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Rodney Haire

Since Liberty Christian School’s beginning, Dr. Rodney Haire envisioned a safe place for his own children to experience a well-rounded education, prepared for college with a solid biblical foundation.

Liberty Christian School became a reality in 1983 and began with 194 students in total. The school today now sees more than 100 students in each of its graduating classes, as many parents want the same thing for their children that Dr. Haire desired for his.

This past August, Dr. Haire announced his retirement after 34 years of devotion, leadership, and love that he and his wife, Judy, gave tirelessly year after year to the school Dr. Haire felt led to start.

To express appreciation and gratitude, the Liberty family, including current and previous staff members, current parents, alumni, alumni parents, and grandparents, are invited to a dessert reception held in his honor on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7–9 p.m. at the school.

Dr. Haire’s entrepreneurial spirit began even as a child, when he wanted to sell soft drinks to workers in his neighborhood. After attending The University of Texas, where he met and married his wife, Judy, he owned a successful textile business in Dallas with his father until the early 1980s.

It was at this time that he truly made the Lord the center of his life, thanks to a Bible study teacher who became his mentor and deeply impacted his life.

Dr. Haire moved his family to the countryside of Argyle at this time, even though he continued to work at his business in Dallas.

After his daughter was bullied for being a Christian in the public school, he searched for a Christian school in the area that would offer college preparatory academics, along with all of the fine arts and athletic opportunities that the public school had. Because he could not find one, Liberty Christian School was birthed. He remembering telling his wife, Judy, “I think the Lord wants there to be a Christian school in this area, and I think He wants us to start it.”

From that point on, the Lord’s favor and Dr. Haire’s handprint could be seen throughout the school, from the love he had for every family to the way he pointed everyone to Christ.

Liberty Christian School began with a calling, and a man who obeyed. Dr. Haire’s supportive wife and family partnered with him to walk out this calling, to create a school with academic rigor and a spiritual emphasis, while following the Lord’s lead every step of the way. Soon after he started the school, he sold his business so that he could pour all of his effort into the school.

Dr. Haire will be the first to say that it was the people whom God brought to Liberty that made the difference. He witnessed miracle after miracle, from Liberty’s first home on South Bonnie Brae in Denton to its current home on Highway 377 in Argyle.

Even in retirement, Dr. Haire’s heart for Liberty is as fervent as ever, as he wants students to know the Lord personally and pursue God’s ways and purposes that He has for every one of them.

When families RSVP for the Oct. 21 reception, they may include a note of thanks on that registration page, even if they cannot attend. These notes will be made into a scrapbook for Dr. Haire as a keepsake for him and as a reminder of the thousands of families he has touched for eternity.

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