Our Founding Story
Founded in 1979, NCA originally began as a church-sponsored school, housed at Word of God Tabernacle. In 1980, enrollment consisted of 42 students with two paid teachers and three paraprofessionals on staff and the following original board members: J. Kenneth Asplund-Board President, Larry Asplund-Vice President, Jesse Hyder-Secretary, Vicki Weiler-Treasurer, Sam Biggers, Bob Warwick, Norman Wilkie, and David Knox. In 1981, several area churches worked in collaboration to develop New Covenant Academy. The pastors of the sponsoring churches served on the Board of Directors.
Enrollment in 1982 jumped to 103 students. Maximum capacity at the facility location was 120. Administrators grappled to find NCA a permanent home. In 1983, the board resolved to become an independent school, set apart from any specific church. In their motion, they set forth the following governmental structure: “Resolved that the structure and government of New Covenant Academy be made totally independent from any local church or churches, that certain qualified parents be appointed to the Board of Directors and that these Board members qualify strictly by A) being parents of children enrolled in New Covenant Academy, B) their experience in Christian education, and C) the level of their ongoing commitment to New Covenant Academy.
NCA has occupied the following locations throughout the years: Cornerstone Word Church, Elfindale, Calvary Temple Assemblies of God, Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church, Rolling Hills Baptist Church and Glendale Baptist Church. The Academy purchased its permanent home in 1995 at 3304 Cox Ave., Springfield, MO. It is now serving families attending over 95 Christian churches.