This morning I sit at my desk writing my last headmaster reflection. What does one say to a community of friends who have been his focus for 14 years? What is the last word, thought, exhortation, or prayer, I want to leave with you? Many thoughts run through my mind. In the end, it becomes simple and clear what I want to say to the Berean Christian School community.
Forty years ago, I had a brief conversation with Dr. John Stone when he shared his idea of starting a Christian school in north Knoxville. Little did I know what an enormous impact that idea would ultimately have on my family and me personally. My mother-in-law, Betty Euriga was the first teacher hired by BCS. My wife, Judy, taught first grade for 28 years at Berean. My two children both attended BCS, and my daughter Heather taught here in the middle school. My daughter-in- law, Natalea, currently teaches in the middle school. Our two grandchildren are in the elementary school. Needless to say, Judy and I are deeply invested in this ministry and committed to preserving its core values. We believe in Berean Christian School.
Fourteen years ago, I was approached with the idea of succeeding Wade Ewing as the 6th headmaster of Berean Christian School. Believe me when I tell you that I was shocked, scared, humbled, and somehow excited to meet the challenge. Never in a million years could I have grasped the blessing that was in store for me as I became a part of this school community! I have made so many lifelong friends of staff, students, and parents over the years. It has not been lost on me that the Lord allowed me to be in this role long enough to graduate students from our high school who started as kindergarteners in my first year! What a joy and honor to be able to watch your children grow in grace and the knowledge of the Truth over these years.
My heart is full of emotion that could result in pages of things written. I will restrain myself and simply leave two parting reminders to my beloved BCS community:
- In all that we do as a school and as parents, may the goal of our instruction, both at school and in the home, be instilling the true knowledge of Jesus in the hearts of our children. For in that our children will have everything they need pertaining to life and godliness… (2 Peter 1:3)
- As it relates to our family community, love well! In I Corinthians 13, we are told that if we are amazing in our speech, have incredible gifting, or are generous with our possessions in giving to those less blessed…. But we don’t love – we are nothing and it profits nothing!
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:4-8a
By God’s grace, I have tried to love each of your children well. I know that Judy and I have been loved well by this BCS community. For that, we are eternally grateful. In the years to come my prayer is that we will continue to manifest the love of Christ to each other and in so doing be a godly example to our Berean community and bring glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thank you again for your support, trust and prayers for me. It’s been my true joy to serve you.