Education: B.A, Vanderbilt; M.A. in Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College Biography: John A. Murray serves as Headmaster of Fourth Presbyterian School, a Pre-K through Grade 8 independent school in Potomac, MD.
A Huntsville, AL, native, John received his B.A. in English and history from Vanderbilt University and his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Dartmouth College. While at Dartmouth, he wrote his master’s thesis on the history of American higher education from 1636 to 1933. Entitled The Cross in the Ivy, his work explores the Christian history of the Eastern and Ivy League colleges and how they became secularized.
A retreat and youth speaker, John enjoys teaching and training parents, educators, church leaders, and students. He has written numerous articles on educational issues, historical topics, and media discernment for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Examiner, Tampa Tribune, The Atlanta Constitution, The News and Observer (Raleigh, NC), The Des-Moines Register, and Citizen Magazine to name a few. He is also the writer/director of the award-winning film Think About It: Understanding the Impact of TV/Movie Violence. Distributed by Active Parenting, his film has been used in schools, prisons, churches, and government programs around the country.
John currently serves on the Newseum’s Educator Advisory Board in Washington, DC. He and his wife Barbara have been married for 18 years and have four children ages 7 to 13.
Speaker Fee/Range: $1000/day. (Expenses not included in fee.)
Select Speech Titles:
1. Raising Image-bearers of God in the Digital Generation 2. Image-makers: Hollywood Meets the Apostles Creed 3. The History of Christian Faith in Communications & Media
4. Hollywood’s Captive Audience: Understanding the Effects of TV-Movie Violence on Real-Life Violence 5. The Cross in the Ivy: The Christian History of the Eastern and Ivy League Colleges &How They Became Secularized. 6. Faith, Virtue, and Knowledge: The Case for Christian Schooling 7. How to Inspire Students to Engage Their Generation For Jesus Christ