The Hebron Christian Academy Board of Directors officially named Dr. James E. Taylor the Head of School effective July 1, 2020. His visionary leadership and pastor’s heart are already having a deep impact on the growth and development of the HCA community.
In his first two years as the Head of School, Taylor has already helped transform the campus at HCA, quickly developing a five-year master plan entitled “God-Sized Dreams.”
Within six weeks of Taylor’s arrival on campus, a capital campaign was launched to create an addition to the Lower School, which would cost $2.8 million. The Lord provided an anchor donor and more than 30 other donors followed, allowing all necessary funds to be raised for the building that opened in the fall of 2021.
A commitment to one-to-one technology was fully funded and implemented for more than $1 million during his first year, and, at the start of his second year, a STEM Center and Enrichment Center opened, transforming the way students learn at HCA.
During his second year, a campaign was launched to expand the current F Building to build a new dining hall and auditorium, which is set to open in the fall of 2022. The new dining hall will seat 625 students, and the new auditorium will have 450 fixed seats and be the hub for the expanding fine arts department.
Along with the new dining hall, Taylor partnered with SAGE Dining Services to create a full-service hot lunch program for every student and staff member campuswide.
Taylor has been in Christian education for 29 years, including 22 of those in senior leadership. Prior to HCA, he spent 15 years at Calvary Day School in Savannah, including nine as the Head of School. He first became a Head of School in 2000, spending five years leading New Testament Christian School in Norton, Massachusetts.
Dr. Taylor holds a B.A. in English from Messiah College, where he was the Pennsylvania Student Teacher of the Year in 1993, an M.A. in Literature from Bridgewater State University, an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Taylor and his wife, Karen, have been married for 29 years and have two grown children. Their daughter Alyssa is a cardiac nurse, and her husband, Ryland, is a pastor. Their son Colton is completing his degree at UGA in math education with a minor in business. Karen is a third grade teacher at HCA.
“We need to be smart enough to know that we aren’t smart enough. Get out of the way, and let God have sway.”
Dr. James E. Taylor