In the spring of 1979, a nucleus of parents led by Pastor Don McMillan of First Baptist Church in Richland met to discuss the possibility of starting a Tri-Cities area Christian school.
Pastor Mac (as he was affectionately referred to) served the Lord as pastor at First Baptist Church for 25 years and had a vision for a Christian school that would benefit children throughout the Tri-Cities academically and spiritually. The school began in the fall of 1980 with approximately eighty students under the leadership of Mr. Dale Phillips, the first principal.
As the school expanded, classes met in Sunday School classrooms at various churches around the Tri-Cities and even rented rooms for a time from Richland School District in the Spaulding school building. In 1997, a group of praying moms asked God to provide a building that Liberty could call its own. The Spaulding school building, which had been mothballed by the local school district, had a fire break out, destroying the north wing of the campus. LCS had previously approached the district to purchase the property, but the price was simply too high.
It was through the sacrifice and dedication of hundreds of volunteers, parents and Golden Grandpas that Liberty Christian School was ready to take on the future!
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Now with the fire, Richland was ready to sell. God works in amazing ways. Even though extensive renovating would be required, Liberty now owned a school building on a beautiful 19-acre campus in the heart of Richland.
In the fall of 2000, K4 through sixth grade held their first classes in their very own school. It was a day of great rejoicing, but there was still much to be accomplished to complete a secondary wing. Three years later, the entire school, K4-12, was finally housed on the same campus. A brand new science lab was provided through a grant from Battelle Laboratories. However, it was through the sacrifice and dedication of hundreds of volunteers, parents and Golden Grandpas that Liberty Christian School was now ready to take on the future. It was the fulfillment of many prayers and strategic planning by the board. One part of the building remains to be renovated. The old cafeteria is a large space currently used for storage and maintenance. It continues to be the school leadership’s desire to see that final phase completed.
During the early 2000s, Liberty experienced growth until the nationwide economic recession brought in a season of challenges. Through much prayer, effort, sacrifice, and by God’s grace, the school weathered those storms. Enrollment stabilized for the 2012-2013 school year after a loss of several hundred students. Since that time, the school has had an enrollment that has fluctuated annually between 380 and 410 students.
In 2020, like much of the world, Liberty was faced with the challenges of the global pandemic. While it was supposed to be a time of reflection while celebrating 40 years of existence, it proved instead to be an opportunity to become new leaders for in-person learning models, while continuing to brave new heights and serve more students.
Liberty continues to develop its program through the integration of 21st Century skills, project-based learning, and more course offerings in the secondary program, as well as an increase in student activities.
From the beginning, Liberty’s mission has been to provide a Biblically-based education to students, marked by academic excellence, in a nurturing atmosphere while encouraging students and families to develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and live committed Christian lives here and beyond.
Our Core Values
Have a Heart to:
Value the Soul
We give students opportunities to make a decision to accept Jesus as Savior in their lives. Our highest priority is the salvation of our students. Teachers and staff will actively engage in challenging students about their eternal destiny. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Impact the World
We equip students to impact the world for Christ. Our focus is to bring about positive, productive change for the kingdom of God. All aspects of school life exist for the purpose of reaching and changing the world for the glory of Christ. “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” Colossians 1:10
Instill a Christian Worldview
We integrate the Word of God in all subjects and activities and train our students to view life from a Biblical perspective. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
Invest in One Another
We seek to build a community of believers founded on the basis of shared commitment, mutual investment and Christ’s love. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” I Thessalonians 5:11
Value God’s Word
The Bible is the only written source of absolute truth. Each student is taught God’s word and encouraged to apply its principles to daily living. Each staff member is expected to maintain a consistent time in God’s word.. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17.
We strive to do all things in a manner pleasing to the Lord. “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23
We seek to model Christ in all situations. “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27a
Partner With the Home
We strive to partner with families in their God-given duty to raise their children in the ways of the Lord. “Train a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6