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On January 5, 1887, huddled inside a small church in Harnett County, sixteen students and their 25 year old teacher, James Archibald Campbell, sang out the hymn “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”, as they would every morning thereafter. Five other students were building the nearby schoolhouse that would become Buies Creek Academy -- a place where students from all walks of life could come to learn and have the opportunity to grow in their faith.
Just one year earlier, Campbell had returned home to his native Harnett County, working as a pastor and selling books to help out the family farm. When approached by community leaders about the critical need for a local school, Campbell readily committed himself to the challenge, despite the absence of a salary. But the young minister felt it was an important mission to provide a quality Christian education for the children of this rural community.