Our School Board



The administrative body of Ephesus Jr. Academy is a School Board, which is elected by the church. The School Board meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the school during the school year.   The members of the School Board are chosen for their consecration, their belief in and loyalty to the principles of Christian education, their good judgment and tact, their experience in school matters, and their financial judgment and ability. They believe in and have a willingness to follow denominational education policies and recommendations.

The Pastor of the church is a member of the School Board. The principal of the Academy is also a member of the Board.  Some members of the Board are parents of children who attend or have attended the Academy, so that the Board may profit from parental viewpoints and counsel, which result from close-up observation and experiences. The officers consist of a chairperson, vice-chairperson, secretary, treasurer and recording secretary. The principal of the school is generally appointed as secretary of the Board. The Executive Board consists of the Pastor, Chairperson, Principal and Treasurer.

The 2023-2024 School Board Members are as follows:

 - Pastor

Jamie Mitchell -McIlwain is the  Principal at Ephesus Jr. Academy.  She also teaches grades 6-8 

Bravett Lyles - is the Chair he is a retired administrator of Winston Salem Forsyth County Schools and an elementary teacher for 14 years.  

Nola Staplefoote - Treasurer

Sharon Roey - Home & School Leader

Rinard Howard  -  He is a proud former student of Ephesus Jr. Academy.  He has a B.S. degree in Health Sciences and a master's degree in Healthcare Administration from Washington Adventist University.  

Brenda Lyles is a retired employee of Winston-Salem State University Early Childhood Development Center.  She held that position as lead teacher for 10 years and assistant director for 11 years.  

Dendra Marcus - School Board Secretary

Doris Lyles

Joann Spurgeon

Ernestine Chavis Swift is the education secretary for Ephesus Jr. Academy.  She is a retired educator of Winston-Salem Forsyth County School (WSFCS) and is a passionate advocate for Christian education.  Ms. Swift be reached at (336) 771-0899 or via email:  ernestineswift@bellsouth.net.