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Christian Ministries Program

At the center of all that we do at the Academy is our desire to share Christ with our students.  Our vision is to produce leaders whose lives are built on integrity, a strong moral compass, and a total commitment to life-long learning and who exemplify Christ’s devotion to service and His compassionate concern for others.

Program Features

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Course Credits

Graduates of the Academy are required to complete one credit in Religion during their Upper School years. We offer four half-credit courses: Hebrew Scriptures and New Testament on the regular college prep sequence and Apologetics and Church History on our honors college prep sequence. Middle School Bible is included on the schedule for students in grades 6-8, and our Lower School students have daily Bible study and prayer time in their classrooms.

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Chapel Services

The Christian Ministries program also includes twice weekly chapel services for Middle and Upper School and a weekly service for Lower School. These chapels are coordinated by Campus Ministers Monica and Clint Followell and include worship and prayer time, games or skits, and a devotional shared by a member of the SMA staff and faculty or a minister from one of our local church bodies or ministry partners.

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Special Christian Ministry events are held during the school year, including See You at the Pole, Fields of Faith, and “Seek Week,” an evangelical focus for Middle and Upper School students that culminates in a baptismal service. Our boarding students are also afforded the opportunity to attend local church services on Sunday mornings if they desire.

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Opportunities for Service

School-wide opportunities for service to the community are provided throughout the year as the Academy family partners with organizations such as TEEM Haiti, School Fuel, Hays County Brown Santa, and the Hays County Food Bank. Selected SMA seniors are also invited to serve as pages for the annual meeting of Texas Baptists.

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Meet the Campus Ministers

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Called Together

Monica and Clint Followell serve together not only as Campus Ministers for the Academy, but also as members of the First Baptist Church of San Marcos staff. The Followells moved to San Marcos in 2012, when Clint was called as Minister of Students at First Baptist Church. A year later, Monica joined the staff as Minister of Missions. The couple joined the Academy staff in August of 2018 and share the duties of overseeing the Christian Ministries program at San Marcos Academy private school in Texas.

From Counselors to Ministers

First meeting one another in 2005 at Pine Cove Christian Camp, where they served as counselors, the Followells were fellow students at Ouachita Baptist University, where they received degrees in Christian studies. Married in 2008, the couple headed to Waco that year to attend Truett Theological Seminary, earning their Master of Divinity degrees there. During that time, Clint served as Youth Pastor at First Baptist Church, Valley Mills, and Monica worked as a Youth Care Counselor at the Methodist Children’s Home.

Adding to the SMA Family

While at Truett, the Followells began to care for their now two oldest children, Brandon and David, adopting them two years later. Their third son, Asher, was born in 2014. Brandon works in the SMA Maintenance Department, while David and Asher are both students at SMA.

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Theme for 2022–23

“Be the Story” is the theme for the 2022-23 school year at San Marcos Academy.

The key verse is Ephesians 2:10. 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good words, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Chapel services during the year will explore the many ways we See the Story, Live the Story, and Be the Story. Monthly topics include the following:

BTS Creators Banner: Beauty Creators


BTS Creators Banner: Culture Embracers


BTS Creators Banner: Servant Leaders


BTS Creators Banner: Family Builders

Nov / Dec

BTS Creators Banner: Perseverance Pursuers


BTS Creators Banner: Truth Seekers


BTS Creators Banner: Earth Keepers


BTS Creators Banner: Christ Followers

April / May

Our doors are always open to new students