FPD will host Spiritual Emphasis Week for all students from February 22-24, 2023. This provides an opportunity for our students to intentionally focus on their relationship with the Lord and grow spiritually.

Middle and high school students will hear from guest speaker Ajay Pillai, who is a pastor and US/International Director for INIM, established in 1964 as an indigenous evangelism and church planting ministry with over 7,000 pastors and 15,000 churches. Pillai grew up in India, and he is an alumnus of Liberty University. Pillai is active in native church planting and field evangelism efforts in India, which require him to spend significant time in South Asia throughout the year. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 28 years and have been blessed with five children (4 boys and 1 girl) between the ages of 9 and 19. Learn more about Pillai in this video produced by his church a few years ago.

“I am passionate in every sense of the word to see myself and others become more like our Lord Jesus and thrive in this life with an eternal perspective,” said Pillai. “Everything, the good and the not-so-good of this very temporal life make perfect sense when we view it through the Prism of HIS WORD!”

Dr. Stephen Jordan, FPD’s Director of Spiritual Life, will serve as the speaker for elementary students (2nd-5th grades). He previously served as Campus Pastor at Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) in Lynchburg, Virginia, and taught high school Bible courses for nearly a decade there. Dr. Jordan and his wife, McKenzie, have four children: Audrey (3rd grade), Hudson (1st), Hadley (3K), and Micah (almost 2 years).

“Elementary chapels have been a highlight for me since I joined TEAM FPD, so when I was asked to speak to our elementary students during Spiritual Emphasis Week, I jumped at the opportunity,” Jordan said. “Our elementary students have so much energy and are incredibly eager to learn, so I look forward to sharing life-changing truths from God’s Word with them over the course of three days!”

During Spiritual Emphasis Week, students will participate in chapel each day (Wednesday-Friday). Music will be provided by local worship leaders for upper school students, and Brayden Hutcheson will be leading music for our lower school students.