A Note From Jason J. McGuire, Chairman of the Board
Dear Lima Christian Community,
In recent months, the words of Ecclesiastes 3:1 have often crossed my thoughts. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” So, it is in that spirit that I announce a coming change to the LCS School Board.
Last year, I notified the Board that the 2022-2023 Academic Year would be my last as chairman of the Board, and now that day has come. June 30, 2023, concludes my current three-year term on the Board as well as my most recent one-year term as chair. It has been an honor to serve the school and our Lord in this capacity.
In 2004, realizing that we would need an educational option for our son who would be entering kindergarten that year, my wife and I took out a map and identified every Christian school within an hour of where we were currently living. We visited every school in that circumference, but God made it abundantly clear to us that there was something different about Lima Christian. We knew that we wanted an LCS education for our children, but we didn’t know how we could possibly afford it on a pastor’s salary in a small, rural church.
It was then Principal Fred Meiners, who challenged me to trust that God was able. He reminded me that sometimes waters don’t part until feet get wet. In Joshua 3, we learn that God commanded the priests to take a step of faith and place their feet in the river Jordan before He would part the waters and allow His people to enter the Promised Land. God required a step of obedience, a commitment, an act of faith, before He would bring about a miracle in their lives.
I cannot tell you that it was always easy. Sometimes I taught at LCS to help pay our tuition bills, other times my wife cleaned the school during the overnight hours. In the early years, Lima Christian provided our family with financial assistance and sometimes God prompted the heart of a donor to pay a portion of our bill. A career change eventually enabled our family to pay our tuition in full without outside assistance. Through every single year of our three children attending and graduating from LCS, God, in one way or another, proved Himself faithful and our school bill was always paid.
After a brief two-year tenure teaching at LCS, I was invited to join the Board. After having served on the Board for fifteen of the last seventeen years, I can tell you that God has also always provided for the needs of our school. Sometimes that provision has come through a larger-than-expected reimbursement for state mandated services. Sometimes that provision has come through increased enrollment or donors who have stood with us in marvelous ways. Every year, though, God has proved Himself faithful to Lima Christian School. I know that He will continue to do so.
Just as God has provided for our financial needs, God has also prepared leaders for key seasons of our school’s history. This school would not be in existence today were it not for the vision of our founders, Pastor Noah and Edie Stoltzfus. Who can imagine LCS without a Principal Ron Davis or Ralph Dewey? There have been faculty and staff—far too many to mention here—who have been led to LCS and God has used to bless our students in spectacular ways. In 2021, God took a former basketball score keeper and elevated her to the position of principal at Lima Christian School. That woman, Vicky Britton, will soon be entering her third year in the principal’s chair. As someone who has worked closely with Principal Britton, I can tell you that I have seen a heart for Jesus and our students in her. She has the calling, the character and the competence to continue leading our school’s faculty, staff and administration. The stability in the school’s administration helps me know that now is the right time for me to transition off the Board.
Equally important though, is that the Board is in a good place with wise men and women who will continue to lead the school in the path that the Lord has for it. With my full support, the Board has chosen Mr. James Schwartz to serve as the next chairman of the Board. James Schwartz is a retired Professor of Education, most recently teaching at St. John Fisher College. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University at Buffalo, and his MS and BS in Education at SUNY Geneseo. His twin daughters graduated from LCS in 1999. He taught at LCS from 1982 to 1990, and his wife Elaine taught English at LCS for many years. Three of their grandchildren currently attend LCS. You will find that James has a tender heart for our Lord, a wise mind of discernment and will prove to be a steady hand at the helm.
James is joined on the Board by Mrs. Theresa Dils, Pastor Tony LaBarca, Mrs. Mindy Christa, Mr. Nathan Sanders, Mr. David Sieling, Esq., Mr. Lee Teitsworth and Mrs. Lorraine Wichtowski. Background and biographical information on the Board is available under the “School Board” tab here.
Lima Christian School will always be an important part of the McGuire family’s story, and I intend to remain involved, particularly in the area of development. Next year, Lima Christian School will celebrate fifty years of ministry. I cannot wait to see what God will do in our next fifty!
Thank you for your love of Lima Christian School.
To God be the Glory!
Jason J. McGuire
Chairman of the Board (For Two More Days)