First Baptist Christian School is committed to academic excellence through a Biblical worldview by teaching critical thinking skills, reaching the heart, and inspiring student leaders who will impact their community for Jesus Christ.
First Baptist Christian School was established in 1974 as a ministry of First Baptist Church of Stuart, Florida. The school was founded under the ministry of Reverend Clint Marlow. The associate pastor, L.C. Campbell, took the lead in establishing the school for the glory of God. The school opened with five grades, kindergarten through fourth. By 1976, due to the Lord’s favor, Mr. Edward Smith became the first headmaster and the school expanded to include kindergarten through eighth grade. Enrollment grew to 145 students and the school thrived.
In 1979 Michael Casey, the middle school history teacher, became the interim headmaster until Dr. Gerald Pember became headmaster in 1980. Mr. Michael Casey accepted the position of headmaster in 1981 while continuing to teach history. Dr. Darrell Orman became Senior Pastor of the church in 1991. The Lord continued to bless and direct the school’s ministry and in 1999 Mr. Casey led the school through accreditation by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Mr. Casey continued as headmaster until his retirement in 2008. Richard Robertson followed as headmaster for one year and Debbie Brown served as interim headmaster for four years. Mr. Stuart Shumway joined as headmaster in 2014 and served for three years. Under his direction and with the Lord’s provision, in 2015 FBCS added a High School and the school was AdvancED accredited. Mr. Shumway returned to North Carolina in 2017 and Mrs. Alli Blackwell became principal. Mrs. Blackwell has been with the school since 2014 and served as PE and Athletic Director prior to taking the position as principal.
Through Mrs. Blackwell, the Lord continues to develop the school. In 2018 a talented and gifted program for elementary students and advanced English Language Arts and math classes for middle school were established. We are thankful for the Lord’s favor, provision and guidance in the past, present, and future at First Baptist Christian School.