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Executive Officers

Dr. Richard Callahan


Richard Callahan is the senior pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church (Archdale, NC). Since 1977 he has shepherded his flock and ministered in the school. A native of Charlotte, he grew up in Greenville, SC, was saved, and then was privileged to work at The Wilds during the first summer of its existence. He is a graduate of Bob Jones University and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity from Ambassador Baptist College. He is president of the North Carolina Christian School Association, has served on the AACS Board of Directors since 2007, and is a founding board member of Return America. He has been privileged to serve alongside missionaries, preaching and teaching in several countries. He and his wife, Liz, have joyfully labored together where the Lord planted them many years ago.



Dr. Jeff Walton

Executive Director

Dr. Jeff Walton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Bob Jones University, a Master of Education degree from the University of Richmond, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Virginia Baptist College. Privileged to grow up in a pastor’s home, his involvement in Christian education includes graduating in the first commencement of Faith Baptist School of Longmont, Colorado, serving as a teacher and school administrator, as director of the Old Dominion Association of Church Schools, and as executive vice-president of Virginia Baptist College. In addition to his leadership in these positions, he has been active in the legislative process, seeking to secure policies and legislation to protect the ministries of Christian schools. He has presented professional development workshops for Christian school teachers at several state and national conferences in the U.S. and at conferences in Timisoara and Beius, Romania. His local church involvement has included various ministries: Sunday school teacher, teen choir director, deacon, and assistant pastor.