Pastor Keenan Goosman and teacher Donna Kay spoke with the Ripley Rotary Club on Wednesday to discuss the new Ripley Christian Academy located at 112 Jackson Avenue in Ripley.

RCA is a newly formed, tuition based, private Christian school where families are provided with a superior Christian education for their children while focusing on the Word of God.

Goosman, who will also be the principal and a teacher at the school, is excited to be able to provide a “Bible-based” education opportunity for families in Jackson County.

“We are not teaching any particular doctrine,” Goosman said. “We are teaching the Bible.”

RCA will be using the Rod and Staff curriculum. It is a curriculum that is Bible woven with Bible-based textbooks designed to make the child God-conscious. This curriculum not only teaches the Bible but uses illustrations of how Bible principles can be applied in everyday life.

“We want to provide the students with an education that includes the practical things they will need to succeed in life,” Goosman said.

Students will be given opportunities to tour businesses to learn how they work and become familiar with practical life lessons.

RCA is a non-profit, non-government funded academy. The $2,900 yearly tuition goes completely toward funding the salaries of the four teachers.

At this time there are 12 students enrolled from Mason, Roane, Kanawha, and Jackson Counties in grades K-8, who will begin their schooling at RCA at the same time as other students in Jackson County.

Goosman said he and the rest of the staff are looking forward to this new journey and where God takes them.

“It’s amazing how God has put the puzzle pieces together,” Goosman said.

For more information on the school or to see about enrolling a student, contact Goosman at 304-786-1234, visit their Facebook page under Ripley Christian Academy, or their web page at

In other business:

• Dick Ledford announced Tim Dale as the winner of the $1,000 Bridgeport Equipment gift certificate that was raffled off to raise money for the Jackson County Hunting Heroes organization.

• Ford Price announced he would be meeting with Jackson County Schools superintendent Blaine Hess regarding the possibility of starting up a Rotaract program in the county high schools.

• The Jackson County Players are working hard on several upcoming projects. Blithe Spirit will be performed at The Alpine Theatre in October and Charlie Brown’s Christmas Carole will be performed, also at The Alpine Theatre, in December.

• The next evening Rotary Club meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at Sorella Ristorante. Anyone interested in becoming a member or just to see what Rotary is all about, is encouraged to attend.