Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually to one or more former students who are exemplary Christians and have demonstrated a desire to serve the Lord beyond their years at SCS. To recommend a distinguished graduate as the award recipient, contact Tommy Blackmon at tblackmon@southsidechristian.org.

If you know someone who should be nominated for this prestigious award, complete the nomination form here.

2016 Distinguished Alumni


Christen is a member of the class of 2002 and is one of six siblings to have graduated from Southside Christian School.  While at SCS, Christen was a member of the Beta Club and played volleyball, basketball, and softball. She was a starter on the state championship volleyball team in 2000, earned All-Region honors in both softball and basketball, was named “most inspirational” on the softball and basketball teams, and was named to the All-State team in basketball. She scored over 1200 points in her basketball career at SCS.

Christen is a 2007 graduate of Erskine College with a B.A. in biology. While there, she was named MVP of the cross country team and was a member of the basketball team.

In 2008, Christen enlisted in the United States Army where she met her husband, Jonathan Gray. While in the service, Christen earned the PT award and the Soldier of the Cycle award. While her husband was stationed in Germany, Christen continued her studies at Bob Jones University, earning a B.S.N. in nursing in 2016. There she was awarded the President’s Award and the Nursing Award her senior year. She is now a registered nurse in the Washington D.C. area near where her husband is stationed.

Christen and Jonathan have two children, Jonathan and Jeremiah.

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