Laurel, Mississippi:  The Board of Trustees of Laurel Christian School proudly announces the appointment of W. James Armistead as the next Head of School, effective July 01, 2021.

Armistead, a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has over 36 years of service in private school education, currently serving as the Head of School at Washington Christian Academy in Olney, Maryland.

“We are very excited that Mr. Armistead is joining the LCS family. He possesses a strong commitment to excellence in education and a solid dedication to the Christian Worldview. He brings with him a wealth of experience in education and administration,” said Robert Fennell, President of the LCS Board of Trustees.

The son of a Presbyterian missionary and pastor, Armistead has served faithfully throughout his career and brings a proven track record of building enrollment, fundraising, and greatly expanding school educational programs.

“I am honored to be named as the new Head of School at Laurel Christian School,” said Armistead after his appointment. “My wife Patti and I are excited about the opportunity to serve the LCS family and the Laurel community.  LCS is blessed with a dedicated faculty and staff, and I look forward to working closely with them as we educate from a Christ-centered worldview.”

Prior to his tenure at Washington Christian Academy, Armistead served as Head of School at Westminster Christian Academy in Georgia, and Trinity Christian Academy in Kentucky.

He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics and Physics from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, where he was the class graduation speaker.  Armistead most recently completed the Van Lunen Fellowship’s Christian School Executive Management Development Program through Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“There is nothing more critical to the future than the proper upbringing and educating of our children, and the Christian School is positioned by God to be the key element in helping parents with that task,” said Armistead. “My goal is to marshal my efforts and those of the Lord’s people to provide for the building of His kingdom by how we nurture and equip students for lives of service to Him.”

He and his wife, Patti, have been married for 39 years and are proud parents of Lewis, of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Armistead is an avid runner, chess player, and amateur astronomer.

The Board of Trustees would like to thank Dr. David Ritter from Christian Schools International for his assistance during the search process.

Laurel Christian School is a joint ministry of Audubon Drive Bible Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church, and enjoys deep support with outstanding facilities and spiritual guidance from those congregations and their pastors. They maintain a vision of Academic Distinction, Biblical Worldview, and Student Engagement as their hallmarks since 1982.

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