My name is Emily Pinkston and I was born in Michigan but have lived in Fort Wayne most of my life. I love spending time with my husband, Derick, and my kids, Caroline and Titus. I also enjoy volleyball and drinking coffee.
I grew up at Fort Wayne Christian School, but I graduated from Blackhawk Christian School. I attended IPFW for a couple of years, but continued my college education at God's Bible School and College in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I pursued and finished my degree in Elementary Education. While working there I was able to volunteer and work in an elementary school that was on campus. I taught specials classes and helped staff in many ways. Eventually I began working as the administrative assistant to the Division of Education Chair and professors in the education department. I student taught at Blackhawk Christian in 1st grade, and while waiting for graduation I was a substitute teacher in a few private schools in Fort Wayne. I taught for 5 years in 3rd grade here at CCS before I stepped out of the classroom to become Director of School Operations.
I love CCS because of the relationships that I have. I love that I can have a relationship with students, parents, and staff. I love getting to know everyone on a deeper level than just academics. I am blessed to be in a school where everyone feels like friends and family. I love that I am challenged by the staff, parents, and students to grow closer to Christ daily. It is a constant reminder that He loves each and every one of us on a level that I can only to dream to understand. I am also thankful that I can send my kids to a school that is focused on Christ-centered education with curriculum and teachers that teach not only what they need to know academically, but what they need to know to have a relationship with Christ and love Him in all aspects of their lives.
As a child, my parents were not Christians, but we went to church every Sunday morning. On Palm Sunday in 1998, when I was in 5th grade, I knew that something in my life needed to change. My grandpa walked me through the sinner's prayer. When I stood up from the altar, I expected to feel different, but I didn't. I felt the same. I didn't let that stop me. For a couple of weeks I prayed a lot and read the Bible, but I was still not sure how much I really changed. I asked questions, but it didn't take long for me to just be the same as I always was...there wasn't a real change. I believed I was a Christian, but I didn't really understand how it was going to change me. I now realize how much God was preparing me and how much the Holy Spirit was moving in my life and my parent's life. Two months later, on a Sunday night, I was with my cousin and my sister and my parents called us up to the living room and told us we had to go somewhere. Without explaining anything, we drove in silence to our church where my grandparents were waiting for us. When we got there my dad turned around to us and simply said that they were going to pray tonight and give their hearts to the Lord. I will never forget the joy and excitement and anxiety that I was filled with! We walked into the church and all knelt at the altar. We prayed and prayed! It was at that point that I did feel different, and I felt like I had some guidance for how I should be living. Life in our family changed drastically. The focus of our family was Christ and His love. Fast forward 10 years, and I was in college. I was making choices based on what I wanted. My life was not focused on Christ. I was sitting in a required chapel service at school, and I don't even remember what was preached. I do remember thinking that Christ had a plan for my life, and if I want to have a life that was what He wanted, I needed to get on the same page. At that point I asked for forgiveness for my selfishness and asked God to use me in whatever way He wanted. It turns out that once I aligned what I wanted with what God wanted, my future could not be better.