Several families of Faith Baptist Church in Godfrey, Illinois, founded Mississippi Valley Christian School in 1974. That first year the school consisted of a student body of ten and one teacher. A rapid growth in those early years soon made a bigger facility necessary.
In 1977, contact was made with the owners of the vacant campus of the Western Military Academy in upper Alton. After much prayer and long negotiations, Faith Baptist Church was able to purchase the buildings and 19 acres of the Academy property. Renovations and repairs began immediately. In the fall of 1978, after many volunteer man-hours, the school was ready to open on time at this new location. A few years later, the remaining Academy property was purchased.