Archivist / Historian
Mr. John Douglass
Get to know Mr. Douglass
- BS, Bob Jones University (1969)
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Lakeland Christian SchoolOne of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.
WHAT LED YOU TO LAKELAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL?
As an LCS student from third through eighth grade I learned to appreciate the opportunity to attend a Christian school. After finishing college, I enlisted in the US Navy and toward the end of my tour I received a letter from Dr. Walter Sligh, LCS Board Chairman, and father of Dr. Mike Sligh. Dr. Sligh encouraged me to pray about the possibility of returning to LCS and working in the advance department. As I prayed, I sensed that this was God’s calling on my life and so I began work March 1, 1974. After working in this area for a couple of years, I moved into the position of Business Manager where I served until August 2014.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR LCS JOB?
Although I currently volunteer as the Archivist and am no longer an employee, I have so appreciated getting to know the administrators, faculty, and staff who have served the LCS community so faithfully. I am also deeply appreciative to the LCS Board of Directors for their commitment to excellence and Godly example to my family and me.
WHAT ARE SOME FUN FACTS THAT MOST PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU?
For many years I was responsible for operating six bus routes that picked up students in Bartow, Auburndale, Winter Haven, and Plant City and then covered most of the Lakeland area before arriving at LCS. I often drove one of those routes when a driver was sick or when a bus broke down.
My wife, Kären Bowen Douglass began teaching at LCS in August 1969. She initially taught the upper elementary grades but finished her career at LCS as a high school math teacher. We have been married for forty-three years and have two children, Ashley and Dustin. We have six grandchildren- two attend LCS and four attend Chattanooga Christian School.