Angel Academy Preschool to celebrate 20 years at Lansing location

by Natalie Togtman

LANSING, Ill. (June 28, 2019) – This upcoming school year, Angel Academy will celebrate its 20-year anniversary of being located in Lansing. From the brick building at the north edge of the First Church (PCA) parking lot, Angel Academy is dedicated to serving preschool-aged children and their families.

Hailey Nommenson and Sophia Svendsen show off their handiwork at Angel Academy. (Photo: Kathy VanderHeyden)

Angel Academy was originally located in Munster, Indiana. Unfortunately, one July, just weeks before the start of the school year, the pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church informed Preschool Director Kathy VanderHeyden that the church would be closing its doors. VanderHeyden, a member of First Church, then reached out to her pastor about a building they had recently purchased and planned to demolish. That building was given new life as Angel Academy, and preschoolers started classes there the same year.

Kathy VanderHeyden
“We want kids to know the love of Jesus,” VanderHeyden said. “We are not just a church program. We have kids from the community, and I think that’s the beauty of our program.”

Today, Angel Academy serves 19 families with pre-school aged children. The children learn about letters and numbers, but they also hear Bible stories such as Creation and David and Goliath.

VanderHeyden “I think the thing that sets us apart is that its the love of learning interwoven with the love of Jesus Christ. We serve Jesus, and that flows through how we treat our students and how we teach our students to treat others.”

Angel Academy is a ministry of First Church (PCA), which is located at 3134 Ridge Road in Lansing. For more information about the preschool, call 708-895-6671, or visit angelacademypreschool.org.

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