Britton Kate

Kate Britton


One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others” Philippians 2:3-4

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: HLCS began when I was a senior in high school. Even though I was not able to attend here, I have had a passion for the school and the need for Christian education in today’s world. I received my bachelor’s degree from Spring Arbor University which helped to prepare me, not only for teaching, but teaching with a Christian perspective.

I love HLCS because… of the love that the staff and the families have for each other and for the students. I saw multiple examples of other people going out of their way to help my children succeed.

Activities and Hobbies I enjoy… I enjoy reading, biking and kayaking.


Debbie Ledingham

Curriculum Advisor & Honors English

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” Eph. 3:20 (Also Romans 12 and Romans 10:14 -15)

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: In 1985, Dave and I believed that God was calling us to seek a Christian Education opportunity for our children. We heard that Harbor Light Chapel was starting a Christian school that had a passion for developing strong Christian leaders, so we enrolled our children in the first year of school. I started teaching History and English at HLCS that first year.  Harbor Light Christian School is more than an educational institution.  We are a family whose goal is to nurture and challenge young people to serve and love God and people, no matter what career they choose.  More recently I have taught 9-10 Honors English and AP English Literature.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading, playing games with my grandchildren, attending HLCS games and traveling.

Blair Shelda

Shelda Blair


One of My Favorite Bible Verses: My favorite verse is Romans 8:15 “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry ‘Abba Father’.”

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I came to teach at Harbor Light because I am a HLCS graduate and wanted my children to have a similar educational experience.

I love HLCS because… it is a family friendly environment where my children’s education can be based in the word of God.  As a teacher, I love the staff and students and look forward to spending time with them.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Outside of school, I enjoy leading worship, playing volleyball, re-decorating my home, and spending time with my family.

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Gary Kersting

Advanced Math

One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “I can do all things through him who gives me strength.” -Phil. 4:13

I love HLCS because… The atmosphere is a wonderful place for teaching and learning to meet your spiritual, physical, emotional and academic needs.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Playing guitar and bass for Worship, woodworking and making lots of sawdust, water and winter outdoor activities, reading, and most of all spending time with my wife (Teresa) watching my children grow to be servants of God.

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Daniel Ledingham

Bible / Social Studies

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:

“I will hear what God the LORD will say;
For He will speak peace to His people, to His godly ones;
But let them not turn back to folly.
Surely His salvation is near to those who fear Him,
That glory may dwell in our land.
Lovingkindness and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
Truth springs from the earth;
And righteousness looks down from heaven.” Psalm 85: 8-11

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: My first contact with HLCS was as a student. My seventh grade year was the first year of HLCS as a school. I graduated from Harbor Light in 1991 and went on to study ethnomusicology at Wheaton College and Kent State University. Returning to Northern Michigan after 4 years in Thailand, I joined the staff of Harbor Light Community Chapel as the Arts Director. Through my work at Harbor Light Chapel, I was given the opportunity to help write the curriculum for, and teach Bible to the Junior and Senior classes. I have immensely enjoyed the experiences I have had as a teacher to the great students of HLCS.

I love HLCS because… it is a place where faith and learning are brought together and applied to the lives of the students and faculty. It is also a place where people are treated as children of God, made in His image.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy: making music, skiing, cycling, and photography.

David Ledingham

Dr. Dave Ledingham

HS Bible

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS:I have been involved in one way or another with HLCS since the start of the school. Both of our children and now, all 6 of our grandchildren have gone to school here. My wife, both kids, and now me are all teaching here and we’ve seen the fruit of this place in all of our lives.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Hanging out with grandkids and following all of their many activities.

Sarah Dawley

Sarah Dawley

Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I attended HLCS K-12. Now our 3 children attend.

I Love HLCS because…  our children are surrounded by people who love Jesus and they hear the same message from their teachers that they hear at home. I’m glad to be a part of that!

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  biking, going to the beach, couponing, gardening, spending time with my family.

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Vicki Urman


One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  Harbor Light Church has been our home church for years. After retiring from public school service my husband ended up being the administrator of HLCS. His involvement led to my involvement. I was the “hole plugger” for positions that needed to be filled under his leadership. If it needed to be done I tried to do it. Just before he moved on from HLCS he had me signed up to do 7/8 Bible class and that is where I have stuck. I LOVE IT!

I Love HLCS because…  everyone knows God is the boss.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I love to read and I love to teach. I love to be outside walking and biking and camping. I love to chat with people.

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Meg Rauch

Home Economics
Volunteer, Study Hall and Test Coordinator

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
Psalm 42

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  My son was very unhappy at public school.

I Love HLCS because…  There is a consistent message that Jesus loves you and me.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Organizaing things, road trips, and my kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events.

Josh Ernst

Josh Ernst


One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.” Gen. 1:16
Because, oh by the way, there was a little time left that day, so He also made a trillion or so stars. What an Amazing God!

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  I have conducted research at a national lab, I have taught classes at a large state college, I have worked in one of the most prestigious physics departments in the world – but there was something incredibly special about the opportunity to come home and help make a difference in the lives of young men and women who are working hard to become shining lights in this world.

I Love HLCS because…  The staff is smart and kind. The students are eager and devoted. And the administration is caring and wise. HLCS gets that it is important to prepare young people to excel as students, but even more important to prepare them to be good people.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  I enjoy playing and coaching sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends.

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Heather Standish

Study Hall

One of My Favorite Bible Verses:  “For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and self control.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS:  After years of wanting to enroll our children : Having my teenager acknowledge that he wanted to be here. Then realizing we needed to be here. As soon as we enrolled I felt God was working not only our children but our family.

I Love HLCS because…  It is more than a school.

Activities & hobbies I enjoy:  Spending time with all our family. Watching all the sports the kids are involved in. Family walks.