Celebrating 75 Years of Christian Education

By: Renee White
Date: 02/02/07
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On November 4, 2006, Elim Seventh-day Adventist Church and School recognized one of its oldest students, Lillie Wishop who was among the first graduates.  She is part of the history of Elim SDA Junior Academy. Mrs. Wishop recalls the wonderful days she spent attending Elim Seventh-day Adventist Church School.  
Bible, Reading, and Math were her favorite subjects.  She says, “Bible was my favorite subject out of them all.  If it had not been for the Word of God, I would not be here today”.  

“Ninety plus years of life is no small task or feat, but a gift from God”, said Renee Flowers, City Council Vice Chair, who bestowed on Mrs. Wishop a gift, and the key to the city. Pastor Malcolm White and Delores Smith, Principal, presented Mrs. Wishop with a plaque acknowledging a legacy of the  Seventh-day Adventist Church School which was founded in 1931 located at 2101 9th Avenue South.  It was initially housed in the church and grades 1-10 offered. 

In 1954, a new school building was erected adjacent to the church.  The school thrived for over 30 years at this location until 1964 when it was demolished by fire.  New property was purchased at 801 6th Avenue South.  The school returned to the annex of the church.  Then in the fall of 1988, a new building was constructed, and Elim SDA Junior Academy opened its doors in the new complex.  

Elim Seventh-Day Adventist Junior Academy continues to provide quality Christian education in the community of St. Petersburg, and has done so for the past 75 years.  To God be the glory

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