On a December evening twenty years ago, a group of men met in South Holland PR church building with hopeful accord to discuss a high school and their covenant children. They desired a high school which would embrace the importance of teaching their children every subject of knowledge in the light of the truth of God’s Word as maintained by the Protestant Reformed Churches. The group read Psalm 89 and sang Psalter number 241. The desire to walk in the light of the Lord’s countenance was apparent.

An association was formed under a constitution in May of 1981. Over the years membership gradually increased from the original 37 interested men to the current 113 Association members. The constitution was fine-tuned over the years. Fund-raising drives were held, and an annual fund-raising dinner was started with encouraging results. Funds grew steadily, and land was purchased in 1998. The board worked with enthusiastic help from area ministers and teachers to formulate a base curriculum. The finance committee drew up an estimated budget showing the feasibility of starting a high school. Rental spaces are being examined for use by our faculty and students until our own building becomes a reality. By God’s grace, the efforts of all the boards were beginning to bear fruit, and the association displayed excitement and anticipation at the most recent association meetings.

Twenty years of organizing and raising funds for a new Protestant Reformed high school have brought us to a new threshold. Yes! The threshold of reality. The Association for Protestant Reformed Secondary Education, Cook County, Illinois has at the annual association meeting held in April of this year approved the opening of a new high school in the fall of 2001! This decision was reinforced when at the June association meeting of the South Holland Protestant Reformed Christian School, the ninth grade was released to the new high school.

The Association for Protestant Reformed Secondary Education, Cook County, Illinois had very humble beginnings. However, the Lord has worked mighty works through the organization and operation of the association and boards. We proclaim His faithfulness and are profoundly thankful for His grace and mercy. Our prayer is that He will continue to provide according to the needs of our churches, schools, and families as He has so richly done in the past and that, above all, God’s name may be glorified by our efforts. We ask also that your prayers may be with us as we endeavor to open this institution. We, the board, believe it to be the Lord’s will that a new Protestant Reformed Christian high school open in the fall of 2001. We firmly believe that the Lord will bless our new high school, if we remain faithful to Him and to His Word.

May God’s people continue to pray that future generations will know the peace and comfort afforded those who desire to please Him.

“Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy countenance” (Ps. 89:15).

Board of the Association for

Protestant Reformed Secondary Education

Lansing, IL