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 Alumni Luncheon Invitation 2019

Alumni Luncheon: How good it is for me to call you Alumni.  It has become a tradition at LCS to invite the most recent graduation class to a Christmas luncheon where you are the featured guests!  Please click on the link below for your invitation.  Mr. Kleyn and I are looking forward to being with you and breaking some bread together!

Lansing Christian School 2019 Alumni Dessert Invitation

Merry Christmas Alumni classes of 2016-2019.

As you put your plans together for Christmas, be sure to include gathering together for dessert with the graduates of LCS from 2016-2019 for the annual Alumni Dessert on December 20th.  Click on the invitation below for details.

The Class of 2014 will be getting together for their 5th year reunion!

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.

This year’s recipients of the Tenth Annual Distinguished Alumni Award are Lars and Amy Kirkland Carlson.

Lars started at Lansing Christian in the 4th grade and Amy in the 9th. Both were involved in chorale, musicals and plays as well as athletics. If you haven’t guessed, they were also High School Sweethearts.

Their college years were spent at LCC, Western Michigan, Liberty University, and MSU where Lars earned his Master’s in Business Administration. Lars had high hopes of being an airline pilot but God had something different in mind. After being here and there, they made their home at Youth Haven Ranch in Rives Junction where Lars grew up. His parents and grandparents founded this ministry and Lars and Amy joined it more than 21 years ago. Lars now serves as President and CEO while Amy serves as Director of Marketing & Communication. This ministry provides year round Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children in the Lansing area. Having a place where kids can get away from their struggles and know what it is to be loved and accepted is in the heart of Lars and Amy. Lansing Christian has partnered with Youth Haven for the past few years as we send students to help prepare the grounds in the spring during our Service Week.

When time is free for them Lars enjoys playing the drums, flying an airplane, and a few techy things. Amy works on her writing, digital scrapbooking, baking, and singing. And they have been raising 2 boys age 16 and 18.

The 2018 recipient was Melanie Jabara Seal (class of ’88). 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.

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.

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Tanaya Graziano
Class of ’15

Recently Tanaya Graziano, class of 2015, spent 6 months with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) travelling in Europe sharing Jesus Christ. After attending Discipleship Training School in Perth, Australia, she was placed in a group of 8 girls that went to Slovakia, Germany, Romania, and Bulgaria.

Everywhere they went they had the opportunity to bring light to the lives of the elderly, children living on the street, girls caught up in trafficking, and much, much more. As she has reflected about her time of ministry she has learned that truly following Jesus is an adventure and His timing supersedes hers by a longshot!

Her hope for the future is to become involved in social work whether in the states or abroad. Counseling to women who have come out of prostitution and trafficking is something that is tugging at her heart as well as helping to raise the awareness of this injustice in our world. She has set her hope in God and with His guidance she is helping to transform the world for Jesus Christ.

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:

Terry Ritter, Lansing Christian School Class of '81

Diane went home to be with the Lord on November 17, 2019

Diane was a wonderful supporter of LCS as a parent, employee, and volunteer. She was very much involved in the lives of her children and their sports activities of basketball and soccer: twins Courtney and Kimberly, son Ryan, and daughter Kayleigh. Diane was blessed to have had a supportive daughter in-law, Kayla Bytwerk married to Ryan, a loving son in-law, Tyler Baker married to Kayleigh, and 3 VERY active grandsons. Her extended family of many sisters, brothers, in-laws, and cousins on both the Mouw and Bytwerk side were also involved in caring and praying for her. We will miss her very much.

Click here to see her obituary.


Terry Ritter, Lansing Christian School Class of '81

On June 16 the LCS family said farewell to an alumni parent, Marjorie Potter. She was a supportive mom to the school with her involvement in Mothers Club as well as her encouraging words to many students. Her sons George (’69) and Tom (’72) graduated from LCS. Her oldest son Russ was also part of the teaching staff from 1970-1988. Our prayers of comfort are with the Potter family.

Click here to see her obituary.


Diana Kay Terry, former Lansing Christian School parent

On May 25, 2019 Diana Kay Terry passed away after battling breast cancer for several years.  Diana was a mom to graduates Chandler (class of ’07), Mikayla (class of ’14) and Jordan (class of ’14). She was also the wife of former Athletic Director Justin Terry.

Click here to see her obituary.


Terry Ritter, Lansing Christian School Class of '81

On February 14, 2019 Lorie Lela Forgar Bennett passed away after battling brain cancer for several years.  Lorie was a graduate of the class of 1982. During her time at LCS Lorie was involved in choir, the high school play, and the yearbook staff. 

A funeral to remember Lorie was held in Kalamazoo, MI on February 21, 2019.  Our sympathy is extended to the Bennett family.

Click here to see her obituary.


Terry Ritter, Lansing Christian School Class of '81

David John Benson was born on February 6, 1964 and raised in Lansing. He graduated from Lansing Christian in the Class of ’82. Dave spent time in St. Ignace over the years, working in the tourism business. He moved to Northville and worked at Little Italy for a few years before moving back to Lansing. He last resided in Gaylord with his 2 dogs. He passed on to heaven on March 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Donald and Marylan Benson.


Marker Years of Graduation

  • 1969 = 50 years
  • 1979 = 40 years
  • 1989 = 30 years
  • 1999 = 20 years
  • 2009 = 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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Upcoming Events

Sat 14

ACT testing

December 14 -8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue 17

4th – 12th Grade Christmas Concert

December 17 -6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fri 20

All School Christmas Chapel

December 20 -8:00 am - 9:00 am
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