremony in spring 2002. This group of seniors became of our first graduates and alumni.
Additional staff, a top-notch academic program, and tremendous facility improvements led to regional and national honors including accreditation from ACSI and Middle States. Enrollment increased to the current level of approximately 600 students.
During this time Glasgow Christian Academy (GCA) also prospered, eventually enrolling over 400 students, 50% of which represented a thriving home school movement. Dr. Betters' son, Dr. Chuck L. Betters, began his career in education at GCA, teaching music and bible, while also serving as Executive Director of Glasgow Church. In 2010, the first group of eighth grade students graduated from GCA, some matriculating to Red Lion, continuing their Christian education in its established and rigorous high school.
In 2011, Dr. Chuck F. Betters was once again called to Red Lion when it was acquired by Glasgow Church. United under the ministry of Glasgow Church, the two schools became one. Red Lion Christian Academy began an exciting season of rebirth under the vision and leadership of then headmaster, Dr. Chuck L. Betters.
God continues to bless and grow Red Lion Christian Academy and use its campus for his glory. For the 2016-2017 school year Tall Oaks Classical School joined the Red Lion campus. These two schools operate distinctly yet cooperatively as two of four Glasgow Family schools. GCA Home School and Journey Christian Academy complete the the current Glasgow Family of Schools on the Glasgow Campus. Together these four schools offer school choice in Christian education with siblings enrolled in one or more schools based on each family's unique needs.
Red Lion Christian Academy is overseen by the Glasgow Family of Schools board of directors and Head of Schools, Dr. Timothy Dernlan. Prayerful leadership, successful fundraising, strategic planning, and strong financial management, ensure that Red Lion has a secure future. Whether we are looking back (see above and below for photo glimpses into our past), enjoying the present, or dreaming about the future - to God be and glory!