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Westminster cuts ribbon on school chapel

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Posted at 12:00 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 13:00:23-05

Westminster Christian Academy cut the ribbon on a chapel today.

The school is a K3-12 private school.

School officials say the ribbon cutting marks the successful completion of a vision that originated almost 20 years ago. Although Westminster Drive began as an empty gravel road, over the years prominent athletic facilities, classroom buildings, and other educational facilities began to line the road. As a school that longs to instill God’s truth in students, the desire for a chapel where staff and students could worship together was a natural next step in growth process, school officials say.

“I could not be more thrilled. The chapel stands in the middle of the WCA campus as a vivid reminder of the centrality of Christ in our lives,” said Scott Davis, Head of School. “Our generous donors have answered the call of the Lord in their hearts and now we have a building that will serve the WCA and St. Landry Parish communities in several ways for many years to come. It is indeed a blessing.”

School officials say the traditional architecture merges with a monumental style that exemplifies the strong foundations of Westminster’s heritage. Alum Graham Goodyear was the chapel designer, worked with Russell Trahan with Trahan Architects.

“The chapel is equipped with outstanding sound and lighting as well as a large stage and plenty of backstage area for various types of performances. It will be great to meet in the chapel for weekly services, but it will also serve us in multiple capacities because of its array of capabilities,” Davis said.

The area includes a "Founder's Garden" outside to display recognition of past and future benefactors of the school.

School officials say the chapel will not only serve the Westminster family for worship but will double as a performance and assembly space for school concerts, plays, and other events. The chapel will also allow Westminster to serve the community by offering the space to like-minded groups that might enjoy its use, they say.