Outstanding Alumni Awards
Enjoy the Bio's of the Representatives of the Classes of 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007, 2012 and 2017
Dr. Brent Campbell Class of '92
The Lord has given Dr. Brent Campbell two desires: one for missions and one for medicine. He pursues one at Erlanger Hospital (Hixson) as a Family Practice Physician, where he has been providing primary care for his patients for 15 years.
In pursuit of missions, Dr. Campbell and his family have traveled to 49 states over the past eight years sharing the message of the Gospel and Jesus's sacrificial love for all people by doing Vacation Missions.
Brent is married to the former Jennifer Wilson, who is also an alum of Grace Academy Class of '93. They have two boys who are currently at GBA. Ethan is a Senior and Blaine is a Freshman. Brent says, “We daily seek the Lord for the path He would have us take, and we are grateful for His many blessings on our family.”
Dr. Steven Euler
Class of '97
Following his undergraduate work at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Dr. Steven Euler completed medical school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Following an Internal Medicine residency through the U.S. Air Force, and serving back time on active duty, he moved back to Memphis, TN where he currently lives.
Dr. Euler is engaged in Emergency Room work in his local community hospital. In 2018 he helped start a healthcare company, RADAR EMS, LLC. (Rapid Assessment Decision and Redirection). The company partners with the City of Memphis and the Memphis Fire Department to supply medical providers who respond with their paramedics at the scene of low acuity 911 calls. By providing on scene medical provider assessments, they are able to help connect the majority of patients they see to more appropriate places of care instead of a local emergency room for their current medical concerns.
Montague Beau Hicks
Class of '02
After graduating from UTC with a BS in political science & business management, Montague (formerly known as 'Beau') , began his law enforcement career with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, later transitioning to the Chattanooga Police Department.
During this time he was able to serve Chattanooga’s citizens and gain a deeper understanding of how public safety officers can have a positive role in helping our community thrive.
His observations in the community were also instrumental in inspiring his wife’s work in serving single moms in college.
While it is true that law enforcement officers experience tough and dangerous interactions with the public, Montague truly appreciated the opportunities his career afforded him by allowing connections with kids and families through Read Across America days and other positive community interactions. He will always be thankful for the friendships with his fellow officers and grateful to be able to act as a peacemaker and preserve community safety.In 2021, he transitioned from his law enforcement duties into serving people in another capacity. He currently owns and manages Allay Home Assistants, which serves primarily retired folks and busy professionals. Inspired by a dear neighbor who suffered a fall after attempting to take care of her own home management needs. Allay began as a way to help people in the Chattanooga area save time and avoid unnecessary risks by turning to a reliable, regular service provider that feels like family.
Although he loves to serve his community, his favorite role will always be a loving father to his five amazing children and husband to his wonderful wife, Cara.
He is grateful for the Christ centered education he received at Grace Academy, and the many teachers and coaches that helped shape his life.
Class of '07
After graduation, Laura attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, earning her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters degree in School Leadership.
Laura joined the staff of the Chattanooga area Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2012, where she currently serves as the campus rep for 17 schools at the middle school, high school, and collegiate levels.
Through FCA, Laura trains students to lead FCA huddles in their respective schools. She also leads team chapels and small group Bible studies for athletes and coaches.
Bethany Cowart Reese
Class of '12
Bethany graduated from Grace in 2012 on the softball field after the school’s first TSSAA state championship. She then went on to play 4 years of Division I college softball at ETSU, majoring in exercise science. After finishing my Bachelor’s degree, Bethany was accepted into PT school at UTC and graduated with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2019.
Shortly after that, Bethany married the love of her life, Jeffrey Reese, a fellow alumni and former teacher at Grace Academy. Since PT school, Bethany has worked in outpatient orthopedics, serving the Northwest Georgia community. She was recently certified as an Orthopedic Specialist in Physical Therapy.
Bethany and Jeff live in Chattanooga and are expecting their first baby in about 4 weeks. As a family, they have attended Grace since her return to Chattanooga for PT school. Bethany says that her walk with the Lord has grown with each passing year. That growth and closeness with God, she says, would not be possible without the foundation laid while attending Grace Academy.
Class of '17
Kayla attended Grace from Pre-K through her senior year. During her time at Grace, she was an active participant in athletics, clubs, Student Government, Homecoming Court and won the Principal’s Award her senior year.
Kayla attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (GO VOLS!) where she majored in Food and Agricultural Business with a Law and Policy Concentration and minored in International Agriculture.
During her time at UT, she completed two internships, studied abroad twice, and worked on extensive research projects. After graduating from UT, Kayla moved to Nashville where she works at Cargill as a Food Safety, Quality and Regulatory Supervisor.
Kayla enjoys travel, spending time with family and friends and trying new restaurants!
