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In Memory of One of the Pioneers of the Home School Movement

Dr. Paul Lindstrom, home schooling pioneer and founder and president of the Christian Liberty Academy satellite schools (CLASS), crossed the finish line and went to be home with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 22, 2002. After a short battle with a aggressive autoimmune disease called primary sclerosing cholangitis, he died at 62 years old. He is survived by his wife, two sons, two daughters, and 17 grandchildren. Dr. Paul Lindstrom started providing curriculum and legal support to home schoolers in the early 1970's. In many ways he helped the Christian home school movement get off the ground. His Christian correspondence program for home schoolers has approximately 35,000 students at present. Tens of thousands of students have graduated, being educated in a solid Christian Biblical worldview, through his program. In addition, he superintended a large Christian school of over 900 students. He pastored the Church of Christian Liberty and established and directed Christian Liberty Press. He also was involved in founding mission Christian schools around the world.

I graduated from one of his Christian schools he started in Wisconsin. That is where I came to know Christ and I am forever grateful.

Home schoolers throughout America own a tremendous debt of gratitude to this passionate man of God who faced impossible odds beginning in 1969. He knew that parents had the constitutional right to direct and control the education of their children and would not accept "no" from the states and school districts that prohibited home schooling. He faithfully worked as an ally with HSLDA, fighting for the rights of home schoolers.

Dr. Paul Lindstrom was a remarkably humble man, never attempting to grasp the limelight for all his work in the home school movement. He simply wanted to serve faithfully and diligently in everything he put his hand to. Dr. Paul Lindstrom has run the race well and has crossed the finish line. He is where he always wanted to be and does not want to return. He is no doubt experiencing unspeakable joy. As it states in 1 Corinthians 2:9, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

Furthermore, in Revelation 21:4 there is the promise, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." No doubt Dr. Lindstrom is safe from all harm in the arms of the Savior.

We praise God for the life of Dr. Paul Lindstrom. As it says in Psalm 116:15, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."

You can send messages or gifts of condolences, encouragement and appreciation to Mrs. Florie Lindstrom and their children, Carla McHugh, Kim Rapp, Peter Lindstrom and Calvin Lindstrom, c/o Christian Liberty Academy, 502 West Euclid Avenue, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60004 or e-mail: Or you can view their memorial page at


Chris Klicka

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