Covington Christian School (formerly Covington First Baptist School) began in 1979 under the leadership of Gregg Curtis, the pastor of Covington First Baptist Church.
The first School year was 1979/1980 with a total of 16 students. The two grades offered were K4, taught by Karen (Haga) Howard with a total of 12 students, and K5, taught by Sally Griswold, with a total of 4 students.
Covington First Baptist Christian School added grades 1-3 in 1980 with a total enrollment of 27 students. Pastor Glenn Ray Jr., served as principal. Six students graduated from K5 that year.
The school continued to expand the next few years. By the 1985/1986 school year, grades K4 through 8th grade was offered with a total of 89 students enrolled. At this time Dr. Gregg Curtis served as Administrator and Pastor Glenn Ray Jr., as Assistant Administrator, and Floyd Turner as Principal.
Dr. Greg Curtis remained as Administrator with Pastor Glenn Ray Jr., serving as Principal. Several sports teams were provided for students by this time, including soccer, basketball and cheerleading. Enrolled were a total of 83 students in K4 through 8th grade.
Dr. Gregg Curtis resigned in 1988 and Glenn Ray Jr. followed. By the 1992/1993 school year, Warren Allen was the administrator of Covington First Baptist Christian School. The school then offered K4-6th grades. In 1995/1996 and 1996/1997 Pastor Alan Carson Sr. was principal.
Judy Rennaker, a teacher, was assigned the position of principal in 1998. Dr. Joe Davis served as Pastor/Administrator for several years until the end of the 2001/2002 school year. A decision was made to begin adding grades and plans to build a school north of Covington were initiated. At this time the school became a separate corporation from the church and a school board was established. By the 2000/2001 school year the name of Covington First Baptist Christian School was changed to Covington Christian School. Pastor Joe Davis resigned in 2002 and Judy Rennaker acted as both administrator and principal. Plans to continue with the building program were discontinued due to lack of funding.
Troy Harkey became the Pastor of First Baptist Church in 2003, but resigned in 2008. In the 2005-2006 school year, the first senior class, consisting of five students, graduated from Covington Christian School. By this point K3 through 12th was offered, with a total enrollment of 90 students. From 2006 through 2009 the school continued to offer K3 through 12th grade, along with a variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, and cheerleading. Also offered were drama club and high school choir.
Following the resignation of Troy Harkey in 2008, Pastor Joe Humrichous became pastor and remains in that position. Although CCS still offered grades K3 through 12th grade, the sports program was discontinued due to lack of interest by the students.
In 2011 CCS became an accredited school through the American Association of Christian Schools and also became an Indiana Choice School which enabled it to accept state vouchers and scholarships through the Sagamore institute. In 2012 CCS had fifteen voucher students and five students attending on a scholarship. In 2011 pastor Andy Harkleroad became co-pastor of First Baptist Church.
Preschool and elementary enrollment improved, but high school enrollment did not; therefore; the school board voted to discontinue high school May of 2013. For the 2013/2014 school year, K3 through 8th grade was offered. There were 26 students utilizing the voucher program. Judy Rennaker remained as administrator and Gabby Brothers was appointed principal. Mrs. Brothers left after one year to take care of her small children.
Bethany Frost was assigned the position of guidance counselor and the position of principal was eliminated.
After the end of the 2015/2016 school year, Judy Rennaker resigned as Administrator/Principal. Justin Wilderman was appointed Administrator/Principal/Guidance Counselor upon Mrs. Rennaker’s retirement. The school continues to serve K3-8th grade students.