Why Westminster

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"...tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done" (Psalm 78:4) captured the hearts of a small congregation in Huntsville, Alabama in the spring of 1963. Short on resources but convinced of God's faithfulness, the 50+ members of the Bible Presbyterian Church stepped out in faith and launched Westminster Christian Academy.

Presbyterian Day School

On the first Monday of January 1964, 18 kindergartners assembled for the first day of Presbyterian Day School. The children met in the Sunday School wing of the Bible Presbyterian Church at 3100 University Drive in Huntsville, Alabama. The children were taught by Mrs. Virginia Edgar who, along with her husband Charlie and a handful of other couples, believed that God was calling them to establish a Christian school. Pastor Paul Alexander served as the school's first principal.

Our First Building

One month later the congregation of the Bible Presbyterian Church, later changed to Westminster Presbyterian Church, voted to construct an education building to accommodate the school. That summer the officers of the church broke ground for the building that would house five classrooms and a teachers' lounge. In the fall of that same year, the school expanded to include grades one and two, and enrollment increased to 75 students and three teachers. That was the humble beginning of Westminster Christian Academy.

A New Name

Over the years the school continued to grow. In 1970 the school officially changed its name to Westminster Christian Academy. The new name sent a clear message: the school was now open to more than one denomination. By the fall of 1971, the school included grades nine and ten. Three more buildings were erected in the back of the church property to accommodate the growing student body.

On November 28, 1973, a tornado struck the property and destroyed the church's newly-built sanctuary. Disruption of classes and programs was minimized by the tremendous response of loyal parents, church members, and friends of both church and school. This blow to church and school did not deter the collective ministry. The church's congregation voted to rebuild the damaged sanctuary as an all-purpose building open to church and school use.

A Time for Growth


1974 was a year of firsts for the school. The school's first yearbook was produced that spring, and the first graduating class, consisting of four seniors, was awarded diplomas from the school in an amphitheater atop Monte Sano. By the late ‘70s enrollment exceeded 200.

In the fall of 1979, the church and the school purchased the property of the former Evangel Christian School at 1400 Evangel Drive. The new facility was located on 15.5 acres and consisted of 34, 866 square feet of space to be used for God's glory by both church and school. The new campus was in need of many things, and again the school and church community rallied to the cause. Under the able leadership of Principal Jim Cox and Paul Alexander, both school and church moved to the Evangel Drive property during the 1979 Christmas break.


The 1980s were another period of rapid growth as the school added an all-day Kindergarten program, computer science classes, and several athletic programs. In March of 1984, the school celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting the 12th annual conference of the Southern Association of Christian Schools. Westminster's 20th anniversary was officially recognized by the Huntsville community with a proclamation signed by then-Mayor Joe Davis.


God continued to do His work through the school as it again grew. In the summer of 1989, a new library was constructed; in the summer of 1990, a new music room was added along with the renovation of office space; and in the spring of 1992, plans were drawn up for a new gymnasium, which was then completed in time for the fall of 1992 school year. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted full accreditation status to Westminster in December of 1991.

The next major step was in January of 1994 when the school secured $150,000 to purchase a 15-acre piece of property in Monrovia for the establishment of a satellite elementary school. In August of 1994 the Madison/Monrovia (M&M) satellite campus welcomed 64 students K, 1st & 2nd) and 3 teachers. Additional classrooms were built in succeeding summers until a complete elementary school with two sections of each grade was realized.


August of 2000 saw a second satellite school open in facilities owned by North Hills Presbyterian Church in Meridianville. Beginning with two pre-kindergarten classes and one section of 5-year-old kindergarten, this campus added a grade each year until it offered pre-K through 4th grade with a total enrollment of 60+ students. This campus was discontinued after the 2006-07 year.

In 2002 the "For the Generation to Come" capital campaign was launched enabling Westminster to purchase 42 acres of the Brockway farm at the corner of Oakwood Road and Research Park Blvd.

In 2006 the "Forward in Faith" capital campaign was unveiled with the goal of raising the funds necessary to begin construction for the new Upper School. In God's providence, the Evangel property, which had served WCA since 1981, was purchased by the Downtown Rescue Mission in the spring of 2008.

Athletic fields and site preparation on the Brockway campus proceeded from 2005 to 2008. During the summer of 2008, construction of the academic building and gymnasium commenced. Thanks to the kindness of Faith Chapel and Whitesburg Baptist Church, WCA's middle and high schools were provided temporary quarters on Pulaski Pike during the 2008-09 school year. In May of 2009, ribbon-cutting ceremonies were held for the newly finished Brockway buildings, and classes began at our new home in August of 2009.

In the spring of 2019, we dedicated our baseball/softball field complex. Our next goal is to add additional classroom space on both of our campuses. Our current enrollment surpasses 750 across two campuses, and our 2021 graduating class is our largest ever, with 93 seniors.