Faculty & Administration

Pastor Mrs.Lisa 2015 Color
Pastor & President; School Secretary

Dr. Dewayne Jowers & Mrs. Lisa Jowers

Dewayne Jowers was born to Tom and Gwen Jowers in Jacksonville, Florida.  He graduated from Trinity Christian Academy.  He received a Doctor of Ministry from Christ’s College and entered the Pastorate after being ordained in 1987.

He was called to Grace Baptist Church in March of 1995.  He displays the heart and love of a Pastor/Shepherd.  He has led Grace Baptist Church into active and faithful participation in supporting missionaries and missions projects around the world.

He was invited to serve on the Board of Directors of the Rock of Ages Ministries by Dr. Ron Gearis and has worked alongside Dr. Charles Keen and First Bible International in getting the Bible to people groups who have never had one.

Pastor Jowers was married to Lisa O’Steen, daughter of Milo and Colleen O’Steen, in 1982.  They have three grown sons: Tim, Christopher, and Jonathan, and eight grandchildren.

Pastor Jowers is a lover of college football and an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

Mrs, Marie Rowe

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VPK - Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs Marie Rowe.   Bio Coming soon

Mrs. Heather Barber

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Principal & 1st-2nd Grades Teacher

Mrs. Barber holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Accounting from the University of Phoenix.  While working as an accountant, she began to feel the call to teach and went back to college to obtain her Florida Teaching Certificate.  She is certified to teach Pre-K through 6th grades.

She began her career in education at Grace Christian Academy in 2012.  As administrator, she worked to obtain accreditation for the school, and began the VPK program.  Over the years, she has taught each grade from VPK through 3rd Grade.  She enjoys making learning fun through creative activities and projects.  She has a passion for teaching reading and strives to encourage a love of reading in her students.  She is the proud parent of two graduates from GCA and her love for the ministry of GCA is evident in the work that she does as a teacher, VPK Director, and School Administrator.


 Mr. Adam Hatfield

5th-6th Grades Teacher

Mr. Hatfield received his Bachelor’s Degree, in Pastoral Theology, in July of 2021, from Atlantic Coast Baptist College, in Laurel DE. This fall, he will begin pursuing his Master’s Degree, also from Atlantic Coast Baptist College.  Mr. Hatfield joined the GCA team in July 2020.   He loves the fact that God has placed him here and that he is directly influencing the next generation. He not only serves as our 5th & 6th Grade teacher, but he is also the head coach for our basketball and football teams.

Mr. Grant Dawson

7th-8th Grades Teacher

Mr. Dawson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in church ministries with an assistant pastoral focus from Trinity Baptist College, which he received in 2016. He has served in Grace Baptist Church ministries since 2013 in the areas of children’s and youth Sunday school, children’s church, Vacation Bible School, youth pastor, and music director. Most recently, he has taught at GCA, since 2016, serving as a preacher, athletic director, and coach.  He has a passion for Bible, English, and History.

Mrs. Sarah Waddell

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9th-12th Grades Teacher

Mrs. Waddell began with Grace Christian Academy in 2017 as a volunteer and a substitute teacher.  She then joined the academy staff full time.  Mrs. Waddell has excelled as a Math teacher, guiding students to grasp the various concepts of Mathematics.  She has taken every opportunity to grow as a teacher by pursuing training opportunities through Pensacola Christian College’s Abeka Teacher Training Program.  Mrs. Waddell enjoys building character and encouraging spiritual growth in all of the students she teaches.  Mrs. Waddell is also the proud parent of two GCA students.