Classical Christian Education for All: Starting New Schools for Children of the City

Russ Gregg

Russ Gregg (B.A., Global Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is co-founder and has served as Head of School since Hope Academy’s founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood since 1994. In 1999, he was an administrator at a Christian School in Edina, and quit his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife Phyllis, who teaches at Hope Academy, live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.

Roosevelt Wilson

Roosevelt has a doctorate in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in Educational Leadership, a master's degree in Elementary Education, and a bachelor's degree in psychology. He comes to Harbor Christian Academy from Spring Independent School District, where he served as principal his final five years and assistant principal for four years prior. He also has six years of experience as a classroom teacher. Before beginning his career in education, Roosevelt served with the United States Marine Corps. A few highlights of his 23-year tour as a Marine include Instructor at the Drill Instructor School in San Diego, CA, Administrator at the Staff Noncommissioned Officer Academy in Okinawa, Japan, and also in Beaufort, SC, as the director of the Lifelong Learning Center. He is husband to Octavia and the father of four adult children.

Planting an Urban Classical Christian School

The education of at-risk youth is the civil rights movement of our day. Public and charter approaches can’t get to the heart of the crisis. Come learn about the story and distinctives of Hope Academy and its “start small, dream big and grow slow” strategy. Participants will walk through an overview of the school’s model for parent engagement and its development cycle for events. Time for discussion and Q&A will be allowed.

Russ Gregg

Russ Gregg has served as Head of School at Hope Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, since its founding in 2000. He has been a resident of the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis since 1994. In 1999, he was a school administrator in one of the wealthiest suburbs of Minneapolis before quitting his job to help lay the groundwork for a Christian school for his urban neighbors. Russ and his wife, Phyllis, who teaches 3rd Grade at Hope Academy, live four blocks away from the school. They have three grown children. Russ has a bachelor’s degree in global studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Classical Learning.

Who’s Missing From Your School?

We know that our schools spread a daily feast of classical, God glorifying education. Are there any people in your city missing from the table? Come and hear how an emerging movement of schools are welcoming the children of urban poor families to “taste and see”. How could your school get in on the surprising joy of spreading the banquet of classical, Christ-centered education to those who could never imagine they were welcome at the table?

Russ Gregg

Russ Gregg is the Co-Founder and Head of School of Hope Academy, a K - 12, Christ-centered, classical school,serving the urban poor of Minneapolis. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, Russ is an elder at Jubilee Community Church, and of his many responsibilities, he regards none as more important or more satisfying as teaching the scriptures each week to his li le ock of 120 six and seven year olds at Hope Academy. Russ and his wife, Phyllis, have lived in the inner-city of Minneapolis for 21 years and raised three adult children.