Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Virginia sits a sprawling tree-lined campus. Classrooms inside this shuttered private school sit empty. Once-busy halls are eerily silent. Each room looks like a time capsule of better days. But not for long.
"After much prayer and discussion with our elders, and pastoral leadership, we will be launching Cornerstone Christian Academy," said Senior Pastor Gary Hamrick.
Hamrick got a standing ovation after making that announcement during recent Sunday services at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg.
The campus is about 20 miles from Cornerstone Chapel, the church that will open the school in the fall of '23.
Initially, there will be enough space for 500 elementary and middle school students.
"They have classrooms, desks, there's a gym, cafeteria down the hall. We're going to repurpose it for the Lord," said Hamrick.
There are also plans to expand to high school and online learning.
"Our goal is to provide children an education where they have a biblical worldview. So they can go out into the world and be salt and light," he said.
The multimillion-dollar project is Hamrick's response to what's playing out in public school systems across the country.
Loudoun County has been near the center of the nation's culture war. For more than a year, parents have railed against everything from sexual assault on campus to critical race theory and transgender policies.
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