“…I tell you, open your eyes and look on the fields! They are ripe for the harvest.” (John 4:35b)
The vision to establish Grace Christian Ministries was birthed at a New Year’s Eve worship service on the island of Guam in 1984. By the end of the year, it was clear to the church leadership that the doors of opportunities to share the love of Christ on the island of Saipan were opening up.
On January 07, 1985 in response to an invitation to start a church, Rev. Raymond Kinsella moved to Saipan to set up a Youth Center called Teen Challenge. However, within six months, instead of a Teen Challenge Center, the first Assemblies of God church (Saipan First Assembly) was established in the Northern Marianas.
Before the end of the year, we felt the Lord leading us to establish a Christian school. Plans were set in motion to establish a Christian school in China Town. But in February (1986), Dr. David McClure, then President of Grace Christian Academy, invited us to assume the administration of the school. Through miraculous set of circumstances the Lord had provided the finances to assume the administration by June 1986. It was clear that Christian education would be one of the primary vehicles to carry the message of God’s love to the people of the Northern Mariana Islands.
We started our first school year in 1986 with sixty-five students on our Saipan campus with a team of nine staff. Today there are Grace Christian Academy campuses on the three main islands (Rota, Tinian and Saipan) of the Northern Marianas. Over the last twenty years, over a thousand students have attended Grace Christian Academy schools.
Today, it is considered one of the premier educational institutions in the Northern Marianas and our students have consistently done very well in interscholastic competitions and on several occasions taken home the top prize. Most of our students have gone on to college after graduation and many have excelled in universities in Hawaii, U.S. Mainland, and Philippines. We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments.
On October 2000, Grace Christian Academy became fully accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International. It has expanded its facilities to include a high school building, science and computer labs, a cafeteria, a campus library, and better access roads, as well as improved parking and playground areas.
This school year, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of service on Saipan. We are truly humbled at all that the Lord had accomplished through Grace Christian Academy and we pray for many more years of faithful service teaching the children of the CNMI of His great love.