The school began in 1981 in the educational wing of the Southeast Apostolic Mission. There were approximately 43 students in grades 1-6 and three full-time teachers; Linnell Perry, Carolyn Johnson and Deborah Jackson, who was also the principal. The school had no secretary, custodian, bus driver or nurse and the three teachers cleaned the classrooms and restrooms, vacuumed the floors and nursed wounds; Mrs. Jackson served as secretary and bus driver.
God blessed Sonshine with additional students, staff and grades in each succeeding year, (two 12th grade classes were graduated from the school) and the school operated out of two locations for one year. The former facility which housed the school for 6 years was in a deteriorating, drug infested neighborhood and plans were made for its demolition. The school board was able to secure a facility at 2112 Mock Road, Columbus, OH in the summer of 1990, and the constituency consisted of a principal, two assistants, 22 teachers, 10 teachers’ aides, one financial secretary, one office secretary, one receptionist, one office assistant, one school librarian, cafeteria staff, one full-time and three part-time custodians, one school nurse, one school counselor, one reading remedial teacher, and an enrollment of 440 students. Grades 1-6 were chartered in 1983, and grades 7 and 8 were chartered in 1985.
Prior to the 2005-2006 school year, the Mock Road property was sold, and the school was welcomed to move into New Covenant Believer’s Church located at 3400 Kohr Blvd., Columbus, OH by its Pastor, Bishop Howard Tillman. The school remained at New Covenant until July 1, 2010 when it relocated to 1965 Gladstone Ave., Columbus, OH.
Now, under the leadership of Dr. Davina Hicks, who is the oldest daughter of founder Deborah Jackson, Sonshine Christian is now in two locations, 2177 Mock Rd. and at 980 Lenore Ave., which will be the future and permanent home for Sonshine Christian Academy!