Melissa Barrett, Head of School

A Letter from the Head of School regarding Recent Events of Racial Bias

Dear CCA families,

Over the last few days, I have been in prayer for our country and especially for our brothers and sister of color who are hurting. This is not an easy letter to write, and I’ve written (and deleted) several drafts. When I first started as Head of School, Executive Pastor Jim McKee gave me this advice: “In everything you do as Head of School, examine how close – or far away – your words and actions are to the gospel. The closer you stay to the gospel, the better off you’ll be.” Whenever I feel stuck and unsure of what to say or do, I go back to that advice. So, here I am.

Now isn’t the time to talk philosophy, or discuss politics, or examine history. Now is the time to grieve for our brothers and sisters in Christ, and now is the time to stand with them. Staying close to the gospel means we know we should love one another, since love comes from God. But the gospel demands more of us than generic love. 1 John 4:20: “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.” It demands that as Christians, we hold one another accountable. These are the values that are reinforced in our classrooms and in our Christ-centered relationships with our students.

In all that we do and teach and live, we at Chapelgate Christian Academy believe in the gospel. This means we value every life as equal. We condemn all brutality, particularly that which is directed to Americans of color due to prejudice or racial bias. We grieve alongside our students and families who are grieving.

I am asking all parents to help your students understand that at this time we must continue to stand with and support our students of color while we examine our own hearts. As Christians, we are called to do nothing less.


Melissa Barrett
Head of School

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