About Us

Dr. Victor T. Curry

Senior Pastor/Chancellor

Dr. John McKinney

Trustee Emeritus, New Birth Baptist Church.

Ms. Maureen Bethel

Former Board Chair

Dr. John A. McKinney Christian Academy was a vision for more than 10 years before it began in 2004.  Since the planning stages, it was dubbed as JAM Christian Academy, in honor of Dr. John Albert McKinney, a faithful educator, founding member and active leader of New Birth Baptist Church.  As a beacon in the community, Dr. McKinney not only served with Miami-Dade County Public Schools as an educator and administrator but as a professor for Nova Southeastern University.   Dr. McKinney believed that eduction was the key to success and a better future.  Embodied with the same beliefs, Dr. McKinney inspired Bishop Victor T. Curry, to begin the planning of a Christian school that would represent the community of South Florida.


Our philosophy is rooted in the holy Scriptures and affirms respectively, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31


We are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of scholastic standards. We are fully committed to providing in a rich and academic environment, which will encourage every student strive to attain excellence. Children reach their highest potential if they have a healthy appreciation of their self-worth.


We deem it imperative that our curricula incorporate a program which emphasizes Christian values and academic excellence. The curricula embraces the concept of developmentally appropriate education and evaluation.

Our commitment to education and developing a child includes:

  • Fostering a positive, nurturing learning environment
  • Setting high academic expectation
  • Providing quality teachers
  • Facilitating parent family involvement

Our goal is to produce:

  • Compassionate thinkers
  • Visionaries with Christian principles
  • Individuals with an appreciation of cultural backgrounds who are equipped to explore and analyze their surrounding environment