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Lee steps down after
28 years at BBCS


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

  Tim Lee has been a fixture in education in Henry County for nearly two decades, and that part of his career is coming to an end.

After 40 total years in Christian education, the administrator at Bible Baptist Christian School in Hampton is leaving that post at the end of the current school year. He began at the school in 1986 when it was still in Riverdale and played a major role in the ministry’s relocation to Henry County.

Sixth-grader Delaney Nething hugs Mr. Lee goodbye.
                                                                    Special photo

  Lee was born and grew up in the northeastern United States and started his professional career in New Jersey. He started a school in Ohio before coming to Georgia 28 years ago.

  Bible Baptist Christian School was founded in 1980 as a ministry of Bible Baptist Church. When Lee arrived, there were about 150 students overall with multiple classes in most elementary grades but only 14 or so in the junior high and just three ninth-graders. After waiting a year, the school added a tenth grade and then a grade a year until the first graduating class received diplomas in the spring of 1991.

  In the early 1990s the church made the decision to move to Henry County and began preparing for a new location. Lee and the youth pastor were approached by the pastor, who was then in his 60s, about moving about five years before it actually took place.

  “All of the credit goes to [former] Pastor Pyle,” said Lee. “I never would have dreamed of doing that. All I could think was, ‘What in the world? What will happen to our students?’”

  The church initially bought property on Hwy. 20 but it was not suitable for what they wanted to build without a huge extra investment. After selling that tract they purchased land at their current site on Mt. Carmel Road just east of its intersection with Hwy. 81.

  “The owner sold it to us for $6,000 an acre because she was just glad to have a church on it,” said Lee.

  As the head of the school, he was on the building committee and spent a lot of time involved in the process of transforming that land into the current campus, which was totally paid for as of about two years ago. Now the church and school are undergoing an extensive beautification project, according to Lee.

  The school began its operations in Hampton in the fall of 1996. Currently there are 195 students in preschool through twelfth grade.

  As one might expect with such a lengthy tenure, Lee now oversees students who are children of his former students. In fact, it is too long a list to come up with off the top of his head.

  “We have alumni whose children are already in the junior high school,” he said. “We have also had many of our graduates come back as teachers for us.”

  Lee is equally proud of the fact that many BBCS graduates are teaching in other Christian schools around the country. Several of them have worked or are still working at schools in Henry County including Creekside Christian Academy, Peoples Baptist Academy and Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy.

  A surprise reception was held May 2 at the school honoring Lee and his wife, with dozens of homemade cards and several banners as well as plenty of desserts and lots of gifts from students young and old. “It was kind of a tear-jerker time,” Lee admitted.

  The church and school are encouraging people to make contributions to a special fund set aside for a trip to Hawaii for the couple.

  Lee’s final year is actually coming to an end a bit sooner than expected. He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow for a tumor in his colon that was discovered less than three weeks ago. He is hoping to back on his feet in plenty of time for graduation in a few weeks.

  Dr. Mark Cronemeyer has been named the school’s new administrator and will start soon. Lee is pleased with the choice and thinks he will do well.

  While his time leading the school is coming to a close, he plans to stay at the church and would like to have a pastoral role there, although that has not been finalized yet.

  “I would really like to do that,” he said. “My heart’s desire is to stay here and serve any way I can until the Lord takes me home.”



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