About Us

Our mission

As a leader in Christian education services, our mission is to support schools in their task of teaching students to know God and his world, and to glorify him through obedient service. Whether through accreditation, curriculum, employee benefits or leadership development, we’re dedicated to increasing the effectiveness, not only of your school, but also of like minded schools across North America—all with a singular focus of transforming the world for Christ.

Biblical worldview

We believe that Christian education is firmly rooted in God’s Word and God’s world, and we profess the following statements of faith:

Source of all truth

A biblically informed curriculum points to God as the source of all truth, leads students toward biblical wisdom and a response to God’s call to discipleship, and nurtures all students toward Christlike living. God’s truth permeates every academic subject and educational initiative. Faith is embedded in curriculum, and faith and learning are inseparable.

Freedom to grow

Everything is created by God– from the smallest molecule to the greatest star. God equips humans with the gift of research and discovery so that every aspect of his creation can be known in his appointed time.

God created humans in his image as whole persons– spiritual, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. We have both the freedom and the responsibility to develop each of these areas of our lives. Our creator wants for us to discover, probe, and seek after knowledge in every discipline.

Living our faith

While the latest theories and discoveries may attempt to undermine God, nothing can shake our faith in the creator of the universe. This profession does not mean blind adherence to our beliefs. Rather, we must use our minds to recognize and make the case for truth. Along the way, we must show mercy, promote justice, and share in the work of Jesus as we collaborate to make the world a better place.

Our history

Founded in 1920, Christian Schools International was the first national organization to serve Christian schools. From its eight charter members in the US, Christian Schools International has grown into an organization serving throughout the US, Canada, and the world.

Over the past century, CSI has expanded its programs to encompass the areas of accreditation and school improvement services, curriculum development, employee benefit services, leadership development programs, and support for school leaders.

With a history of solid leadership and exceptional service, we look toward the future. Our goals of advancing God’s kingdom and supporting Christian education mean that we are constantly listening to our members, discerning their needs, and striving to support the important work they do.


Joel Westa

Darryl Shelton

Howard Van Mersbergen

Vice President of Employee Benefits