Board of Directors

Danny Crawford

Board Chairperson


Danny is a familiar face here in North Alabama.  He is a resident of Limestone County all his life. Tanner High School graduate, BS and MS from Auburn University. 33 years with USDA Farm Service Agency. Danny was elected to three terms to the Athens City Council, where he served as President of council. He served eight years as the Executive State Director of Agency as an appointment of President George W. Bush. He is presently serving in the Alabama House of Representatives. Danny has attended LLBC for 15 years. He is married to Mary Kay Crawford, a retired teacher with Athens City School system. They have one son, Matthew who is also a resident of Limestone County.



Eric Pugh


Eric is the Minister to Families/Missions at LLBC.  His Life Verse is Matthew 6:33 – “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.”

Eric grew up in Evergreen, Alabama. The opportunity came for me to serve in the US Navy for six years. During this time I was born again -by the grace of God. When I was discharged from the Navy in 1979, I was employed by TVA at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Alabama for 26 years.  In Athens I met my lovely wife, Susan McDow, and was married in 1980. God blessed us with Erin, Christopher, Lauren, Mary Kathryn, and Jordan as our children over the next 10 years.  In recent years, God has continued to enlarge our family with eleven amazing grandchildren! While at First Baptist Athens, God called me to preach the gospel as He provided opportunity.   I was licensed in 1983 by my home church. Under the mentorship of Dr. Fred Lackey, I learned to make disciples of Christ through evangelism and discipleship.  In 1988, we were invited to assist First Baptist Athens in establishing the mission church in Elkmont, Alabama, under the leadership of Pastor David Jones. During this ministry, we learned and grew in biblical truths related to family principles, missions, and the sanctity of human life. As God deepened these messages in our family, He broadened our borders of service and ministry.

The exciting journey of the Pugh family has brought us to retire early from TVA and serve the body of Christ at Lindsay Lane Baptist Church as Associate Pastor of Family Ministries & Missions.  I was ordained in January 2006, and began full-time ministry in July of that year. 

In this role, we get to minister to families through marital & family counseling, biblical training, and Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (private school and home school.)   Also, we thoroughly enjoy assisting and mobilizing LLBC members to go on mission with God - locally, nationally, and internationally – to serve others and share the gospel. 

Our passion: To provide the opportunity to every person God brings across our path directly, or indirectly, the opportunity to hear of God’s love through Jesus Christ, and if they are receptive to this love gift of salvation, to grow spiritually in the grace and knowledge of Him - until we get to see Him face to face in eternity!


Brian Hill

Board Vice Chairmperson


Brian is a native of North Alabama having attended New Hope High School and later graduating from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He is currently employed by the U.S. Army where he is responsible for a portfolio of multi-million dollar programs and strategic responsibilities. He has over 26 years of experience managing and providing oversight to a broad range of disciples, including program management, systems engineering, contracting, and resource management.

As a licensed General Contractor, he owned and operated Powers Construction Company from 1996-2006. His other interests include coaching youth sports and supporting various efforts aimed at advancing the mission and influence of Lindsay Lane Christian Academy (LLCA). He has served as Chairman of the LLCA Long-Range Planning Committee and his passion is to assist LLCA come alongside families as we collectively strive to instill a biblical-worldview in the next generation. Brian believes that our hope as parents lies with God alone and that our future resides in our children’s preparedness to live the life He designed.

He and his wife, Holly Hill, LLCA Elementary Director, have two children: Ethan (Class of 2020) and Grayson (Class of 2023). His family has been long-time members of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church and are currently active in living out their faith.


James Dale

Board Member

Retired Command Sergeant Major

US Army Sergeants Major Academy


James E. Dale retired as the Command Sergeant Major of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy in June 2007. 


CSM Dale was born in Springhill, Alabama.  In 1975, he graduated from Rebecca Comer High School, Springhill, Alabama and entered the U.S. Army in May of that year, completing basic military training at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Following graduation of Advanced Individual Training as a Cavalry Scout from the United States Army Armor School, he was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 8th Cavalry, 8th Infantry Division in Mannheim, Germany.  In 1980, he graduated from the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course on the Commandant’s List and in 1987; he graduated from the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course.  He is a graduate of the M60A3 and M1A1 Master Gunner Course, the Senior Officer Logistic Management Course, and the Air Force Academic Instructor Course.  In 1997, he graduated in the top 20% from the Sergeant Major Academy, Class 47 and while attending the Academy he earned an Associates Degree in Management, Human Resources from Park College.


