Dr. Timothy Dernlan serves as the Superintendent of Reach Christian Schools. Dr. Dernlan earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Education and Communication at Purdue University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership at Lehigh University, and a Doctor of Education in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. He was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate in his doctoral program in the graduating class of 2013. He minored in Christian Theology during his doctoral studies and focused his dissertation on the spiritual formation of students attending K-12 Christian schools.
Much of Dr. Dernlan’s early life was shaped by the sport of wrestling. He won several state and national titles, earned NCAA All-American honors at Purdue University, represented the United States as an athlete in the Pan American Championships and Junior World Championship, and competed at the final Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004. Dr. Dernlan coached dozens of NCAA All-Americans at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, Lehigh, and Ashland University and was named 2008 NCAA Region II Coach-of-the-Year before turning his focus to Christian education.
Dr. Dernlan has experience teaching theater, math, rhetoric, physical education, personal finance, communication, leadership, and systematic theology. He has taught in public, charter, private, Christian, and classical Christian schools, as well as at the college level. He served as principal and then headmaster at Tall Oaks Classical School and is now the Superintendent of Reach Christian Schools, a three-campus, Christian school district training over 1200 students at five distinct PK-12 schools. Dr. Dernlan is a visionary leader and is passionate about advancing Christian community and culture through education.
Dr. Dernlan has presented workshops about spiritual formation, classroom management, physical education and the trivium, the effectiveness of classical, Christian education, fundraising, the works of C.S. Lewis, leadership, and various other topics. As a guest lecturer for college classes, he has spoken on sports ethics, sports management, fundamentals of coaching, and leadership. Dr. Dernlan has written and been awarded grants totaling over $200,000 for school technology, facility renovations, and educational programs.
Dr. Dernlan continues to serve on accreditation committees for the Association of Classical Christian Schools and has served on committees for Ashland University, the NWCA, and the NCAA. He also consults with schools and specializes in strategic planning.
Dr. Dernlan enjoys research and is most interested in studying spiritual formation, classical and Christian education, educational leadership, leadership theory, organizational leadership, and change management.
Dr. Dernlan and his wife Kara were married in 2000 and have 4 children.