Headmaster Messages

Dear WA Community, Staff and faculty are wearing their best ugly Christmas sweaters today, and the LPA graciously planned a nice lunch for us all. So, in honor of the occasion, I don a Grinch on my sweater. While this character is synonymous with disdain for the holiday, we might forget his example. Despite his best efforts, Christmas arrives anyway. Even hardened hearts soften when we rejoice, regardless of the circumstances. I was reminded of that impact when I received a letter this week. Our high school choir visited Imperial Point Colonnades at their invitation. A resident of the condo shared his...

Dear WA Community, It’s a sign of the times when our Fine Arts students are in high demand this time of year. They are either busy entertaining dinner guests at the Fort Lauderdale Christmas Pageant, preparing for our own Lessons & Carols program this coming Tuesday night, or finalizing their trip to Epcot to perform in Disney’s Candlelight Processional. Before we simply dismiss all of this as typical holiday pageantry, consider what we are truly celebrating—Jesus coming to reclaim that which is His. Such an amazing gift! In the spirit of that gift, we, in turn, look to give. It’s hard to...

Dear WA Community, Recently, I had the opportunity to share lunch with our student leaders. Meeting in the Lou Church Foundation Board Room framed part of our conversation around the history of Westminster Academy. They asked about various pictures around the room. It is essential to reflect on our journey as a school, to remember the work of those before us, and to be encouraged by God’s faithfulness. Those students left knowing they are part of something bigger than themselves and engaged in the move forward. Such is also the case with all of us. Most days, I drive onto campus thinking...

Dear WA Community, Fall has always been my favorite season. I understand that many love spring as it represents renewal. However, I’m drawn more to the notion of harvest—reaping what has been sown, gathering the fruits of labor, or as the great hymn says, “bringing in the sheaves.” Living in South Florida blurs the changing of the seasons. After all, palm trees don’t change colors, and a nip in the air is a very relative term. On the other hand, there are few leaves to rake, and frosty mornings are way overrated. This weekend serves as our fall break. Perhaps you’ll travel...

Dear WA Community, Have you noticed that some months tend to hold more significant events than others? Take, for instance, April. It contains Major League Baseball’s opening day, the federal income tax deadline, and the NCAA Final Four. In our house, we have dueling months—November and July. November includes our birthdays and Thanksgiving. July consists of the birthdays of two of our children and our wedding anniversary. I really do love Thanksgiving, but I think that the wedding anniversary month has to win. Right? Then there is October—the month of educational conferences. It began with the Next Conference at Gordon College, then...