School Leadership

Interim Head of School

Mr. Noah Brink comes to Central with vast experience in Christian education, including his own education, teaching, administration, faculty training, and consultation to Christian schools nationwide. He received his undergraduate degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College, and holds Master’s Degrees in Educational Leadership and Biblical Studies from Covenant College and Reformed Theological Seminary, respectively. 

Mr. Brink's infectious love of learning, eagerness to engage with our community, and deep desire to understand people and various perspectives will allow him to apply his expertise to Central Christian School. He brings a keen perception about people and organizations, including an understanding of individuals and systems in transition. Most importantly, Mr. Brink loves the Lord and sees his need for Jesus. He writes of his love for and calling to Christian schools: “…that is the place where I have the greatest platform to live as one shaped by a need for and gratitude to the living and active Jesus…and then model that for the members of the school community. That’s what most enlivens me; that’s what most compels me…it’s what excites me to think about being a part of how God is using Central in St. Louis to train students to be redemptive agents in the city and beyond.” 


Principal

The operational leadership of Central's academic program is provided by our principal, Mrs. Paya Sample. Holding a Master's in Elementary Education (Truman State University), as well as an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership (Webster University), Mrs. Sample brings years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional coordinator.

Throughout her career, Mrs. Sample has served in various roles across the educational landscape, including planning curriculum development, leading technology initiatives, building testing coordination, facilitating action research cohorts and playing a lead role in many aspects of professional development. In all of her work, she pushes to keep students at the center of the conversations and decisions that are made. Mrs. Sample knows that strong and trusting relationships are key to the success of a school, and she thrives when connecting with students, parents, and staff. 

Board of Directors

Central Christian School is led by an 13 member Board of Directors that reports to the Session of Central Presbyterian Church. Each year, the Board consists of members nominated by parents, church elders and others appointed by the Church. The Board is structured into committees, with a School Board member as Chair. Interested parents and teachers also serve on these committees as appropriate. The committees are: Executive, Finance, Governance, Long Range Planning, and Development.

The Board is currently chaired by Central alumna and current parent, Melanie Wood '86 (pictured right). Current board members in addition to Melanie Wood are: Nancy Barter '83, Tim Belz, Marc Braun, Emily Gardner, Josh Hager, Ebony McCain, Doug Miller, Tim Page, Mark Talbott, Adam Woodard, and Tim Yeadon.