Our CLCS Educator in the Spotlight for June 1-15, 2021


Mr. Michael Cumberledge is no stranger to Cross Lanes Christian School. He has just completed his 42nd year at the school. He was a teacher at the school for the very first graduating class. He has outlasted 9 Administrators, witnessed 42 graduating classes and 1057 graduates.

Mr. Cumberledge earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University and a Master of Science Degree from West Virginia Graduate College. He and his wife Debbie (CLCS receptionist) have three sons and eight grandchildren.  His oldest son, Michael is an assistant school administrator in Clarksville, TN. Dr. Jeremy Cumberledge and his wife Mary (CLCS Guidance Counsellor) live in Charleston, WV. Steven, who is married to Katie Monk Cumberledge (daughter of Mrs. Lauren Monk, CLCS HS Biology teacher) live in Charleston, SC where he is a Physician’s Assistant.

Christian education is more caught than taught.” The point of that statement is about influence and creating interest. Mr. Cumberledge has taught, causing a number of students to catch and pursue the goal of becoming medical professionals: doctors, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, and other specialties. He has taught many science courses including: Life Science, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. He also teaches the Junior Bible class concentrating on current issues and developing a Christian Worldview.

Mr. Cumberledge is a faithful member of Cross Lanes Bible Church under the leadership of Dr. David Buckley. At Cross Lanes Bible Church he serves as a deacon, sings in the choir, and is a Sunday School teacher for the adult class.

His hobbies include his dog, Scout, hiking, and knife making. Many have sought to own his one-of-a-kind handmade knives. By the way, he makes a mean red velvet cake too!

Mr. Cumberledge was saved after his senior year in high school. His father was a general contractor and house builder. He attended six different schools growing up and moved approximately fifteen times before leaving home. He says that “it is a privilege to influence lives for Christ. It is always interesting and challenging to work with kids. CLCS has always had great teachers and leaders and has always attempted to do things with excellence. It is a special blessing when former students express their appreciation for what they learned in my class here at CLCS. It has been a privilege to work with some of the greatest Christian servants of this era”

His life’s verses are found in Ps. 34:8-9 “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.”

Congratulations on being selected as the Teacher in the Spotlight.