Board of Directors

Transformed Lives…Transforming the world.

Thank you for your interest in Maranatha Christian Schools.  We are a ministry of Maranatha Chapel, and governed by the following Board of Directors consisting of church leaders, staff members of the school, and MCS parents.  It is through prayer and following Christ that these godly men serve the community of Maranatha Christian Schools. This dedicated group is committed to the students, staff, and programs of MCS, as they direct the mission of MCS and our vision for the future, i.e., transforming lives in order to transform the world for our Lord.

Pastor Ray Bentley

Ray Bentley started Maranatha Chapel in 1984.  From a weekly Bible study of 30 people to its current fellowship of nearly 7000, he has consistently taught through the Bible with an emphasis on God’s grace.  Ray started MCS in 1993, at first offering only preschool education.  Since then MCS has expanded to include programs from preschool through Bible College.  Ray has been married to Vicki for more than 30 years.  They have two children and six grandchildren, all of whom have attended MCS at one time.

Craig Chambliss

Craig Chambliss is the co-founder, President and CEO of Neurelis, a San Diego-based pharmaceutical company focused on developing treatments for epilepsy and other central nervous system disorders.  He has over 20 years of management experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.  He received BS degrees in Finance and Accounting from Missouri State University.  Craig has been married to Angeline for more than 19 years.  All seven of their children are students at Maranatha Christian Schools.


George Chial

George Chial joined the Maranatha Chapel staff in 1990.  As Chief Financial Officer and Ordained Pastor he oversees the financial administration of the Church and School along with various pastoral duties.  He has 30 years of accounting experience and has served on the Board of Directors for Maranatha Chapel for the past 20 years.  George earned his BA from NU San Diego and was ordained by Maranatha Chapel.  George has been married to Carla for the past 30 years. Their two children are both former students of Maranatha Christian Schools.

John Cook

John Cook is the Director of Maranatha Bible College and the pastor of the Adult Singles fellowship at Maranatha Chapel.  He is a former lawyer and was an executive in the pharmaceutical industry.  He received his BA from UC San Diego and his JD from Cornell Law School.  The Lord called him into full-time ministry in 2007.  John has been married to Lynne for 19 years, and has three children.


Jess Hetherington

Jess Hetherington has served the MCS community as the Superintendent since 2013. For many years Mr. Hetherington taught (AP) Advanced Placement History, British Literature and Bible at the High School level and served as a Superintendent for six years at a K-12 private school located here in North County San Diego prior to coming to Maranatha Christian Schools. He earned his B.A. in History/Social Science from Azusa Pacific University as a student-athlete and has attended graduate school through Azusa Pacific University, Talbot School of Theology and California Baptist University where he studied Education, Philosophy of Religion/Ethics and Educational Leadership (M.A.) Jess and his wife Courtney have been married for seven years and have four children.


Ron Harper

Ron Harper serves as a director of both Maranatha Chapel and MCS.  He has more than 20 years of business leadership experience in the construction and real estate industry.  He received his BA from Texas Christian University. He has served Maranatha Chapel as the Administrative Pastor for the Church and School and as a lay pastor of the Men’s Ministry as well as various mission outreaches.  He has been married to Cheryl for 29 years.  Their four children all attended MCS.


Gary Priest

Gary Priest has over 35 years of experience working with a variety of exotic and endangered species.   He is currently the Curator of Animal Care Training for San Diego Zoo Global.  Gary has served on the Board of Directors for Maranatha Chapel for the past 12 years.  He has taught business classes at the University of Phoenix and is currently an associate faculty member at Bridgepoint’s Ashford University.  He received his BA from Western Illinois University and earned a MA from National University in San Diego.  Gary and his wife Kathy have been married for 43 years.  They are blessed to be the parents of two adult children.


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