Conley Named Head of School for Cornerstone Christian Academy

Feb 2, 2022 | Cornerstone Christian Academy

ABINGDON, Va. – Cornerstone Christian Academy (CCA) has selected Fred Conley to serve as its new head of school.

Conley comes to the Abingdon, Virginia-based private school with more than two decades of experience as a Christian school administrator, pastor and missionary. In addition, his career includes 12 years of teaching experience in secondary education and five years at the collegiate level.

“Mr. Conley’s extensive background in church ministry, teaching and coaching, combined with his service as a school administrator, provide a myriad of leadership experiences that make him an excellent choice to lead our school forward,” says Emily Shields, M.D., chair of CCA’s board of directors. “Mr. Conley exhibits the heart of a faithful servant leader who will keep Christ at the center of all we do as a school. It does not take long to realize he is a man who loves the Lord and loves people, and we are excited to welcome him to the Cornerstone family.”

A native of Ohio, Conley holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio), a master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy (Daphne, Alabama), a master of ministry degree from Crown Seminary (Powell, Tennessee), and a master’s degree in education administration from Crown College. 

“I’m humbled to be selected to serve the students and families at Cornerstone,” Conley says. “This is a special place that, for more than a decade, has been cultivating the next generation of Christlike leaders. As we look ahead to the next 10 years ― and beyond ― we have a tremendous opportunity to continue to strengthen our outreach and impact. I look forward to working with our board of directors, administration, faculty and staff to help make that vision become a reality.”

Conley has 20 years of high school coaching experience and continues to serve as an official for high school sports, a role he has fulfilled more than 20 years. He and his wife, Sharon, reside in Chilhowie, Virginia. 

Founded in 2011 with 22 students, CCA has grown to more than 220 students, with the 2021-22 school year being a record-breaking year for enrollment. CCA offers a classical, non-denominational Christian education with rigorous academic standards and many opportunities for hands-on learning. Serving students in junior kindergarten through 12th grade, the mission of CCA is to prepare students to go into the world equipped to make a difference and fulfill God’s calling for their lives by thinking creatively, reasoning logically and writing persuasively. CCA provides a college preparatory experience and offers a variety of fine arts courses and electives, in addition to a robust athletics program that includes volleyball, basketball, baseball, swimming, golf, cross country, and track and field.

Since 2016, CCA has been accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for grades K-12. For more information about CCA, visit

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For more information, contact Emily Farmer, director of strategic planning and coordinator of development, at (276) 971-1254



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