The story of Brazos Christian School is a tribute to our most holy and magnificent God. It is a story of a great miracle in the Brazos valley being birthed through ordinary people to do an extraordinary thing... A Christian school which integrated God and His principles into every subject of the day!
In the fall of 1980, a sermon on Deuteronomy 6:4-9 was preached at First Baptist Church in Bryan. "Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might" A few people heard these words in their heart and asked, "How are we going to do this? How can we teach our children the Scriptures throughout the day?" They formed a prayer group and prayed that God would show them how to apply this Word to their lives. Months passed, prayers continued.
The Lundberg family moved from California to College Station and was looking for a Christian school for their children. Upon learning that there wasn’t one, they joined the prayer group. At the end of one of the prayer group meetings, the Lundbergs said, "Let’s put feet to these prayers and get started!" Thus, the vision started taking shape and form. Four couples took up the banner: Julia and David Gardner, Kay and Larry Lawless, Margaret and Bob Reese, and Melina and David Shellenberger.
Curriculum had to be researched, a location for the school had to be decided, school desks and equipment needed to be purchased, and of course, teachers had to be hired.
Through it all - month by month, the Lord guided surely and strongly. All eight were united in heart and spirit as each day presented a new challenge. Each one contributed to the whole and brought forth his/her part. As the men presented the vision of a Christian school to many of the areas churches, it became evident that few understood the need for a Christ-centered school. Weren’t our public schools doing a good job of educating children?
Finally, in August, 1981 the United Freewill Baptist Church on Tabor Road in Bryan opened its doors and heart to the new little school called Brazos Christian School. Three small classrooms were available for the school’s use and on August 30, 1981 school began for 13 children in grades 1st through 6th. The first kindergarten class started with four children taught by three mothers. Sue Hartman, who later became Headmaster from 1982-1983, was hired two days before school started to teach 3rd through 6th grades. It was an exceptional year which was marked by an incredible dependence upon God. Prayer was the cornerstone of every meeting and every decision.
The second year 69 children enrolled and the school had outgrown its Sunday school classroom. Grace Bible Church opened its heart and doors to us, with the school utilizing two classrooms and a small office built by the school board. The school used the church’s bathroom facilities and gymnasium and the church used the school’s classrooms on Sundays.
In the third year, 129 children enrolled. To accommodate this growth, eight portables were purchased from Snook I.S.D. and placed in a ring around the Grace Bible church gymnasium. It was 1994 when BCS moved to its current location. The first graduating class 1999 had five seniors. They included Lauren Boedeker, a graduate of Texas A&M who married to Josh McGuire and teaches at Kingdom Kids for Grace Bible Church; Lesli Harding, who graduated with honors from Texas A&M and married Mark Watson, breeds and raises quarter horses in Benchley; Michelle McCulley, a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, is now a Chef at Smith & Wolensky’s Restaurant in Sturbridge, Massachusetts; Rachel Nation graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor and teaches first grade at Scott Elementary in Temple, and finally, Tucker Young, a local Candy 95 personality known as "Frito".
Another important person in the history of Brazos Christian is Trina L. Rigsby, who came to our school in 1992 when her husband, Rick, accepted a position at Texas A&M University in the Speech Communications Department. Trina was the school’s librarian, nurse, and office manager. She exhibited a passion for reading and planted this deeply within the hearts of children. She was also a mother of two boys, Jeremiah and Andrew. Trina died on September 8, 1996 after a courageous five and a half year battle with cancer. Today the school continues to honor and remember the Rigsby family as evidenced by our library bearing the name Trina L. Rigsby Memorial Library. Rick Rigsby is an inspiration himself and is a nationally recognized Christian motivational who speaks to various groups about his personal life challenges and encourages others to press forward through their own trials. We thank the Rigsby family for their many contributions to our school.
In summation, five foundational principles best describe the Brazos Christian School’s beginning:
Unity of staff and faculty
Brazos Christian School is thankful to all who came before us to build the awesome school we have today. We value our past and current board members, teachers, staff and administrators. There are far too many to mention all who have given so much to our school; however, we would like to specifically mention our Headmasters: