Uses A Beka Curriculum to educate

your child in a Christian environment

The primary objective and purpose of A Beka Academy is to provide a distinctively Christian learning program for students in kindergarten, elementary, and highschool. This innovative program of study trains students in the knowledge of God and the Christian way of life, and gives an excellent academic education.

Kriste Howerton

Kindergarten Teacher


Lorin Brown

First Grade Teacher


Kriste has a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa. She also has special education certification in the areas of learning disabilities and behavior disorders from University of Kansas. Kriste taught K-5 special education in Kansas City, KS and 6th grade reading in Killeen, TX, before coming to FCA.  


Kriste is a military spouse, and moved to North Carolina spring of 2018. She lives near FCA with her husband, and three children: Kayla, Carter, Makenna. Kriste’s family stays active at New Covenant Fellowship, and with Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts. In her free time Kriste enjoys gardening, reading, the great outdoors and helping her children with their many activities. Kriste is looking forward to a busy, fun filled year ahead with our Kindergarten eaglets.

Lorin Brown led our first two kindergarten classes  to success and she has now been promoted to first grade.  She has a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from UNC-Wilmington and a Master's Degree in Technology from Lesley University. Lorin taught eight years in the public education system, and one year at our very own preschool, Little Promises before joining us at FCA!  


Lorin lives in Cameron with her husband and two daughters.  The Brown family has been attending New Covenant Fellowship for eleven years now, and Lorin loves the fact that it is also her place of work. Lorin is looking forward to moving up with her kindergarten eaglets to first grade this Fall. Go eagles!

Patricia Coble

Third & Fourth Grade Teacher


Katie Baumgardner

Second Grade Teacher


Katie Baumgardner is so excited to join FCA this year as the assistant teacher for the 2nd/3rd grade combo class! She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Katie is coming to us from a Christian Preschool in Southern Pines and is eager to grow her faith, passion, and knowledge here at FCA!

Katie lives in Vass with her husband and three children, Lily, Jackson, and Connor. They are a military family who moved here 4 years ago from Colorado.  They have fallen in love with Moore County and love to visit the beach and soak in all of God’s beautiful creations here in North Carolina! In her free time, Katie enjoys coffee on her front porch, reading, taking walks, and spending time with her family. She feels blessed to be joining the FCA team and can’t wait for August!

Patricia Coble is a career educator who comes to FCA with a background in teaching English, algebra and Bible to both elementary and high school students. She has a B.R.E. with a major in Christian Education from Foundations Bible College, and an international certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from the Caledonia Language School in Prague, Czech Republic. She has experience in curriculum development and is a published author of a book of short stories.


Patricia was born and reared in South Africa where her parents were missionaries, and she has fond memories of many happy days spent in the churches and classrooms where her parents were teachers. She attended a British high school in Pretoria before coming to the United Stated to further her education. "Here at FCA, I immediately felt a connection with the spirit of building and growing God's Kingdom. I love the excitement of knowing children are being taught not only the skills to succeed in life, but also the eternal truths of God's Word that will anchor them and guide them on the right path."

   Patricia and her husband Stephen, a retired school administrator who currently teaches history in Chatham County, live in Sanford and have three adult children, all of whom are Christian school graduates.

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