Who We Are

Gateway Christian Academy is a ministry of Vardaman Street Baptist Church.  We exist as a Christian school, first to serve the Lord, and second to give all parents an alternative choice in their child’s education.  In 2019, GCA began it’s twelfth school year and the Lord has blessed tremendously. We offer K3 to 12th grade.  We greatly desire your continued prayers.


At GCA, we use strictly A Beka curriculum, with cursive writing taught from four-year-old Kindergarten up.


In April of 2007, Gayla Ross contacted Gwen Ryals about starting a Christian school.  Dr. Eugene Anderson, the pastor at Vardaman Street Baptist Church, was consulted on this endeavor since he had opened and run a private Christian school for 10 years.  Gwen Ryals, Gayla Ross, and Melissa Berry, all members of Vardaman St. Baptist Church, began researching what it would take to open a Christian school in Stone County.  Gwen Ryals went to Pensacola Christian College in July 2007, for office management training and again in March 2008 and July 2008 for Administration training. She also started with all necessary paperwork to become a non-profit school.  In February of 2008, Classic Builders of the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA) donated their time to the remodeling of a leased building.  Vardaman Street Christian Academy was able to open in August 2008.  In April 2010, we purchased our current building and have added a 40×100 building to it to make new classrooms.

Our name changed to Gateway Christian Academy during the 2014-2015 school year.

Our Highlights

  • High Academics
  • Safe Environment
  • Christian Curriculum
  • Daily Bible Study
  • Moral and Character Training