“Welcome to Cedar Christian Academy.” Those will be the words students will hear as they open the school year on August 19. The surroundings will be familiar, but the name will be different. After decades of operating as Pilgrim Bible Academy, the school board recently voted to change the name to Cedar Christian Academy.
The school, which operates under the auspices of Pilgrim Bible Church, at 361 Pine Street, in Cedar Springs, has served families desiring Christian education for their children since 1973. In recent discussions, the board felt that the time was right to change the name of the school.
“We fell strongly that there is a great need for Christian education that will instill Biblical principles and good moral values, along with quality learning in today’s students,” said Mike Shiery, pastor of Pilgrim Bible Church. “We believe there are numerous families in our community who would like to provide a Christian education for their children but really don’t know where to start. Our staff would like to have the opportunity to assist them in making their dream a reality.”
Rev. Shiery explained the reason behind the name change. “Our board felt that the name ‘Pilgrim Bible Church’ could be construed as somewhat exclusive. Some people might get the idea that only children who attended Pilgrim Bible Church could attend the academy. We want to make it clear that we are interested in ministering to the whole community of Cedar Springs, not just a select few.”
Cedar Christian Academy is located on the grounds of Pilgrim Bible Church at 361 Pine St. If you are interested in more information about the academy or enrolling your children for the upcoming school year, you can contact the school at (616) 696-1021.