Alumni Reunion Date

June 3rd & 4th have been named as the dates for the 2017 Reunion.  Activities will get started at 1pm on Saturday June 3rd following the school graduation. All former staff and alumni are welcome.  This year we will be honoring the classes of 1947, 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. There will be […]

Rev Jim Andrews ’54

Rev Jim Andrews ’54 passed away in August 2016.  Jim dedicated his adult life to missionary work in the Republic of China (Taiwan) and was honored as a CBA/CCA alumnus of the year.

Keith Radford ’45

Keith Radford class of 1945 passed away October 15, 2016.  He was a long-time resident of south Douglas county.

Bob Dunbar ’45

Bob Dunbar, Class of 1945, passed away May 3, 2016. Bob was president of CBA/CCA from 1985-87 and was the grandson of Rev. A.M. Shaffer, the founder of the academy. He also served a number of years on the Board of Directors of CBA/CCA. Bob served his country during the Korean War and had a career as a […]

Buford Swanson ’48

Buford Swanson, alum from 1948 from Veradale, Washington, has passed away.

Harry Lawson ’55

Harry Lawson, Class of 1955, recently passed away.  He had great love of the school and often attended alumni reunions.  Harry lived for many years in the Salem, Oregon area.

June Shaffer Hoffman ’38

June Shaffer Hoffman ’38 passed away March 17, 2016.  It is believed that Ms. Hoffman, a long-time resident of Bakersfield, CA, was the oldest living alumnus of CBA/CCA at the time of her passing.

Diana Cox Wife Of Former CBA-CCA Principal-Teacher-Coach

Ray Cox, CBA/CCA  principal, teacher and coach in the 1950s and 60s, reports that his wife, Diana, recently passed away. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ray and his family and pray that our Lord brings him and his family the much-needed comfort and peace during this time.

Mike Mitchell (Staff – 1985 – 1990)

Mike Mitchell (Staff 1985-1990) passed away the first week of July 2015. Mike coached CCA girls’ basketball teams for five seasons.  Among the achievements of his girls were two district championships and a third place finish at the 1989 OSAA state tournament. His 50 wins over his last three seasons make him the winningest girls’ […]

Heidi Beck ’99

Heidi Beck ’99 passed away July 2, 2015.  While at CCA, she was May Queen and Salutatorian of her class and then went on to graduate from Oregon State University.

Muriel Cornelius King Elsey ’40

Muriel Cornelius King Elsey ’40 is the author of a new book titled “Simple Sermons From My Kitchen Table”. Muriel is nearly 93 years old and has served as a missionary to Native Indians in Canada and Alaska, was a pastor’s wife, and currently holds services  at a senior retirement home in Forest Grove, Oregon. […]

Graduating Classes Through The Years…

CCA/CBA Memories – A Christian Boarding School That Continues To Impact Many Nations And Many Generations Looking back 10 years, 20 years, 30 & 40 years ago and even 50 & 60 years ago!  My, how the time goes by! For those of you who graduated from this high school in 2005, it’s pretty astounding […]

Shirley Cordray Vierra ’51

Shirley Cordray Vierra ’51 passed away May 27, 2014.  She was married to her husband Gerald for over 50 years and they made their home in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Ed and Carrol Johns Visit Canyonville Christian Academy

Ed Johns ’64 was on Canyonville Christian Academy campus to act as a consultant for the school.  His purpose was to evaluate the private high school’s – programs, facilities and give CCA his advice on the future of the school. Ed is now semi-retired, and is working as a consultant with the Salem Oregon School […]

Do You Remember Your Junior Senior Banquet?

Every year, the hands-down much anticipated event at this private school is the Junior Senior Banquet, or better known as JSB. JSB began in the 1940’s here at Canyonville Christian Academy.  Back then it was called Canyonville Bible Academy.  Yet the Junior Senior Banquet was and continues to be a dressy evening out full of activities […]

Alumni Contribute To New Dorm

Continuing their support for the new dorm, Canyonville Christian Academy/Canyonville Bible Academy alumni recently contributed another $2,000. The added funds will go towards the decorative street lights and brings to nearly $55,000 in total help on the project by alumni and board members.  Thank you Alumni and Board members! Below is an updated photo taken the […]


