About Us

The Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation established in cooperation with Wake Christian Academy. Our mission is to:

  • Promote and fully fund the annual need-based financial-aid given by Wake Christian Academy to eligible students.

  • Continue to grow the financial-aid endowment for the long-term support of Wake Christian Academy's financial-aid program.

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The Franklin Pierce Educational Foundation affirms and supports the three basic principles of Wake Christian Academy.

  • To be an extension of the Chrsitian home and Bible believing church and thus to provide a continuity of training for Christian young people for the purpose of equipping them for the service of God.

  • To furnish Christ centered quality education. 

  • To function as a missionary outreach to students who may be unsaved in order to bring them to a saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Franklin Pierce

Franklin Coolidge Pierce was born Augsut 31, 1927 in Wake County. He was one of five children born to Reginald (Reggie) and Annie May Smith Pierce and was reared on tobacco farms. Although his family moved often, the Pierce family faithfully attended Catawba Springs Christian Church.


Franklin, along with his sister, Nina and brother Hardy, attended Bob Jones University where he majored in Bible Studies. It was there he met Evelyn Kamis, whom he later married. In 1949, Franklin began his work as pastor at Pleasant Union Christian Church in Lillington, NC.

While Franklin worked part-time at Pleasant Union, he traveled to other small country churches to preach. By age 35, Franklin agreed to become the pastor of Catawba Springs Christian Church and would later add a third church, Christian Light Christian Church to his regular rounds.


Franklin and Evelyn had four children and the family traveled together as he went to all three of his churches. In 1967, Evelyn began teaching at Wake Academy, a small private school. When it became evident that the school was not finanically secure, several men from Catawba Springs Christian Church approached Franklin to seek his help in reorganizing the school into a private Christian school. He took the responsibility and led the men involved as God directed. He called the school Wake Christian Academy.


Once the school was established, Franklin continued to be involved in a number of ways. His job as administrator enabled him to keep the finances in order, but he never limited himself just to working in the administrator's office. He was often found cutting grass, mopping/waxing floors, picking up trash, and even cleaning the restrooms. His love for the students was demonstrated through his many efforts to raise funds for families needing financial assistance to help their children receive a Christ-centered education.

About Wake Christian Academy

Starting with a vision by a group of Christian parents in 1966, Wake Christian Academy has grown into a thriving reality. The academy consists of kindergarten, elementary, middle school, and senior high school levels and has produced thousands of graduates in a variety of professional fields including medicine, law, business, law enforcement, education, engineering, and ministry.


Since 1966, Wake Christian Academy has sought to provide a quality, Christ-centered education and to prepare our students to accomplish the purpose and plan God has for them. During the years of our ministry, there have been many changes, but our goal remains the same.

"Emphazing the preeminence of Christ in life and learning" Colossians 1:18


Wake Christian Academy is indebted to our Lord Jesus Christ and to our founders for their vision and sacrifice, encouraged by the successes and victories of the present and committed to prepare for a greater future.


Wake Christian Academy is a fully accredited member of the North Carolina Christian School Association, American Association of Christian Schools, North American Christian School Accrediting Agency, Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools and National Council for Private School Accrediation. Wake Christian Academy strives to maintain a high standard of excellence as set forth by the NCCSA, the NACSAA, the AACS, NCPSA and the MSA-CESS. WCA Teachers are certified by the NCCSA, and many faculty members maintain licensure by the State of North Carolina.