Mr. and Mrs. John Amanchukwu

Heritage member John Amanchukwu, shown here with his wife, believes strongly in Heritage's conservative mission.

Heritage Patriots Club member John Amanchukwu is the 27-year-old executive director of the Upper Room Christian Academy, a private school in Raleigh, NC that serves students pre-K through 12th grade.

A Christian first and a conservative second, John says he came to conservatism because of his biblical principles. Now that he is a father, leader, minister and school leader, he shares these same principles with the people that he serves.

John loves sharing conservative answers to today’s issues. The Heritage Foundation, he says, contributes to this love by providing information that helps conservatives frame their arguments.

Conservative ideas offer solutions to today’s problems, he argues:

For so long, people in my community have seen conservatives as people who are at worst racist or apathetic to the concerns of the African Americans community at best. There are racist conservatives, there are racist liberals; racism is not a political issue it is a moral one. I encourage people to see beyond the celebrities and personalities on both sides and look at the facts. The fact is the liberal agenda has given us a failing education system, policies that perpetuate cycles of poverty and punish achievement. When we focus on the issues, we find sensible solutions.

John’s involvement in conservative causes is not limited to Heritage. His church, Upper Room Church God in Christ, recently led a rally under the leadership Dr. Patrick L. Wooden Sr., pastor and founder of Upper Room Christian Academy, in favor of amending the state constitution to protect marriage.  Their efforts were successful and the people of North Carolina will have the opportunity to vote next summer.

John Amanchukwu and his children.

John Amanchukwu and his children.

John left the pharmaceutical sales industry to work in Christian education because he believes education is the defining issue of our time. As he puts it:

America used to be the educational leader of the world. Currently, our education system ranks lower than some third world countries. We all know that dropout rates are high, but many students who attend schools in America often find themselves in environments that are not optimal for facilitating learning. Many students sit in crowded classrooms where the teachers unable to maintain discipline, where they have to deal with the threat of gangs and violence. Although failing in the area of basic education, many schools are taking on the agenda of promoting promiscuity, abortion and experimentation often times without parental knowledge or consent. What’s most troubling is that most parents do not have the option to make decisions to do what is best to prepare their young people for a highly competitive job market and entrepreneurship.

Playing football at NC State under Coach Chuck Amato provided him the opportunity to get an education while playing the game he loves. During his college years, he dedicated his life to Jesus Christ. Since then, living and sharing the gospel has been his calling and passion. John spends several hours a week at his church working with the youth and college students. He enjoys fishing, reading, traveling, and most of all spending quality time with his wife and children. John is also an avid music lover, and everyone who knows him knows that he loves to sing.

His mother raised four children on an income of $22,000. Although his parents were not wealthy, they were both hard-working and passed the legacy of their Christian faith and their strong work ethic on to their children. John is proud to note that despite his family’s humble beginnings, he and his older siblings are all college educated, gainfully employed and significant contributors to society.

This year, he and his wife will celebrate four wonderful years of marriage. They have two lovely children: John Patrick, who is two years old; and Pamelyn Jewel, who will be one in December.

Comments (17)

Cynthia - November 21, 2011

This is a very inspiring story! It shows the greatness of this person and the greatness of this country.

Nannette - November 21, 2011

What an Inspiriation? John is very smart and courageous, he is paving the way for his children. Not to mention giving back to soo many children and their families. Thanks John!

Dr. Mary Murray - November 21, 2011

Education is the focus for our youth in today’s society. Inspite the hardships, people like John will most definitely make that difference in administration and academic success. Super write up and a pleasure to read. What a highlight!

