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"My feet have closely followed His steps...to keep His way without turning aside."  Job 23:11

                                               
 
Welcome to HOPE Academy. My name is Mara and it has been my privilege to be the director at HOPE Academy for  eleven years.  I was raised in Lexington, SC and graduated from USC with a degree in Elementary Education.  My husband spent nine years in the Air Force and we enjoyed living in Florida, Delaware, Oklahoma, Germany, and Virginia before coming home to South Carolina.  My husband now works full time at McEntire Air National Guard Station.  During my time traveling with my husband I worked in daycares, YMCA after school programs/summer camps, and at a christian preschool before coming to HOPE Academy.  I started out as the teacher in the Two year old room and then taught the Fours class for a year.  I took time off to have my last baby and came back to HOPE Academy as the director.  My husband and I have been blessed with over 23 years of marriage, three boys ages 20, 17, and 15, and one girl age 13.
 
We want you and your children to find your home away from home here with us. Our primary goal here is to provide a nurturing, educational, christian environment for your children. We are more than a babysitting service or daycare and stress early education with the A Beka curriculum in our Three's and Four's classes. We are continually making changes and upgrading to better suit you and your child's needs. I feel that your family and the staff here at HOPE Academy have to work together as a team to raise our children.  If you have any further questions please feel free to drop by the Academy or give us a call.
 
Mara Dunkin 
Director of HOPE Academy
803-699-9934
hopebca@yahoo.com
 
 
Our Purpose


 HOPE Academy exists to provide quality Christian education and childcare for your family. We are a nonprofit organization that values Biblical principles along with excellence in academics. Our goal is to partner with the families we serve to educate and disciple the children under our care. The values we hold as we fulfill our purpose are what set HOPE Academy apart from other providers in our area.

 

 My goal as Pastor of HOPE Baptist Church and Academy is to ensure that we represent the excellence of Jesus as we minister to your family. I grew up in a single parent home. I spent time in daycare and I was also a "latch key kid." I am thankful to this day for the support of local churches, and godly people who helped my mother to raise my siblings and I. Today I am an Officer in the US Coast Guard and the pastor of a great Church. I credit the care and education I received in those early years for any success I now enjoy. My passion is that your children will benefit from an even higher quality of care.

 

 Our academy could market itself in other formats to succeed in making money but this is not our focus. Our focus is to have the best teachers, curriculum and values to serve your children on behalf of Jesus Christ. God has blessed us in the past for this emphasis and I look forward to a strong future as we serve more and more families.

 

 If you find comfort in this vision and appreciate our values please share our story with friends and neighbors. Even as we enjoy a great reputation in Northeast Columbia, we continue to seek more opportunities to serve others.

 

 As a reminder, if you know of families in need please be sure to tell them about the free food pantry located at our Clemson Rd. campus. This ministry is there to serve underprivileged families during this difficult time. This is simply one more way that we are sharing hope with those around us. Because of all this and more, you are a part of an organization that is making a difference regardless of your church affiliation.


Pastor Trey Pruitt

HOPE Baptist Church
 
 

 

Our History

 

When Dr. Dennis Letts began Rice Creek Baptist Church in January of 1996, it was his vision to make reaching children a vital part of the church ministry.  After meeting for four years in the Rice Creek Elementary School cafeteria, they began the search for land nearby.  The nearly 8 acre tract in the Summit Community had been set aside for a church.  Several churches had made offers to buy the tract to no avail.  Pastor Letts son, Michael Letts, informed the head of the planning group for the Summit  that Rice Creek Baptist Church was planning a daycare as their main ministry.  The Summit then agreed to sell the land to Rice Creek Baptist Church.  After the church was built and opened their doors in August 2000, they changed the name to Parkway Baptist Church and Academy.  Through the Lord's blessing, they quickly outgrew the original building and added the Infant and Toddler building in 2002 and a third building in 2008.  The third building was intended to hold the church offices, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Afterschool room.  Pastor Letts was led by the Lord to step down as senior pastor in June of 2007 and the church promoted Trey Pruitt from associate to senior pastor.  After the third building was completed Parkway Baptist Church and Eastwood Baptist Church (located on Clemson Rd.) merged and created a new church, HOPE Baptist Church and Academy.  Through God's grace, HOPE Baptist Church and Academy continue to minister to the families in NE Columbia and help train up a child in the way that he should go.

 
    


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          

              

 

 

       

 
 
 
   
 

 

 

 

 

 

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