About Calvary Lutheran2019-06-20T18:02:20-05:00


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 14 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


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.



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


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


  • Christ-Centered

  • Relationship-Driven

  • Academically-Focused

  • Servant-Hearted

  • Well-Rounded


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. Ahlers has been teaching Music at Calvary since 2008. 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.
Patricia Bisby
In 2014, Pat came to Calvary to implement the Foresee Program. 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 Camdenton, 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.
Denise Crider
Mrs. 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 taught at Cole County R-5 Public Schools in Eugene, Missouri from 1993-1996 and Jefferson City Public School 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 begins serving as Calvary’s second Executive Director in 2016, as well as teaching Theology. 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 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.
Myra Eickmeyer
Ms. Eickmeyer joined Calvary in the fall of 2017, teaching College History. She taught at Cole County R-5 Public Schools in Eugene, Missouri for three years, Cole County R-1 Public School in Russellville, Missouri for four years and Jefferson City Public School for a total of 23 years. She received her Master of Science in Education degree from Central Missouri State University.
William Hawley
Mr. Hawley has been teaching numerous classes in our Mathematics department since 2007. Prior to coming to Calvary he taught mathematics in the Jefferson City Public School system and served 13 ½ years as an assistant principal. He received his Master’s Degree in Secondary Education and a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
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.
Paul Hinman
Mike HornHead Coach, Archery
Coach Horn has served as the archery coach at Calvary since 2015. He has an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts from Ozark Technical College in Springfield, Missouri. His coaching experience includes four years with the Great Rivers Council Boys Scouts, three years with Cole County 4-H Archery, and three years of NASP Archery at Immanuel Lutheran School.
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.
Charlotte Middleton
Mrs. Middleton joined our faculty in 2018 and teaches Art classes. Her teaching experience includes teaching elementary art in the Hannibal School District in Hannibal, Missouri from 1989-1996. After moving to Jefferson City, she taught art at Jefferson City High School from 1996-2011. She received her Master of Arts in Education from Leslie University in Boston, Massachusetts.
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.
David Reeves
Mindy Roettgen
Mrs. Roettgen joined the faculty in 2016, and teaches Desktop Publishing, Yearbook, and Computer Application courses. She is a graduate of Hickey College in St. Louis, Missouri, where she received her diploma in Graphic Arts and Design.
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.
Tyler Zander
Mr. Zander started teaching religion courses at Calvary in 2017. Prior to coming to Calvary he taught for one year at Bethlehem Lutheran School in Lakewood, Colorado. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska.
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.


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.


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


Grace Lutheran

Grace Lutheran Church

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


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


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


St. Johns Lutheran Stringtown

St. Johns Lutheran Church

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


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