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Enjoy the Bio's of the Representatives of the Classes of 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016
Jonathan & Michelle Hill / Class of '91
Michelle attended UTC and graduated with a degree in accounting. She worked as a Senior Cost Accountant for10 years before taking time off to start a family.
Returning to the workforce, she joined the staff at Brainerd Baptist Church over 15 years ago where she currently serves as their Finance Administrator.
In 1993, she married her high school sweetheart and fellow '91 alumnus. She and Jonathan have three girls - Julianna ('19), Victoria ('21) and McKenna ("23). Their family enjoys spending time together camping, traveling and going on vacation with friends.
Michelle had this to say about Grace: "From the first time I visited Grace, I knew I had found my home. There was a sense of community between the students, parents and faculty that I had never experienced before. Grace was a place of growth for me both personally and spiritually. When people ask me what Grace means to me, the answer is always the same; Grace is family."
Jonathan attended Cedarville University and later Chattanooga State. He fulfilled a prophecy of Coach Mattheiss' by marrying his high school sweetheart Michelle Ross Hill.
Jonathan has enjoyed a 30-year career in mechanical & plumbing design, engineering, consulting and construction. The last ten years he has served as a Vice President with iCON Air & Mechanical Services.Jonathan is also a deacon and has served in a number of ministries at Brainerd Baptist Church.
On his 30th anniversary as a graduate of Grace Baptist Academy Jonathan says, “I am very thankful for the privilege to have attended and have my daughters attend a school that strives to put Christ first in all it does. Thank you Grace Academy past and present faculty and staff for continuing to run the race and fight the good fight, in the name of Jesus Christ.”
Carrie Cooper Knecht / Class of '96
After graduating from Bryan College, Carrie returned to Grace Academy as a teacher in the fall of 2000. Over the last 21 years, she has taught several different grades and many amazing students.
Carrie says, "I have seen firsthand the impact of Grace Academy upon my life , the lives of my three children, and the lives of hundreds of students.
I am also grateful to be a part of the student ministry at Bayside Baptist Church where my husband Terry is the student minister. Together, we are thankful for the opportunities God has given us to impact the lives of students.”
Taylor Leigh Walker / Class of '01
Taylor is currently the Practice Manager at Greater Chattanooga Orthodontics. She previously worked at Grace Academy as the Admissions Director and still enjoys being involved in Grace activities such as helping with the Spring musical. When Taylor is not working, she is spending time with her friends or listening to true crime podcasts.
Michaela Estill Rychener / Class of '06
After graduation, Michaela attended Toccoa Falls College where she graduated with a BS in Early Childhood and a minor in Theological and Biblical Studies. In 2015, she received her Masters of Educational Leadership from Western Illinois University.
Michaela and Jon, her husband of 11 years, have 3 children. Michaela taught in the classroom for 6 years before accepting a position in elementary administration.
Now in her sixth year as the assistant principal at Hickory Grove Elementary School in Dunlap, IL. Michaela was recently recognized as the ‘Administrator of the Year’ in her school district. Michaela says that, “Grace was where it all began and I'm forever grateful for the positive impact it made on my life.”
Jessie Anne Compton / Class of '11
Jessie Anne attended the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Music Education. Still a resident of Knoxville, she teaches K-5 elementary music at Northshore Elementary School. Since 2013 Jessie Anne has also been actively involved with the non-profit organization the Joy of Music School where she teaches voice, piano, directs the children's choir and online music classes.
Jessie Anne's passion is building an elementary musical theatre program that promotes community and leadership skills among students and staff who participate in the program. Jessie Anne was recognized by her peers at Northshore Elementary School and received the Teacher of the Year award from her school during the 2020-2021 school year.
She is actively involved at Shoreline Church in Knoxville, Tennessee where she serves as a high school girls student leader. Jessie Anne is proud to be a graduate of Grace Academy and hopes to pass on the love and commitment so many teachers invested in her during her career at Grace.
Erin Cooke / Class of '16
Erin attended the University of Georgia where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2019. During her last year at UGA, Erin accepted a role overseeing the state of Georgia for Charlie Kirk’s organization, Turning Point USA. Erin started over 30 chapters at colleges and universities across the state and hosted large speaking events at state universities. Since then, she has accepted a managerial role overseeing the entire southeast region for TPUSA.
She is now the manager of the east coast operations for Turning Point Faith and has recently moved to Nashville, where she oversees a team of six representatives spanning from Georgia to Maine.
The mission of Turning Point Faith is to activate the faith community to be civically engaged, by empowering pastors and equipping their congregations to take action. Erin hopes this program will encourage the "American Church" to take itself off the sidelines in the civic sphere in order to shape the trajectory of our Nation by putting God back at its center."
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Representatives of the Classes of 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015
Class of '90
Class of '95
Class of '00
Class of '05
Class of '10
Class of '15
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Representatives of the Classes of 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014
Class of '89
Mandy Moore Long Class of '94
Lt. Col. Peter Euler
Class of '99
Class of '04