Introducing Our New Head of School

Introducing John Petrey as the new Head of School for Mountain Christian School

Mountain Christian Church is pleased to announce that Mr. John Petrey has been named the new Head of Mountain Christian School beginning in July, 2012.

John has an inspiring leadership style, years of experience, and valuable expertise in a wide range of school leadership roles. We believe God led us to John and that he is the right person at the right time for Mountain Christian School and Mountain Christian Church.

Here are some highlights of John’s background and credentials that will help you begin to get to know John:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Appalachian State University, Master of Arts in Teaching from Columbia International University, and Master of Education in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina
  • Certifications as teacher and administrator from the SC Dept of Education and ACSI
  • Seven years as classroom teacher and administrator in SC, including Teacher of the Year award
  • Assistant Principal experience, including writing comprehensive school grants, in Lexington and Batesburg-Leesville, SC from 2003-2005
  • Lower School Principal of Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, NC from 2005-2008
  • Elementary School Principal at Gyeonggi Suwon International School in Suwon, South Korea from July 2008-June 2012
  • WASC Accreditation Team and Team Leader Training – 2010

As part of our process, John came from South Korea this spring and spent a weekend at Mountain. During this visit, we grew to appreciate his engaging leadership style and recognize the great fit with our school and church family.

John is a growing disciple and we know his love of God and desire to help children and staff thrive in a Christian school as growing disciples are deep passions and strengths that he brings to this position.

John’s interests include a love for the outdoors, especially, fishing, camping, and hiking, as well as cooking, being with family and friends, and a passion for college sports.