100 years in the making. Come check out where we started, and where we are now.
Red Bird Founded
Reverend J. J. DeWall established a Mission in the Red Bird Mountains. He built several churches and mission homes in the area for people to live in. Next, in 1922, Myra Bowman and Emeline Walsh moved to the mission and started Red Bird Christian School after learning that there were a lot of students in the mountains who didn’t have access to education. Lastly, in 1928, Red Bird clinic was built after Dr. Harlan Heim and Miss Lydia Rice, R. N. had been treating patients at the mission over the years.
Red Bird Fire
Red Bird Christian School and the Red Bird Dormitories burnt to the ground on the Beverly campus.
New School Dedicated
After a brief stint at a temporary campus on Queendale, a new school with dormitories was built. Red Bird Mission’s Executive Director Reverend Edward T. Ehresman dedicated the new school to “to the glory of God for children and youth”.
Hard Times Knock
There was a brief stint of hardships that the Mission faced in 2010. Unfortunately, due to financial issues, the Red Bird School dormitories closed. Shortly after the dorms closed, the Red Bird Dental Clinic closed as well. Many feared this was the end of Red Bird.
Build Better Tomorrow
However, bad times don’t last forever. There is always a light at the end of the tunnel. In 2014, Executive Director and former Alumnus of Red Bird Christian School Dr. Taylor Collins broadened Red Bird’s Appalachian boarders. He recruited international students to attend Red Bird. Soon, the dormitories reopened and the community began to thrive again.
What About Now?
There will always be trials you have to go through. Yet, it’s how you handle those trials when you find out what you are made out of. Red Bird Mission and Christian School recently fought through the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2021, all services are back up and running at Red Bird. The school is blazing a new path forward in the mountains, looking to bring the S.T.E.A.M. Program to students who may not know all of their options after high school. We are developing Christ centered leaders in the Cumberland valley and beyond.