CSM Dale served in numerous leadership positions from Tank Commander to Command Sergeant Major and in various staff positions from Operations Specialist to Brigade Master Gunner.  He served three tours in Europe and in numerous stateside assignments, from Fort Bliss, Texas to Fort Drum, New York.  His training assignments include duty as an instructor/course writer for the Master Gunner Course; the NCOIC of the Gun Training and Doctrine Branch; Chief of the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Course; the Assistant and later the Commandant of NCO Academy, Fort Knox, KY.  As an instructor at the Master Gunner Course, he was selected as the Instructor of the Quarter.  CSM Dale served as the Exchange Instructor at the Air Force Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy.  He served as the Command Sergeant Major of 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry in Fort Drum, NY, the United States Army Armor School, the United States Army Cadet Command and retired after serving a successful tour as the Command Sergeant Major of USASMA. 

His military decorations includes the Distinguish Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, and the Overseas Service Ribbon.  CSM Dale was awarded the Draper Armor Leadership Award in 1996 while assigned as the 1SG of D Company, 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Bliss, TX and again in 2000 as the Command Sergeant Major of 3rd Squadron 17th Cavalry, Fort Drum, NY; he is a member of the Honorable Order of Saint George, a recipient of the Seven Seals Award from the New Mexico Chapter of the Employee Support Group Guard and was selected as the Blacks In Government 2006 Meritorious Service Award recipient.


He joined Science and Engineering Services in Dec 2007, as the Director of the Training Department, in Huntsville, AL.  In this business capacity, the department develops courseware, conducts training in for Department of Defense, Defense Industry partners and Foreign government customers.  The Department has trained more than 5000 students worldwide.  The training department has exceeded their goal in revenue over the last 11 years.  The Training Department was selected as the Joseph B. Cribbins Award winner in 2012 for distinguish service for procuring, testing and fielding the Airfield Lighting System in theater.  He and his family are active members of the Lindsay Lane Baptist Church.

He is married to the former Virginia Denson of Eufaula, Alabama; they have a daughter, Akilah who is serving in the United States Air Force Air National Guard and a grandson Donovan.  The Dales reside in Athens, AL.



Kyna Sterling

Board Secretary

Kyna lives in Athens but grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is married to Milton Sterling II and they have two daughters, Kaili and Mallori, who both attend LLCA. They attend Madison Mission Seventh-Day Adventist church and have been members there for 13 years.

Kyna graduated from Oakwood University with a BS in Psychology and Alabama A&M University with a MS in Clinical Psychology. She is an adjunct professor in the Health and Science Department at Oakwood University. Prior to enjoying working in the education field, Kyna also worked in the areas of social services and human resources.

Kyna is a firm believer in the mission and vision of Lindsay Lane Christian Academy and she is excited and honored to serve on the board at this time. She enjoys any opportunity to volunteer at school and watch her girls thrive in a Christian learning environment.



Bradley Griggs



Bradley, the Executive Pastor of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church, serves as an ex-officio member of the school board. He was married to Karen on June 17, 1983.  They have two children; Whitney Ballinger is their daughter and their son is Keeton Griggs. Bradley enjoys Bass Fishing, Golf, and Alabama Football.

A graduate of Tanner High School, Bradley was born and raised in Limestone County, AL. He played collegiate baseball on scholarship at Snead State College where he graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. He earned a diploma in Data Processing from Muscle Shoals State Technical College and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management of Technology from Athens State University.

Shortly before marrying his childhood sweetheart Karen on June 17, 1983, Bradley went to work for ConAgra, Inc. in Decatur, AL as a computer programmer. The following year the company transferred the couple to Eldorado, AR where they attended Immanuel Baptist Church. While at Immanuel, Bradley was ordained and served as a deacon. He and his family moved back to North Alabama in 1988 when he was hired by Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, AL as the Director of Management Information Systems. In 1990, they returned home to Limestone County when he accepted a job at Athens State University.

Bro. Bradley surrendered to the call of God to serve Lindsay Lane Baptist Church as bi-vocational Minister of Music in 1992.  In addition to his positions at Athens State and Lindsay Lane, he was a principal owner in the Dowe-Olin Corporation, a business applications software development firm and IBM Business Partner in Decatur, AL.  In October 2000, he resigned his position as Director of Information Systems and Institutional Research at Athens State and sold his interest in his company to become the full-time Associate Pastor for Administration and Music at Lindsay Lane. In May 2004, he began serving in his current role as Executive Pastor.


Daryl Woods

Board Treasurer


Daryl lives in Madison with his wife, Carla Woods, their son, Corey, and their daughter, Bella, who is a 7th grader at LLCA. Daryl is an engineer and project manager with NASA. Prior to his NASA career, he spent 11 years on active duty in the United States Air Force. Daryl is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Air Force Institute of Technology holding a bachelor and master degree, respectively, in astronautical engineering.

Mr. Woods is a proponent and supporter of Kingdom Education and firmly believes in the vision of Lindsay Lane Christian Academy to “raise future generations of leaders with Godly character, based on biblical truth and academic excellence, to influence the world for the glory of God.” Mr. Woods is an active member of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church-East Campus, where he participates in church activities and public worship services.