Scott Gostchock

Scott Gostchock

Grace In Action

Rev. Mark Zarling

Martin Luther College

Presentation Description - Panel Discussion

Session 3A

Dr. Dan Johnson

Dr. Dan Johnson

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Henry Tyson

St. Marcus Lutheran School

What is effective leadership in Christian education?

Leadership is in the eye of the beholder. There is not just one style or way to lead. Therefore, what really is effective leadership in Christian education? In this panel discussion, we will look at the following key points for an effective Christian educational leader:

  • Love
  • The Great Commission
  • Servant Attitude
  • The Next Disciple

About Scott Gostchock

Dr. Scott Gostchock is a 1993 graduate of Dr. Martin Luther College. He received a Masters in Education from Brenau University in 1996. He then completed a doctorate in educational leadership and administration at Nova Southeastern University. In his 20 years of educational and community service, Dr. Gostchock has served cross-cultural, inner city, urban education settings as a teacher, administrator, and community activist. He has also served as a full-time professor of education and currently is an adjunct professor for a number of universities and colleges. These unique settings and wealth of experiences have provided a tremendous backdrop for Dr. Gostchock’s presentations, educational transformative work, consulting, and his global leadership.

About Rev. Mark Zarling

After receiving his training in the WELS Ministerial Education system (B.A. from Northwestern College, Watertown, WI; M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI), Zarling served as a parish pastor at St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Danube, Minnesota (four years) and at Bethany Lutheran, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin (12 years).  Zarling then served as professor of Christian Education and Old Testament at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary.  During that time he attended Concordia University, Mequon, WI, receiving a M.S.Ed in 1998.  After 11 years at the Seminary, Zarling accepted a call to serve as president of Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minneosta in July of 2007. During his years at WLS and MLC, Zarling has taught numerous courses and workshops on adult learning, leadership and group dynamics in a Christian congregation, and brain based teaching techniques.  He has taught at several of the sister seminaries of the WELS in three different countries, primarily in the areas of Christian education or Old Testament.  He has also presented a paper entitled “Christian Education:  A Matter of Life and Death” for the 2011 Symposium on Lutheran Schools, hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. Presentations to various WELS district conferences have focused on various topics related to Christian education as an integral part of the great commission work, including topics on Christian Education and a Biblical worldview, and Christian Education and congregational evangelism.

About Dr. Dan Johnson

Dr. Daniel W. Johnson was named the third full-time president of Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) in 2008.  A lifelong educator, Dr. Johnson understands the importance of quality, Christ-centered education and the integral role of effective leadership in Christian education.  Prior to joining WLC, he served in a number of Lutheran K-12 educational settings as an educator and administrator in schools throughout the nation including Nebraska, Florida, Wisconsin and Arizona. Dr. Johnson is honored to lead a special mission and ministry within the higher education landscape, one that offers academic excellence rooted in Christ, promotes spiritual growth and prepares men and women for lives of Christian leadership as they embark upon 21st century careers and influence their families, churches, communities and workplaces.  

About Henry Tyson

Henry Tyson, a native of Great Britain, moved to the United States in 1990. He graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, and developed an interest in urban education when he served as an Americorps volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in Chicago. He earned a Masters of Education degree from DePaul University and taught in the Chicago Public Schools and Niles Township Schools.  In 2002, Tyson moved to Milwaukee to become the Assistant Principal at St. Marcus Lutheran School and is currently serving as the Superintendent. Since his arrival at St. Marcus, the school has grown from serving 220 students to over 700, over $17,000,000 has been invested in campus expansion, and the school has become a nationally recognized leader in urban education and school reform. In addition to his work at St. Marcus, Tyson was one of the founders of Schools That Can Milwaukee and the Choice Schools’ Association and continues to serve on their boards. Tyson is also the Chairman of the Board of the Center for Urban Teaching and serves on the board at Atonement Lutheran School. As a Christian educational leader, Tyson is dedicated to sharing the Gospel with students and maintains that the message of Christ is the highest priority as we strive to give children a quality education. He leads the staff and students at St. Marcus in an “I AM THIRD” attitude and, through his bold leadership of St. Marcus expansion, stresses the urgency of the Great Commission. He is resolved to transform Milwaukee’s failing education systems into a world-class model for urban education.