Union City native authors history of Murfreesboro Christian school

Union City native authors history of Murfreesboro Christian school

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 10:55 am
By: by DONNA RYDER

The Messenger 12.01.11

By DONNA RYDER
Associate Editor
Union City native Jason Faulkner has spent 20 years teaching at Middle Tennessee Christian School in Murfreesboro and recently compiled a book on the school’s 50th anniversary.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Faulkner of Union City, the author is a graduate of Union City High School.
He received a bachelor of science degree from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He began teaching at Middle Tennessee Christian School in 1991, where he teaches 12th grade Advanced Placement European history, American government and economics and 11th grade American history.
He also serves as an adjunct professor at MTSU.
Faulkner is active in his community, serving as a member of Murfreesboro Lions Club and as a member of the board of directors of the Historic Springfield Foundation. He attends East Main Church of Christ in Murfreesboro.
Middle Tennessee Christian School, a Church of Christ-affiliated school, was organized in 1960 after area residents began holding meetings on Sunday afternoons to discuss offering a Christian education to their local students. Of the original trustees, only two had children who attended the school, which received its charter from the State of Tennessee in December 1960 and opened its doors in the fall of 1962. It began with 62 students in grades K-3. More grades were added over the years and it now has more than 700 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.
Faulkner depended on former students, parents and other supporters to provide the information for the book, “Fulfilling the Promise: A History of Middle Tennessee Christian School,” which is now available for purchase. The books are $25 each.
“As MTCS was making plans to celebrate its 50th year, I thought a history of the school would be a worthy project. Although many of the founders of the school have passed away, there are several people in the community who were part of the initial organization of the school,” Faulkner said. “I believe that we often wait too late to ask the older generation questions about their past and the history of the community. The 50th anniversary was an excellent excuse to borrow the memories of those who were present when the school was just an idea.”
This was Faulkner’s second attempt at recording local history. He also compiled a book entitled “McConnell Church of Christ: A History.”
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Associate Editor Donna Ryder can be contacted by email at dryder@ucmessenger.com.

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