Favorite Bible Verse: “If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, through a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root.” Romans 10:17
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: As a young child I attended Sunday School, Church, Church Camps, Youth Activities, all of which helped me form my relationship with the Lord. As I began high school, then college, I drifted away from God, but through my earlier experiences and meeting my wife Vicki who was a believer I rededicated my life to the Lord. Upon graduation from college (1977), Vicki and I begin our life together through marriage and teaching in small schools in Alaska for three years. We then spent the next 25 years working together teaching school on Mackinac Island, and I retired from Boyne Falls Public School in 2010. Also, we had the privilege to help plant the Mackinac Island Bible Church. I served as an elder and Vicki served MIBC in many capacities. Upon retirement the Lord opened doors and provided me the opportunity to serve as the Administrator for HLCS. I believe the Lord has prepared me over the last 30 plus years to serve as the Administrator of HLCS and I count it as a privilege to serve.
I Love HLCS because… we have the opportunity to begin and end every situation we face with prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord and to serve alongside HLCS staff, students, parents, and supporters as we plant seeds with every person who walks through our doors on a daily basis to develop their relationship with the Lord!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Spending time with my family, motorcycles, camping, walking, bicycling, exercising, and most importantly learning more about the Lord on a daily basis.
Favorite Bible Verse: I can’t pick out one favorite verse, but my favorite book is Psalms. It is so full of worship for God and that is my favorite thing to do!
Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: Hi, I’m Kathy James and this is my 16th year as the Secretary at HLCS. My two oldest children were attending school here and I was working as a Service Manager when God began telling me to come to work at Harbor Light. I thought He was joking, and ignored Him for a couple months, but He kept at me so one day at church I asked Clark Hewitt, who was Administrator at the time, if there was a job for me at school. Clark looked at me very strangely because God had been telling him to hire me, and here I am!
I love HLCS because…The very best thing about my job is the kids. I love them all! Some days it seems most of my time is spent putting on bandaids, getting ice for boo-boos and praying about hurts and headaches. I have made lasting relationships with many students, and my closest friends are co-workers.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love coming to work here each day. I also own a cleaning business, take classes at NCMC, and am involved in the children’s ministry dramas at Harbor Light Chapel. God is good-all the time!
Director of Development, Health and Psychology
Favorite Bible Verse: I love God’s Word so much. It truly is the “lamp unto my feet and light unto my path.” (Ps 119:105) I would be lost without it. It’s hard to choose a favorite verse but one that is foundational to my life is, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27
Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: It’s been my desire to live for Christ since He entered my heart at age 14. As the years have gone by I’ve come to realize that God is the central goal of my life and of all that I am and do. Becoming a parent caused my faith to deepen as my husband and I looked at our children and realized there is no greater gift we could give them than to know Christ. Choosing a Christian Education for them was part of our desire to raise them for the Lord and we are very grateful to be seeing beautiful fruit because of it. I have a Bachelor of Science degree and worked as a nurse and nurse educator for 17 years, homeschooled our children for six, and then came to HLCS. It’s an honor to serve the Lord in this ministry.
I love HLCS because… I am so thankful for HLCS. Not only does it provide an excellent academic education but it also disciples students in the lasting things, giving them a solid foundation for life and eternity. I believe we are here to live for Christ and to spend our lives investing in others. HLCS invests in the lives of our students every day. It is truly a grace-filled ministry, preparing next generation leaders for Christ.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with God and His Word, with family and friends, in the beautiful outdoors, reading, worshipping, studying, journaling, hiking and gardening. The beach is probably my favorite place. I serve on the Missions Committee at our local church and with a ministry in Kenya; a place God called me to long ago. My passion is to live for Christ and to see others come to know the fullness of His love.
Guidance Counselor, Outreach and International Coordinator,
World Changers - College Readiness and Leadership
Favorite Bible Verse: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: When my oldest daughter was four years old my husband and I toured all of the schools in the Petoskey area and fervently prayed for direction. We had both come from public school backgrounds. My father was a teacher in a wealthy school district where all of the ‘bells and whistles’ were available for students. The Lord very, very clearly impressed on us that we should send Katie to Harbor Light, as different as it was from our school experiences. Through the years I helped wherever I could, increasing my hours year by year. Six years ago I transitioned to this full-time position. Since that first year we have had four children graduate from HLCS and have one still to go!
I love HLCS because… it is God’s heart that every moment of our being we would be focused on him. To educate our children apart from Him means to dissect our children’s lives in ways they were not meant to be divided. Courses must be taught with a biblical foundation, students must be seen as being formed in His image and the goals and objectives we seek for students must come from the Lord. He is the one who created these students and only He can lead and guide us, along with their parents to dream His dream for them and to walk out day by day their growth in Him. This is my passion and it is the same as the passion of HLCS—that’s why I love it here!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Travel, cultures, mission trips, helping students to walk in their purpose, worship, hospitality, music, my family, cooking, and nature!
Athletic Director, Math
Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3: 5-6
Significant Life Experiences that have led you to HLCS: Probably my first mission trip with Athletes in Action as it encouraged me to seek missions full time and could incorporate it in the educational field. One of the things that truly drew me to HLCS was the fact that it was a graduation requirement for students to go on a cross-cultural mission trip and would be led by staff members. Many of our students end up going on several mission trips prior to graduation.
I love HLCS because… It is more of a family atmosphere than a school setting. The staff is close and truly do care about the students that they serve each day.
Assistant to the Director of Development
Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:38-39 (NLT). "And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Significant Life Experiences that have led you to HLCS: Our daughter was in 11th grade and desperately wanted to come back to Harbor Light. We were unable to afford to send her, so she worked two jobs in order to send herself. I was so proud of her and thankful to the school for the assistance that they gave us. I started volunteering with the hot lunch program. Through the various handouts, emails, and newsletters that were sent out stating the need for additional help, God laid it on my heart to volunteer my abilities with data entry. At first I tried to ignore God, I tried to tell Him I was too busy, but He kept telling me to do it anyway, so finally I talked to Linda and told her I would help. I am so thankful that I did! My volunteering has now turned into a part time job and I love my time spent with the staff and students.
I love HLCS because… of the staff and their love for the kids. The teachers at Harbor Light teach the kids how to survive in the world by the world’s standards, but more importantly they teach the kids how to survive in the world by God’s standards.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: My favorite hobbies are spending time with my husband and kids and traveling, preferably with my husband and kids!