Headmaster Messages

Dear WA Community, One year ago today, the eyes of our nation were riveted as our community faced a horrific tragedy just a few miles to our northwest. Therefore, on this day we join with many others in bowing our heads and lifting our voices—crying out to our Heavenly Father. Today we remember. We weep with those who weep and mourn with those who mourn. Much has changed in the preceding 12 months. Certainly, the landscape of Westminster Academy shifted as we made strides to strengthen security and tend to the safety of our students. However, our viewpoint changed as well. With many...

Dear WA Community, During our recent upper school principal search, our committee faced the challenging task of selecting finalists from a very competitive group of applicants. The first question we asked was, “What is it about this position that interests you?” Ironically, at the end of each of our three finalists interview, they asked a similar question, “What makes Westminster Academy special?” The fact that both sides sought answers to a similar question should not be a surprise. After all, those are the very questions that we ourselves ask. Certainly part of the answer lies with our various programs, our rich history,...

Dear WA Community, This fall, we embarked on a journey to identify and secure leadership for the next season of Westminster Academy’s Upper School. We formed a search committee, comprised of both board members and faculty, and then selected Charter Oak to conduct a national search for our next upper school principal. As the committee began its work to consider background skills, competencies, and the gifting needed for our next upper school leader, a profile emerged that led us to a number of like-minded candidates. The search attracted administrators from around the country, creating an exceptional pool of candidates. Along the way,...

Dear WA Community, In his letter to the Romans, Paul admonishes the church to “not be conformed to the pattern of this world.” Ever wonder about that? We well understand that we are to be in the world and not of it. As believers, we recognize that heaven is our true home and that this one is just temporary. Yet, I think there is more going on here. Paul is actually pointing out to us that we will conform to something. The question is ultimately—to what? This question is the battle that rages inside of us—conformed to the image of Christ...

Dear WA Community, On Wednesday morning, January 2, I drove south on Federal Highway on the way to an appointment, and I noticed an incredibly trite and stereotypical scene—a full parking lot at LA Fitness. It is hard to imagine a more profitable time to be in fitness membership sales. Just as predictably, we launched our staff-wide weight loss challenge this week. It’s not as if we would get much traction with our health care provider doing that challenge in November! A quick Google search on resolutions results in a number of hits, beginning with “the history of new year’s resolutions.” That...