Alumni

Once a Sabre, always a Sabre! As a graduate of Southside Christian School, you're part of the SCS family for a lifetime. It is our goal to stay in contact with you and celebrate with you in your milestones and achievements.
As we fulfill our mission and equip young people, we hope you'll choose to make a difference at SCS. Whether it is volunteering your time, sharing your expertise in your field with a student or young alum, or participating in the Fund for SCS, you can make a difference in our school community.

We would love to hear from you! If you have any suggestions, questions, feedback, or want to update us on what you're doing, please contact us by emailing advancement@southsidechristian.org.

Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to one or more former students who are exemplary Christians and have demonstrated a desire to serve the Lord beyond their years at SCS. To recommend a distinguished graduate as the award recipient, contact advancement at advancement@southsidechristian.org.

Steve Ware, Class of 1981

Each year we take a moment at homecoming to recognize a Southside Christian School graduate who has demonstrated a lifestyle consistent with the Christ-like character, biblical-values, and our expected student outcomes of:  1) spiritual formation in Christ, 2) intellectual development, and 3) cultural engagement.

This year’s alumnus of the year was Mr. Steve Ware from the SCS class of 1981.

Steve’s life is an incredible story including countless foster homes and tragedy. But the gospel of Jesus Christ transformed Steve, and then in God’s sovereignty, He placed him at SCS.

Since graduating from SCS in 1981, Steve has had an accomplished career as a business leader and entrepreneur including starting, owning and operating multiple businesses.

In 2008, Steve purchased some property in the heart of Columbia, South Carolina that was formerly the Gardendale Tennis and Swim Club. He spent the next two years renovating the property and reopened the facility in 2010 as a nonprofit Christian summer camp.

River’s Edge Retreat was developed to provide the local community a peaceful spiritual haven of renewal and hope. The goal of River’s Edge Retreat is to share the love of Christ to every child. It is dedicated to seeing that every child, no matter their financial or social background, has a chance to create a bright future. They do this through providing high quality summer camp opportunities for students in a Christ-centered environment.

Steve’s wife, Kathy, is a part of the leadership team at River’s Edge retreat, in addition to being an elementary teacher at Harbison West Elementary School. Steve and Kathy are the proud parents of four daughters and one son.

Congratulations to the 2019 Alumnus of the year – Mr. Steve Ware!