In 1974, the Cleveland Baptist Church founded Heritage Christian School. This undertaking was monumental for the Christian education movement in northeast Ohio. HCS was met with opposition from the state, as were other like-minded Christian schools. Founding pastor, Roy Thompson, understood that it was time to take a stand for Christian education, so he organized a rally at the Statehouse in Columbus in 1975. Since this rally, non-chartered, Christian schools in Ohio have been ministering to Ohio families for the last 40 years free from state interference.
Though HCS started inside of the Cleveland Baptist Church building, it soon expanded and was unable to hold all of its students. Finally, in the early 90’s, a school building was erected to host close to 500 students. In the late 90’s, HCS reached over 400 students and now the building is closing in on its 25th anniversary. After celebrating the school’s 40th anniversary last year, HCS is excited to pursue an American Association of Christian Schools (AACS) accreditation, which is a symbol of educational excellence. At HCS and CBC, we can truly say God has been good, and we can truly expect Him to do great things in the next 40 years.
Our graduates have furthered their education in such institutions as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, The Ohio State University, Baldwin Wallace College, Miami University, Crown College, West Coast Baptist College, Pensacola Christian College and many other private and public institutions across the country.