"My feet have closely followed His steps...to keep His way without turning aside." Job 23:11
Director of HOPE Academy
HOPE Academy exists to provide quality Christian education and childcare for your family. We are a nonprofit organization that values Biblical principles along with excellence in academics. Our goal is to partner with the families we serve to educate and disciple the children under our care. The values we hold as we fulfill our purpose are what set HOPE Academy apart from other providers in our area.
When Dr. Dennis Letts began Rice Creek Baptist Church in January of 1996, it was his vision to make reaching children a vital part of the church ministry. After meeting for four years in the Rice Creek Elementary School cafeteria, they began the search for land nearby. The nearly 8 acre tract in the Summit Community had been set aside for a church. Several churches had made offers to buy the tract to no avail. Pastor Letts son, Michael Letts, informed the head of the planning group for the Summit that Rice Creek Baptist Church was planning a daycare as their main ministry. The Summit then agreed to sell the land to Rice Creek Baptist Church. After the church was built and opened their doors in August 2000, they changed the name to Parkway Baptist Church and Academy. Through the Lord's blessing, they quickly outgrew the original building and added the Infant and Toddler building in 2002 and a third building in 2008. The third building was intended to hold the church offices, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, and Afterschool room. Pastor Letts was led by the Lord to step down as senior pastor in June of 2007 and the church promoted Trey Pruitt from associate to senior pastor. After the third building was completed Parkway Baptist Church and Eastwood Baptist Church (located on Clemson Rd.) merged and created a new church, HOPE Baptist Church and Academy. In 2017 Pastor Trey Pruitt resigned. Ben Newman is our Transitional Pastor until we can find a permanent Pastor. Through God's grace, HOPE Baptist Church and Academy continues to minister to the families in NE Columbia and help train up a child in the way that he should go.