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From the Head of School

Dr. Tilley Leadership
Our classrooms should not merely educate; they should inspire and transform, infused with the timeless truths of the Christian faithTogether, we will strengthen our mission, deepen our collaboration, and lay the groundwork for a future defined by excellence and innovation. 

Dr. Matt Kerlin
Head of School

From the New Head of School

David Tilley’s parting words to employees at the conclusion of the school year included a clip from the movie Forrest Gump in which Tom Hanks’ character, after running across the United States, says “I’m tired. I think I’ll go home now.” He then handed over his well-worn running shoes to me. Having run the race with endurance, Dr. Tilley concludes his distinguished tenure as Head of School. I know I have big shoes to fill. I also know God has orchestrated the transition with remarkable grace and wisdom.

In Deuteronomy 6:10-12, God reminds his people that they live in cities they did not build, drink from wells they did not dig, and partake of vineyards and olive groves they did not plant. In all we do as a school, we will keep Christ at the center while building on the legacy of faith established by those who’ve gone before us.

As MPCS approaches its 50th anniversary, I feel honored to join a talented team of leaders who will move us forward into the future God has for the school. As you read this edition of Wingspan, I hope you will see God’s hand at work leading us onward.


Matthew S. Kerlin, Ph.D.
MPCS Head of School

Dr. Kerlin

Welcome Dr. Kerlin!

MPCS warmly welcomes Dr. Kerlin and his family on behalf of our school community. He joined the MPCS community summer of 2024.


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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WingTips is a Mount Paran Christian School blog on Christian educational thought-leadership. Articles feature many independent school contributors, Christian mentors, and experts in the industry.

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Welcome Dr. and Mrs. Matt Kerlin!

Dr. Kerlin and his wife of 33 years, Jonlyn, are parents of children, Reid, Michelle, Emma Grace, and Kate. 

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.”