Dr. S. L. Sherrill Founder & Superintendent
Dr. S. L. Sherrill founded North Raleigh Christian Academy in 1996 and served as its only Superintendent for the past 22 years. In August of 2018, Dr. Sherrill retired as Superintendent. The NRCA Board of Governors immediately honored him with the title, Superintendent Emeritus. He is currently assisting the new Superintendent in a two-year transition. Under Dr. Sherrill’s leadership, NRCA had grown and maintained a student body of 1400+ students, PreK-12th grade, for the past 12 years. Today, the 63-acre school campus houses a 290,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility with the latest in wireless technology being an iPad 1:1 campus. The facilities include 74 academic classrooms, 3 science labs, 5 computer labs, greenhouse, 500-seat fine arts center, art studios, drama/dance studio, student life center, cafeteria, media center with 30,000 volumes, three gymnasiums, football stadium, soccer stadium, indoor aquatic center, baseball and softball fields, practice fields, two fitness centers, and an athletic field house. The facilities are valued at 48 million dollars. The school completed an $8,000,000 expansion eight years ago that allowed for the accommodation of 1500 students. The school is a debt-free ministry.
Dr. Sherrill has two earned doctorate degrees and was honored in 2007 by his alma mater, Tennessee Temple University, with an honorary Doctor of Divinity for thirty-five years of educational service. Dr. Sherrill began his studies at Louisburg College (AA,71), then went on to the Texas College of Theology (ThB,72), Tennessee Temple University (BA,76), Faith Baptist Theological Seminary (ThM,79, ThD,81), and Faith Seminary (MCE, 85, DCE, 88). In addition, he has 18 hours on the Master’s level in counseling from Liberty University and 15 hours in school administration from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dr. Sherrill has served for forty-seven years in Christian education. He is a strong advocate of Kingdom education that links the family, school, and church. He served as the District 3 Representative for the Southeast Region of ACSI (Eastern North Carolina) overseeing more than 50 schools for 20 years. He serves as Board President for Joshua Expeditions and the Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools. He has taken a part-time position with ACSI as the North Carolina Field Director for ACSI’s 100 N.C. schools. He also consults with schools in governance, accreditation, strategic planning, marketing, and the development of staff and curriculum.
The past twelve years, he has conducted Christian School 101 seminars to challenge and train Christian educators in Kingdom education and how to start schools based on Kingdom education principles. Forty-four schools are in operation as a result of this endeavor.
Dr. Sherrill married Debbie Bierer, the love of his life, in 1974, who also is an alumnus of Tennessee Temple University, Class of 1974. They are blessed with two daughters, Joy and Jennifer. Currently, they have four grandchildren. Emma Elaine and Ava Marie are the children of Kevin and Joy Mathes. David Arthur and Harper Joy are the children of Aaron and Jennifer Allsbrook.