What year did you graduate:  2003.

Give us the highlight reel! What has changed since you transitioned from PCS student to PCS Alum?   

Since it’s been almost 20 years, I really will stick to the highlights.  After graduating from PCS, I went to Mississippi State University and got a degree in Aerospace Engineering.  I joined ROTC my second semester of freshman year and earned my commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force with a pilot slot.  I also met and married my wife, Whitney, while at Mississippi State.  Over the past 15 years, we have lived in Panama City and Pensacola, FL, Enid, OK, San Antonio, TX (twice), Witchita Falls, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, and we are currently stationed at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM.   We are moving back to Mississippi next month where I will be stationed at Columbus AFB and instruct newly minted pilots in a program called Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals.  Think Fighter Pilot 101.  Along the way, I’ve flown the F-15C, DA-20, T-34, T-38, T-6, and F-16.  I got my wings in 2010 and have remained flying ever since and currently have just over 2500 hrs of flight time with the majority of that in the single-seat, single-engine, multi-role fighter aircraft known as the Viper (F-16).  I’ve flown the F-16 across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, employed weapons in combat in Afghanistan, and prepared a squadron to take the fight north if North Korea got out of hand.  Of all the things I’ve done with my aviation career, though, being a fighter pilot instructor has been the most rewarding.  While we were stationed in Enid, OK, we had our first kid, Winters, who just turned ten.  We had our second kid, Laura Leigh, in San Antonio, TX and she just turned eight.  We had our third kid here in Alamogordo.  His name is Rhett and he just turned two.  A deployment to the desert followed pretty quickly by a remote tour in South Korea is a good way to create a large age gap between kids.  See the attached picture.

What is your most impactful memory of your time at PCS?

My most impactful memory from my time at PCS would have to be how much the teachers cared about the students and how much they truly enjoyed their jobs.  I really do think that their enthusiasm played a key role in how I modeled my instructional techniques throughout my career.  Starting the PCS football team is a close second.

As you look back upon your education through the lens of a biblical worldview, how has that shaped every good endeavor that you have invested your time, talent, and treasure in since graduation?

Getting educated with a biblical worldview was helpful because how you are educated is typically how you will end up living your life.  Not everybody will, but at least they will have “heard the good news,” early on in life.  Education based on a biblical worldview shaped where, how, and why I invested my time, talent, and treasure.  I invested in myself by continuing my education in a field that I truly enjoyed including my Master’s in International Relations from Troy University.  I found my talents through educational pursuits and was able to accrue the treasures of having a job I love and a beautiful family because of the foundation of a biblical worldview.  The “Why” goes back to the chief end of man as defined in the catechism.  The chief end of man is to glorify God AND enjoy him forever.  I’ve taken that to mean I should find something that I love and pursue it with a passion and I believe I have done just that.  Flying for me is like running for Eric Liddell.  “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast! And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

How would you describe the impact of your PCS education to a family considering our school for their child?

I would say that PCS provided me with opportunities that I wouldn’t have otherwise had.  Having the opportunity to learn in a Christian environment from teachers that care about the kids and are good at their jobs is priceless.  I currently send my kids to a Christian school here in Alamogordo because of my time at PCS so you could say that it has had a generational impact.

What do the relationships you made at PCS look like today?

I have kept up with quite a few of my friends from PCS.  There are probably around 15 friends that I still keep up with fairly regularly, which for a class of ~38 is pretty good.

What is your one piece of advice for a current PCS student?

I would encourage them to always have a thirst for knowledge.  The education they are getting now is foundational to what their future will become.

Go Bobcats!


What year did you graduate: 2004

Give us the highlight reel! What has changed since you transitioned from PCS student to PCS Alum? 

It’s harder to think of what hasn’t changed over the last 18 years! Wish I could say “my hairline.” The highlight reel would have to begin with marrying my wife Rebecca in 2008, and our three children (Margaret, Owen, and Libby). Before we moved to Franklin, TN, three years ago, our three kids had the enormous privilege of being PCS Bobcats themselves, with their granddaddy as their principal (Mr. Scott Griffith). After graduating from Southern Miss, I pursued a seminary degree from RTS in Jackson, while serving on the pastoral staff of First Presbyterian Church. Serving there for 12 years was a delight, as was getting to teach a few Bible classes at PCS during that time (in a classroom right next door to Ms. Sugg!). In 2019, just before the pandemic, we transitioned to Franklin, TN, where I serve on staff at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church.

