R-MA: A Christian Boarding School

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At this Christian boarding school, services are scheduled so that both boarding students and day students may participate.

A Christian Boarding School

Randolph-Macon Academy is a Christian boarding school with a healthy respect for those of other beliefs. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and the faculty and staff believe that young people must have a strong ethical, moral, and spiritual foundation upon which to build their lives.  To that end, we strive to engender within students a respect for religious heritage and for all matters spiritual.  The Academy is ecumenical in matters of religious belief, and welcomes students of all religions.
 
We believe these Christian-based lessons are so important that chapel services are scheduled so that day students as well as boarding school students may attend. Every student is required to attend weekly chapel service that is ecumenical in nature, and includes song, scripture, a Christian-based sermon, and prayer.  Student leadership and participation in the service is encouraged regardless of religious affiliation.  Rev Lem Pearsall, the Academy chaplain, also encourages students to share their joys and concerns to be prayed for during the chapel service.  Throughout the year, special services and observations are incorporated into the services at both the Upper and Middle School.

The goals for the chapel services are as follows:

  • For those students who have a Christian background that it will be a weekly time of worship.
  • For those students who have other religious backgrounds that it will afford them a time of reflection and prayer.
  • For those students who have no religious background that it will be an educational experience.
  • For all students it will be opportunity for their moral, ethical, and spiritual education and development.

Students are able and encouraged to worship on Sundays in local churches.

The physical center of the spiritual activities at R-MA is Boggs Chapel, which features an Allen Renaissance Quantum (TM) Model Q-385 Organ and a state-of-the-art sound system. The chapel seats approximately 450 people.

Students in the Upper School are required to complete one credit of religious studies in order to fulfill their graduation credits. Students may choose from Hebrew Scriptures (also referred to as Old Testament), New Testament, and Comparative Religions. 

The chaplain is also available for students to go to for guidance relating to spiritual matters.

Please contact the school chaplain for any additional questions about this Christian boarding school's programs or about the use of the chapel for weddings and other events:

Rev. Joshua Orndorff
jorndorff@rma.edu