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About Calvary Lutheran2019-09-27T19:23:24-06:00

WELCOME TO CALVARY LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL

John Christman
John ChristmanExecutive Director
“Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”
Luke 22:31-32

Welcome to Calvary Lutheran High School, where we are building Christian leaders!  By partnering with families at the intersection of education and faith development, Calvary is a relational Christian community, engaging the world as servant leaders.

For 15 years, Calvary Lutheran High School has specialized in providing a high quality academic and Christ-centered experience to our students and their families.  Our relationship-driven school sets us apart from others in mid-Missouri and makes the Calvary experience unique and memorable.  Often times we refer to the “Calvary family.”

We endeavor to prepare our students to engage the world with a dynamic combination of faith and knowledge.  Students are equipped in these areas inside and outside the classroom.  Calvary students have opportunities to benefit from a smaller student-teacher ratio, but also through many extra-curricular sports, fine arts and activities.  Having opportunities to develop as well-rounded individuals now prepares them to be more versatile as 21st century disciples of Jesus Christ.

You are invited to learn more about the distinction of Calvary.  Explore our website, follow us on social media, visit our campus… experience what it means to “Be a Lion!”

Forward in Faith,

John Christman
Executive Director

HISTORY

Lutheran education at the elementary level has been a strong component of the Lutheran churches in the area since their beginning. Lutheran education at the secondary level began to take shape early in 2003 when a group of concerned members of the various Lutheran churches organized and conducted a professional feasibility study called the “Genesis Project”.

This study suggested that a Lutheran secondary school with an ultimate goal of approximately 400 students was not only appropriate but necessary. As a result of this study and the ensuing effort and planning of a large number of people, Calvary Lutheran High School was organized and began classes August 2005. Calvary Lutheran High School is one of approximately 120 high schools in the United States operated by Lutheran Church Missouri Synod congregations.

MISSION, VISION, & VALUES

OUR VISION

Calvary Lutheran High School is a relational Christian community engaging the world as servant leaders.

OUR MISSION

Partnering with families at the intersection of education and faith development.

