In the past two years, I would guess I have been asked at least 50 times, “When are you thinking about retiring?” On almost every occasion, that question was followed with some form of a statement saying, “I hope not before my child graduates!” Although humbled by those affirmations of my serving as Headmaster, I knew that I was not going to graduate this year’s first graders!
This past Monday, I announced to the faculty and staff that I will be retiring at the end of this school year. This was not a quick decision. I realized that the Lord had graciously called me to BCS many years ago and was now moving me toward a new season of life. I am hoping that I will be able to stay involved with the school at some level on a part-time basis. You can be sure that Judy and I will faithfully pray for BCS and your children.
I want to express a few things to you parents who make up the Berean Christian School family. The main thing is how much I deeply love your children! Each one is very special to me. There are many wonderful memories I have over the 14 years of serving as Headmaster. Right at the top of those memories is the joy of leading elementary chapels a number of years ago, getting the elementary students out of the car every morning at drop off time, and teaching my HS dual credit psychology class. The contact with your children has proven to be a source of great joy to me.
My prayer for your children is found in Colossians 1:10-14. I learned from Dr. Tom Moore, who taught bible at Berean for a number of years, to personalize our prayers using Scripture.
As I step away from Headmaster, this is my prayer for your children:
I ask that your child will be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every work and increasing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified them to share in the inheritance of the saints of light.
Together, Judy and I have been a part of Berean Christian School for 40 years! My retirement is difficult because the school has been like family to us for all those years. Hundreds of students have come and gone in that time. They have each made an indelible impact on both of our lives. I have made so many friends of parents that I will have for a lifetime! No one could have had a better group of people to minister alongside than I have had with this incredible staff at Berean. Yes, God has indeed been very good to us to call me to serve Him at Berean!
Now a new chapter begins for Berean as our own Middle School principal, Mr. Jon Farra, has been asked to step into the role of interim Headmaster for next year while a search is conducted to identify the new Headmaster for Berean Christian School. I am personally very excited to see what the Lord has in store for our school in the years to come.
It has been a blessing and honor to serve your family in my role as Headmaster these past 14 years. Thank you for your trust, support, and prayers on my behalf.