HONORING OUR PAST: BREAKING GROUND
In continuance of our year-long weekly look back at Worthington Christian’s fifty-year history, we cannot overlook the groundbreaking ceremony for the original school building at 6670 Worthington-Galena Road across the street from the original Grace Brethren Church building. The groundbreaking itself was certainly a momentous occasion, but its significance perhaps lies more in what led up to that snowy winter day.
The church’s Christian Day School Committee spent over a year praying and researching how to begin and structure the kind of school envisioned by Senior Pastor Jim Custer. This committee was convinced “that there are no easy roads or shortcuts to quality Christian education. This ministry, as with all other ministries of the Church, calls for a deep commitment and sacrifice on the part of God’s people.”
God brought together men who worked at the state level of education, real estate men, businessmen, men in the legal sector, architects, and construction professionals all came together during this thorough planning process. In addition to Neil and Deignese Crabbe personally backing the debt of the new school as it took shape, a group of families personally signed documents to bear the burden of the current church loan so that Grace Brethren could secure a mortgage to build Worthington Christian Schools.
After all this prayer and deliberation, leaders of Grace Brethren Church broke ground for the construction of the school building on March 18th, 1973.