OUR VALUES

  • Christ-Centered

  • Relationship-Driven

  • Academically-Focused

  • Servant-Hearted

  • Well-Rounded

FACULTY & STAFF

Erich AhlersPrincipal
Mr. Ahlers is Calvary’s first Called principal and teacher. In addition to his administrative duties, he also teaches several computer classes. Before coming to Calvary, he taught for seven years at Lutheran High School North in Houston Texas. He received his Master of Arts in Education Administration from Concordia University in Austin, Texas.
Melisa Ahlers
Mrs. Alhers has been serving at Calvary since 2005, first as a music teacher for 14 years, and now she has stepped into the role of office manager. She also taught at Lutheran High School North in Houston, Texas for four years. Currently she also teaches at Trinity Lutheran School in Jefferson City, Missouri. She received her Bachelor of Education with an endorsement in Music from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska.
Verlyn Bergen
Mr. Bergen is in his first year teaching Physics at Calvary. He previously taught Math and Physics at Crowley High School, Crowley, Texas. He has taught various courses at colleges and seminaries across the US and several foreign countries. He received his Master of Education from Southwestern Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Midwestern Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri.
Patricia Bisby
Mrs. Bisby came to Calvary to implement the Foresee Program in 2014. She is now the special education director in charge of the Foresee Program along with teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. She has taught at various Missouri schools for over 20 years, including Belton High School and Fatima High School, retiring from the School of the Osage in Osage Beach, Missouri. She received a Masters of Art in Teaching: Special Education from Columbia College.
Rusty BourgHead Coach, Baseball
Coach Bourg has served as the head baseball coach at CLHS since 2011. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1970 with a degree in Phys. Ed./Health. After playing minor league baseball for four years, Coach Bourg taught physical education and coached J.V. basketball for one semester at Parkway Central H.S. in Chesterfield, MO. He then taught physical education and coached J.V. soccer for one year in the Ladue, Missouri school district. From 2001 to 2009, Coach Bourg was the head baseball coach at St. Elizabeth High School. He also coached baseball at the BC Baseball Academy in Columbia from 2009 to 2013.
Mark BuffingtonAthletics Director, Head Coach, Boys Basketball
Coach Buffington has served as the Athletic Director and Head Boys Basketball Coach here at Calvary since 2012. He earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Southwest Baptist and a Master’s in Educational Administration from William Woods University. He was a coach, athletic director, and principal for 30 years in Missouri’s public schools. Seventeen of those years were spent as head varsity basketball coach in different schools and several years in various other sports and positions – head varsity baseball, head varsity golf, assistant/JH football, assistant/JH track.
Denice BurksHead Coach, Softball
Coach Burks has served as the head softball coach at CLHS since 2016. Her experience includes coaching little league teams in her younger days and then assisting with her daughter’s competitive teams throughout her 10 years of playing. She and her husband, John and their daughter, Blake coach together as a team. John coached baseball and then switched to coaching softball in 2001 when their daughter began to play and was involved in coaching competitively through 2014. John joined the softball coaching staff at CLHS in 2015 when the program began. Denice has a degree in Business Administration from Lincoln University and is co-owner of a local construction business.
Candace CookVolleyball Coach
Coach Cook is joining Calvary’s staff as the new head volleyball coach in the 2019 season. She played volleyball at Lamar Community College where she graduated with a CNA certificate and an Associate of Arts, before continuing her schooling and volleyball career at Stephens College where she earned a Bachelors of Science with an emphasis in biology and a minor in Event Management. She has coached at Southern Boone Middle School and Stephens College, as well as private lessons for various age groups. She is also the Volleyball Director at the MIssouri Athletic Center (Powered by Wilson’s) since the Fall of 2017. She has been the head coach at H2 Columbia Volleyball Academy for 3 years now.
Denise Crider
Ms. Crider has been at Calvary since its first academic year in 2005 and teaches social studies and practical arts. She also serves the students as College Guidance Counselor. She sponsors Future Teachers of America, Key Club, and SADD. She is an assistant coach for scholar bowl. She taught at Cole County R-5 Public Schools in Eugene from 1993-1996 and has been with the Jefferson City Public Schools since 1992. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History at Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, Missouri (now Truman State University).
John ChristmanExecutive Director
Mr. Christman began serving as Calvary’s second Executive Director in 2016. His teaching and administrative career includes the following schools: Lutheran High Northeast in Norfolk, Nebraska, Lutheran High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Christ Our Savior Lutheran High School in Evansville, Illinois. John received his Master of Science in Leadership Studies from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas.
Renee DuenckelAdvancement Coordinator
Mrs. Duenckel joined the Calvary family in March of 2018 in the role of Advancement Coordinator. Her primary focuses are admissions, advancement and marketing as well as assisting in the office. She previously served as Calvary’s cheer coach for four years. Mrs. Duenckel received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Southeast Missouri State University in Interior Design and Marketing.
Christian FayeBookkeeper
Mr. Fay joined Calvary Lutheran’s staff in 2019 as the Bookkeeper. Prior to joining Calvary, he was an Accountant for the Colorado Department of Human Services and most recently the State of Missouri. He is an ordained minister as well, having served five churches as Pastor during the course of his career.
Hanna Henley
Ms. Henley began teaching agriculture classes and directs our FFA chapter at Calvary in 2014. She has also taught agriculture science classes at Eugene High School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education from Missouri State University.
Carmy HeerboothFacility Custodian
Carmy came to Calvary in 2017 as our facility custodian. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri where she went to school and graduated with an Associates Degree as a Paralegal. She had worked for 25 years as a secretary, followed by 8 years at the Department of Social Services Legal services where she was a Senior Office Support Assistant. She currently shares her time between Calvary and helping others with cleaning houses, doing errands, cooking, and providing transport.
Jake HungetArchery Coach
Coach Hunget is joining Calvary this year as the archery coach. He has previously coached elementary and middle school archery teams at Trinity Lutheran School, where he helped start the program and watched it grow to over 70 archers in under 5 years. He took his previous team to local, state, national, and world tournaments as hosted by the National Archery in the Schools Program. His archery experience dates back nearly 30 years and continues to this day through the program and as an outdoorsman.
Rachel JamesTeacher
Mrs. James joined the Calvary staff teaching music and religion classes in 2019. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Phil JonesTeacher
Mr. Jones is a new teacher who has a lifetime of experience in art. He is a professional sculptor with pieces all over the United States. He teaches all art classes at Calvary. He received his Bachelor degree from Lincoln University and his MBA from Regis University in Denver, CO. His primary artistic specialty is in ceramic sculpture.
Trina Lieb
Mrs. Lieb joined our faculty in 2013 and teaches English and Practical Arts classes. Her teaching experience includes serving as a teacher at Christ Lutheran School in Little Rock, Arkansas for six years and school counselor for one and a half years. She received her Master of Arts in Educational Counseling from University of Arkansas in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Ginger Luetkemeyer
Since 2010, Mrs. Luetkemeyer has been teaching Spanish classes in our Foreign Language department. She also teaches Speech and Social Studies electives. She is a graduate of Central Methodist University with a degree in Secondary Education in the areas of Spanish and Social Studies.
Hannah MatthewsGirls Basketball Coach
Coach Matthews began as the assistant girls basketball coach in 2017 and is currently the head coach. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Mizzou in 2017.
Andrea McClanahanTeacher
Ms. McClanahan is beginning her career as a Math teacher this year at Calvary. She is also assisting in the desktop publishing and videography classes. She recently graduated from Concordia University, Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Kristin MenaTeacher
Mrs. Mena came to Calvary in 2017 to teach Spanish, and she is now expanding her classes to include Spanish and English classes. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hannibal La-Grange University and an English Language Arts secondary teaching certificate from the American Board. She previously taught Spanish at Lighthouse Preparatory Academy from 2014-2017.
Laura MoehlmanCheerleading Coach
Mrs. Moehlman joined the Calvary family in 2018 as the Cheerleading Coach. She began teaching English and History classes at Calvary in 2019. Prior to teaching, Mrs. Moehlman spent 10 years administering programs for higher education institutions including Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO. She received her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.
Beau MonsonAssistant Boy's Basketball Coach
Coach Monson began as the assistant boy’s basketball coach in fall 2018, and is continuing to serve this year in that position. He is a 2015 Calvary graduate, and he graduated from Missouri State University in 2015 with a degree in Administrative Management.
Kerri MorrisHead Coach, Boys and Girls Cross Country and Boys and Girls Track
Coach Morris has served as the cross country and track and field coach at Calvary since 2013. She has a Master’s of Science in Special Education from the University of Missouri. While teaching at Eldon High School, she coached volleyball and track. She was also a student track coach at Rock Bridge Senior High School and Rolla Senior High School.
Margaret OberkromAdministrative Assistant
Ms. Oberkrom is joining Calvary’s staff this year as the Administrative Assistant. She is a 2015 graduate of Calvary and a 2018 graduate of Missouri State University with a degree in Entertainment management.
William Schatte
William Schatte began teaching English classes at Calvary in 2016. He previously taught at Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin, Texas, Hope Lutheran High School in Winona, Minnesota, Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Illinois and Concordia High School in Austin, Texas. He received his Master of Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University in Austin, Texas.
Ruth Temme
Ms. Temme teaches the majority of our sciences courses at Calvary, beginning in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and Science with theology at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Lisa Walker
Mrs. Walker returns to Calvary to teach college level biology at Calvary. She has taught at numerous colleges and universities throughout the state as well as Helias High School. She received her M.S. in biology at Missouri State University Wisconsin in Springfield, Missouri.
Sam Ziegelbein
Mr. Ziegelbein joined the faculty in 2015, and teaches classes in mathematics and religion. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Math Education from Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri and completed the colloquy program to receive his Lutheran Teacher diploma in 2018.

