Leadership Transition

A Message from Pastor John Wilson

Every time I think about you, I give thanks to my God. Philippians 1:3

Dear Chapel Hill Christian School Family,

Because of our affection for every one of you, Laura and I would love to take each of you aside to have an individual conversation with you about our retirement from Chapel Hill Christian School. Just over two years ago we began speaking with the Lord and our Board of Education about creating a succession plan so that the search could begin for the new Lead Administrator at God’s School – CHCS. We began to see the need to give additional time to our family and move into the next chapter of God’s plan for our lives. 

As we enter the active phase of my retirement, I plan to continue my service to CHCS through the selection of our new leader and until June 30th, 2022 in order to effectively transition responsibilities and encourage our next Lead Administrator.

Laura and I want you to know that we’ve prayed over and seriously considered this decision because of how much we’ve loved serving with you at Chapel Hill Christian School. Many of our feelings are similar to those of the Apostle Paul when he was writing his letter to the Philippians. Every time we think about Chapel Hill’s Board of Education, the faculty and staff, the families and especially the awesome students, we thank our God! 

A Message from Dan Petschke — Board Chair

Please join me and our Board of Education in giving heartfelt thanks to John and Laura for their service, their many accomplishments, and unwavering dedication to CHCS. More to come on how we will give them the sendoff they deserve at the end of this school year.

A Search Committee was established over the summer to provide direction and structure for the search process. We have been blessed to assemble a talented group of Christian leaders with lots of experience in leadership searches. Joining me on this Search Committee are the following individuals:

Kemp Boyd

  • Executive Director of Love Akron
  • Pastor Garden City Church
  • CHCS Dad and Board Member

Bill Peterson

  • Owner Richard’s Fence Company
  • Dad of three CHCS Alumni
  • 15-year member of CHCS Board

Mark Little

  • Managing Director, Executive Search
  • Organizational Consulting Group
  • 35 years experience in Exec. Search

Dan Petschke

  • CHCS Board Chairperson
  • Dad of two CHCS Alumni
  • Executive mgmt. – CFO, Velosio

Roger Taylor

  • Former Head of School CVCA
  • Dad of CHCS Alumni
  • Greatly experienced in Educational Leadership

Walter Dannemiller

  • VP, Corporate Counsel 
  • Dwellworks manages Executive transitions globally
  • CHCS Alumnus

Others within the school will also be joining this committee to interview and select our next Lead Administrator.

A new email address, [email protected] has been established for all inquiries of interest in the Lead Administrator position. Inquiries will be promptly responded to with information related to our search process. We will keep you informed of our progress on this page and expect to announce the appointment of our next leader sometime this spring. 

Our future remains bright, and our mission remains critical to Love… Learn… Launch.

Questions and Answers

Pastor Wilson will continue in his current role as Chapel Hill Christian School’s Administrator through June 30, 2022.

For this school year, nothing will change for you, your students and your family. Pastor Wilson will continue in his current role through June 30, 2022. 

It is our hope that we will introduce our new Lead Administrator to you by spring 2022. Between Spring 2022 and June 2022, Pastor Wilson will spend time encouraging and investing in this individual to effectively transition responsibilities so that they may serve you, your family and this community as faithfully as possible.

In addition to our new Lead Administrator, God has already been moving inside our school, preparing those that will continue the work He started all those years ago. Individuals already on staff have begun preparing for this shift in leadership by taking on new responsibilities. In this, they will better be prepared to support our new Lead Administrator upon their arrival. Over the next year, we are excited to see God’s hand working in our school, helping to shape its future through Pastor Wilson’s final year and the introduction of God’s chosen servant as our new Lead Administrator.

Chapel Hill Christian School will continue to serve you and your students faithfully, just as we have for the past 56 years. Our goal remains the same: to inspire students to love God and one another, learn to reach their highest potential and be launched into the plan God has for their lives.

When Pastor Wilson’s plan to retire was put into action this summer, a Search Committee comprised of six members was established to provide structure as we search for our new Lead Administrator. In addition to these six individuals, members of our Board, Staff and Faculty are being selected to join them on the Search Committee. 

On this page, you will find updates from the Search Committee as they diligently work to find the person God has chosen for the job. We plan to have our new Lead Administrator in place by spring to create a smooth transition period. Pastor Wilson will use this time to encourage and build up this individual to best serve in his place after he retires.

Over the past three years, Pastor and Mrs. Wilson have felt God’s calling to move into the next phase of their lives. After much prayer, both feel as though the time to retire from Chapel Hill has finally come. Through this, their hope is to focus on spending time with their family and to seek the Lord and His wisdom as they enter this next chapter of life. 

Both Pastor and Mrs. Wilson love Chapel Hill Christian School dearly and will forever be thankful for their time serving you and your amazing families. As they enter into retirement, both will continue serving the Lord and His ministry through a time of service to family. The Lord’s plan for them is being continued as they seek Him and His future for them.

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