Meadow Creek Christian School (MCCS) began as a ministry of Meadow Creek Church in 1976 with six staff member teaching the hearts and minds of 100 students. The school was started by Pastor Shepson who had a vision of partnering with parents to educate their children within a biblical worldview.
From 1976 to 1997 the school was led by John Delich and a core group of staff members. By the late 1990’s the school had grown to over 700 students. In 1995, as a new gym was built to accommodate the needs of the school, it was becoming apparent that the current facilities could not continue to house the growing enrollment.
In the early 2000’s, enrollment grew to near 800 students and the idea of relocating to a new location became a goal. In 2003, 44 acres of land was purchased in northern Andover off of Tulip Street. A building fund was established and in the summer of 2004, MCCS decided to become its own 501c(3) organization apart from Meadow Creek Church.
As enrollment fluctuated for the next few years, the school struggled to grow its building fund. In the spring of 2009, the building plans were halted and the school was faced with the possibility of closing its doors. At that time, God led the Hageman family, who was a part of Meadow Creek School, to come alongside the school financially and logistically to bring us through the difficulties the school was facing. Over the next few years, the Hageman family foundation (Hageman Foundation of Hope) financially bridged the financial deficits of the school. Although it was not their intent to oversee the school long term, the Hageman Foundation, along with an advisory council, have empowered and come along side the school leadership and helped move the school back toward financial stability.
With the help of their leadership, a lease was established with Meadow Creek Church. As part of that agreement MCCS changed its name to Legacy Christian Academy. Through site studies, it was determined that the school’s 44 acre Tulip site would not be sufficient long term. The Tulip property would eventually be sold and a 194 acre site in Ramsey, 7 miles west of the current school, was purchased by the Hageman Foundation of Hope.
Although there were significant gifts given and many people worked hard to get the building financed, the tighter new lending standards the banks enacted combined with the schools financials, ultimately never allowed the project to be financeable. With the site prepared for a school building to be built, Legacy had to announce that we were unable to secure our funding and plans were temporarily on hold.
In 2013, Legacy has been blessed by a wonderful relationship with Meadow Creek Church. The church agrees with the mission and vision of the school and has a heartfelt desire to see it succeed in the current facility until God leads either ministry in another direction. We also have three wonderful administrators, an interim president Steve Larson, and principals Jake Mulvihill and Joel Nydam, who are putting their trust in God and His vision for our school.