HISTORY OF

Friendship Christians Schools

 

The history of Friendship Christian Schools can only be viewed as part of the greater history of Friendship Baptist Church.  Friendship Baptist Church was founded in 1985 by Pastor David Parker.  Pastor Parker was a missionary with Maranatha Bible Church as his sending church.  Friendship Baptist Church came to the former sugar plantation town of Ewa Villages in 1988. We moved into a renovated plantation building in 1990.  In 1993 the church decided to open a school that would serve the church family as well as those of like faith while at the same time providing a needed community service.

 

The church leased the former plantation store from the Oahu Sugar Company.  This store had been used for various purposes and was falling into a state of disrepair.  With a consecrated effort by the church membership, some community help and a few grants, the Friendship Youth Center was able to open its doors in 1993 offering K3 and K4 under the leadership of Mrs. Donna Reid.  The next year the school started a K5 class.  In 1995 1st grade was added.  The school continued to grow, and in 1996 the remaining 2nd-12thgrades were added.  In 2013 Craig Calizo became the administrator of the middle/high school, and in 2015 Molly Norden was added to the administrative staff.

 

Pastor James Reid became pastor of Friendship in March of 2002.  Pastor Reid spent part of his formative years in Hawaii then attended Hyles-Anderson College on the mainland.  Upon graduating college, he served in various leadership capacities at two mainland churches before returning to Hawaii to pastor Friendship Baptist Church.  Under his leadership the church and school have continued to grow and serve the Ewa Plains community.  A new church building has just been completed.   Eventually a new school will be built on the land with the church.

 

Friendship Christian Schools currently offers traditional educational programs for K3 – 12th grades.