Bridge Academy

Psalm 32:8


Description: What if Martin Luther King Jr. had climbed to the podium on August 28th, 1963 to deliver a speech that could change the course of history, and he had no clue how to motivate his listeners? Could Ronald Reagan have aided in the downfall of communism if he never called out, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down that wall." Public speaking is more an of art than a science, and it is a vital skill for success in most professions. It begins with an outline of thoughts and is developed through careful planning and writing. It's completion, the oral presentation, is only achieved once the speaker's story has been planned, written, and delivered. This course will provide the opportunity for students to learn the major speech types: informative, persuasive, impromptu, extemporaneous, and debate, but deliver each of these with a specific form in mind: storytelling - the most powerful and effective public speech.

Text: none required

Copy/Supply fee: $10 (check written to Chris Palmer due at Orientation or by 9/1/2020)

Tuition: $400.00 ($40/month for 10 months, August - May or $45 /month if prorated or on a 9 month payment plan)

Student Quote: 

"I wasn't sure if I would like Speech, but it was my favorite! Not too much work, but it made you think about how to communicate."

Parent Quote: 

"I couldn't believe how much Chris (Pastor Palmer) was able to instil a sense of confidence in my son. Best class ever...every kids should take it...and maybe a few parents!"

Chris Palmer

B.S. Education

MAR Church Ministry

MDIV Leadership 

Chris, a graduate of Liberty University, became the Pastor to Students at Ironbridge Baptist Church in February 2010, and accepted the Lead Pastor position at Second Branch Baptist in 2018. Chris and his wife Dee have four children.  Chris is very serious about the Christian life, and his heart’s desire is to see God change the world that he lives in. As a former youth minister, Chris led his youth to become “world-changers” just as the disciples were used by God to change the world. He continues to speak at youth camps, colleges, retreats, conferences, public schools, churches, and more, as well as serving his own congregation of Second Branch Baptist. 

Courses Offered: Speech

Contact: or 804-216-1601