Gabriel Martin won bot sprints (100m, 200m) at the April 9 eight-way conference meet at Oakridge.  Event victories were also captured by Sebastian Fajardo (800m) and Sasha Eck (triple jump). At the Saturday April 11 24-school invitational track meet at Glide, CCA distance runners Caleb Reimers (2:14/800m) and Diego Rubio (4:45/1500m) recorded the best times […]


     Ivan Sandrali and Mahli Beltran were honored as 2015 Homecoming King and Queen of Canyonville Christian Academy  at the halftime of the varsity boys’ basketball game February 13.  These honors awarded on the basis of the votes of the student body. The Pilot boys fell short by a score of 55-44 in the […]

Ksusha Vanyan ’00

Ksusha Vanyan ’00 is currently working on Broadway (New York).  A drama major, Ksusha is the dresser for Maggie Gyllenhaal, star of the Tom Stoppard play “The Real Thing”.

Laurel Lawson ’75

We are sorry to announce that Laurel Lawson ’75 passed away Dec. 15, 2014. She made her home in Federal Way, Washington and was active in singing groups throughout her life.

CCA/CBA 2015 Alumni Reunion Date Set

May 30 & 31 have been named as the dates for the 2015 Canyonville Christian Academy Alumni Reunion.  Activities will get underway at 1 p.m. on Saturday the 30th following the school graduation.  A banquet will follow on Saturday evening with a brunch and chapel winding up events on Sunday the 31st. CCA particularly welcomes students from the “10-Year Classes” (1945, 1955, […]

Mortgage Paid In Full

Paying off your mortgage is always a good thing. In August 2014, Canyonville Christian Academy did just that when we made our final payment on the staff house located at the corner for 1st and Canyon Street – across from the  gymnasium.   Although the home has been used by the school for a number […]

Pinky Hubbard Herber ’52

Pinky Hubbard Herber ’52 passed away May 24, 2014.  She was married for 45 years to Harold Herber, also a CBA classmate from 1952. Together they went on an estimated 45 cruises and she was once held captive on a tour bus enroute to the Egyptian pyramids.

Wesley Bishop – Receives ‘Alumnus Of The Year Award’

Wesley Bishop, Class of ’64, the writer for 14 produced movies, was honored as “Alumnus of the Year” during the 2014 alumni reunion. His films include “Christmas Shoes” starring Rob Lowe, the most-watched TV movie of 2002; “The Dan Jansen Story” for which he receied the Christopher Award; “A Walk in My Shoes“; and his personal […]

Looking Back At CCA’s Strong Track History

Canyonville Christian Academy then Canyonville Bible Academy has a rich track history.  It is filled with personal records, school records, district championships and State championships.  Since the current OSAA track classification standards were adopted in 1992, the Pilots have collected ten state meet trophies.  Since 1970, CCA’s athletes have won over 70 individual and relay titles […]

Remember May Queens and MayFest?

Do you remember May Day or MayFest and all the fun? With the school year rapidly approaching it’s end, and the Alumni Banquet coming up in just a few weeks, MayFest is almost here! It all began back in 1946.  The tradition of Mayfest royalty started with the crowning of Queen Kathleen Cole.  Back in the early years, […]

Christian Academy Alumni Reunion Coming Up Soon!

Private School Canyonville Bible Academy, now Canyonville Christian Academy has had the privilege of serving many many students, starting small, to now serving students from all over the world!  This year, we are celebrating 90 years of education, starting from our small beginnings to our current International outreach, CCA has a beautiful tapestry of history.  You […]

CBA/CCA Alumni Reunion – Celebrating 90 Years Of Education!

Can you believe it? This is Canyonville Christian Academy’s 90th year as a private high school!  From it’s small beginnings in 1924 to today, this Christian boarding school has been a blessing to MANY and continues to reach out even further –  to the NATIONS! What a legacy to share! Dad Shaffer would be amazed […]

Private High School Holds JUNIOR-SENIOR BANQUET – 2014

Canyonville Christian Academy seniors were honored by the junior class at the traditional Junior-Senior Banquet. The traditional event, which began in the 1940’s, included an evening of activities. The anticipated event is highlighted by Junior and Senior young ladies being “requested the presence of” by a Junior or Senior gentleman who walks up the stairs […]

Stanley (class of ’51) and Mary Kessi Dodd (class of ’52)

Canyonville Christian Academy/Canyonville Bible Academy Alumni was recently informed of the passing of Stanley (Class of ’51) and Mary Kessi Dodd (Class of ’52). They made their home in Albany, Oregon for many years and both passed away in 2013.  Stanley was active in Christian broadcasting for many years.

