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.

If you know someone who should be nominated for this prestigious award, complete the nomination form here.

2018 Distinguished Alumni 

Jeff Coppins 1991 & Ashley Coppins 1996

Distinguished Alumnus Presentation:

Southside Christian School, in our 51st year of ministry, has had 46 graduating classes with 2253 alumnus.  Southside Christian has a rich heritage of alumnus who have excelled at their post-high school studies and continue to live, work, worship, and serve literally around the globe in countless professions, vocations, and ministries.  Each year at Homecoming, we recognize an alumnus as a distinguished alumni or alumna.  An SCS Distinguished Alumnus is a graduate who embodies and exemplifies our three primary expected student outcomes.  

Everything we do at SCS aims to fulfill the goal of equipping students who:

1.) have a personal belief in Jesus Christ as their Savior and seek to live a life of faith and obedience in relationship with Him.

2.) develop their intellect as life-long learners who utilize their God-given abilities to their fullest potential.

3.)  leave SCS ready to impact the community and culture with grace and truth.

Mrs. Ashley Coppins received the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award on behalf of her husband, Jeff Coppins, who was overseas serving on a mission trip.  Ashley was surprised when she was also given the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award as we  decided to have Co-Distinguished Alumnus Awards this year.  

Jeff graduated from SCS in 1991 and Ashley in 1996.  Jeff then graduated from Northland Bible College in Wisconsin, and Ashley from Greenville Tech with a degree in nursing.  Jeff and Ashley met at church, (Southside Baptist Church), married in 2000, and are celebrating 18 years of marriage.  Jeff and Ashley have four children (all adopted) Haley-13, Aiden-9, Tyler-7, and Henry-4.  Ashley is a full-time mother, but also works part-time at GHS as a nurse.

After years in business and the marketplace, Jeff and Ashley also became full-time missionaries with Back2Back Ministries, a ministry that serves children who are orphaned and have experienced trauma through abandonment, abuse, and neglect.  Currently, Back2Back Ministries works with orphaned children in Nigeria, India, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti.  Jeff serves as the Southeastern Regional Director of Development.  Jeff and Ashley are actively involved in their church, Fellowship Greenville.

Both Jeff and Ashley fully embody our vision of a Southside Christian School graduate. We were pleased to honor Jeff and Ashley Coppins as the 2018 Southside Christian School Distinguished Alumnus.