Our Administration

Administration, Guidance, and Staff

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Chris Williams, Ed.S.

Head of School

Mr. Williams is a Christ follower, and finds sincere joy in educating and planting seeds for the Gospel of Christ. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University, a Master's of Art in Teaching from Alcorn State University, and an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College. Mr. Williams has been in education for 15 years, and he has been an administrator for 10 years. Mr. Williams also serves as Pastor of Wayside Baptist Church of Vicksburg, MS. He is married to Jennifer and has sons, Bridges and Brantly.

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Austin Crabtree, M.Ed.

Assistant Administrator

Mr. Crabtree is a 2014 alumnus of PCA, and he teaches Pre-Algebra, Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, and Algebra III. Mr. Crabtree also serves as an Assistant Administrator. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Mississippi College, a Master of Education in Education Leadership from Liberty University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as Organist of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg.

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Frances Warren, M.Eng.

Assistant Administrator

Mrs. Warren teaches Chemistry I and II, Honors Algebra II, ACT Prep, Physics, and Calculus. She also serves as an assistant administrator. She is a graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Engineering, and she also holds Administration Certification from Delta State University. She began teaching at PCA in 2001. Her three children are PCA alumni, and she is married to Terry. She has two daughter-in-laws and three granddaughters.

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Nancy McClain, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor

Mrs. McClain serves as Guidance Counselor, and she has over 36 years of experience in education. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Education in Guidance Counseling from Mississippi College. Her husband, Mike, is an engineer, and they have been married for 36 years and have three children.

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Blake Purvis, M.S.

Athletic Director/Head Football Coach

Mr. Purvis is a 2006 graduate of PCA, and he currently serves as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Track/Field Coach, and Health Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science Degree from West Texas A&M, and is a graduate of the MAIS Leadership Institute. He began teaching/coaching at PCA in 2016. He is married to his wife, Shelby, and they have a daughter, Leighton Caroline.

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Kim Arias

Finance Director

Mrs. Arias is a 1991 graduate of Porter's Chapel, and she has served as Financial Director for 16 years. Mrs. Arias is married to Al, and they have two sons, Jake, who attends Mississippi State University, and Josh, who graduated from Porter's Chapel and Mississippi State University and is now a law student at the University of Mississippi.

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Janice McKercher

Administrative Assistant

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Mrs. Linda

Custodian

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Mr. Fred

Custodian

Our Elementary Teachers

Elementary and Special Area Teachers

Cindy Fumbanks, A.A.

K4 Teacher

Mrs. Fumbanks teaches Pre-Kindergarten at Porter's Chapel. She is a Hinds Nursing and Allied Health graduate, and she holds MAIS Pre-K Certification. She is married to her husband, Louis Fumbanks, and they have one daughter, Anna Fumbanks White.

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Chandler Upton, B.S.

K5 Teacher/Head Softball Coach

Coach Chandler Upton teaches Kindergarten at Porter's Chapel Academy and is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University in Early Childhood Education. She is also the fast pitch softball coach. Recently, she married Cameron Upton of Vicksburg, MS.

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Becky Pace, B.S, M.Ed., Ed.S.

1st Grade Teacher

Mrs. Pace is a 36 year veteran in the classroom, and she has been teaching at PCA since 2014. Mrs. Pace has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Masters Degree in Education from Ole Miss and Mississippi College, respectively. She also holds an Educational Specialist Degree from MC. Her husband, Jack Pace, is a former educator of 31 years, and she enjoys church membership at Redwood United Methodist Church, the outdoors, cooking, sewing, reading, and spending time with her pets in her spare time.

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Myra Beard, B.S.

2nd Grade Teacher

Myra Beard is proud to call Vicksburg her home. She is a graduate from Warren Central High School.  She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from the University if Mississippi.  She has been in the Education field for 20+ years as an assistant and a teacher.  She is a member of Oakland Baptist Church where she grew up. She has served many positions in the church over the years. Myra is often found singing specials at Oakland. She knows God has placed her at Porter's Chapel so she can tell children about Christ. Education is important but Eternity is more important.  

 
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Dixie Henry, B.S.

3rd Grade Teacher

Mrs. Henry comes to Porter's Chapel with over 26 years of experience in education. She has a Bachelor and Master's Degree in Education from Mississippi College, and she is PCA's third grade teacher! Mrs. Henry has a husband, two children, and three grandchildren.

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Betsy Westerfield, B.S.

5th/6th Grade Teacher

Mrs. Westerfield has been teaching for 23 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Southern Maine. She has a husband, Billy, who is a retired coach and educator, and she has two grandchildren. This is her fourth year at PCA.

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Shannon Barnard, B.S.

5th/6th Grade Science, Math, and History (6th Grade Homeroom)

Mrs. Shannon Barnard is our fifth/sixth grade teacher and an alumni of the class of 1997. She graduated from Delta State University with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences. She also played basketball, softball, track, and cheerleading for Delta State. She comes to PCA with over 15 years of experience with Southside Christian School and the Vicksburg Warren School District. She is the wife of Chris Barnard and the mother of Chloe (12) and Blake (9).

