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!

Lansing Christian School Invitation to 2018 Graduates

Graduates of 2018 – We miss you! A special luncheon just for you will be served on December 20, 2018. This is a time to reconnect with Mr. Kleyn and other staff after being out on your own these past few months. Please follow the link above and read all the details and then…RSVP with a yes that we will see you for lunch!

Be sure to pass this along to your classmates!

 Classes of 2015-2017

You are invited to a Christmas Dessert on December 20, 2018.  Follow the link for your personal invitation:

The Classes of 1976-1980 Reunion

The class of 1978 gathered together to celebrate their 40th reunion!  Joining them were the classes of 1979-1980.   Among those who came are a group of “Lifers” who attended LCS since Kindergarten.  Thanks to Penny Bellon Imeson for orchestrating this group of Pilgrims and sending in the pictures.

Check out the Alumni group on Facebook to see more.


Lansing Christian School Class of '78 Reunion
Lansing Christian School Class of '77 at Reunion
Lifers at Lansing Christian School Reunion of Classes of '77-80

Alumni Sports Success

Adair Cutler, class of 2017, is shining bright on the Volleyball team at Hope College! Click this to read about her sports success.

Distinguished Alumni Award – 2018

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.

Ths year’s recipient of the Ninth Annual Distinguished Alumni Award is no stranger to LCS. Melanie Jabara Seal graduated in 1988 as Valedictorian of her class and has been a part of the school family through for several years since through our music program.

After graduating from LCS Melanie received a degree in piano performance from Cornerstone University. Further education began at MSU however, it was set aside for her MRS degree which she has held for 20+ years. She, her husband David Seal, and 3 children reside in East Lansing.

Melanie’s career in piano performance has led her to play for congregations and choirs at both River Terrace and South Church of Lansing over the past 25 years. She has also accompanied students in solo and ensemble competitions across the state of Michigan allowing her to fulfill her love of classical music. In the Lansing community she has accompanied the community choir, “Men of Orpheus”.

For Melanie, music is a way of connecting the body of Christ together. Her love and faith in Jesus is expressed every time she plays those black and white keys. Her upbringing in a Christian home and the church led her to her love of hymns. It was her mother who passed away early in her life who gave her these words, “Keep your heart focused on Him to guide you through life’s arpeggios of ‘ups and downs’”. Those ups and downs led her to eventually record a CD 2 years ago.

Currently, Melanie teaches piano to 22 students ranging in age from 6 to 76!

The 2017 recipients were Jason and Kristin (Clark) Peters (class of ’82),  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.

Lansing Christian School Class of 1977 reunion

Class Reunion – Class of 1977

Recently the Class of 1977 gathered for their 40th reunion! From left to right in the photo are: Rock Campbell, Lori Bykerk, Doug Gutzki, Ellen Robbins, Steve Whitaker, Marc Emery, Tom Swab, Tim Wesolek, and Tom Simmons. Tom Swab’s comment, “We look good for a bunch of old people pushing 60!” It should be noted that Rock Campbell is not a student from that class, rather he was one of their teachers. Rock is from the class of 69’.

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Christie Jennings Bishop
Emily Delano Marsh
Class of ’07

It’s been 11 years since these 2 girls were at LCS and here they are together again! Emily Delano Marsh and Christie Jennings Bishop were in the class of 2007. They were neighbours, they were friends. Today they teach in the same school in Houston, TX!

Emily Delano Marsh and Christie Jennings Bishop teaching in Texas

Christie is the mentor to Emily as well as the team leader in charge of 7 second grade teachers. It’s great to see our LCS Pilgrims making a difference in the world for Jesus Christ with their skills and knowledge all over the nation.

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

Memoriam of LCS family that have recently passed away:

Connie Reeser, former parent at Lansing Christian School

Connie Louise Reeser of Mason passed away late Saturday evening, September 8, 2018 at the age of 80. She and her husband were long time parents at LCS She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ed Reeser, and their children Ed Reeser Jr., Patti Reeser class of ’79, Cheri Case class of ’83, and Tami Rakestraw class of ’84.Click here to view her obituary.

Former Lansing Christian School parent Herm Bushnell

George Buis was a long-time teacher at LCS, along with his wife Janet. Their three children David (’77), Daniel (’78) and Mark (’82) all graduated from LCS  Click here for his obituary.

Former Lansing Christian School parent Todd Rakestraw

Tom Bushnell was a graduate of the Class of 1973.   Click here for his obituary.

Mrs. (Dr. Elizabeth) Imeson — mother of graduates of LCS Anne, Dave (’78), Jon (’83), and Ruth Imeson (’91). Click here to read her 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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