The Alumni Service Award honors an alum who has consistently provided exemplary volunteer service to Charlotte Christian School, going above and beyond in devotion to the school. The award is given on an annual basis to an alum whose actions demonstrate outstanding personal service and commitment to the school in promoting either the mission of CCS and/or the CCS Alumni Association.
The 2022 Alumni Service Award recipient is Todd Woolery who graduated from Charlotte Christian in 1992. During his time at CCS, Todd played soccer, baseball and basketball as JV sports and then concentrated on cross country and tennis as varsity sports. Todd was offered a scholarship to further his education and play tennis at King University in Bristol, Tenn. where he graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.
He currently owns CCIS Construction Consultants and serves as the president where he has worked since 2004. CCIS is a construction consulting company that handles projects throughout the southeast with offices in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Todd has served at Charlotte Christian as a board member for three consecutive terms (2013-2022) and also served as the chair of the facilities committee, which he has been a member for more than 10 years. He attends New City Church and has been involved over the years as a Sunday school teacher, usher, small group leader and most recently finished his service as an elder.
Todd is married to Rebecca and the couple has two children who both graduated from CCS: Jacob in 2020 and Hannah in 2022. His mother also worked in the business office and his sister, Missy, is a 1989 graduate.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an alum who has made outstanding contributions to God’s Kingdom through their field of work, demonstrated a heart for Christ as a servant leader in their community and shown exceptional dedication to Charlotte Christian School.
The 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient is Dr. Derek Halvorson who graduated from Charlotte Christian in 1989. In his time at CCS, Derek played varsity soccer and was a member of the varsity basketball team. During his senior year, he was a finalist for the Morehead Scholarship at UNC-Chapel Hill, was the recipient of a full-tuition ROTC scholarship to Duke University, and was appointed to the US Naval Academy. Derek attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., where he was a Maclellan Scholar. At Covenant he played four years of intercollegiate soccer, served as an editor for student publications and served as the vice president of the Student Senate. He graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in philosophy.
After college Derek made a short-lived attempt to play semi-professional soccer and then he pursued a career in the financial markets, trading foreign currencies in Chicago for NationsBank. He returned to academia, earning a master's degree in history from the University of Arizona and a PhD in history from Loyola University Chicago. While he was finishing his doctoral dissertation, Derek returned to Covenant College to serve in the college’s administration, first as the college’s director of constituent relations and then as a regional director of development. In 2009 he became the second president of Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California. In 2012 he was appointed the president of Covenant College.
Derek is actively involved in the life of Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, on the executive committee of the Georgia Independent College Association and on the president's council of the Collegiate Conference of the South.
Derek is married to Wendy and they have two children: a son, Banks, and a daughter, Whit. His mother, Dr. Marni Halvorson, taught in Christian’s science department and all three of his younger brothers attended CCS as well.