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Kansai Christian School has been in existence since 1970

Kansai Christian School was established and exists to assist the evangelical missionary community in the Kansai region of Japan in the education of their children. It began in 1970 as a result of the burden of several missionary families desiring to see a Christian school established in the Kansai area. Over the years KCS has grown from a one-classroom school to one offering a complete first through twelfth grade education. KCS has recently relocated to a new campus. The video clip below is a short tribute to the old and the new.

Kansai Christian School moves to Heguri

Miss Irene Webster-Smith, about whom the book Sensei was written, is credited with providing some of the inspiration that led to the founding of Kansai Christian School. It was late in 1969 that Miss Webster-Smith met with James Blocksom and Neil Verwey, both of whom had a burden to see a Christian school for missionary children in the Osaka area started.

From the challenge received by Miss Webster-Smith, the very first school board meeting was held on March 10, 1970.

Mr. James Blocksom became the first board chairman, the Rev. Hugh Osborne serving as treasurer and Mrs. Peggy Verwey as secretary. The other members of that first board were Rev. Dick Mayforth, Mr. & Mrs. Bill Turner, Miss Laura Robinson and Mr. Neil Verwey.

The organizations which founded the school were the Evangelical Free Church of America, Japan Mission, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, North American Baptist General Mission in Japan, Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade.

KCS opened as an elementary school in September of 1970 with Miss Marian Hovey serving as principal for the nine students. Grades were added when possible, until a complete K-12 system was established.

Miss Hovey was principal for two years and was succeeded by Mr. Dick Hazel (1972-74). Mrs. Jeanette Kelvington became acting principal between 1974 and 1975, and Rev. Ray Olstad became principal in 1975, serving in that capacity until his retirement from foreign missions in 1986.

Mr. Joel Kugler served as principal from 1986 until 1989, followed by Mr. Douglas Woyke, who was acting principal for the 1989-90 school year. Miss Kenelee Proctor became principal in 1990 and remained at KCS until June 1994.

Mr. David Verwey served as acting principal from 1994 until 2001. Mr. Thomas Poole, a teacher at KCS since 1997, served as principal until September 2004 when he went to be with the Lord. Mrs. Dawn Winter started as teacher at KCS in 1997 and she served as principal from October 2004 to June 2006. Mr. Albert Greeff served as principal from July 2006 to June 2013. Mr. Sampo Sainio served as principal from October 2013 to June 2016. Mr. Robert Chadduck transitioned from a teaching position in the school to principal in July 2016. Mr. Chadduck served as principal through June 2019.

Ms. Debra Baumann began serving as principal of Kansai Christian School for the 2019-2020 school year.