This is Hope.

I n 1988, a small number of church members came together to begin Christian Education at Hope Lutheran Church. The school offered morning Preschool and Kindergarten classes to anyone who desired to attend. The program’s reputation grew over time establishing itself as exemplary in the area. Largely supported by Hope Lutheran Church, the school remained much the same for 25 years.

In 2018, Hope made the huge leap of faith to open a full-service educational program for children age 6 weeks to Kindergarten, as well as before and after school care for older children. Today, families enjoy Christian education on a campus offering meals, special programming, and the same exceptional preparation for school they have always provided.


The Director.

Juliet P. Brand

Bev Yoakum

Bev Yoakum is a wife, and mother of three grown children, two amazing daughters in law, and one quite beautiful granddaughter. In 2006 she achieved a Master’s in Educational Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

From 1989 to March of 2014, she owned and operated private schools and childcares in Ohio. Beginning as an in-home daycare to provide food for her own kids, it grew over the years to become an organization that held a high-Christian ethic, spanned over multiple counties, grossed several millions, and provided quality education and safe care to thousands of children. Wesley Taylor Preparatory, a private chartered Christian school began from nothing and grew to be a powerhouse of the community. She sold the company in 2014 to follow a ministry opportunity.
 Other ventures have included a Christian music venue, which quickly became a crowded house of teens in 2003. While running the Rockin' Fish Cafe', Bev booked several major bands, managed independent Christian artists, ministered to those seeking answers to faith questions, and loved on people hurting from life’s issues.

Her passion for creating amazing spaces for children followed her to Virginia beach, where she now Directs Hope Academy. She enjoys fellowship with people of all ages, visiting her family, a nice warm beach, and hanging out with friends.
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Hope's History.

Lutheran Foundation.

Hope’s roots trace back to 1847, when Saxon and other German immigrants established a new church body in America, seeking the freedom to practice and follow confessional Lutheranism. Originally named The German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio and Other States, the name was shortened to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 1947 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary. The LCMS has long been associated with quality, loving, faith building educational programming.



Hope Academy provides an environment whereby children from birth to school-age can grow, learn, and meet Jesus.

Faculty and Staff.


Spiritual Director



Apply Now.

Applications are accepted year-round for children between the ages of 6 weeks through 12 years. Apply now for your child to have a safe, caring, and joyful educational journey.