Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) is an independent, interdenominational private school offering a Christ-centered alternative to public school education. We provide a Christian preschool for 4 year olds and serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Our curriculum has a Christian Bible-based focus and is taught by degreed Christian teachers. Personalized education plans and small class sizes put our students on the best track for continuing education. Besides the fundamental core classes, a variety of electives, clubs, and athletics are available. Daily activities include regular prayer, Bible classes and Christian music and songs.
The vision of Liberty Christian Academy is to partner with families in producing Godly young people who consistently make the right choices and impact their world for Jesus. We are a discipleship school with a mission to disciple students for Christ, provide a quality Christian education, and offer opportunities for students to develop their talents to be used in a lifetime of Christian service.
LCA was established in 2005 by a group of committed Christian parents to meet the need for Christian Education in the area. The school is currently governed by a twelve member board who are elected by LCA parents, guardians, grandparents, faculty, and staff.
Our location is a convenient option for students from the four-county regions of St. Charles, Warren, Lincoln and Montgomery . We are located less than 10 minutes west of Wentzville, MO I-70 & I-64 interchange, at mile marker 200 with easy access off west-bound Interstate 70.
Come and "Experience the Liberty Difference."
- A quality education in a safe, caring, Biblical environment
- Students feel comfortable in the family atmosphere to be risk takers and creative thinkers
- Affordable - an investment in your children's future
- Highly qualified, degreed Christian teachers
- Small class sizes to enhance a nurturing learning environment
- Students' learning can be accelerated or reinforced when needed
- A traditional Bible-based curriculum which is infused with biblical truths
- Home, Church, & School are all reinforcing one another with a consistent message
- Your child's friends are from families with like-minded Christian values
- Great opportunities to be exposed to various activities and leadership opportunities
- Strong volleyball, basketball and baseball extra-curricular programs for middle school/high school boys and girls
- Conveniently located right off I - 70
Faculty and Staff
Pre-School Parents - Jeff and Vicky Katke
When my husband and I began looking at schools to send our children to, it was a very big deal. Our daughter Mia would be entering preschool. Mia has been home with me her entire life, so school was a bit scary for our whole family. In choosing a school we are essentially choosing who we would be partnering with in raising our child! Very big deal!! Thankfully God quickly led us to LCA. After our first interview with Dr. W. and a tour of the school, we knew that is where God wants our children.
Going into the school year we were excited…but we had no idea how amazing the school really was!! The staff & students are all like a family. It is so neat for me to see the high school kids tending to the elementary students. The sweet love of Jesus is overwhelming in the school, the students, the staff and all the families. I feel like our whole family attends LCA! The teachers are very involved with the parents; keeping us updated on Mia’s progress & giving suggestions on home activities that could help her.
My favorite time of the day is when I pick Mia up and she tells me about her day. She starts by telling me the difference between a vowel and a consonant, then explains what God’s Word is to me. Mia is only 5 years old…praise God!! I am so excited to see our children one day graduate from LCA. God has blessed us richly in leading us to this school. We thank Him daily for LCA!
High School Parents - Larry & Pam Zook
Let me tell you about our family. Larry and I have one son, Tim, and two daughters, Leah & Olivia. Each of our children is blessed with different learning styles. Their talents range from competitive sports to creative design. The one thing they have in common is their love for the Lord.
When we found LCA 4 years ago we knew it was an answer to prayer for our children. You see we fervently believe in Christian education not solely for the student but for the community in which it serves.
Tim graduated from LCA in 2012. He is attending Rankin Technical College this fall. His creative abilities were constantly encouraged at LCA. Through artwork and a variety of crafts Tim’s talents have shown through. He presented a plan for making a school mascot costume to the School Board. They liked the idea and supplied all the materials. The Eagle mascot has been a big hit. Leah will graduate in 2013. She had never played a team sport until last year. Several of her friends wanted her to play basketball. She got a little overwhelmed with the team and schoolwork. Her teachers offered to help her catch up at the end of the season with a few of her classes. Our youngest will graduate in 2015. It is sometimes hard to find someone who really listens to you. There are godly women who listen and encourage our children on those days when being a teenager is not easy.
The years they have spent at LCA have been fruitful in so many ways. The education they have received is tailored to the student. LCA teachers are THE most dedicated educators I have ever met. They take such an interest in each of their students. There is no such thing as a “cookie cutter” education at LCA. The class size is smaller and the friendships are bigger. No student is lost in the crowd here. Sportsmanship is encouraged by the dedicated coaches in basketball and volleyball. Prayer is rampant. My children have a sincere love for their teachers. We have had prayer for every teacher around our dinner table at one time or another.
