1st Day of classes on new campus – September 21, 1959
In 1958, a group of Christian parents from the Phoenix Christian Reformed Church committed themselves to educating their children within a framework of God’s truth. The first classes were held at the current site for nearly 60 students in 1959. By 1972, enrollment had grown to 150 students and a five-classroom building was added. Over the years, various adjacent lots and residences have been acquired for school use. The school is currently on 5+ acres of land, has three educational buildings that include PreK – 8 classrooms, a media center, a music room, and a kitchen. In May 2011, a gymnasium was built on the school grounds to enrich our physical education program as well as our after-school sports programs.
The predominant purpose for founding the school was to provide Christian parents with a Christ-centered educational environment where the home, church and school worked together, each mutually supporting the other. The belief was (and is) that our children should experience and gain an understanding of God’s great love for them, and rely on His word as the foundation for all wisdom and learning. At PCS PreK-8, the truths of Scripture have provided a light and a path to teach students to understand our great God, his world, and their place in it.
Phoenix Christian School Prek-8 declares this statement of faith based on the foundation of God’s infallible word, the scriptures of the Old and New Testament as explicated in the ecumenical creeds and the confessions of the reformed tradition:
It is because of these great Truths; we are enabled to serve to God’s glory.
GOD: There is one infinite and holy, loving and 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, our privilege, and our joy to worship, honor, serve and obey Him.
CREATION: The world, which is our home, 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. He calls us to discover creation’s resources, to receive them with thanksgiving and delight as His gift, and to use them wisely as stewards and caretakers 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 touch 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, hate, arrogance, alienation, abuse of creation and ultimately death, are the inevitable fruit of sin in our world.
COVENANT: However, God has not rejected or abandoned His world but turned to it in love. He gave the rainbow sign to Noah as a pledge of His promise to care for all creatures. He covenanted 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 blessings as the fruit of obedience. God always keeps His promises. We acknowledge with gratitude and joy that He is our God, we are His people and 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 His 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 disciple the nations.
KINGDOM OF GOD: Jesus Christ is King 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, cultivating the fruit of love, joy and peace, we place our every thought, word and deed in the service of Christ’s present and coming reign, and live daily in the confident hope of His triumphant return.