Over twenty pastors of local churches currently send their children to HCA. As a discipleship school, we partner with parents and pastors to train up our children in the way they should go – to raise them up in Christ at home, in school, and in church. Our desire is for the consistent message of the Gospel to be woven throughout all three environments, and into every aspect of each child’s life. We are blessed to be chosen by so many pastors as the place for their children to grow both academically and spiritually.

After years as HCA parents, here is what some of our pastors have to say:

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about why we send our kids to HCA is Deuteronomy 6:4-9. This passage tells us that we are to love God with everything we have at all times, and that from the moment we wake up until the moment we lie down, we are to do everything we can to keep God and His Word at the forefront of our (and our children’s) minds.

This is a high calling, and one my wife and I are grateful we don’t have to pursue on our own. Our support system at HCA cannot be matched. It is reassuring to know that the Biblical truths we teach our children at home are not only supported when they are at school, but encouraged as well. The financial sacrifice we make every year benefits our kids spiritually, academically, emotionally, and socially. I love that the faculty at HCA work hard to foster an environment for our kids that challenges them, allowing room for growth, while simultaneously making sure that they have fun and are making memories. Through it all, they are pointed back to Christ, and I couldn’t ask for more.

Phil Bracco, Emergence Church: Pastor of Care Systems (P’25, P’31)

When choosing a school for our children, HCA was our first-choice hands down. People might say this was because I work at HGC, because I am an alum myself, or because I taught there for 9 years; but there are many more reasons than just my history at the school. HCA is committed to excellence in teaching, but ultimately, excellence in the way they saturate every aspect of school life with the Word of God. In just these first couple years of being parents of an HCA student (and now students), we can totally see how the love of Christ implemented in school has impacted our children in their love of God, and of school as well. We are excited to see our children grow and learn at HCA.

Kirk De Boer, Hawthorne Gospel Church: Middle School Pastor (P’31, P’33)

Before my kids were ever enrolled at HCA, I saw the results of HCA’s work in its alumni. Far from the stereotypical view of private school students as sheltered, inexperienced, and limited, HCA graduates have been some of the most well-rounded, mature, and well-equipped people I have ever known in my travels in north Jersey ministry. For years I had seen the spiritual engagement of HCA’s students and staff when I would come to speak at chapels during the school year. Now, as a parent of multiple HCA students, I get the joy of seeing my own children grow spiritually, relationally, emotionally, and academically in that same blessing of an environment.

Steve Hawthorne, Emergence Church: Executive Pastor (P’25, P’27, P’29)

My wife and I were privileged to attend Christian Schools through High School. Experiencing the life-long benefits of a Christ-centered education made Christian education for our children an easy decision, and HCA was our first choice. The caring, nurturing Christian faculty and staff with great academic standards equipped our children with faith and the tools for life! HCA’s influence on our children’s lives has brought innumerable blessings and immeasurable benefits, as our children’s lives have shown.

Currently, five of our grandchildren are experiencing the same at HCA. We thank and praise God for the existence, influence, and impact of HCA, not only on our family, but on the multitude of families that have experienced the same.

Rich Higby, Cornerstone Church: Pastor of Care & Prayer (P’90)

I sent my children to HCA because of my desire to have them taught from the perspective of a Biblical worldview, and that as a result they would be grounded in the truth of God’s Word and His ways.

John Minnema, Hawthorne Gospel Church: Senior Pastor (P’04, P’06, P’09)

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

– Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)