Alumni Corner

Meet Stephanie Lyon!

135638_4656291806592_2095953983_oStephanie graduated from Covenant Love Community School in 2006 and continued her education at Dryden High School, where she graduated 5th in the Class of 2010. After having been called to missions in Africa at the age of nine, she pursued the idea of spending some time between high school and college in East Africa. One week after graduation, she moved to a small village in rural Tanzania to work with a Christian non-profit called the Amani Development Organization, which focuses on agricultural, social, spiritual, and educational development in the villages of Makang’wa and Mvumi-Makulu, along with the region surrounding. One large aspect of the work is development of English-speaking and Bible-teaching pre- and primary schools. For one year, Stephanie had the opportunity to work in a village medical clinic and teach English to the preschool teachers. Her experiences made an lasting impact.

Upon her return to the U.S., she sought further theological and missions training at Kairos Discipleship School in Minneapolis. This not only opened up doors to learn from pastors, teachers, authors, and missionaries from around the world, but also to experience firsthand discipleship of other young women, overseas missions, and leadership. Spending the summer leading and living out discipleship with a small group of girls on a team working in Sierra Leone, West Africa, Stephanie gained new passion for seeing God’s kingdom grow through one-on-one discipleship of youth and missions.

Now pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, she is serving in the U.S. Navy through Naval ROTC at Vanderbilt University. Upon graduation from nursing school, she will be commissioned as an officer in the Navy Nurse Corps. Stephanie sees this time in the military,while pursuing her passion for medicine, as an opportunity to be a witness to people with whom she may never otherwise cross paths and who are, many of them, searching for “more” in life. Eventually, she plans to return to East Africa on a long-term basis to continue medical missions and spreading the Gospel.

“My years at CLCS were a formative part of my spiritual journey. I was encouraged to seek a deeper personal relationship with God. The teachers had a impact on the way I see the world; it is not a place to simply walk through and observe, but rather a beautiful gift full of opportunities to engage my head, hands, and heart to bring glory to God and better the lives of those around me.”

Quick Facts

During the 2013 – 2014 school year:

  • Student enrollment:
    43 full-time and 3 part-time students
  • Churches represented:
    18 in Tompkins and Cortland counties
  • School districts served:
    Dryden, Groton, Ithaca, Lansing and Whitney Point
  • Instructional class sizes:
    2 – 10 students
  • Financial aid recipients:
    10 Families