What is your most impactful memory of your time at PCS?

The 2002-2003 basketball season (south state champs, baby). When my 1978 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme got searched by drug dogs because it looked like a dealer’s car. Lots of individual memories come to mind (in the classroom and on the field), but in terms of what was most impactful, I simply remember PCS being a place where I was known, loved, challenged, accepted, and given the chance to grow. Teachers like Mrs. Sugg, Mr. Rowe, Coach Smith, Mrs. Wheat, Mrs. Foster, and many others, all contributed to making PCS a special environment that I look back on very fondly.

As you look back upon your education through the lens of a biblical worldview, how has that shaped every good endeavor that you have invested your time, talent, and treasure in since graduation?

The words of the Westminster catechism still ring in my ears, from those early days of memorizing the first question at school – “man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” I’m deeply grateful for the way that I began to learn at PCS that all truth is God’s truth, that we live in his world as his image bearers, and that every square inch of this universe belongs to and reveals him. My time at PCS gave me this lens through which to see myself and the world around me, and I’m still learning how to see through them!

How would you describe the impact of your PCS education to a family considering our school for their child?

PCS is academically challenging while being spiritually formative. The educational process aims at the head and the heart, in a safe and encouraging environment, and is stewarded by caring, qualified teachers who invest themselves in their students. This is what I experienced 18 years ago, and know remains true today.

What do the relationships you made at PCS look like today?

They look like epic, hilarious, ongoing text threads. In the last 18 years, I’ve made a lot of new friends, but like Ben Rector says, “the truth is there’s nothing like old friends.” Looking back, I wish I had kept up with more people better, but I’m so thankful for the friends I shared life with then and continue to share it with now.

What is your one piece of advice for a current PCS student?

There’s a lot of life to live after PCS. Lean into while you can, love the people around you while you can, and pursue truth, goodness, and beauty wherever you are.

Join us for our first annual Carols by Candlelight event on December 16th at 6:30 PM. This event will take place at our Secondary School campus in the courtyard area. Learn more about the details of this event and what to bring by clicking the image below. Look forward to seeing you!

A big congratulations to Jonathan Gray, who finished with a perfect 5-0 record for the top spot in the varsity division. Awesome job to our entire Secondary School PCS Chess Team!


2021 MAIS Chess Tournament Results

Lower Elementary Champion: David Mann- First Presbyterian Day School

Runner-Up: Thomas Yates- St. Augustine School

Team Champion: First Presbyterian Day School

Runner-Up: St. Augustine School

Upper Elementary Individual Champion: Ward Sellers- St. Augustine School

Runner-Up: Edward Coco- First Presbyterian Day School

Team Champion: Park Place Christian Academy

Runner-Up: First Presbyterian Day School

Jr High Individual Champion: Tate Ogden- East Rankin Academy

Runner-Up: Cole Dent- The Redeemer’s School

Team Champion: East Rankin Academy

Runner-Up: The Redeemer’s School

Individual High School Champion: Jonathan Gray- Presbyterian Christian School

Runner-Up: Spence Hanegan- Lamar School

Team Champion: Jackson Prep

Runner-Up: East Rankin Academy

Presbyterian Christian School INC. (PCS), is a Mississippi 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and operates under the control and direction of a self-perpetuating Board of Directors which is responsible for all decisions as to faculty, programming, admissions, and all other decisions necessary to the operation of the school.

PCS is fully accredited and its teachers are certified by the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and COGNIA.

PCS seeks to admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, and grants them all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to full time students in the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration policies, scholarships and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs. However, the Board of Directors reserves the right to deny admission to any student where it is reasonably calculated that such an admission might create adversity, conflict, or opposition to the school’s adopted ‘Articles of Faith,’ ‘Statement of Education Philosophy,’ or ‘Christian World Life View Goals.’

The doctrine of creation teaches that God made the world complete and good yet capable of infinitely rich development. God, moreover, made man in His own image, able to know and develop the creation, and charged him with the privilege and duty of subduing and ruling it to God’s glory.

