The leaders of Youth With A Mission invited Jim and Barbara Kilkenny to plant Christian Heritage School in Tyler, Texas in order to serve the missionary families of YWAM and the local East Texas community. God confirmed that call by giving the Kilkennys a strategy to disciple the nations through education. Simply put, this strategy is to train teachers and students in the same philosophy of education that first produced liberty in America. This philosophy was eloquently expressed by the founders of Harvard College:
“Let every student be plainly instructed, and earnestly pressed…to lay Christ at the bottom as the only Foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.”
This was the view of education that secured for America, at its founding, the tremendous gifts of freedom and prosperity which let to the flourishing of science, industry, and the arts.
After acquiring the campus of Tyler’s Dixie School, CHS opened its doors in September of 1980. Starting with 30 students, CHS quickly grew into a school that now co-labors with some 100 families who have caught the vision of education that imparts the keys to national reformation.