Mission & Purpose
Cross Lanes Christian School is dedicated to assisting parents in their God-given responsibility of educating their children by providing a high-quality spiritual and academic program while encouraging children to live obedient, Christ-centered lives.
The mission of Cross Lanes Christian School is one of preparing children to live a productive life for the Lord Jesus Christ. While most graduates of Cross Lanes Christian School will choose to continue their education beyond high school, the focus of the curricular and instructional systems will be one of helping each child to grow, both spiritually and academically, at whatever level of spiritual and academic achievement he has reached. Admissions policies will reflect what the school is able to do for those children admitted. Attention will be given the following three areas:
Edification: Cross Lanes Christian School is dedicated to the edification of children in accordance with Ephesians 4:12 ―For the perfecting (equipping) of the saints for the work of the ministry. . . ―Therefore, attention will be given to spiritual growth and development, equipping children to live a life of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Every effort will be made to develop within children a spiritual knowledge base for making wise decisions about life and to develop both the spiritual and natural gifts of each child to a level appropriate for high school graduates.
Education: Cross Lanes Christian School is dedicated to the education of children in accordance with the broad areas of develop ment stated in Luke 2:52 ―And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.‖ Therefore, attention will also be given to the mental, physical, and social growth of children. The primary purpose of the academic program is to prepare students for some form of education beyond high school, perhaps Christian education, liberal arts education, or vocational education. Those choosing not to continue education beyond high school will be advanced academically for functioning as an adjusted and productive citizen of this nation.
Evangelization: Cross Lanes Christian School is dedicated to the evangelization of those children who may not be saved. This is especially true within the elementary school which will include a number of children who have not yet received the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior. However, evangelization will be carried out by teachers and mature students on a one-to-one basis. Evangeliza tion, while very important and not to be minimized, will be secondary to the mission to edify and educate children as stated above.
Cross Lanes Christian School operates as a non-profit ministry of Cross Lanes Bible Church. The school opened its doors on September 4, 1973, with students from kindergarten through grade five in attendance. Approximately seventy (70) students were enrolled. The opening of the school followed an extended period of planning. In fact, an open meeting of the congregation of the church was conducted in February of 1973. The outcome of that meeting was to open a Christian school and the first principal, Mr. James R. Davis, was hired in May of 1973.
The impetus for opening the school and designing the school program was provided by Pastor James Efaw. Pastor Efaw served as pastor of Cross Lanes Bible Church until 1991, at which time he accepted a call to another church in Denver, Colorado.
Dedication of the school took place on February 17, 1974, with Dr. James Biddle of Cedarville College serving as the dedication speaker.
Beginning in September of 1974, the sixth grade was added and the population of the school began a steady growth period. A grade was added each year until 1980 when Cross Lanes Christian School graduated its first class of seniors.
Cross Lanes Christian School is located on a forty-two acre campus about one mile from Cross Lanes Bible Church. The first building was completed on the present campus in September of 1975. At the present time, there are five operating buildings — four with classrooms and one gymnasium. The newest classroom building was completed in 1998 and houses an expanded library, a large multi-purpose room, a computer lab, and one classroom.
There are approximately 270 students in K-5 through grade 12. Single sections of each grade are included in the elementary school. There are double sections in the entire secondary school — grades 7-12.
Currently, Dr. David Buckley serves as the senior pastor for the ministry.