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Jennifer Williams, B.S.

Library/Reading Intervtionalist

Mrs. Jennifer Williams is a 20 year veteran of the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Belhaven University. She is married to Mr. Chris Williams, Our Head of School, and they have two children, Brantly and Bridges.

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Carrie Martin, B.S.

Elementary Art

Carrie Martin teaches Art and Computer Applications at Porter's Chapel. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lake Superior State University. She is married to David Martin, a retired Coast Guard Chief, and they have two boys, Peyton and Isaac.

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Josh Masterson, B.S.

Elementary PE

Coach Josh Masterson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Alcorn State University, and he is a 2013 graduate of PCA where he was a member of the 2013 Class AA State Champion Basketball Team.

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Our Secondary Teachers

Junior High and High School Teachers

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Lynn Baker, M.Ed.

Spanish I and Spanish II

Mrs. Baker is a 52 year veteran of the classroom, and she began teaching at PCA in 1997. She holds a B.S. in Education (Spanish) from Mississippi State University, a Masters of Science in Secondary Education from Alcorn State University, and is a graduate of the MAIS Leadership Institute. Her classes consist of Government, Economics, and Spanish I and II. She is married to Buddy and has three kids and three grandchildren.

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Sandy Clark, B.S.

7th Grade Science, 8th Grade Science, Biology, and Human A&P

Mrs. Clark is a 34 year veteran of the classroom. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State, and she has graduate hours from Southern Miss, Alcorn State, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M. She is certified in Biology, Physical Science, English, Social Studies, and K-8 Special Education.

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Austin Crabtree, M.Ed.

Geometry, Algebra II, and Algebra III

Mr. Crabtree is a 2014 alumnus of PCA, and he teaches Geometry, Honors Geometry, Algebra II, Algebra III, and 7th Grade Pre-Algebra. Mr. Crabtree also serves as an Assistant Administrator. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Mathematics from Mississippi College and a Master of Education in Education Leadership from Liberty University. Currently, Mr. Crabtree is pursuing a Doctorate of Education through the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He also serves as Organist of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg.

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Liz Gullett, M.Ed.

Pre-Algebra and Algebra I

Mrs. Liz Gullett teaches Pre-Algebra, 8th Grade Math, Algebra I, and Honors Algebra I at PCA. She is an alumna of PCA, and she is married to her husband, John. She has two sons and grandchildren.

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Dave Martin, B.S.

English II, Honors English II, English III, Honors English III, and Honors English IV

Dave Martin teaches English at Porter's Chapel. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi College. Mr. Martin is a retired Coast Guard Chief and is married to Mrs. Carrie Martin. They have two boys, Peyton and Isaac.

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Carrie Martin, B.S.

Art and Computer Applications

Carrie Martin teaches Art/Computer Applications at Porter's Chapel. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Lake Superior State University. She is married to David Martin, a retired Coast Guard Chief and English teacher at PCA, and they have two boys, Peyton and Isaac.

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Josh Masterson, B.S.

7th Grade History, 8th Grade History, World History, and U.S. History

Coach Josh Masterson is a 2013 alum of Porter's Chapel Academy. He serves as PCA's assistant football coach and history teacher, and he also teaches Elementary PE. Josh received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Alcorn State University.

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Vance McGee, B.A., M.S., M.Div.

Junior High Bible, High School Bible, and World History/Cross Country Coach

Mr. McGee holds Bachelor and Master of Arts Degrees form Cal. State University in Fullerton, Master of Arts Degree from Talbot School of Theology, and a Master of Divinity from Cranmer Theological House. He has been teaching for 14 years, and he has been with PCA since 2014. Mr. McGee has two children who attend PCA. Mr. McGee teaches Bible, World Views, and World History.

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Blake Purvis, M.S.

Essential Skills, Health, and Senior Math

Mr. Purvis is a 2006 graduate of PCA, and he currently serves as Athletic Director, Head Football Coach, Track/Field Coach, and Health Teacher. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mississippi State University, a Master of Science Degree from West Texas A&M, and is a graduate of the MAIS Leadership Institute. He began teaching/coaching at PCA in 2016. He is married to his wife, Shelby, and they have a daughter, Leighton Caroline.

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Frances Warren, M.Eng.

Algebra II, Calculus, Physics, ACT Prep, and Chemistry I and II

Mrs. Warren teaches Chemistry I and II, Honors Algebra II, Physics, ACT Prep, and Calculus. She also serves as an assistant administrator. She is a graduate from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor and Master Degree in Engineering, and she also holds Administration Certification from Delta State University. She began teaching at PCA in 2001. Her three children are PCA alumni, and is married to Terry. She has two daughter-in-laws and two granddaughters.

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Pam Wilbanks, M.Ed.

7th Grade English, 8th Grade English, English I, and Honors English I

Mrs. Pam Wilbanks is a 40 year veteran of the classroom, and she has been a member of the PCA family for 11 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in English Education from Mississippi State University and a Master of Education from Mississippi State University in Educational Leadership. Mrs. Wilbanks has a husband, Rayford, a son, and two grandchildren.