During the Fall of 1998, God began a special work in the hearts and minds of a group of parents that sought to open a non-denominational Christian school in Columbia County. Their goal was to create a faith-based learning environment that would combine comprehensive academics with Christian character development. On March 3, 1999, the application for incorporation was filed, and on March 22, Columbia County Christian School became a reality.
On March 27, a public informational meeting was held. The school administrator was introduced, and nine initial teachers were announced. Though the school had yet to find land or a building, many families stepped out in faith and enrolled their children in this vision for non-denominational Christian education.
God led one of the founding board members to fifteen acres of land in Hemlock Township that hosted two horse stables. The land was purchased, and throughout the summer of 1999 the large stable was torn down and the smaller stable was remodeled to house two offices and fifteen classrooms. Three large modular units to be used as an auditorium, art room, computer lab, and drama room were donated to the school.
On September 7, 1999, CCCS opened its doors to 217 students. That winter, construction began on a new steel building, which would be ready for use the next school year. Many changes have occurred since that first year, including a new art room, library, stage for drama and assemblies, soccer field, and outdoor basketball court. While other private Christian schools in the area are affiliated with a specific denomination or individual church, CCCS continues to partner with parents of all Christian denominations. Since its inception, families from more than one hundred churches have enrolled their students here, and we continue to provide a faith-based education that develops students who will serve God and impact the communities in which they live.
As we look back on the past nineteen years and all the ways God has blessed this school, we are reminded that we are not done yet! God has done and will continue to do great things through CCCS, and we are privileged to be a part of His work in this community.