ACCREDITATION

All Calvary Lutheran High School programs and procedures are developed to meet or exceed normal State of Missouri Department of Education guidelines and typical regional accrediting standards.

Calvary is unconditionally accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accrediting Association.  NLSA accreditation meets or exceeds requirements of Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

ASSOCIATION

Calvary Lutheran High School is governed by the Lutheran High School Association of Mid-Missouri, which is comprised of a group of local Lutheran congregations and whose representatives and delegates serve on this governing body.  The members and pastors of these congregations work tirelessly to support the work of Calvary Lutheran through their time, talents, and treasures.  Many Calvary events are held at these member congregations, including: opening services, concerts, and graduation exercises.  Current member congregations of this association include:

Faith Lutheran

Faith Lutheran Church

2027 Industrial Drive
Jefferson City, Missouri 65109
Phone: 573-636-4602
Fax: 573-632-7739
Pastors: Rev. Eric Gledhill, Rev. Josh Knippa

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Grace Lutheran

Grace Lutheran Church

618 Halifax Rd
Holts Summit, MO 65043
Phone: 573-896-8824
Pastor: Rev. Michael Diener

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Immanuel Lutheran

Immanuel Lutheran Church

8231 Tanner Bridge Rd.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: 573-496-3451
Fax: 573-496-9920
Associated School: Immanuel Lutheran School
Interim Pastor: Rev. Rick Faus

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St. Johns Lutheran Schubert

St. Johns Lutheran Church

4409 St. John’s Rd.
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone:  573-395-4591
Pastor: Rev. Gerald Scheperle

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St. Johns Lutheran Stringtown

St. Johns Lutheran Church

4420 Stringtown Rd.
Lohman, MO 65053
Pastor: Rev. Brian Whittle

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Trinity Lutheran

Trinity Lutheran Church

803 Swifts Highway
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Phone: 573-636-6750
Fax: 573-636-5613
Associated School:  Trinity Lutheran School
Pastors: Rev. Samuel Powell, Rev. Jessie Schlie

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