Western Michigan Christian

Who We Are

Our Mission

Western Michigan Christian’s mission is to educate with excellence, integrate faith with knowledge, equip students to work and serve Christ in their communities.

Statement of Faith

The mission of West Michigan Christian Schools is based on God’s infallible Word, the Bible, as explicated by the Reformed tradition; all association members subscribe to this summary:

GOD

There is one infinite, holy, loving, personal God who speaks to us in Scripture and reveals himself to us in His acts of creation, salvation, and renewal, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As finite human beings created in God’s image, we declare that it is our purpose and privilege to worship, honor, serve, and obey Him.

CREATION

The world belongs to God, who created it and faithfully sustains it by His providence. Creation is the theater of God’s glory, displaying His power and majesty. God calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive these gifts with thanksgiving and delight, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers who are responsible to God and to our neighbor.

SIN

Our ability to carry out our human calling to honor God, serve our neighbor, and care for the creation is marred by the corrosive effects of sin, which touches every part of life. When our first parents listened to Satan’s lie, questioned God’s Word, and rebelled against Him, they brought His judgment upon themselves, their posterity, and the creation. Brokenness, disease, hatred, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation, and ultimately death are the inevitable fruits of sin in our world.

COVENANT

However, God has not rejected or abandoned His world but has turned to it in love. He gave the rainbow sign to Noah as a pledge of his promise to care for all creatures. He made a covenant with Abraham, promising to be a faithful God to him and his children, and through them to bless all nations. Through His servant Moses, God disclosed His law for the human community, promising rich blessing as the fruit of obedience. God always keeps His promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that He is our God and the God of our children; that we are His people, and that this is His world.

REDEMPTION

As He promised, God in love sent Jesus Christ into the world to save it from sin and its consequences. The atoning death of the Son of God is the only payment for the debt of human sin, and Christ’s resurrection is the only liberation from the powers of evil and death. The victorious Lord sends the Holy Spirit to create faith, cleanse and renew hearts, and build a community of love and holiness. It is this community’s mission to proclaim and live this good news and to make disciples of nations.

KINGDOM OF GOD

Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and He reigns over all things for our good. To be a citizen of this kingdom is a privilege, a joy, and a responsibility. Led by His Spirit, we place our every thought, word, and deed in the service of Christ’s present and coming reign, and we live daily in the confident hope of His triumphant return.

All association members, including teachers, must subscribe to the following statements as accurate summaries of the Word of God about Christian education:

COMMUNITY

Each of our West Michigan Christian Schools, as an enterprise of the entire community, enables and equips all of its children to serve the Lord, to love their fellow human beings, and to care for God’s creation. The WMCS community provides an environment of love and care within which students are nurtured. As an indispensable partner with the home and the church, each school leads children to live according to Biblical wisdom.

STAFF

Staff members of WMC Schools, are living in joyful fellowship with God, model the love of Christ to children. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and dedicated to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism, WMCS teachers view their work as a vocation. The calling of a WMCS teacher is to pass on the wisdom of the Christian tradition to students and to help them understand and apply the transforming power of the gospel to contemporary society and culture.

STUDENTS

Children are God’s image bearers, entrusted to parents and the Christian community as His gifts. WMC Schools encourage students to develop their gifts in response to God and in loving service to fellow human beings. Students are led to know God and to respond to Him in every dimension of the creation and in every aspect of their lives.

CURRICULUM

The WMC Schools PK-12 curriculum is developed and organized so that children may come to know God more deeply and richly and live for Him more faithfully. Since human experience in all its rich variety is a good gift from the Creator who remains involved in his world, our curriculum explores all dimensions of creation. God’s design for the creation and His will for human society and culture must be understood and obeyed. This is the way of godly wisdom. Students are taught to recognize the brokenness that sin brings to God’s carefully designed world and are challenged to bring the healing power of Jesus Christ to a fallen world.

Our Story: WMC History

Looking Back

1948

Established

Western Michigan Christian High School is owned and operated by the parents and friends to whom it serves. The idea of a Christian high school in western Michigan was in the minds and hearts of a group of God-fearing parents as early as 1942.

1948

1948

Founded

By parents from three area Christian elementary schools desiring Christian education through the twelfth grade. These three schools were: Fremont Christian, Grand Haven Christian, and Muskegon Christian; they were joined shortly thereafter by New Era Christian. These schools were united by a desire for Christian education from a Reformed perspective.

1948

September 6, 1949

Opened

The school doors were opened to 125 students and eight staff.

Over the years, WMC has had several building projects to match both growing enrollment and athletic success.

September 6, 1949

1956

Building Addition

A combination gym/auditorium was added, along with a commons area, kitchen facilities, and more classrooms.

1956

1970s

Field Addition

Performance soccer field (still used today) and a track.

1970s

2003

New Campus

WMC moved to the Ellis Road campus.

2003

2009

Building Addition

Performance and practice gymnasiums added to Ellis Road facilities.

2009

2011

Middle School Added

WMC added a middle school to the campus. This added approximately 50 students and four staff to the school population.
2011

2020-21

Field & Building Additions

New soccer field, baseball field and track. Two new additional middle school classrooms including a science lab.
2020-21

The school has a rich fine arts and athletic history. The band and choir have traveled extensively across the United States, participating in musical competitions and concerts, and many students have won numerous artistic awards. Several of our athletic programs have earned many State Championships.

School enrollment peaked in the 1970s with a student body of nearly 400. In the late 1970s, with the decline in local industry and the end of the baby boom generation, enrollment dropped significantly reaching all-time lows in the early 1980s.

WMC is governed by a 10-member board and Pastor Samuel Greer began his term as Interim Principal in June 2017 and then Principal in 2018.

The current makeup of our school is a result of an intentional focus on reaching out and building community. In fact, in the past decade we have seen an enrollment increase of more than 20%. Our current enrollment in grades 7-12 is 332.

Evidence of ‘All God’s People’ at WMC includes:

  • A Freshmen Bible class that has students from Spain, Vietnam and Brazil.
  • WMC has students who belong to the Catholic, Lutheran and Baptist churches.
  • A Senior service project in which international students from Korea led a children’s camp with Korean songs, games, and food.
  • A chapel service led by an American professional baseball player, who was a Christian playing in Korea, who shared his testimony with our student body.

It is a blessing to have a school filled with students from many countries and to watch God work in our staff and students as they grow in Him.

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