History & Heritage

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History

Pastor John Morgan and his wife Janice came to Brooklyn as missionaries in 1976 and founded International Baptist Church. It was obvious to them after just one year of having their own children in the NYC public school system that it was no place for Christian young people. The need for a Christian day school was great, so in 1977, they founded International Christian School in the Windsor Terrace community of Brooklyn.

Started as a small ACE school with a self-paced curriculum, International Christian School grew steadily and was able in just a few years to change over to a traditional school model with teacher-led instruction. In both styles of instruction, International Christian School has faithfully adhered to Biblically-based curriculum with a Christian perspective.

In 1999, International Baptist Church purchased a much larger facility less than a mile from the school’s original location. After some important renovation and restoration, International Baptist Church and International Christian School moved into their present home during the summer of 2000.

Leadership

Pastor Ray Cazis served on our ministry staff for twelve years beginning in 1989, including six years as ICS principal, before moving his family to California in 2001. He served on the staff of Lancaster Baptist Church and Lancaster Christian School for nearly six years before returning to International in 2007 as our co-pastor. In 2008, Pastor Ray Cazis became only the second senior pastor in the history of International Baptist Church.

Heritage

International Christian School is an integral ministry of International Baptist Church, a nondenominational Baptist church that provides a wealth of additional ministry opportunities to our staff, faculty, and students. International Baptist Church will typically have over 30 nations represented by birth on any given Sunday, and International Christian School has similar diversity.

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