In the summer of 1993, Pastor Reggie Whiddon was involved in an evangelistic crusade in Pueblo, CO. During the travel to Pueblo from the airport in Denver, Pastor Whiddon received a vision from God with instructions to begin a Christian school in Huntsville, AL.
In January of 1994, Huntsville Christian Academy (HCA) was officially formed under the name of Vision Ministries, Inc. (VMI). VMI is a non-profit church, incorporated in the state of Alabama.
HCA began with 5 students in its first year. The first class was held in a small one room rented facility. The pastor of the ministry was the teacher/principal. The curriculum used was Accelerated Christian Education (ACE). Each student was properly diagnosed and prescribed the particular level of curriculum needed to address individual academic needs.Even though HCA was small in number, the student body enjoyed the unique environment of a small school.
Each day began with devotions/teachings from the Word of God. During the opening exercises each day, each student cheerfully recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the Bible. After the devotion time, the academic class time began.
As the school year progressed, the enrollment grew from the initial five students to approximately 21. This growth forced the school to leave the quaint location and move across town into a larger building the second year. As the first few years went by, the enrollment increased with a demand for an additional campus located in the north part of Madison Country. That campus was called HCA North Campus. The North Campus included about 20-25 students, grades 1-8. After 3 years of having two campuses, it was decided to combine all the students into one campus, HCA Main Campus.
Because of student growth, VMI leadership made the decision to build a building large enough for the existing students and also allow room for growth. The building project was completed in August 2001. The new school building would soon operate at near maximum capacity. With the momentum of a growing school, the need of a gymnasium presented itself. Therefore, the leadership of VMI approved the purchase and erection of a new gymnasium. This opened the door for HCA to have a league of sports programs that included volleyball and basketball. Indoor PE classes and many other extra curricular activities are regular events held inside the gymnasium.
HCA conducts annual ceremonies that include National Honor Society, Sports banquets, Awards programs, preschool and kindergarten graduation, and Senior High School Graduation. Each summer, HCA provides an opportunity for summer school for those students needing additional help or support.
In 2017, HCA began the rigorous process of seeking accreditation from the American Association of Christian Schools. In 2018, HCA earned accredited status.
HCA added a library, science lab, and Robotics team in 2019, and continues to grow and expand programs offered. As a part of a continuous effort for school improvement, HCA adopted Abeka curriculum in 2020 to ensure all students engage in an academic program that equips and prepares them for the world, while not becoming a part of the world. Discipleship is the core essence of the HCA with the fundamental motto, “Learning to see life from God’s perspective,” as our driving force.
HCA has many graduates throughout its history. Many of the graduates have attended/graduated from colleges and universities throughout the south. Many have married and begun families. It is a delight to have the children of former HCA students and graduates also enrolled now. It is especially exciting to see the children of former students sit in the same desk as their mom or dad. HCA has a wonderful history and testimony that glorifies the Lord and maintains the original vision given in Colorado in 1993.