Liberty Christian Academy sets an example for us to be the salt and light of the world. It calls us to a higher standard—that of a chosen people. I believe the high expectations at LCA help our children develop integrity and character as well as a love for learning and a rock solid education.
The story of Liberty Christian Academy (LCA) is one more example of how faithful our Lord is. Only God could accomplish the workings and events of this story and we wish to honor Him by giving Him all the glory and credit.
Liberty Christian Academy came into existence after the closing of Warrenton Christian School in July of 2005. Warrenton Christian School was founded in 1983 as a ministry of the Warrenton Wesleyan Church, and for twenty-two years the Wesleyan Church sacrificially supported the school before it was decided that the school would have to close. Members of the WCS school board and many parents rallied in an attempt to form a new school, but things looked pretty bleak, as there was only a month before school was set to begin. The first obstacle was to try to find a building that could be used to house the school. Members of the school's transition board went to the Wright City R-II school board in an effort to secure a lease agreement on the empty middle school building that Warrenton Christian School had attempted to lease just three months earlier. The R-II school board voted 4-3 to approve the lease, with the swing vote coming from a new board member attending his first meeting. The new member had replaced an opposing board member who had voted against the lease when Warrenton Christian approached them in the spring.
Once the lease was secured, there was a tremendous amount of work to be done as the new school had to start the process of finding teachers, office staff, curriculum, desks, and, of course, students!! As we witnessed God’s hand at work through all this, it became a great faith builder for many parents and board members. School started just after Labor Day, in September 2005. In less than six weeks, God had provided a building, teachers, office staff, desks, curriculum and over 100 students that would attend classes in grades K4 through 12.
We didn’t have to go far in the new school year to find that there would be one more major obstacle to overcome. In early October, the school sent in an order for over $22,000 to purchase scrip cards that were ordered by parents as part of a fundraiser. The company that had supplied the cards to Warrenton Christian for several years filed bankruptcy and the school lost over $22,000. After several months of prayer and many futile attempts to retrieve our money from the company, one board member listened and acted when God laid it on her heart for us to go public with what had happened. One day after we contacted KMOV TV Channel 4 in St. Louis, our story aired and God again worked another miracle. It took less than two weeks before we had received the same amount of donations that we had lost.
Just as we were preparing to end our first school year we received word that the school building was going to be listed for sale at the asking price of $850,000!! Less than two months later the building sold and we were given a sixty-day notice to find a new home. A few weeks after we had received word of the sale, Paul Hunt, the new owner, contacted us to let us know that he planned to allow us to use the building rent-free for the year, and it was his desire to gift the property to Liberty Christian Academy on August 15, 2007. God has been so faithful to us in our transition from Warrenton Christian School to Liberty Christian Academy. He has met every single need we have had, big and small. He has provided parents who have been led to give time and money for needed renovations in the building. We have been able to install new hard tile in the hallways, repaint the halls and the gymnasium maroon and white, install new maroon mats for the gym and most recently the installation of the kitchen and lunchroom in the main building. The Lord has continued to send us people who have donated computers, desks, office furniture, classroom shelves and every small item you can imagine. Also, the school was blessed with a bus and a 15- passenger van.
Since the establishment of Liberty Christian Academy, the parents, staff and board had been praying for an administrator for our school. Not just any administrator, but God's choice for the right person to lead our school into the future. In January 2007, God answered that prayer by sending Dr. Rita Wildhaber to our school. Dr. Wildhaber holds a Ph.D. from St. Louis University, a Masters in Special Education from Kansas University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle and Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. She is a wife, mother, and grandmother who has managed a successful career in public education for 36 years. Dr. Wildhaber has served LCA faithfully for 7 & 1/2 years until her retirement at the end of the 2014 school year.
Once again the school board found themselves looking for a new administrator for LCA. And once again their prayers were answered with one of their own. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, Mrs. Beverly Wilgus will assume the position of administrator of LCA. Mrs. Wilgus has been with LCA since the founding of the school as the Master Teacher for high school and then both high school and elementary. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Evangel University and her Respiratory Therapy training from The University of Chicago Hospital and Clinics. Following a 17 year successful career in Respiratory Therapy, God led her into teaching. She has been in Christian education for 19 years, the last 9 years at LCA. She is married, has three sons (one of whom is a 2012 LCA graduate) and is actively involved in her church.
When we look back at God's hand in the creation of our school, it causes us to give thanks for everything He has done. It gives us confidence in the provision of God for the ongoing operation of the school. We are excited about the vision that God has for a premier institution of Christian education in the Westplex area. We welcome you to join us as we strive to make Liberty Christian Academy a place that will glorify Him and produce students that will serve His kingdom.
