Jere D. Melilli, M.D., Founder

Dr. Melilli established Christian Life Academy in 1981 on our present 55-acre campus. He is a graduate of L.S.U. School of Medicine and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Family Practice. He also founded the Family Clinic of Baton Rouge.

Dr. Melilli has been on the Board of Regents for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for over 30 years. In 1971 he established and has pastored Christian Life Fellowship, an interdenominational church with a vision for world missions and a school that reaches out to the city of Baton Rouge. Through mission efforts, he has also traveled extensively to help build numerous churches and orphanages in various parts of the world.


Linda Burley, Principal

Ms. Burley has been in the position of AssistantPrincipal of Instruction at Christian Life since2002. Prior to that, she taught English in the Junior High and Senior High School of CLA beginning in 1998. Her teaching career begain in 1972 in the East Baton Rouge ParishSchool System at Banks Elementary, Bellingrath Elementary, and Central Middle from which she retired after 25 years of service to the Baton Rouge Community. Also, Ms. Burley served as summer school principal at CLA for three consecutive summers. She holds a MEd + 30 from LSU in Curriculum and Administration.