Head of School

It is with great pleasure that we announce the LCCS Board of Trustees has unanimously and enthusiastically selected Dr. Tim McAboy to become our next Head of School. Tim was selected from a national pool of impressive candidates after a very thorough and rigorous search, and has an official start date of July 1, 2024.

“I am thrilled to join the Lake Center team as Head of School.  While I was excited about this opportunity after learning about the school’s mission and rich history which displays generations of God’s faithfulness, I was even more excited when I visited the school and was able to see first hand the love and dedication of the faculty, staff, and school community. It brings me great joy to see Lake Center’s unwavering commitment to Christ-centered education. It is evident that God is doing great things in and through this school, and I’m excited to see what He will continue to do.”

March 7, 2024 – Dr.  Tim McAboy is described by those closest to him as a man of exceptional integrity and a leader with great humility and abundant joy. His references assert that Tim makes everyone around him better, because he champions the best in everyone, and sees every person as a unique image-bearer of God. 

Dr. McAboy received his bachelor’s degree in social science and elementary education from Spring Arbor University, a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Kentucky and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Michigan.

He is currently in his seventh year serving as Head of School at Zeeland Christian School in Zeeland, Michigan, a private Christian school with over 1,000 students.  He previously served as the principal of Wheaton Christian Grammar School in Winfield, Illinois, assistant professor of education and director of student teaching at Taylor University, and in two different roles at Lexington Christian Academy in Kentucky: elementary principal for grades 4-6 and fourth and fifth grade teacher. His background also includes mission work in Taiwan.

Tim joins us with his wife, April.  April is the current director of community care for a social services nonprofit in Grand Haven, Michigan called Love in Action. She manages 800 regular volunteers.  Love in Action has a food bank, a homeless shelter, a medical and dental clinic, and a home repair service. Tim and April have three children: Lily, Grace, and Joey. Lily and Grace attend Calvin University together, and Joey will be attending Lake Center this fall as a sophomore. 

Throughout this search, the board has been in awe at how the Lord has guided each step of the process. We are overjoyed and extremely grateful that He has brought such a godly and gifted leader to our school.  Special thanks to the Search Committee, who spent many hours considering the current and future needs of Lake Center, praying for God’s direction, reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, and checking references.  The entire board was supportive throughout the search process and unanimously agreed to extend an official offer after spending time with Tim and April. 

We are also grateful to Lake Center staff who have prayed diligently and have provided input at both the front and back ends of the process, answering Tim’s questions, and exemplifying Lake Center’s core values. Thank you to LCCS families that have prayed alongside us for the next leader of our school.  We are thankful to Chris Hornsby and Joe Bradley of CarterBaldwin Executive Search, whose guidance through the search process was indispensable. Finally, the Board would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mrs. Gretchen Shaffer, who is faithfully serving as Interim Superintendent for this current school year.  

We are excited to welcome the McAboy family to our LCCS family.  For the remainder of this school year, Tim will be collaborating with the school’s leadership team in preparation for the 2024-2025 school year as well as finishing well at Zeeland Christian.

Lake Center Christian School is a private Christian school serving 897 students in K-12th grade on its 50-acre campus on Kaufman Avenue NW in Hartville. Now in its 76th year, LCCS assists Christian families and their churches in equipping students for lifelong learning and service to Christ. LCCS is accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and Cognia, providing a comprehensive curriculum with a Biblical worldview. LCCS values diversity in ethnicity, economics, and learning styles. For more information on LCCS visit www.lccs.com.

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