LCS ALUMNI – What’s new?

Do you have a new address or email that needs updated? Be sure and contact us with your new information. LCS desires to stay in touch so that you can be informed about life at your Alma Mater as well as upcoming events for Alumni. Send an email to with your name (including maiden, if appropriate), graduation year, address, email and cell #. We would love to hear from you!

Distinguished Alumni Award – 2017

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given each year to an alumnus who exemplifies integrity and Christian character whether on the job, at home, or in the community. They have also remained loyal to LCS through their partnership with the school in a variety of ways.

This year’s recipient fits the criteria to a tee – in fact it takes two of them to receive this award!

During his years at LCS this recipient gave himself wholeheartedly to the worlds of athletics, music, drama and academia. In 1982 he received recognition for being the first LCS basketball player to achieve All-State status! His wife was every bit as active in school as he, participating in Ensemble, Women’s Choir, drama, and cheerleading.

Desiring to have their children experience a Lansing Christian School education they made the decision to move from Illinois to Williamston and bear the sacrifice of him commuting to work in Illinois where he is an English Professor at Augustana College in Rockford. He has achieved recognition as the editor of Wendell Berry: Life and Work. Often published in other publications, he also loves to garden. As he has been behind the pen and in the garden his wife has been in the world of medicine as an RN at Sparrow. Along with nursing the sick, she mentors MSU students in the nursing program and takes care of the family and their busy schedule. Together they have been growing in their relationship with each other and God to transform the world for Jesus Christ.

We honor you, Kristin Clark Peters and Jason Peters, class of 1982!

Jason and Kristen Peters, Lansing Christian School Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients 2017
The 2016 recipient was Randy Hebden, the 2015 recipients were Jeremy Van Antwerp (Class of ’90) and Bob Isenga (Class of ’63), the 2014 recipient was Rock Campbell (Class of ’69), the 2013 recipients were Heidi DeVries and Buck Hagy (Class of ’84), the 2012 recipient was Chad Mcree (Class of ’80) and the 2011 recipient was Cathy (Bowden) Bytwerk (Class of ’69).Contact
Cathy (Bowden) Bytwerk with any questions.

Alumni In the News:

Elizabeth Perkins

Elizabeth Perkins Invited To United Nations Sports And Social Impact Summit

Hope College’s Elizabeth Perkins is grateful for a prestigious opportunity to learn about other cultures and how athletics impacts their lives. For more information, click here.

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Cal Peters
Class of ’86

Calvin Peters, class of ’86, was recently featured in the Lansing State Journal.


His God journey has taken him in to career paths that have eventually led him in to a career of serving God as an Orthodox monk in Williamston, MI. Click here to read about his story.


Cal is the son of former Superintendent Richard Peters and former Art teacher Janet Peters.

I’m looking forward to serving you so be sure to email or call with any updates or stories of your life. You can connect with me at or 517-882-5779 x302

Cathy Bowden Bytwerk ’69
Alumni Coordinator

Ashley Henderson, Lansing Christian School alumna, class of '12, distinguishes herself at Grove City College in water polo

Henderson ends senior water polo season, graduates from Grove City College

Leaves with the 2nd most career assists in program history

Ashley Henderson, Class of ’12, recently graduated from Grove City College (GCC) in Grove City, PA, where she played an influential role on the varsity women’s water polo team.

Henderson is a four-year letter winner and started every game over four years for GCC, including the 2013 Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) D-III Championship Game. As a senior and co-captain, she led the Wolverines with 35 assists to finish with 106 for her career – the second-most in program history. She also finished ninth in program history with 180 career points and ninth with 163 career steals.

An entrepreneurship major, Henderson was twice named to the CWPA “Scholar-Athlete Team.”

At Lansing Christian, Henderson helped establish a co-op varsity water polo program with Williamston and Haslett High Schools. She lettered all four years and earned recognition to the Lansing State Journal’s “Dream Team” in 2011 and 2012.

Lansing Christian School alumna Kaleigh Bytwerk Baker

Bytwerk ends collegiate athletic career, graduates from Spring Arbor University

Kayleigh Bytwerk, Class of ’12, recently graduated from Spring Arbor University where she competed four years in varsity athletics, two with basketball and two with volleyball.

As a senior last fall, Bytwerk had a stellar season for the Cougar volleyball team. She appeared in 93 sets, registered a team high 306 digs, earned 17 assists and served 8 aces. She received Crossroads League All-Conference Honorable mention honors and was selected as a NAIA Scholar-Athlete.

Bytwerk played basketball her freshman and sophomore years, appearing in 14 and 13 games those seasons. She switched to volleyball her junior year and appeared in 70 sets that season.

A psychology and social work major, Bytwerk is the daughter of Wayne and Diane Bytwerk . She married in June to Mr. Tyler Baker of Grand Ledge.

Bytwerk lettered in volleyball, basketball and soccer at Lansing Christian.

Memoriam of LCS family that have recently passed away:

Former Lansing Christian School parent Martin Townsend
July 29, 2016 Martin Townsend left this earth and entered heaven.  He was preceded by his wife, Pat Townsend in January of 2016.  Martin was an avid supporter of Christian education.  His talents behind the camera lens captured some of the early history of LCS.  His skills as an electrician were invaluable as the school parents in the early days of the school were the volunteer caretakers of the facility.  Martin’s 2 daughters were graduates of LCS; Treila Jill Townsend Friar ’68 and Tonnie Joy Townsend Underhill ’69.  Troy Townsend, grandson, also graduated from LCS ’86 as did two great grandchildren, Brittany Townsend King ’11 and Jordan Townsend ’16.    Click here for his obituary.
Former Lansing Christian School parent and board member Neal Bykerk
August 18, 2016 Cornelius John “Neal” Bykerk entered his heavenly home.  Neal supported LCS as a parent and board member.  Several of his children and grandchildren were graduates of the school; Lynda Bykerk Bakker ’76, Lori Bykerk Young ’77, John Bykerk ’81, David Young ’05, Elizabeth Young ’07, Jonathan Young ’10.  Click here for his obituary.
Former Lansing Christian School parent Mick McNamara
Michael, “Mick”, McNamara went to be with the Lord in October. He had been on kidney dialysis and was waiting for a heart transplant. Mick and his wife Annette were very involved in the LCS lunch program for many years. Their children were part of the following graduate classes; Shawn ’99, Ryan ’00, Sarah ’04. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. Click here for his obituary.

Marker Years of Graduation

1963 = 54 years (first graduation class.  One graduate living; Rod Bytwerk); 1967 = 50 years; 1972= 45 years; 1977 = 40 years; 1982 = 35 years; 1987 = 30 years; 1992 = 25 years; 1997 = 20 years; 2002 – 15 years; 2007 = 10 years. If any of you are celebrating before the year ends be sure to send pictures and updated contact information. Contact Cathy Bytwerk, Alumni Coordinator.

Click here for Christmas Concert or All-Alumni Reunion photos.

Click here to see photos and descriptions of past reunions.

Click here to view a copy of the Pilgrim Journey.

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