Special to The Sun
The Board of Directors of Oklahoma Christian School recently announced the selection of Al King as school headmaster beginning July 1.
Former University of Central Oklahoma President W. Roger Webb has served as interim headmaster this school year.
King is currently director at Bingham Academy, an international Christian School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, educating children from 37 nations. This will be his second time to work at Oklahoma Christian School, having taught Spanish at the school from 1997 to 2000.
King was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas, and graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., in 1985. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/Public Relations in 1989 and a Master’s of Arts degree in Journalism/Mass Media Management in 1991. In 2012 he received a doctorate in educational leadership from Columbia International University.
In 1989, as a college senior, King became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ at OU. From 1991-95 he worked with a team that developed an urban Young Life ministry in South Oklahoma City. The team lived in the inner city and established a thriving Young Life club at Jackson Middle School.
It was during this time that he developed an interest in teaching, so King pursued an Oklahoma Teachers Certificate in K-12 Spanish Education through the University of Central Oklahoma, which he received in 1994. Subsequently, he taught Spanish in Putnam City Schools (1995-97), Oklahoma Christian School (1997-2000) and Academy District 20 in Colorado Springs (2000-04).
In 2004 King was hired as Crossings Christian School’s first headmaster where he served for seven years, until 2010.
He has been married to his wife Melissa for 18 years. The couple has three children, John-Paul, 15, Alexandra, 14, and Ellie, 4. In his spare time he enjoys fly fishing, hunting and cycling.