Class of 1980
Our alumni often tell us that they still feel the impact of King’s Schools reverberating throughout different areas of their lives. Many went on to pursue ministry work after graduation, some met their future spouse on campus, and more still can trace their spiritual life to roots at King’s.
Alumni like John Aydelott can point back to King’s and say, “That’s where it all started.”
John joined the graduating class of 1980 as a 7th grader—three weeks late into the start of a new school year—and felt out of place. He joined several sports teams, including football and track, as well as participated in student government.
“I even tried out for the choir,” John recalled with relish, “but the music teacher encouraged me to stick with sports.”
As a student, John enjoyed junior and senior level English with Mrs. Montgomery. After graduating and enrolling in the University of Washington, he had Mrs. Montgomery to thank for high marks in his business law class. “My professor would write ‘You had a very good high school English teacher’ across the top of my papers,” John said. “King’s has so many wonderful and dedicated teachers that played important roles in my life.”
After college, John went to work for General Electric and then CB Richard Ellis. But for the past 25 years, he’s been the pastor of a church in Shoreline called City Calvary Chapel.
John credits his experience at King’s for his successful vocation. He became a born-again believer the summer before coming to King’s, and it was during those six years on campus that he learned to follow Christ. “If it wasn’t for my time there, I’m not sure where I would be today, spiritually.”
“My school instilled in me a Christian foundation that will last all eternity,” he said.
His advice to the class of 2018? “Don’t think about yourself all the time because your thoughts and your world will be small. Instead, think about Jesus and how you can give your life away for Him.”
John is married to Melissa Aydelott (Washburn), a King’s alumna of the class of 1986. They have four wonderful children.