Boarding School Track Teams Open Promising Season At Crusader Relays

Canyonville Christian Academy’s track team got the 2014 season started with some promising efforts at a St. Mary’s of Medford, Oregon 10-team relay meet March 17. The private school’s top finishers were Sasha Eck (2nd in both long and triple jumps), Jack Yoo 92nd and a 3rd in the two horizontal jumps),  and the boys […]

Pilots Multinational Basketball Team Came Close!

Canyonville Christian Academy’s International boys basketball team made a good run at the #1 high school basketball team in the state during the opening round at the 2A OSAA tournament.  Trailing by just two points late in the game, the Pilots came up short in the closing minutes.  Final score:  Irrigon 47 CCA 37. In […]

Pilots Advance To State FINAL-EIGHT In Basketball!

Canyonville Christian Academy’s 2013-14 Pilots boys basketball team played an inspired game March 1 against the fourth-ranked Myrtle Point Bobcats to advance to the next round of the OSAA state playoffs. The 68-67 road win came in overtime and sends to Pilots to a quarterfinal game against top-ranked Irrigon March 6 in Pendleton.  The game […]

Land Cleared For Private School’s New Dorm!

Canyonville Christian Academy is expanding! The first steps toward the construction of a new dorm on the private school’s campus got under way Dec. 17 with the arrival of the excavating crew and the clearing of the lot for the building.   The 35-student dorm will be located between Shaffer Dorm and the school gymnasium.  […]

School’s Board Suspends Cross Country

After struggling to field full teams for a number of years, Canyonville Christian Academy’s board voted to suspend the sport of cross country. Since 1962, the Pilots have won 29 district championships and sent more than 40 teams to state.  The school had five individual state champs (Bill Castro, Mike Mason, Rose Gilbert, Mike Webster […]

Dustin Radford ’96

Dustin Radford ’96 is a writer of technical manuals for airline jets based in Sandy, Oregon.  He lives with his wife and  two daughters in Portland, Oregon.

Yvonne Engebretsen Heriford ’48

Yvonne Heriford passed away August 21, 2013. She was married to Ken Heriford, Also CCA class of 1948 and they made they’re home in Gresham, Oregon.

Shelly Jasper Smith ’79

Shelly Jasper Smith passed away August 13, 2013. She was mother to seven children, most of who are CCA graduates. Shelly was an accomplished musician and served as CCA choir accompanist for many years. She was also valedictorian of her graduating class. Below is a link to Shelly’s memorial service for those who weren’t able […]

Sherry Dotson Cannon ’79

Sherry lives and works in Florence, Oregon. She has been an accountant for many years, a profession she says she was introduced to in a CCA course.

Sherrie Koester Foster ’71

Sherrie and her husband Tim are now pastoring at the First Baptist Church, Myrtle Creek, Oregon.

Don and Alta Warren

Don Warren, former dean of boys, and wife, Alta, have both reached the 90-year-old mark. They make their home in Airy, North Carolina, where Don is still an active trumpet player.  

Don Myhre ’63

Don Myhre, class of ’63, currently resides in the Philippines and is busy running basketball and volleyball camps for elementary and high school kids.

Bertie Seavey

Bertie Cross Seavey, class of 1950, passed away in 2012. She had made her home in Lebanon, Oregon.

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Esther Shaffer Celebrates 90th Birthday!

An estimated 80 people attended an open house for Esther Shaffer on her 90th birthday February 9, 2013! Esther is the wife of a former head-of-school, Robert Shaffer, and lives just off the CCA campus. Known to generations of students and a member of the CCA Class of 1941, she has filled many roles at […]

Esther Shaffer Turns 90 Soon!

Guess who’s turning 90 soon?  It’s Esther Shaffer! Time to celebrate! Details below! Esther Shaffer’s 90th Birthday Where:   At Esther’s Home Open House Saturday– February 9th 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm If you are unable to attend; please send your Good Wishes to PO Box 276 Canyonville, OR 97417  

2013 Alumni Reunion

The 2013 Alumni Reunion will be held June 1 & 2 Saturday June 1 10:00 a.m. Graduation Alumni events begin at 1:00 p.m. ending with the reunion banquet. Sunday June 2 A special invitation goes out to all the 10-year classes: 1943 1953 1963 1973 1983 1993 2003 Hope to see you there!

