May 30, 2002

Home Schooling Pioneer Paul Lindstrom Dies At Age 62

Dr. Paul Lindstrom, home schooling pioneer and founder and president of the Christian Liberty Academy Satellite Schools (CLASS), went to be home with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 22, 2002. After a short battle with an 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. 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 currently has 35,000 students enrolled. 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.

Home schoolers throughout America owe 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 Home School Legal Defense Association, fighting for the rights of home schoolers.

Dr. 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 served faithfully and diligently in everything he put his hand to. Dr. Lindstrom has run the race well and has crossed his finish line.

We praise God for the life of Dr. Paul Lindstrom. His legacy will live in on in the lives of the thousands of students and families he has guided over his decades of service to the body of Christ.

Editor's Note: 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: pastorpaul@homeschools.org. Or you can view their memorial page at www.homeschools.org.