Central Head-Lines is published by John Murray. John serves as Head of Central Christian School in St. Louis. He is the Founder and Director of Central Leadership Forum and currently serves as President of the Christian Schools Association of St. Louis (CSASL).
A graduate of Vanderbilt University (BA, 1990) and Dartmouth College (MALS, 1995), he is a leader in academia with over two decades of experience in teaching and administration.
While at Dartmouth, he wrote his master’s thesis as a documentary script on the history of American higher education from 1636 to 1933. Entitled The Cross in the Ivy, his work explored the Christian history of the Eastern and Ivy league colleges and how they became secularized. He has given numerous lectures on this subject, including the prestigious Dartmouth Senior Symposium.
He 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 award-winning documentary, Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV-Movie Violence was nationally distributed by Active Parenting from 2000-2010.
He is currently working on a project entitled In Whose Image? Image-bearers of God vs. The Image-makers of Our Time. Developed for the Central Leadership Forum (CLF), this digital textbook will prepare teens to understand what it means to be an image-bearer of God, while equipping them to recognize and avoid being re-created by the image-makers of our time in the areas of education, media, and the Christian faith.
His award-winning articles addressing education, history, politics, media and youth culture have appeared in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Examiner, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Des Moines Register, The News and Observer (Raleigh), The Atlanta Constitution, Citizen Magazine, Leader Magazine, Teachers in Focus, Movieguide, and Fox News.com to name a few. He has received two national writing awards from The Amy Foundation in 2010 and 2012.
He has also appeared on several media outlets including CNBC, MSNBC, USA Today, Breakpoint, World Magazine’s “The World and Everything in It,” CNN Radio, Moody Radio, and Pilgrim Radio.
He has served as a guest lecturer and panelist for such groups as The Hudson Institute, The Wheelock Conference (Dartmouth College), The Stony Brook School, Ravi Zacharias’ International Ministries, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, the Georgia Independent School Association, the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, the Southeast Symposium on Community Violence, and a number of other public and private school assemblies and church youth groups and retreats.
A Colson Center Fellow and a member of the Colson Speaker’s Bureau, he has also served on the Newseum’s Educator Advisory Task Force in Washington, D.C. and is a past member of the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools Accreditation Committee.