Board Member Shares Her Perspective on Baptist Prep
Since 2016, Lisa Paden has served on the Baptist Prep School Board. We asked for her perspective on the current state of the school and its future.
“As we look ahead, I am encouraged by the ten-year strategic plan we are developing as a School Board,” shared Lisa. “This long-term plan will set the school on a trajectory for advancement that outlives each of us individually and will serve the school for decades to come. Additionally, the recent introduction to Kingdom Education Ministries and the content that is being made available to all Baptist Prep families is wonderful. Two comments from Dr. Glen Schultz when he recently spoke, caught my attention: ‘Whoever wants the next generation the most, will get them!’ as well as ‘There is no such thing as neutral education’. I am thankful that Baptist Prep continues to adhere to a biblical worldview education. Our staff and faculty seek to teach students the truth of God’s Word and integrate the Bible into every subject at Baptist Prep.”
Lisa’s daughter, Rebecca, is a junior at Baptist Prep. She is on the Junior Council, plays on the girls’ soccer team, and has been in choir since 4th grade.
“Baptist Prep is the perfect size,” continued Lisa. “We have the depth of academic rigor, but we also have a wide variety of extra-curricular activities for students to participate in. And by participate, meaning they don’t just get to be on the team, but they can really get involved and participate in multiple sports and activities.”
For parents, Lisa recommends they get involved as much as they can at Baptist Prep.
“I often hear people describe Baptist Prep as a family, which sounds cliché, but it really is true. Not long after my daughter started at Baptist Prep, I was blessed to connect with other moms who are now dear friends,” shared Lisa. “We have laughed, cried, and prayed over our children and our school more times than I can count. Our children may go their separate ways after high school, but I now have life-long friends! I encourage parents to get involved in any or every way they can. As a working mom, I know this is not easy, especially when children are young, but the irony is, the more you get involved, the more you can meet others who are in the same stage of life as you who you can depend on. Those other parents may be exactly what you need to help you get through the day, month, or even school year.”
To the School Board, Lisa brings her years of experience in the world of finance as a CPA and Senior Finance Director at Fidelity National Information Services (FIS). Prior to her work at FIS, she worked for Ernst and Young in the audit services division.
“My prayer is that Baptist Prep would stay true to the mission of assisting families in the Christ-centered, biblical worldview education of the next generation. There is too much at stake. Our children’s (and our children’s children) eternal destinies are dependent on us. The risk of loss of the gospel is only one generation. It is up to all of us to raise up the next generation to fulfill God’s plan. And we cannot miss our assignment.”
Thank you, Lisa, for the years of service and dedication to Baptist Prep!