School Leadership

Board of Directors

Central Christian School is led by an 12 member Board of Directors that reports to the Session of Central Presbyterian Church. Each year, the Board consists of members elected by parents, church elders and others appointed by the Church. The Board is structured into five committees, with a School Board member as Chair. Interested parents and teachers also serve on these committees as appropriate. The committees are: Education, Development, Finance, Long Range Planning, and Central Leadership Forum.

The Board is currently chaired by Central alumnus and current parent, Melanie Wood '86 (pictured right).

Current board members are: Carla Bailey, Nancy Barter, Tim Belz, Marc Braun, Emily Gardner, Josh Hager, Ebony McCain, Doug Miller, Tim Page, John Powers, and Mark Talbott.

Head of School

The daily leadership of Central is provided by Head of School, John Murray, appointed in the summer of 2014. A graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA, 1990) and Dartmouth College (MALS, 1995), he is a leader in academia with great experience in teaching and administration.

Mr. Murray is also a thought-leader in regard to equipping children and parents to impact modern culture and has extensive experience in impacting the broader public through film-making, writing and speaking. His documentary, Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV-Movie Violence was nationally distributed by Active Parenting. His articles addressing education, history, politics, media and youth culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street JournalUSA Today, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch to name a few.

Administrative Team

John Murray leads an Administrative Team consisting of Advancement, Academics, and Operations branches. Advancement: Sabrine Rhodes (Director of Admissions & School Culture), Audra Christian (Special Events Coordinator & Development), and Christan Perona (Director of Communications). Academics: Dana Scheidt (Director of Curriculum & Instruction). Operations: Lindsey Hunsicker (Executive Assistant, Head of School and Admissions), Annette Shroyer (Registrar/Office Manager), and Bill Goessling (Business Manager).