John C. Petrey, M.Ed.
Head of School
John C. Petrey, M.Ed. assumed the position of Salisbury Christian Head of School in 2017, beginning the school’s 51st year of ministry on the Delmarva Peninsula. As Head of School, Mr. Petrey oversees our school’s 94 employees and 580 students in PreK – 12th grade.
As a 1991 graduate of Appalachian State University, John earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 2001, he received a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Columbia International University and in 2005, received a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership from the University of South Carolina. Since 2005, John has served in Christian college preparatory schools in North Carolina, South Korea, Maryland, and Texas. He has enjoyed 19 years in education and previously served as a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, an assistant head of school, and a head of school. He is certified as a teacher, supervisor, and principal by the South Carolina Department of Education and is in the process of re-certification as an administrator with the Association for Christian Schools International (ACSI). He has served on school accreditation teams for WASC, SACS/AdvancED,
John and his wife of 19 years, Michelle, have four children, who all attend Salisbury Christian. The family enjoys attending and investing in their church home, Harvest Baptist Church.
Steven M. Lamkin, Ed.D.
PreK - 12 Principal, Asst. Head for Academics
Steven M. Lamkin, Ed.D. serves as the Interim PreK - 12 Principal and Assistant Head for Academics at Salisbury Christian School and dedicates himself to also acting as a Lead Learner. After graduating from Salisbury University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Steven taught kindergarten and 2nd grade at SCS while also obtaining a Master’s Degree in Reading. He served as a reading specialist and instructional coach for three years before moving into administration. Steven holds a doctoral degree in Innovation and Leadership from Wilmington University. His dissertation research, “The More I Watch, the More I’ll Learn”: Teacher Professional Growth and Development Through Video, was internationally recognized by the Emerald Research Group. Steven was also named the Maryland Outstanding Young Educator of the Year (2007) by the Maryland Jaycees.
Steven’s personal vision is to help create a school that students and staff can’t wait to come to each and every day. His leadership priorities revolve around fostering relationships to sustain positive school climate and culture, serving as a literacy leader, promoting meaningful technology integration, and providing innovative and personalized professional development for staff. In addition to being a school administrator, Steven is an adjunct professor at Salisbury University and Wilmington University, teaching courses in the areas of literacy instruction and classroom management.
Our Board of Governors
The Board of Governors is charged with the general oversight of the operations and business affairs of Salisbury Christian School. Its specific duties include establishing tuition and fees, approving the budget, and appointing and supporting the Head of School. The day-to-day administration of SCS is delegated to the Head of School who administers the school within the policies set by the Board.
Mr. Alfred Brumbley, Chairman
Mr. Randy O'Neal, Vice Chairman
Dr. Celeste Ziara-Sansom, Secretary
Mr. C.R. Murphy, Treasurer
Mrs. Lanie Wooten, PTF Representative
Pastor Michael Downs
Mrs. Kristi Hammond
Mr. John McTernan
Mrs. Judy Mills
Dr. Timothy Morrison
Mr. Joseph Schroen
Dr. Cathy Townsend
Our Executive Team
The Executive Team of administrators serves alongside the Head of School to manage the daily happenings at Salisbury Christian.
Mr. John Petrey, Head of School
Dr. Steven Lamkin, Interim PreK - 12 Principal / Assistant Head for Academics
Mr. Ross Kaelin, Interim Assistant Principal / Director of Facilities
Mrs. Melissa Thomas, Interim Assistant Principal
Mrs. Sallie Magee, Business Manager
Mrs. Daryl Ann Hudson, Director of Admissions
Mrs. Elisabeth Murphy, Director of Marketing & Communication
Mrs. Kris Fullerton, Office Manager