Through the Lens of Houston Cofield: A Look at American Icons, Southern Culture and Grief

His subjects have ranged from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett to famous American actor Chuck Norris.

His credits include the top national and worldwide publications: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, Travel + Leisure, Garden & Gun, Golf Digest and Zeit Magazin (published in Germany).

Undoubtedly, Houston Cofield’s resume is impressive. He uses his art form of photography to document the key influencers of our time – and more importantly for him – he writes his own narrative of the American South.

One could say that it all started at the ECS Eagle’s Eye newspaper in 2006.

But perhaps it really started three generations ago.

Houston’s paternal grandfather and great grandfather were studio photographers in Mississippi and photographed renowned Southern author William Faulkner throughout his life.

"Having that in the background growing up was really special. I was never planning on being a photographer, but I find it kind of ironic that here I am doing the same thing now.”

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Homecoming 2022 - Alumni

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ECS celebrated Mr. Mark Brink for the 49 years he has faithfully served with a reception in the  White House on May 19, 2022.

Thank you, Mr. Brink!

Mr. Brink's Retirement Celebration


ECS Homecoming

John Roelofs - 50 Years!

Carolyn Montfort - 40 Years


Flight 2021





Honoring Mrs. Marilyn Wray for Three Decades of Lower School Leadership

At ECS, our Lower School program is growing exponentially, which is why plans are currently underway to open a new Lower School campus at the Shelby Farms location beginning 2023-2024. We think it is appropriate to honor a foundational leader in our Lower School program.

Mrs. Marilyn Wray, former ECS lower school principal who served ECS for 31 years, was honored with a reception at the Lower School campus last spring as a part of the Grandparents Day presentation. Many of Mrs. Wray’s former teachers and students were present to celebrate her many years of dedicated service to ECS. Head of School Braxton Brady honored her at the conclusion of the program and presented her with a plaque to honor her leadership in helping to lay the foundation for our Lower School program.

But Mrs. Wray did not always set out to be an elementary school principal.

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Mark Brink Retires from ECS after 49 Years

The auditorium in the chapel bears his name. Selected as the first recipient of the Steve Collums Distinguished Faculty Award, he has served in many positions, from his most widely known roles as Bible department chair and beloved Bible teacher to his lesser known duties which have included varsity golf coach, after-school bus driver and painting volunteer, to name a few. Now, after 49 years of service to ECS, Mark Brink has retired from ECS.

Mr. Brink, often called “a true ECS legend,” has been faithfully preparing our oldest students for college and the real world for nearly five decades through teaching the book of Romans and apologetics, ethics and Christian worldview. His impact on students, teachers and faculty members is immeasurable.

“A spiritual leader at ECS and the ECS community.” - Coach John Roelofs, ECS colleague

On May 19, ECS hosted a retirement reception for Mr. Brink, and many current and former students, parents and colleagues flooded the White House to show appreciation to their beloved teacher and friend.

While most of us can’t imagine ECS Bible without Mr. Brink at the helm, he will be the first to tell you that he never set out to be a teacher.

First, some background…

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Bethany Stanfill Named Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Mississippi

Bethany Stanfill (class of 2008) was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Influential leaders in Mississippi for her role as a state legislative and executive lobbyist for Bryant Songy Snell Global Partners.

As a government affairs and fundraising professional now residing in Madison, Mississippi, Bethany designs strategy for corporations and investment offices, plans and schedules events, tracks legislation and speaks with members of the Mississippi legislature, agency heads and statewide elected officials. She is most proud that she is able to help solve problems and create opportunities for her clients.

“I love that every day is different, and I love connecting people,” Bethany said. “I never get bored and want to constantly keep learning and growing.”

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Coach John Roelofs Celebrates 50 Years of Service to ECS

As we celebrate Coach’s service to ECS for 50 years at Homecoming this year, we thank the Lord for using this man of God to disciple future generations of ECS students so faithfully for more than a half century. Click title to read more.