From this creation mandate springs the whole human culture, including the arts, sciences, and the humanities, together with all attendant categories of research and learning.

God charges parents with the responsibility of equipping their children for fruitful service in the Kingdom of God and human society by nurturing in them a respect for and mastery of the knowledge, skills, and values that constitute their cultural inheritance.

Philosophically and historically parents have often found it appropriate to delegate certain aspects of this responsibility to other individuals or institutions uniquely suited to aid in the task of education. The traditional institution has been the community school.

The doctrine of the fall teaches that man and every aspect of his being and culture has been corrupted by sin. Apart from the preserving and restraining effects of God’s grace, fallen man’s understanding of God, of himself, and of the world would be so darkened that all of his cultural endeavors would produce only error and falsehood.

The doctrine of redemption teaches that God is at work redeeming the whole of His creation through the salvation in Christ of new humanity, the church. To convert, sanctify, and govern His church, God has given His holy and inspired Word, which is preserved in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. This Word of Truth is the only infallible rule of faith and practice for God’s people.

To man’s original task of preserving and developing culture, has now been added the duty of defending truth and refuting falsehood. Thus, God’s people are bound in obedience to Him to conform every aspect of their life and being to Biblical principles. In the cultural sphere, this requires the establishment and maintenance of schools that are distinctly Christian, seeking to suffuse every facet of the educational experience with an understanding of the world and of life that is consciously Biblical.

Despite the struggle against falsehood, the Christian school’s primary task remains that of preserving and developing the cultural inheritance. God in His mercy has been pleased to restrain sin in the world, by His common grace, even among the ungodly, so that He showers the blessings of insight and knowledge of His creation, like the rain, upon the righteous and the wicked alike.

It is the duty, therefore, of Christian educators to assimilate the best of human learning from whatever source, purge it of ungodliness, incorporate it into the body of Christian knowledge, and teach it faithfully to their students.

Based upon the foregoing statement of educational philosophy, Presbyterian Christian School, Inc. is fully committed to the following:

The mission of PCS is to provide a comprehensive college preparatory education distinguished by a biblical worldview to equip students with the moral integrity, intellectual capacity, and social conscience to impact the world for Christ.

We believe that the proper purpose of all human endeavor is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever; that God reveals to men how to glorify and enjoy Him in His holy and infallible Word, the Bible, which He has given by the inspiration of His Holy Spirit in order that men may certainly know what they are to believe concerning Him and what He requires of them.

We believe that there is but one living and true God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

We believe that God created the heavens and the earth and all that exists in them.

We believe that God created man, male and female, in His own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over all creation.

We believe that the first man, Adam, willfully sinned against God, bringing down upon himself and all his descendants the awful consequences of the fall, which include: God’s just anger and condemnation, the corruption of his whole person, spiritual death, and liability to all the miseries of sinful human existence.

We believe that God did not leave the world to perish in sin, but out of His great love and mercy purposed to deliver from the consequences of the fall a multitude which no man can number and with them the creation itself.

We believe that God has accomplished this redemption through Jesus Christ, who, though He was and ever continues to be the eternal Son of God, yet became fully man, obeyed the law of God perfectly, suffered the full penalty for sin on behalf of His people, died, was buried, and rose again from the dead on the third day.  He ascended to the right hand of the Father where He now makes continual intercession for His people and governs the whole world as head over all things for His Church.

We believe that all who truly repent of their sins and put their whole trust in Christ only are saved by the merit of His life and death alone and are received into the number and have a right to all the privileges of the children of God.

We believe that those who belong to Christ will strive by the power of the Holy Spirit, faithfully to perform all the duties laid upon them by the holy law of God, ever reflecting in life and conduct the perfect example set before them by Christ Himself.

We believe that God has established His church in the world and endowed it with the ministry of the Word and the holy ordinances of His kingdom as a means of making the gospel known to the world and of communicating, through His Spirit, the benefits of redemption to His people.

We believe that as Jesus Christ came once in grace, so He shall come a second time in glory to judge the world in righteousness, assigning to each man his eternal reward and consummating His kingdom by the establishment of a new heaven and new earth wherein His people will reign with Him and serve Him in glory forever.