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.
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, professional schools, or have completed their studies. Their two grandchildren are at the Lafayette campus of WCA.
Helen attends The Open Door, attends weekly Bible study, is a member and past officer of Avec Souci, and is a member and past officer of the Lafayette Parish Bar Auxiliary. She is a pianist, loves studying French, and has been active in choral groups in the area.
“The Kingdom education that Westminster has provided for my children and now my grandchildren is the best investment we ever made for our family. Not only is it an academic institution that treasurers the opportunity to invest in each student’s life, WCA is a spiritual family whose purpose is to honor Jesus in all that we do. Our staff’s mission is lived out day after day in order that our students may leave our halls after graduation ready to launch into all that God has for them. The three legged stool of home, church, and school cannot be emphasized enough! Westminster played a significant role in helping my children seek a relationship with Him and pursue His plan for their life, a life of significance using their abilities in service to Jesus.
“I still marvel that I get to serve the body of Christ in this capacity! As the Board and our Head of School provide an umbrella of protection in the form of a daily prayer covering over the school, our families can be assured that we are asking Jesus to guide and equip us for this great work.” Micah 6:8.
Britaney lives in Lafayette with her husband of 12 years, Mark Fontenot. They have 3 children together; Ella, Meredith, and William. She has been an active part of the Westminster family since 2010 through volunteer work, room mom activities, and women’s bible study. Britaney is a licensed Financial Advisor and employed with Edward Jones Investments. She is an active member of the Junior League of Lafayette and a member of Our Savior’s Church. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, concerts, bike riding, and is always up for an adventure with her family. She adds, “It is an honor to serve the Lord and Westminster through this role. I am passionate about WCA and its vision to equip students for lives of significance, and committed to supporting standards and programs at WCA that build moral character, stimulate a biblical worldview and promote the pursuit of excellence in everything we do.”
Nick volunteers in many areas of his church and community and is honored to serve in this capacity at WCA. Nick’s love for WCA began when he & Felicia were dating in high school while she was a student here. “My wife graduated from WCA and I see how having that foundation and knowledge of the Bible has impacted her life, and as a result, our family's life to this day.” He recognizes that God is the ultimate Head of this school and considers WCA to be a ministry to the many families that attend.