The History of
Lakewood Park Christian School
1957 Pastor Chester Doden, of Bible Baptist Church (BBC), expresses his dream of a Christian school in DeKalb County to his son, Daryle.

1961 The Franciscan Order purchases a 125-acre property on County Road 29, adds a lake, plants trees, and builds a 48,000 square foot facility called St. Anthony’s Novitiate to train young men for the priesthood.

1975 Pastor Wayne Smith invites a speaker to BBC; the message centers on the importance of Christian education at the elementary and secondary level. Pastor Smith and a group of men from BBC drive out to St. Anthony’s Novitiate on County Road 29 to pray and ask God to provide the property for a Christian school.

1976 Faith Christian Academy opens in Bible Baptist Church at the corner of 18th and Jackson in Auburn with 37 students.

1978 The Novitiate goes on the market, but the church is unable to purchase it.

1980 The first student graduates from Faith Christian Academy.

1981 To fulfill his father’s dream, Daryle Doden purchases the Novitiate property from the Franciscans with the understanding that it would be used for a church and Christian school. He works out a lease-loan agreement with Bible Baptist and they take possession in July. The school year starts in the new facility that fall.

1982 The church moves to the new facility in April, and a second class graduates from the school in May.

1983 A new gymnasium, band room, locker rooms, and mezzanine classrooms are added to the facility.

1987 The high school curriculum transitions from PACE to a traditional-style classroom.

1992 The name of the school and church are changed to Lakewood Park Baptist Church and Christian School. There are 104 students enrolled.

1993 The school earns a seven-year accreditation through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). A Pre-K program is added.

1994 All elementary classes are now single-grade classrooms rather than split-grades.

1995 Guidance services for high school students, as well as a computer lab, are added.

1997 The inner courtyard and old kitchen are remodeled into a large dining room/fellowship hall, kitchen, and administrative offices. A hot lunch program begins in November.

1998 With 392 students enrolled, Mrs. Kathy Bruns joins the administration in the new position of elementary principal.

1999 With 450 students enrolled, the elementary has two or three sections of each grade level, from Pre-K through 5th. The church and school boards vote to begin a building project.

2000 The “Building a Legacy” campaign is held from January through March. Church and school families pledge over $1.5 million over three years to add an addition to the building and improve traffic flow. Groundbreaking for a three-story, eighteen-classroom addition is held on April 10. Project completed in December 2000. A high school principal who will also do guidance is added to the administrative staff in August.

2001 “Building a Legacy” Miracle Goal of $2.5 million is reached in May. Two new computer labs, two college-level science labs, and networking of the entire facility is the result of a $256,000.00 grant from the Dekko Foundation. Construction of multi-purpose facility begins in July of 2001, and is completed in May of 2002.

2002 The DESIGN program is launched to identify each student’s unique design and develop it through large group, small group, and individual activities.

2003 Mr. Mark Wever finishes as administrator after 10 years. The school year ends with an enrollment of 558 students. Mr. Randy Carman, the new school superintendent, assumes leadership of the school in July.

2004 Mr. Mike Christner begins his role as full-time secondary principal, and a 1st-12th grade art program is added to enhance both elementary and secondary curriculum. Lakewood Park Baptist Church starts the Early Learning Ministry.

2005 The Power Plus program is started in 7th-12th grades in an effort to help students live their faith through engaging with the world in community service.

2006 Four mini-buses are purchased through funding from school families and a local foundation to aid with transportation for this service and other school functions. The school equips every classroom with a computer, projector, and DVD/VCR for multi-media instruction. The high school lab is equipped with new computers for instruction.

2007 Linda Pearson begins her role as full-time elementary principal following the retirement of Kathy Bruns.

2010 Dr. Randy Carman finishes as Superintendent after 7 years.  Philip D. Chapman begins his role as Superintendent and John DeLine joins the administration team as full-time Elementary Principal.


Mike Christner moves to only High School administration, serving as Principal and Guidance Counselor. Lauri Carnahan moves from classroom teacher to JH Principal and Bible teacher. Pam Pierson joins the Lakewood Park family as the Director of Fine Arts and Elementary Principal. John DeLine becomes Executive Director of Operations, Kaleb Reinhart comes to LPCS as Executive Director of Technology, and Marc Davidson begins his work as the Athletic Director.

iPads are provided for all students, PreK-12th grade. A new iMac lab is introduced to the school.

 2012 Dr. Ed Yoder becomes Superintendent, Andy Baker is hired from the teaching ranks as the Secondary Principal for grades 6-12, Lauri Carnahan moves to a newly created position called Student Advocate, while still teaching some Bible classes.  Pam Pierson becomes the full time Elementary Principal. 

The creation of the Student Advocate position provides students with support for career planning, internships, diploma tracks, Naviance, and more.  Other systems are strengthened, such as crisis planning for the campus, evaluations systems, communications through a new website, writing curriculum and continuing to investigate next steps in technology - all to improve the operations of the school and to prepare for re-accreditation with ACSI.

 2014 Pam Pierson becomes Assistant Superintendent, Amy Yoder, a graduate of LPCS becomes Elementary Principal for grades PK-6. The main gymnasium is remodeled and the playground is moved and upgraded.

 2015 Dustin McKinney leaves classroom teaching and becomes the Secondary Principal for grades 7-12.  Andy Baker returns to the classroom as High School Math Teacher. Two soccer fields are added.  The parking lot is expanded.