Deborah Johnson, Senior Director of Communications
The morning of January 5th, 2016 was a formative time in the history of Prestonwood Christian Academy. We celebrated the dedication of “The Joshua Plaza” and unveiled the servant statue signaling the opening of the new 18,000 square-foot Student Life Center.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony was a time of praise, gratitude and humility. The ceremony was a time to acknowledge the favor of God and the abundance of His blessings on our school.
A ceremony of signing new building beams has become a PCA tradition. This gives students, faculty and board members an opportunity to write scriptures or words of encouragement on the building and remain with it perpetually.
“My prayer is that this building will see generation after generation worship their savior and train to go out, one beam message read, stand firm for Him just as this facility will stand strong.”
Dr. Larry Taylor, head of PCA, joined Dr. Jack Grahm, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church and John Harper, Chairman of PCA’s Board of Trustees at the dedication of the 5,000 square-foot plaza courtyard containing the Joshua statue.
“This statue of Jesus washing Simon Peter’s feet will be a perpetual reminder to all who see it, Dr. Grahm said, the way to impact the most people is to serve.”
The Joshua Plaza was conceived in the 2006-2007 school year. PCA was then celebrating its 10-year anniversary and the school-wide theme was “a decade of blessings.” The theme was based on Joshua chapter 24, the last chapter in the narrative of Israel’s pursuit and occupation of “The Promised Land.” In this chapter the covenant between God and the Israelites was renewed- a reminder of God’s historical faithfulness. Therefore, the Israelites vowed to serve and obey their Lord.
The keynote speaker for the Joshua plaza’s servant statue dedication was PCA staff member Dan Tharpe.
“This building is more than steel, brick and mortar, Tharpe said, it’s a place where students will gather and worship, where life-long friends will be made and a place where students will discover Christ and grow in Him.”