Welcome from the Head of School

Dear prospective parents,

St. Louis native and Nobel Prize winning author T.S. Eliot once stated, “It is self-evident that St. Louis affected me more deeply than any other environment has ever done.” Coming to this city a month before Ferguson in 2014 to lead Central Christian School, I, too, can say that St. Louis and its people have changed me more than any community I have ever experienced.

Given the headlines over the past two years—from Ferguson to Baltimore to Charleston to Dallas, I have experienced and observed emotions ranging from hopelessness and despair, anger and frustration, sadness and grief, confusion and defensiveness, to apathy and avoidance. And while this is not my first encounter with pain or controversy, something about my proximity to Jesus-followers with different perspectives and experiences than my own has made this time different. The clarity of Scripture as the foundation of a diverse, just community has never been clearer to me.  

I am convinced, more than ever before, that the grace of Jesus Christ should compel the Body of Believers to pursue justice for and unity with our neighbors.  Central Christian School has impacted my mind and my heart in unanticipated and palpable ways. For that I am grateful.

And as we enter our 59th year here at Central, I believe our mission and vision have never been more needed in our city:

Our Mission: To partner with families to prepare children by instilling a passion for God, a love of truth, and a zeal to serve

Our Vision: To be a Gospel-driven, academically excellent community for each unique image-bearer of God

To quote Urban Educator Dr. Vernon Gant, “God’s people have at their disposal the most transformative power in existence—agape love. As such, no one education should be able to out-relate and out-educate the Christian educator…[making] the difference beyond the scope of judges, elected officials, education reformers, and the like.”

Along these lines we have developed a Portrait of a Graduate--describing the areas we hope, by God’s grace, to shape and mold in their lives by the time they complete the sixth grade—prayerfully, to be a light for Him.

We pray our graduates will engage in conversations and relationships with those who are different than them, learn with humility, and actively love and serve one other as fellow image-bearers of God—sharing the hope that can only be found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

For at Central, we aim to lay the firm foundation of our city and nation’s future thought-leaders and change-agents. Our journey is fresh, but we are motivated and inspired to see the Lord’s redemption lived out in our city and beyond.

Sincerely yours,
John A. Murray
Head of School
jmurray@centralschoolstl.org
Visit John's blog, Central Head-Lines