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From the Head of School

Dr. Tilley Leadership
MPCS is the Lord's school and is a transformational place that proudly bears the name of Jesus. 

Dr. David Tilley
Interim Head of School

Introducing Dr. Matt Kerlin

Mount Paran Christian School is pleased to announce Dr. Matt Kerlin as the new Head of School, beginning June 1, 2024.

To identify its new school leader, the MPCS Board of Trustees partnered with CarterBaldwin Executive Search. Through an exhaustive national search that engaged with candidates from across the country, the Mount Paran Christian School Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Kerlin as the school’s next Head of School. 

Dr. Kerlin is currently the Head of School at Southlake Christian Academy in Huntersville, NC. He was formerly the Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Spiritual Life at Samford University in Homewood, Alabama, and the former Senior Campus Minister for Baptist Campus Ministries at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

A shepherding, pastoral leader with deep relational capabilities, Dr. Kerlin is also highly intellectual and highly educated. His experience as both a preacher and a teacher will be invaluable to the MPCS community. Dr. Kerlin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Louisiana State University, a Master of Arts in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Philosophy in Historical Theology from Baylor University, and an MBA from Samford University.

MPCS Board of Trustees Chairman George Ethridge shared, “Dr. Kerlin is a strategic thinker and team builder who has the vision and foresight to drive MPCS to new heights. The Board is incredibly excited about the hiring of Dr. Kerlin, as we believe that God has guided the Kerlins to MPCS.”

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Please join MPCS Chairman of the Board of Trustees George Ethridge in welcoming Dr. Matthew Kerlin as the next MPCS Head of School. Watch the video to hear from Dr. Kerlin as he prepares to officially join the MPCS family beginning June 1, 2024.

Matt Kerlin

Welcome Dr. Kerlin!

MPCS warmly welcomes Dr. Kerlin and his family on behalf of our school community. Dr. Kerlin and his wife of 33 years, Jonlyn, are parents of three adult children. He will join the MPCS community next summer.


MPCS Stands Apart

  • We are distinctly Christian and pleased to partner with families and churches in the development of the minds and hearts of students.
  • We are a covenant school, remaining steadfast in our commitment to partner with parents to deliver an exemplary, Christian education.
  • Our students are spectacular! They are scholars. They are athletes. They are artists. Driven to succeed inside and outside of the classroom, our graduates have become college professors, Major League Baseball players, and Broadway performers. They are also committed fathers, mothers, and Christians. They are influencing countless sectors throughout the world.
  • Our faculty are the heart of all we do. They are committed intellectuals, researchers, and practitioners. Above all, they love students, their subject matter, and God and are committed to the success of every student.
  • Our programs prepare students to flourish and to excel in college and the workplace, for a lifetime of impact for all of eternity.
  • Our campus and facilities are unparalleled. MPCS is home to world-class academic, arts, and athletic facilities.


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Get to Know Dr. David Tilley

Interim Head of School Dr. David Tilley is no stranger to the Mount Paran Christian School community. He led the school with visionary and tireless leadership from 1984-1988 and again from 2004 until his retirement in 2018.  A nationally respected Christian independent school leader, Dr. Tilley’s imagination, insight, and inspiration have been transformational. School-wide service opportunities, exponential advances in curricular and co-curricular opportunities, the acquisition of the Murray Arts Center, the construction of the Catherine Steele Sewell Stadium, and numerous other initiatives left an indelible mark on Mount Paran Christian School during his previous headship. Students, families, school personnel, and the community have been the beneficiaries. To be sure, Dr. Tilley’s legacy of leadership is impressive. But, all the more impressive is his uncompromising commitment to those whom he serves. He notes, "Mount Paran Christian School’s best days are ahead.”