Portersville Christian School was started in the fall of 1963. Pastor Joe Morris, of the Portersville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, along with his wife Betty, founded the school to be a place where students could freely pray, talk about their faith in Christ, and worship God. The Supreme Court decision removing prayer from the public schools on the grounds that it violated the separation of church and state was the catalyst for starting a school in a church basement for 26 students. For more than 50 years, the school has provided a place where students can come, learn, pray, lift up Jesus as their savior, and grow intellectually, physically and spiritually with their classmates.
Vision, Mission and Purpose Statement
The vision of Portersville Christian School is to graduate students with a heart for God who are prepared to serve Him in every area of life.
The mission of Portersville Christian School is to glorify God by preparing students to serve Jesus Christ as Lord, partnering with family and church, and instilling high standards spiritually, academically, socially and physically.
Portersville Christian School was founded in 1963 by the congregation of the Portersville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. A Supreme Court decision that year which prohibited prayer in the public school system led Pastor Joseph Morris and his wife Betty to lead their church to establish a school that was built on a foundation of prayer for the purpose of strengthening students’ faith in Jesus as their savior while they learned basic skills and prepared to be productive citizens of their country and His Kingdom.
Beginning in the basement of the church in two small classrooms in the fall of 1963, with 26 students, including three of their own children, Pastor Morris became school principal, and Mrs. Morris taught one of the classes.
Plans were made to add a grade to the school each year, and construction began in the mid-60’s on a building containing eight classrooms and school offices. A gymnasium was added shortly afterward, and the school continued to grow. A new gymnasium was built in the 90’s, and the old gym converted into classroom space and a cafeteria, library and music room to accommodate the school’s growing enrollment.
The school has had a significant impact on the students and families of the part of Western Pennsylvania that it serves. Some of its graduates and former students have returned to teach and serve on the faculty and staff. Many of them currently serve local churches as pastors and staff members, or are on the mission field. Many of its graduates and former students have enrolled their own children in the school, and as time has passed, PCS now includes many students who are grandchildren of those who came here in the past.
The school occupies a 12 acre campus in the Muddy Creek Township, a mile east of the borough of Portersville, on a hill overlooking the western end of Lake Arthur and Moraine State Park. Located near the Butler-Lawrence county line, the school serves approximately 250 students from five counties and 12 different school districts. We celebrated our 50th anniversary in the spring of 2014, and we pray that God blesses our school and its ministry for 50 more years of service.
R. Lee Saunders, Head Administrator
B.A. Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona, 1979
M.A. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1989
Additional Graduate Study, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1996
Jaime Kobialka, Assistant Principal
B.S. Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, 20—
M.A. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2015