Lansing Christian School: A Heritage of Faithfulness
On September 10, 1951, Lansing Christian School first opened its doors in the basement
of Inter-City Bible Church to fifty-nine kindergartner-sixth grade children.
The school grew, the students prospered, and property was soon purchased on South
Pennsylvania Avenue. The construction of the first building was tackled with much enthusiasm
and volunteer labor. The men worked faithfully, far into the night. Often weary and
discouraged, they would drop to their knees and thank God for their progress and pray for
strength and vision to continue. Upon completion, the entire school family dedicated the building
to God, praying that all that entered “might set their hope in God” (Psalm 78:7).
Seven years after opening, the school had grown to 125 students and the junior high students took it upon themselves to pray for a high school. Of course, the board couldn’t ignore their request and sought out to do whatever they could to help continue these students' education until they graduated from Lansing Christian. In 1960, the Board started adding one grade a year until the first senior class graduated in 1963 with two students.
Thanks to the efforts of Superintendent James Bowden, a gymnasium rose from the
grounds in the late 60’s by the work of a group of boys and a number of fathers who dedicated
14-hour days. During the next four years, locker rooms, a new entrance and four teaching
rooms expanded the teaching capacity to 250 students. In 1976, Superintendent Richard Peters
led a 10-room expansion accommodating 500 students from K-12 with space for business, art,
music, and a science laboratory. The Pennsylvania Campus was complete, accomplished
through the prayers, donations, and hundreds of volunteer hours given willingly by the LCS
In the early 1980’s, with enrollment at a record high, God faithfully enabled LCS to purchase the Barnes Avenue School from the Lansing School District. It became the preschool through fifth grade elementary campus.
In 1997 the LCS Board was at a crossroad: enrollment, along with the repairs on the aging
buildings, was increasing. The school song, “Guide Me, Oh Though Great Jehovah”, again
became the plea. After many hours in prayer and meeting together, land was purchased to build
a facility that would again bring the LCS family to one campus for preschool through 12th grade.
The move to the current facilities began in 1999, when the Pennsylvania Avenue property was sold. The secondary students started classes shortly after Labor Day in modular buildings while the new campus was being built before their eyes. In the fall of 2000, the Lord provided a buyer for the Barnes Avenue School, and a dedication ceremony of the new Lansing Christian School facility on 3405 Belle Chase Drive took place!
LCS continues to celebrate God’s great faithfulness as He provides for our every need through financially blessing the LCS community of parents, grandparents, alumni and alumni parents, as well as many of our neighbors, friends and local businesses.