Liberty Christian Academy is governed by a twelve member board. They are elected by the parents, staff, and friends of LCA to three-year terms on a rotating basis. The Board regularly seeks input from parents and staff concerning the governance of the school through surveys, parent/staff meetings, direct conversations, etc. Parents are essential partners in the functioning of the school. The Board determines policies with regular input from parents. The Administrator reports to the board and is authorized to carry out the policies through the daily procedures.
LCA is a private school which means we do not receive any funds from the government. Hence, there is no governmental interference. We also are not affiliated with any particular church. Approximately 15 different churches are currently represented.
This independence gives the members of LCA the freedom to make decisions which are best for LCA students based upon the Word of God. Because we are solely funded by parents and donors, we have "liberty."
The Mission of Liberty Christian Academy is to:
· partner with families and churches (in discipling the student for Christ);
· prepare Godly young men and women of integrity (to make Godly decisions);
· provide a quality Christian education (and develop their talents for a lifetime of Christian service).
The Vision of Liberty Christian Academy is to partner with families to help prepare Godly young people by providing them with the tools necessary to impact their world for Christ.
LCA’s core values, central to our decisions, center on igniting a passion for Jesus Christ in the hearts of our students. We develop students who love God, love and serve others, exhibit Christian character, and pursue excellence.
We recognize that all students are created on purpose in the image of God.
We value developing students to love God deeper, submit to Him, His Word, and to authority.
We develop our students to serve God by pursuing excellence spiritually and academically.
We encourage worshiping God by demonstrating a servant’s heart and attitude.
“Experience the Liberty Difference”
Tenets of Faith
Tenets of Faith & Doctrine:
Liberty Christian Academy accepts the Scriptures as the revealed Will of God, the all sufficient rule of faith and practice, and for the purpose of maintaining general unity, adopts these Statements of Fundamental Truths and Doctrine. The teaching and activities of Liberty Christian Academy of East Central Missouri shall be based upon and consistent with these Fundamental Truths and Doctrine as listed below.
LCA is an interdenominational school which means our student body and staff attend different Christian churches. Bible classes and biblical truths are the focus rather than denominational teachings or beliefs. It is not our intent to promote the doctrines of any one church or denomination. Matters of doctrinal differences or personal interpretation are to be left to the parents of the students and the churches they attend. We desire to remain united in the salvation and love of Christ while referring any other denominational questions to the wisdom of the parents.
Teachers do have the authority and the freedom to teach absolute moral principles, Christian heritage, creationism, stewardship, orderliness in science and mathematics, appreciation of the arts, and discipline in caring for God’s temple.
The Bible, composed of the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the supreme and final authority in faith and life (Psalm 19:7; Matthew 5:17-19, 22:37-40).
There is one true God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, 17:1; Isaiah 40:28-29; Matthew 3:16-17; I Thessalonians 1:9-10).
Jesus Christ is truly God, truly human; the only begotten Son of God in His virgin birth, the only means of salvation in His vicarious death; was resurrected in the flesh; ascended back to and is with the Father; and will come again as promised (Psalm 16:8-10; Matthew 1:21-23; John 1:1, 14, 18; Romans 5:10-18).
The personality of the Holy Spirit and His ministry is to reveal Christ unto men and women; to seal and equip the Christian with His fruitfulness; to glorify the Son who glorifies the Father; to comfort each Christian; and to guide each Christian into all truth (Job 33:4; Matthew 28:19; Acts 5:3-4; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:22,24; John 14:16, 16:12-15).
God created the world and all life by the word of His mouth. He formed mankind by special personal action and the universe by special operation of divine power and continues to sustain all things by the power of His word (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:1-3).
Man was created good and upright, for God said “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our Likeness.” But, man, by voluntary transgression, fell and his only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ (Genesis 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 3:23-26, 5:12-21).
(a) For by grace we are saved through faith, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation” (Romans 3:24; Ephesians 2:8; Romans 10:8-10).
(b) Justification by grace through faith and regeneration by the Holy Spirit make the penitent believer a new creature in Christ (Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:6-14; John 1:12-13, 3:3, 5-8; II Corinthians 5:17).
(c) The inward evidence, to the believer of his salvation, is the direct witness of the Spirit. The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. “And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us” (Romans 8:16; 1 John 3:23).
(d) Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and not by human works; however; our works will determine the rewards in eternity (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 14:20-21; II Corinthians 5:10).
God’s plan for believers is to follow Jesus into maturity and reach out to others with the good news of Jesus Christ as they are led and equipped by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:15-18; Ephesians 4; Acts 1:8).
The scriptures plainly teach the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting and conscious suffering of the lost (those who reject Jesus as the Christ) and the everlasting happiness of the saved (those who accept Jesus as the Christ) (Job 19:25-27; Matthew 22:30-32; Mark 16:1-8; I Thessalonians 4:13-17).