Tuesday, 08 September 2015 07:25

Anthony Brock Director of Valiant Cross Academy

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RRJ:  Many people have major high points and low points - bouncing around until they crash and then looking for help from God.  You’re not that person.  It isn’t a perfectly straight progression from your childhood to where you are now, but it’s close.  I know you are quick to attribute your trust in God’s plan to your parents clear demonstration of the Gospel of Christ when you were a child.  Can you first explain what that looked like in your home and its impact on your life?

It was definitely a blessing growing up in a home where both parents stressed faith and the importance of each of us seeking a personal relationship with Christ. My father Leo is a retired minister and presiding elder in the A.M.E. Church, and my mother Susie has been involved in every ministry in the A.M.E. Church. They gave us all every opportunity to grow in our faith from singing in choirs, Sunday School, youth conferences, and every other function of the church. Although I deeply appreciate and value all those experiences, it was their faith and genuine love for people that had the greatest influence on me. I believe one of the worst things parents can do is be worshippers on Sunday mornings while their children obviously realize they aren’t living that lifestyle throughout the week. I can honestly say my parents modeled a Christian lifestyle through the years. As a result, I am conscience of my interactions with my daughters. I would hate to think that anything I did would hinder them or anyone else from living the life that Christ calls them to live.


RRJ: Both your mom and dad are life-long educators, so it makes sense that you followed suit.  Even though you went into public education, your path was not the traditional one your parents took.  How did you eventually become the principal of Autauga County’s alternative school, which you helped to rename Second Chance?


After obtaining my degree in Education Leadership and Supervision, my career has taken me on an interesting journey.  Matthew 6:33, Seek the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you, is not a cliché. If you take care of His business, He will always take care of yours. When God started moving, I never stayed in one position more than two years.  I served in Autauga County as a coach, at-risk specialist, assistant principal, and started the Brother2Brother and Sister2Sister Mentoring Program. In 2011, I became principal at the alternative school.  I loved my time there and thought I had found my niche.


RRJ: Looking at where you are now, it’s easy to see how God has been preparing you for this season for a long time.  Valiant Cross Academy seems to be the perfect blend of what you helped start in Autauga County and the faith God has been growing in you since childhood.  How does faith and education come together at Valiant Cross?


Faith in God and knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior is the foundation on which Valiant Cross Academy was founded.  It’s a school where young men are educated and groomed in a Christian environment by a godly staff.  Our goal for our scholars is that they seek to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and become unashamed of the Gospel.  With a lot of love and high expectations, all students can learn.  Your zip code does not determine your ability to learn.  I don’t believe in an achievement gap, I believe that it’s only an opportunity gap.  We teach our scholars that God doesn’t make mistakes and that while they aren’t better than anyone, there isn’t anyone better than them either.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, Valiant Cross Academy will be a place where young men will rise above.


RRJ: Finally, you’re a part of a greater community that blesses you with the fruits of God’s goodness.  Besides your parents, how important has your community of Christian brothers and sisters played in preparing you to fulfill your role as the Director of Valiant Cross?


Iam extremely blessed that God has surrounded me with a community of Christian brothers and sisters who encourage me and hold me accountable. Outside of my parents and family, my pastor and my St. Paul A.M.E. church family provide me with a community of believers who consistently love and support each other.  St. Paul A.M.E. Church prides itself on being a church with P.O.W.E.R. (Persuading Other With Eternal Redemption).  I truly believe that every Christian needs to have a person or persons to walk with them daily.  There have been times when I have been discouraged and even times when I have allowed doubt to slip into my life.  It is always good to have that person to provide affirmation for something that God has revealed for you to accomplish.  I have also had the pleasure to meet godly people affiliated with Flatline Ministries, Common Ground Montgomery, One Mission, and other local ministries.  Montgomery is blessed to have a community of believers focused on Kingdom building on a daily basis.  I thank God that he has provided those people for me.


For more information on Valiant Cross

Academy, visit www.valiantcross.org.




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