Shaffer Dorm Paid In Full!

It’s always a major milestone to have another building fully paid for. We are pleased to announce that the last payment on Shaffer Dorm, acquired in 2004, has been made. The dorm currently houses 20 boys and is located a block south of the school gymnasium.  CCA now has three dorms for boarding students. Of […]

Esther Lange Kenny ’73

Esther reports that in her job/ministry as International Recordings Coordinator for “Faith Comes by Hearing” she has been involved in bringing 68 New Testament audio recordings to completion in 2012.  Each one of these makes God’s Word available to another language group.

Travis Dahl ’89

Roseburg, Oregon police officer Travis Dahl has been joined by a new drug detecting police dog, a European raised Belgian Malinois. The two of them were featured in a major story and photo on the front page of the Roseburg daily newspaper.

Flora Mae (Slape) Snell ’48

Flora Mae of class ’48 recently passed away.  She made her home in Yorba Linda, California and was the mother of Keith Pearson, CCA class of ’76 and state champion in track and field.

John (Jack) Waltrip ’55

Since 2011 has taught the Yamaha music program on various cruise ships to the Middle East, Asia, Mexico, and in the North Atlantic. Among his hobbies has been to set Christian words to traditional Christmas melodies like “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”.

Wes Bishop ’64

For those watching the Lifetime Channel, “The Christmas Blessing“, for which Wes wrote the screenplay, was shown in late November.  He now has credits for a total of 14 films.

Bryan Aguilar ’00

Bryan is pursuing a career as a professional photographer. He lives with his wife and children in Arizona.

Sarah Bates ’09 and Emily Bates ’11

Sarah Bates ’09 and Emily Bates ’11, daughters of Shelley Jasper Smith ’79, are now in England as members of  Youth With A Mission (YWAM) performing arts group. The girls and their team will be witnessing during July and August at the Summer Olympics in London.  The troupe, for which Sarah is on staff, will […]

Dave Benson ’84

Rev. Dave Benson ’84, president of the Newberg, Oregon Rotary Club, attended the International Rotary convention in May in Bangkok, Thailand. He then met a group of friends from the Family Life Church where he is pastor to tour the schools and orphanages of the Good News Ministry in West Bengal and Orissa, India.

Boyd Dahl

Boyd Dahl, former dean and head of school, is now pastor of The Basic Church in Myrtle Creek, Oregon

2012 Alumni Chapel Service

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2012 Alumni Banquet Pictures

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John Emmert ’62

John Emmert ’62 is a pastor in High Point, North Carolina.  His travels have included North Korea, China and Egypt.  Among his passions are writing, singing and playing worship songs.

Don and Helen Bass 1965-6 (staff)

After teaching at CCA, Don went on to earn a doctorate and spent a career teaching in college and directing Christian schools. After “retiring” they spent seven years in the Muslin countries of Turkey and Yemen involved in Missionary work.  They now make their home in Texas where they are ministering to those in need.

Adah Hixson Averyt ’45

Adah Hixson Averyt ’45 passed away February 3, 2012.  In recent years, she made her home in Dewey, Arizona.

Jeremy Johnson ’95

Jeremy Johnson ’95 is scheduled to compete in this year’s Boston Marathon on April 16. Jeremy, who now lives in New York City, was a cross country runner during his CCA years.

Roger Adams ’52

Roger Adams ’52 died March 28, 2012.  His home in recent years was in Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Bill Manwarren ’52

Bill Manwarren ’52 passed away in March 2012.  He was one of the legendary basketball players in CCA history.  At 6-feet 5-inches, Manwarren was a dominate center who led the Pilots to a 13-win 2-loss season in 1951-2. In an era when high school teams commonly scored 35 to 40 points in a game, he […]

Larry Haymes ’61

Larry Haymes of the class ’61 spent six weeks traveling & preaching in Kenya, Africa in the summer of 2011.  He s now involved in helping to plant a church in Houston, Texas.

Elizabeth (Howell) Phillips ’45

Elizabeth reports she has been married for nearly 64 years and makes her home in Medford, Oregon.  Her family now has a rarely seen six living generations.

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