Evangel hires its first headmaster

Published 10:17 am Wednesday, March 28, 2012

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

Officials at Alabaster’s Evangel Classical Christian School touted “12 strong years of consistent growth and stability” with helping the school hire its first headmaster.


ECCS recently hired Ted Trainor, who currently is the headmaster at Effingham Christian School in Rincon, Ga., as Evangel’s first headmaster. He is scheduled to take his position at ECCS in June, according to school officials.

Trainor received a Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in English from Southern Methodist University in Dallas before earning a Master of Arts in teaching history and completing coursework in secondary school administration at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C.

He also worked toward a Masters of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Since 1999, he has served as headmaster at Westminster Academy in Memphis, Tenn., assistant headmaster at Providence Christian Academy in St. Louis, head of school at Heritage Preparatory School of Georgia in Atlanta, headmaster at Providence Christian Academy in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and headmaster at Effingham Christian School.

Trainor and his wife, Kathryn, have four children: 14-year-old Maddie, 13-year-old Jake, 12-year-old Ben and 10-year-old Knox. The four children will begin attending ECCS in the fall.

According to a letter sent to ECCS parents, Trainor’s past has given him “a distinct perspective and many invaluable experiences in overseeing all school operations.” He has worked to organize teacher training camps, helped schools obtain Association of Classical and Christian Schools accreditation, spoken at ACCS conferences and led board committee meetings, according to the letter.

ECCS officials said Trainor’s “greatest strengths abound in the areas of developing relationships, recruiting faculty and families, counseling, training teachers and parents regarding applying biblical principles in the classroom and home, parent education programs for new and veteran parents, fundraising” and building relationships to strengthen the school’s financial support.

Trainor and his wife have served as adult and youth Sunday school teachers, small group hosts and home Bible study leaders at their current church, read the letter.

The school is working to organize a reception for the Trainor family, which likely will take place this summer, according to the letter.

“Please keep Mr. Trainor and his dear family in your prayers as they transition to the school and move to our community this summer,” the letter read.