Dear Friends of Blue Mountain Academy,
Blue Mountain Academy has been richly blessed since its founding in 1954. Those of us who are acquainted with the early history know that “The Miracle of Blue Mountain Academy” is an appropriate description. God built this school in spite of reasonable odds against its economic success. Leading students to a better understanding of God and Jesus and how to serve them has always been first priority. “For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 12:30,31
Historically, academy fund raising has been limited to buildings and building repairs. The “Continuing the Dream… Capital Campaign” is also raising funds for student aid and academic enrichment. We plan to hire additional teachers, allowing for more advanced placement and honors classes. Already we have hired a Learning Specialist and expanded the leadership curriculum to help students relate to the world that God has asked us to serve. What a blessing it is to know that the Christ-centered, quality education of our students is a high priority. BMA is redefining itself as a cutting-edge Christian educational institution.
Nancy and I taught at BMA for forty-three years – long enough to experience the best and the most challenging years. I am thrilled to see how God is continuing to bless this wonderful school. You cannot find a better place to invest in the development of God’s church than Blue Mountain Academy. May the Lord richly bless you as you become part of “Continuing the Dream . . .
- John D. Edison, Campaign Chairperson
“I believe in Blue Mountain Academy…”
As a student at BMA, I had positive experiences on so many levels–educational, social and spiritual. Among them are the dedicated and gifted Christian teachers who shed the light of the gospel on the path to follow. There was the nurturing of a deep love of music through exposure to piano, organ, glee club and chorus. Awareness of the realities and temptations of sin and its consequences through temperance trips to such places as New York’s Skid Row, “flop houses” and various Christian missions kept us in contact with those living in a world without Christ.
Such experiences provided students with decision-making tools. None of us make perfect or flawless decisions, but BMA has helped us to know the right choices. Some of the most memorable highlights during my four years at BMA were the weeks of prayer, during which speakers motivated and stimulated us.
In this connection I am reminded of just how active and direct was my mother’s prayer pipeline. In 1958, when my brother David was scheduled to leave for BMA, our car had broken down and there was no way to get him there. Did this stop Mom? No! She stayed up all night doing laundry, praying and moving ahead as if there were no problem. The next morning at 7 a.m., Gordon “Dutch” Krenrich pulled up to our house. He said God had sent him there, but he wasn’t sure why. David’s things were promptly loaded into his car, and off they went.
Clearly, striving to live the life embodied in the teachings of Blue Mountain Academy has not been easy nor wholly accomplished, but the dream and challenge remain vividly before us.
Today BMA needs our help. Just ask yourself, How much did I benefit from attending BMA? Where might I be today if I had attended a public school? How can I give back?
I encourage you to join me in supporting the Continuing the Dream Capital Campaign. If each of us gives a gift, BMA will continue to succeed and flourish. Make this dream project a matter of prayer, and challenge others to catch the dream.
I am reminded of what Philip G Sanfacon, M.D., wrote, “When you die, the things you do for yourself die with you, but the things you do for others live on forever.” I urge you to do something for Blue Mountain Academy today!
- Judith A. Cromwell, ‘62
You can be an answer to prayer. Every gift makes a difference!
Don Woolever has been a strong supporter of Christian education for more than 50 years. He was present at Blue Mountain Academy’s ground breaking ceremony, and helped to move the first faculty family onto campus. Don also remembers digging holes to plant trees in the orchard, and serving on the BMA Board of Trustees.
Don has a passion for the Lord’s work and continues to be a faithful supporter. He is excited about where God is leading Blue Mountain Academy and recently made a decision to support our Continuing the Dream Capital Campaign. He encourages others to join him in supporting this worthwhile endeavor.
Don shared 44 years with his wife Jewel, and together they raised two sons, Mark and Glenn. After Jewel’s death, Don found a second love and married Dorothy. They shared 10 years together before her recent passing. Don lives each day growing in God and demonstrating a strong faith. He is anxious for Jesus to come and has put his name on the list for translation!
“Join me in giving sacrificially to such a worthy cause and watch how God blesses!”
Having been “out of the church” for several years, JoAnn Campbell-Berke felt God calling her home! Her new found purpose began shortly after the death of her much loved father, Harold S. Campbell January 23, 2004. In his memory, she began to follow in his footsteps by supporting his passion for Blue Mountain Academy and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She began by setting up a memorial fund in his name to benefit worthy students at BMA and the Lord took over from there. It didn’t take long at all for her to learn that her father’s passions were indeed her passions!
This was just the beginning as JoAnn began traveling a God-led path and the direction was clear. “If you would have told me that some day I would be supporting Blue Mountain Academy and volunteering as chairman of the Continuing the Dream… Capital Campaign, I would have told you you were crazy. Now, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than to volunteer!” All this reminds her of the providential words from her mentor and friend, Dorothy “mom” Ackerman, “JoAnn, you are going to be a late bloomer in God’s service. When you accept the call, you will be unstoppable!”
JoAnn shared, “God has continued to reveal Himself since the beginning of this capital campaign. We are truly on God’s mission and I am honored to follow in the footsteps of our early pioneers and go forward on this great faith adventure. Their passion is my passion! Together, we can do it! With God all things are possible. We know that when we tithe we are blessed, but there is a specific blessing poured out on us when we totally commit ourselves to His purpose. The Holy Spirit will take one spark of willingness and interest and explode it in your life. Please join me in giving sacrificially to such a worthy cause and watch how God will bless!”
A Blue Mountain Academy graduate in 1964, JoAnn attended Southern Missionary College and Columbia Union College. She is the proud mother of three sons, Jason, Jon and Brian; and grandmother of two. She has currently put her Pennsylvania and Maryland real estate licenses on hold so she can continue her volunteer efforts. JoAnn loves music, reading, needlepoint and just being “grandma”.