ECS is pleased to announce our new Head of Middle School, Mr. Ben Burgess. Ben is married to Cally, and they have three daughters, Anna Grace (age 6), Hope (age 3), and Molly (age 15 months). Ben received a B.S. degree in Bible and Youth Ministry from Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. He has completed several hours towards a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Since 2009, Mr. Burgess has been serving in various capacities as both a member of the faculty and the administration at The Westminster School at Oak Mountain in Birmingham, AL. Currently, he serves as the Dean of Students for grades 6-12, Head of the House System, Head of the Bible department, and teaches Old Testament Survey and Systematic Theology. Ben is a culture builder with keen insight into developing curiosity for middle schoolers. His leadership style is relational, and he seeks to come behind, beside, and ahead of those he leads.
ECS was blessed with incredible candidates for this position who committed time and energy into this process. The interview team composed of Middle School faculty, Leadership Team, ECS staff, Middle School parents, and a member of the Board of Trustees (Cathy Boyd, Tracey Bravos, Dawn Burgess, Paula Cowart, Tommy Danner, Gay Edge, Daniel Holmes, Gail Inkster, Sam Kelly, Rebecca LeTellier, Barrett Luketic, Jenn McGillivray, Dave Morris, John Roelofs, Jenny Shorten, Pete Smith, Dee Stubblefield, Connie Thomas, Wendell Thompson, and Shawn Weaver) were invaluable in the decision making process, according to Dr. Dan Peterson, Head of School.
Welcome to the ECS community, Mr. Burgess and family!