Ernest Goins MD - November 22, 2011

I also thank you John for sharing your experience and strong shared values. As a Family Practice physician in Virginia for the past 31 years, I have witnessed alot of changes in our country’s profile. Hopefully some things will remain rock solid. Fairness, freedom, and a strong work ethic. Pride in our national heritage and democratic way of life must prevail if we are to continue to make us the envy of every other country in the world. You’re a patriot and inspiration for young and old alike. God bless you and your loved ones and God bless America. E. Goins MD

Lynda - November 22, 2011

I know firsthand the work that John Amanchukwu is doing at the URCA and have to say it is nothing less than awe inspiring! John walks his talk and is a tremendous role model to the children and school he represents. He is a tremendous asset to the Heritage family and I am delighted to see that he was chosen for a member profile. Any and everyone in the Greater RTP, NC area should make it a point to visit the school to witness in person the great work that is going on there!

Toby Crandall - November 22, 2011

I serve as a Captain in the US Army.
There are many minorities around the country- and even in the south- who hold conservative views. Your interview of John Amanchukwu is inspiring! I appreciate your effort in highlighting these stories, and would like to encourage you to continue to do so.

Pamela - November 22, 2011

What a soul stirring article. It is good to see a young man who is family oriented and has a great work ethic in today’s society. I am also impressed that John is passionate about a cause and willing to make his position known. Through young men like him, grassroots conservatism will continue to live on for years to come. I am also familiar with URCA and am proud of the impact they are making in the community with our youth and males in particular.

Chris Paul - November 22, 2011

It’s always refreshing to see other young men aware, concerned, and involved in the political arena as an extension of their personal Christian values and convictions. Although I don’t label myself as a conservative, I do share many conservative values. John, continue to stand for what you believe in. It is encouraging to so many. Thanks for the work that you and your staff are doing through the URCA. The school is a major beacon in the Raleigh community! God bless!

Crystal - November 23, 2011

Thank you for sharing this story. I would love to see more stories like this one. It demonstrates your commitment to connecting with various communities and promoting racial diversity. Not to mention, this story shows how wonderful America still is! God bless you and God bless America.

Crystal - November 23, 2011

Thank you for sharing this story. It’s good to see that conservative values transcend racial lines. Not to mention, this story shows how wonderful America still is! God bless you and God bless America.

Susan Frost McHugh - November 23, 2011

God bless you and your family. And THANK YOU for deciding to teach in a virtuous environment. More affordable religious schools with traditional values are needed. Our public schools promote immorality; most parents don’t have a clue what their children are exposed to, especially at the middle and high school levels. Parents should receive vouchers to send their children to the school of their choice, whether this is public, or private, religious or secular.

Phyllis - November 23, 2011

Thank you, John, for making a difference in the lives of young people by teaching them sound educational skills and the democratic way of life in this Christian nation.

Erin Karl - November 23, 2011

John is an amazing man and amazing American. I’m honored to have met him and am so proud that Raleigh is home to John, his church, and his fantastic school. What an inspiration!

T. Nick Herrington, Sr. - November 23, 2011

It is heartwarming and encouraging to know that there are men like you making a difference in this country and our world. God bless you and your family and give you the courage and stamina to continue your witness to
people young, middle age, and old.
By the way: “Go Jackets”. Ga. Tech 1959

victor cuppetilli - November 24, 2011

the upper room has been part of my morining reading of the bible for the past year.and now that i have read the story about john amanchukwu in the heritage report i feel not only have i found aplace to meet god, I also found a man that is courageous to teach the children not only to belive in god,and give them the values to be come great citizens .We are blessed to have john to be with URCA and the Heritage foundation and i will sent this write up about john to every one on my e-mail list.It,s people like john who will put GOD BACK IN AMERCA.Keep up god,s work john this great country needs more people like you.

larry murtha - November 24, 2011

Very uplifting. He and his family have their act together and are an inspiration to others. They see what liberalism has done to our country. What a shame the “main stream” media doesn’t cover any stories such as John’s.

La-Ferne - November 28, 2011

What an awesome testimony of God’s amazing favor in the lives of men (mankind)! Thanks for sharing this uplifting, informative and inspiring story, which calls to attention the moral struggles of our time. For every cause, for every question, for every struggle the answer is Jesus Christ.

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