Academy 4: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and McWhorter Elementary

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in partnership with Academy 4, will launch a one-on-one group mentoring initiative for every 4th grade student at McWhorter Elementary for the upcoming school year!   

McWhorter is located just two miles south of our campus.  Our 10-year journey began with backpacks and school supplies for all 700 students.  We also included a Back-to-School Bash!  Their request for tangible gifts, backpacks, and school supplies, was an opportunity for us to be the hands and feet of Jesus as we expressed compassion, love, and hope. We are now ready for the next step in our journey!

Academy 4 connects churches to schools and communities through mentoring 4th graders in leadership in economically disadvantaged schools.  Volunteers serve together once a month for 90 minutes and mentor the 4th graders in leadership.  They express love and care and provide the students with a positive relationship with a dependable adult.  Academy 4 provides training, easy to follow mentoring curriculum, and fun activities to enjoy with every 4th grader.  Academy 4 is now in 40+ Title 1 schools.  

Please consider being a mentor. Volunteers come together and serve for 90 minutes, one Friday, once a month during the school year. For 2022/23 year these dates are: Sep 30, Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 9, Jan 27, Feb 24, Mar 31, Apr 14 and May 5.  [If you will miss more than two of the dates, you can be on the substitute list.]  You do not need any experience. Academy 4 provides the resources and structure! Check out this video for more information.

Mentors are being signed up. We have over 40 and need a lot more! Come and hear more about the journey we’ve been on with McWhorter Elementary and where God is now leading!  Click here to register to attend an Academy 4 Information Session being held over the next few weeks.

Questions? Barb vonBehren 

Community Care

Prince of Peace is on a mission to share the assurance of God's love and grace by providing tangible care along with spiritual support when financial crisis invades the lives of families. Through financial assistance, food assistance, and...

Join the Team

Not Sure Where to Serve?

Unsure where to serve? Reach out and let us know! We would love to help you get plugged in.

Help Me!


A welcoming church needs welcoming people. We are always looking for greeters to help welcome people into our church, from our multiple parking lots to our multiple entrances! We also need ushers to help people find a place to sit and to direct...

Join the Team


Are you creative? Do you enjoy decorating and design? There are many opportunities throughout the year to help with Worship Center d├ęcor and banners.

Join the Team

ESL (English as a Second Language)

Opportunities to teach English as a second language to people in the community hoping to create fellowship as well as teaching English on Thursday evenings. You do not need to know Spanish! Volunteer opportunities to help with childcare or...

Join the Team


We need volunteers to help in our Fellowship area in manning our Welcome Desk as well as in the preparation and/or serving of snacks and refreshments during our Sunday morning services.

Join the Team

Holy Smokers

Join men in fellowship and glorifying the Lord as we smoke and grill all kinds of meat to serve at PoP and the local community, including local schools and children's activities. No particular skills are required or necessary.

Join the Team

Hunger & Humanitarian

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is actively expanding its partnership with organizations that are actively involved in poverty alleviation and humanitarian initiatives. Please contact us for more information, or if you have suggestions or would...

Join the Team