established 1996

who we are...

Calvary Baptist Church Academy is a Kindergarten through 12th grade private Christian school and home school support group in Lakeland, Florida offering an award-winning fine arts program (choir, band, drama, visual art), junior varsity and varsity sports, other rotating electives, and academic record keeping.  Calvary Academy was founded in 1996 as a ministry of Calvary Baptist Church. We offer classes all day on Fridays, a feature we call “Friday School.” Calvary families complete their home school programs using a curriculum of their choice Monday-Thursday. We also offer field trips, extra rehearsals, and special events throughout the year.

Students take part in a variety of activities such as drama and music performances/competitions, our end of year awards program, and  high school graduation exercises.  Calvary Academy gives students an opportunity to build their faith in a Christian environment. We encourage parents to participate and be involved in Friday School and occasionally request help in some areas of teaching.

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Discover Why CBCA Homeschool Academy

Hear from our School Administrator, on Why We Do What We do and the Reason the School was established back in 1996, as well as the future for Calvary Baptist Church Academy for Homeschooling Families.

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pastor shane skelton

pastor of calvary baptist church

Pastor Skelton has a passion for the glory of God. His heart is to see Calvary Baptist Church reach the world for Christ. Through sound biblical preaching and sacrificial giving, Pastor Skelton desires to share the message of God’s saving grace.He desires for our church and school to be satisfied in Christ alone, and to be filled with the grace of our great God. He has challenged Calvary to be a faith-based ministry reaching out and targeting the unreached peoples of the world. Pastor Skelton is a strong dynamic leader who inspires others to reach their full potential for Christ.

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Mr. Bill Erow


Mr. Bill Erow was brought up in a Christian home and saved while attending a Vacation Bible School program at the age of 8. In 1974 he attended Trinity College in Dunedin, Florida, later enlisted and after 20 years in the field of finance with the United States Air Force, retired in 1995 but continued his ministry service. In 2010, he and his wife completed 3 years of Bible studies and received their diplomas from Faith Bible Institute. He is working on continued studies online through the Center for Expository Bible Preaching in North Carolina. He has been in leadership at Calvary since 2011.

Mr. Breeze kennedy

administrator / fine arts director

Mr. Breeze Kennedy graduated from Florida Southern College with a B.A. in Music. He has been the Choral Director and chairperson for the fine arts department at Calvary Baptist Church Academy since 2005. Breeze has a passion for teaching today’s generation the love of music and using their gifts to lift hearts and glorify God. Breeze is an active member of the Florida Music Educators Association and the Florida Vocal Association.


Mr. J.D. Lewis

Athletic Director

J. D. and Kim Lewis are not total strangers to Calvary.  They ministered here with us in 2008-2012 when fulfilling the roles of Director of Student Ministries and Athletic Director.   J. D. enjoys encouraging and equipping others toward success and is why he enjoys teaching, coaching, mentoring, etc.

Additionally, their two children keep them (especially Kim) busy.  Ansley (born in Lakeland) will turn 10 in May and likes art and music.  Andrew is 8 and likes all things Nerf and also basketball.  The Lewis family is excited to be coming back to Calvary!

Mrs. danielle skelton

finance / yearbook

Mrs. carol bates

guidance counselor / record keeping

Mrs. Carol Bates has worked with the school since its founding in 1996 and is an integral part of record keeping and the administration process. Mrs. Carol’s smiling face and kind spirit is one of the many things you will enjoy about CBCA. Mrs. Carol is an excellent resource for any questions you may have.

Mrs. Ashley Samson

drama director

Mrs. melissa shuart

art director