Bryan was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans area as the oldest of 5 where he lived until 1992. He is commonly known as Kim’s husband or Jesse, Kate and Abby’s dad.
Bryan’s core values are heart, smarts, grit and grace.
Heart because he believes that the Glory of God is man fully alive. He is fully alive when he is serving God and people. This value led him to places like Moscow, Africa, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines where he served with an organization called New Tribes Mission until 2000.
Smarts is the value that reflects his passion for learning and education. Both his parents earned Masters Degrees and encouraged ongoing learning. In 2000, Bryan returned from the Philippines and enrolled in the School of Business at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned a degree in Management and an MBA. He loves to read and try new things everyday.
Grit is the value that keeps him going even when times are tough. Bryan comments, “I have failed a lot in my life, but I have always endeavored to fail forward, to learn from my mistakes, to get up every time I get knocked down, and to not give up on people. When the voices in my head say, ‘You can’t.’ Grit is the voice that reminds me, ‘In Christ…you can do all things.’”
Bryan deems grace his strongest value with its foundation in his profound gratitude to God. He realizes that everything he has, everything he’s done, every breath he has taken and every step he’s taken is a gift from God. “Grace has given me a job and a purpose,” he adds.
Bryan started his own company where he could honor these values. Relevant Coaching is a company that coaches leaders and teams who want to be more effective in life and business. Bryan has served on the WCA Board of Directors since 2014 and is thrilled to have his children in a safe and loving environment like Westminster Christian Academy.
Dexter P. Lyons has served on the Board of Directors of Westminster Christian Academy since 2007. In his service to the Board, Dexter has served as Board Secretary and is currently serving as the Technology Committee Chairman. Dexter married Deirdre in 1994 and they live in Lafayette with their three children and enjoy vacations at the beach and boating at the camp. Dexter is a member of Our Savior’s Church in Lafayette and serves on the OSC Men’s Ministry Team. Professionally, Dexter is the portfolio manager of the Issachar Fund (LIONX) which he launched in 2014 to honor Jesus.
Teri Cober joined the WCA Board over ten years ago, currently serving as Treasurer, Chair of the Finance Committee, and Chair of the Search Committee for our next Head of School. She and Bill, married more than 30 years, are the parents of one WCA graduate and one son in the Upper School. Bill and Teri own C&B Pumps and Compressors LLC, in Broussard, where she is the Controller. Teri is a graduate of Rice University, with an MBA from Washington State University. The Cobers are active members of Louisiana Memorial United Methodist Church in Opelousas, where Teri serves as Treasurer, Women’s Bible Study leader, and coordinator for Wesley’s Table. “I consider it a great privilege to serve Christ by serving Westminster,” says Teri. “I treasure all that WCA has given to our family.”
Helen Hughes has served on Westminster Christian Academy’s Board of Directors since 2002 and served as Board President for four of those years. Currently Helen is the education committee chairman for the Board. She is married to attorney John Hughes and their six children are either in college or beyond. Helen came to know Jesus as her Lord and Savior 27 years ago and considers it “the most priceless of relationships.” Helen reflects, “He is my Guidepost, my North Star, my Savior and my Friend.” When not volunteering at school, you can find Helen loving on her two young grandchildren, involved in Bible study, playing the piano, singing, sewing, reading, gardening, studying French, bike riding, cooking, or baking. Helen is a member of Avec Souci, a local women's group that is both social and civic minded as they raise funds through Les Beaux Jardin...The Garden Tour, to disperse monies to various charitable agencies in Acadiana. Helen is also a member and past officer of the Lafayette Bar Auxiliary. Helen concludes, “It is my continued pleasure to serve the Westminster Christian Academy family as I consider this a ministry that Jesus has used to grow me in the fullness and knowledge of Him, as well as use what abilities and gifts He has given me to advance His kingdom in this season of our school.”
Dr. Barry Henry has been married to Stephie LaLonde Henry for 21 years and still going strong! Dr. Henry is a lifelong believer in Jesus. He is a self-employed, Board Certified Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon. Barry and Stephie have two sons attending Westminster Opelousas Campus, and both boys previously attended the Lafayette Campus during their elementary years.
Dr. Henry has a passion for safe, student-athlete development, which includes spiritual, academic and athletic development. His desire is to promote encouragement of our youth to pursue God-given life goals while using their talents and gifts.
Dr. Henry is a Graduate of Barbe High School as Valedictorian and lettered in football and track and field as a pole-vaulter. He attended the Air Force Academy and LSU undergraduate universities. Dr. Henry earned letterman status in track and field at both USAFA and LSU. He is a graduate of LSU Medical School New Orleans, LA and Texas Tech University Health Science Center Lubbock , TX. He is also a FAA Certified Helicopter Pilot.
Dr. Henry enjoys outdoor activities with family and friends and his Christian church community. Joining the board in 2015, Dr. Henry comments, “I realize how wonderful our school is, yet how much more can be done to improve to better serve our mission. We are truly blessed. Praise be to God.”