Mr. Stephen Denny
Headmaster, Lakeway Christian Schools
BS Business Administration, minor: Economics (UNC-Greensboro)
MS Sports Administration (High Point University)
Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership pending (Southeastern University)
Mr. Denny is currently serving in his 19th year of Christian school administration. After graduating from UNCG, Hayworth Christian School in High Point, NC hired Denny to start an athletic program, teach science (physical, biology, chemistry) and physical education, and coach. After two years, the opportunity presented to lead Wesleyan Christian Academy, also in High Point, NC as Director of Athletics. Wesleyan served approximately 1000 students at the time and Denny oversaw the program growth through facility expansion and division expansion for 5 years.
Through a series of events, the Denny family experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit and a leading towards a new life in Tennessee. A quick trip to Knoxville affirmed the calling to join Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK). Denny led the growth of an athletic program that held 6 titles in the 29-year history of the school to 16 state titles, more than 30 regional championships, and more than 60 district championships in the span of six years. The success was celebrated collaboratively among a talented staff across all sports and both genders.
In 2013, the Denny’s felt led to join The Master’s Academy (TMA) in Orlando where Mr. Denny served as Director of Advancement and Athletics. Overseeing a staff of nearly 75 and the progress of the school across all aspects of the campus, enrollment increased and TMA enjoyed tremendous success as a preferred school in the area. The opportunity to lead throughout the entire school prompted a doctoral pursuit and the desire to serve in a greater capacity of Christian school leadership.
During this exploratory phase, Lakeway Christian Schools reached out frommutual contacts in the east Tennessee area. After a series of conversations, the Denny family accepted the calling to return “home” in East Tennessee. Mr. Denny was and is captivated by the opportunity to expand Christian education in the Morristown/White Pine community. With a clear passion for Academics, Arts, and Athletics through a spiritual lens, serving as Headmaster at Lakeway Christian Academy and Cornerstone Christian Academy has been a welcomed opportunity.
Throughout the Christian education journey, Steve’s wife, Rebecca, has served at the same schools as a teacher, Director of Preschool, and an instructional coach. Together they have tackled the challenges of navigating 21st century education and sharing the love of Jesus. As the Denny’s transitioned to Lakeway, Rebecca joined The Center of Collaborative Classroom (CCC) and enjoys her role as an Educational Consultant Lead in schools throughout the country.
Mr. Denny’s desire is to pour in to others effectively so that they are empowered and equipped according to God’s purpose; institutionally, this is obtained through hunger (eagerness to learn and grow) and humility (recognizing God’s blessing and the influence of others) in an effort to be viewed as credible, relevant, and relatable in today’s culture. As a result, student’s (and their families) lives may be impacted with eternal perspective.
Wife - Rebecca
Children - Issac (10th), Micah (8th) at Lakeway Christian Academy and Thaddeus (3rd) at Cornerstone Christian Academy.
"Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."
Mr. David McVicker
Principal, Lakeway Christian Academy
BS Science Teaching - Physical Sciences (Clemson University)
MEd Educational Leadership (Covenant College)
This is David’s 20th year in education, with 19 of those in Christian schools. He has served as a physics teacher, middle school science and math teacher, elementary assistant principal, Director of Instruction and Academic Technology, Upper School Head, and Head of School for schools in South Carolina, Georgia, and now in Tennessee.
David grew up in Lexington, SC where he met his wife Bridget at Lexington Presbyterian Church where both families were members. Bridget is also a teacher, with experience in both public and private Christian schools. She currently teaches 3rd grade at Cornerstone. David and Bridget were married in 2002 and have two children: Mary Woods and Hardy.
Some the achievements David is most proud of include: oversight of a 1-to-1 iPad roll-out for over 600 students including faculty training and device management; and a unique series of humanitarian projects that saw students design technical solutions to real problems in poverty-stricken areas and then travel to Swaziland and Jamaica to implement those solutions and train the local people how to recreate them on their own.
David believes that his call to education is to equip students to grow the kingdom of God by giving them the tools they need to bear influence in the world that they will inherit. In order to accomplish this, schools must be places of dynamic, engaged learning where students are challenged to think critically and creatively, to communicate effectively and persuasively, and to collaborate with those around them to achieve the best possible results.
In his spare time, David enjoys music and playing the guitar, hiking and backpacking, fly fishing, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Wife - Bridget
Children - Mary Woods (8th) and Hardy (6th) at Lakeway Christian Academy
"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere."
- James 3:17
Dr. Ragan Long
Principal, Cornerstone Christian Academy
BS in Journalism
MS in Elementary Education
EdD Administrative Leadership
As a native of Knoxville, Dr. Long has been active in the growth of education throughtout the state of Tennessee for 14 years. Before coming to Cornerstone, she spent 12 years in the classroom teaching all elementary grade levels. Along with her classroom leadership, Dr. Long served on her school's leadership team, gap closure team, and was active in leading professional development in her school, district and at the state level.
With a passion for literacy education, Dr. Long believes books make the same grand adventures available to everyone regardless of geographic or socio-economic limitations. In her words, “when our God decided to communicate His unfathomable love, He did so between the covers of a book”. Furthermore, Dr. Long wants students to see themselves as beginning practitioners in the many disciplines they engage in during a school day by embracing the thinking and behaviors of those practitioners. It is not enough to learn science content, students need learning experiences that allow students to examine information from the perspective of a practitioner like putting on a lab coat, mixing chemicals, dissecting vocabulary, and documenting all of it in a lab journal. She looks forward to expanding those learning opportunities in the coming years.
Dr. Long founded and ran a student outreach ministry called Pawsitive Impact that partnered with various community resources including Second Harvest Food Bank and Compassion Ministries to provide food, medicine, Christmas presents, clothing and hygiene items to students in need. She also wrote a Read to be Ready summer reading grant that served 55 under-performing students with reading recovery, meals, field trips and experiential learning opportunities. After the successful completion of this camp, Dr. Long spent one year working for the TN Department of Education, traveling across the state to train other educators in best literacy practices.
When she isn't working, Dr. Long participates in short term missions both domestic and abroad. The opportunity to serve orphans and impoverished people groups is one of her greatest honors. She also loves to read, eat ice cream and spend time with her family and friends.
Husband - Chad
Daughter - Natalie (8th grade at Lakeway Christian Academy