Faith Assembly Christian Academy

by Terry Watson | January 17th, 2019
Apostle Mary D. McKenzie and students (Photos by Pharen Lopez)

Apostle Mary D. McKenzie and students (Photos by Pharen Lopez)

Faith Assembly Christian Academy is a religious non-denominational (K4-12th) grade school located in Durham, N.C. Established in 1998, it offers a quality Christian education in a safe and friendly atmosphere to average and above-average students. Its mission is to educate and train students based on the word of God and develop the whole student spiritually, mentally, and physically. It has been graduating the next generation since 2006, with a 100% college acceptance rate.

FACA has five goals that are the foundation of which the school stands on. These are to teach students Christian values on how to develop Christ like attitude, prepare the next generation to go into the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, encourage parental involvement with their child, create a safe environment that stimulates learning and creativity through basic academics, the Bible, arts and business, and equip students with Godly wisdom and knowledge to better understand the world around them.

FACA is a product of Faith Assembly Christian Center, which was founded by the late Bishop Leroy McKenzie in 1993. Starting from scratch with the support of his wife, Apostle Mary McKenzie, three children and seven grandchildren, he built his ministry to include several non-denominational churches in the southeast. He also provided leadership training for church leaders and business professionals using divine principles that were shared at their Annual Leadership and Church Development Conference.

Since her husbands passing in 2012, Apostle Mary D. McKenzie has lead FACA, The New Church. “We do it ‘BIG’. Believe, Imagine and Grow,” she says. She is the senior pastor, and teacher, prophetess, evangelist, inspirational and motivational speaker. She is known for her dynamic bible teaching that transcends generations, socioeconomic and denominational lines. Her deliverance and prophetic ministry has touched and changed the lives of thousands of men and women. She is a certified Pastoral Trainer for the Global Proclamation Congress located in Bangkok, Thailand. Apostle McKenzie brings restoration wherever she goes.

The vision of Faith Assembly Christian Center is Changing A Generation, One Person At A Time. This vision is carried out through what is described as the 4 E’s. ― Education, Empowerment, Evangelism, and Entrepreneurship. FACA has also spawned a few other magnificent tools to further advance the kingdom of God. They are Faith Assembly Christian Academy and Faith Assembly Christian Daycare. Apostle McKenzie says the purpose of the academy is to be able to introduce the bible back into the hearts of kids, and to create a small educational environment that would benefit those who may not perform in a large classroom setting. “We are developing three types of kids to perform on one accord. Kids perform one way at school, one way at home, and another way at church. If we can get them to perform the same way in all settings, I believe the whole experience will be less stressful on them,” she says.

The main reason Faith Assembly Christian Church began happened as a result of a tragedy that Apostle and Bishop McKenzie endured. She shares her 15 year-old nephew was killed in Woodcroft nearly 25 years ago. “Five or six kids had skipped school and were walking through the Woodcroft community when they saw a moped in the garage of one of its residents. They attempted to steal the item but were halted when the homeowner surprised them with a gun, shooting all them. My nephew was shot in the back and died. My husband decided that we would develop something for kids that would give them better options in life. We wanted to help save our kids from the dangers and pitfalls of the streets.”

FACA’s team includes a variety of staff members who provide specialized instructional support as well as support to students. They play an important role in ensuring students are learning in a safe and supportive learning environment. They foster positive, trusting relationships with students and improve school climate by encouraging parent and family involvement in education. Because our students connect with team on many occasions throughout the school day, they model positive behavior and send positive messages to students.

The church and daycare suffered a setback in 2017. The building they were operating didn’t pass an annual inspection and was declared not to be up to code. They were displaced and were forced to move operations to alternate locations. “By the grace of God, we were able to get the necessary renovations made and are looking forward to moving back to our original location in a few weeks. We are eager to get back in our building because the waiting list continues to grow,” she shares. Additionally, FACA is asking for donations to help with renovation costs through its Go Fund Me account at

The academy and daycare prides itself on exposing their students to the world outside of Durham. This is accomplished with a series of field trips to other states through the year, including the beach, Washington, D.C., and more. “We have a student who will be the first male in his family to graduate from college when he receives his degree from Shaw University. We have some students who have graduated from the academy but still come back to teach and help the other students who are still here. We are family here,” she says.

Apostle McKenzie makes her case very clear why someone should choose to attend their daycare and academy. “We offer a safe, Christian family environment, a Christian curriculum, a low student to teacher ratio, and a loving and caring staff. The academy also provides Career Development, Entrepreneurship Training, Money Management Training, and Parental Involvement,” she says. “I want a well rounded child that is happy and striving to fulfill their destiny and purpose in life. Faith Assembly provides that

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