RRC: Thank you, Mr. Glenn, for sharing how your faith is at work in the community. Was it a spiritual calling that led you to become Headmaster of Alabama Christain Academy?
GG: I have felt God’s leading in my life through every part of my journey back to Montgomery. I’ve been privileged to serve as the Head of School at Westbury Christian School in Houston and Lipscomb Academy in Nashville. But more than 30 years ago, I was teaching math and coaching students right here in Montgomery. The Lord has spent my entire career preparing me to serve back in the River Region. That spiritual calling was confirmed by Alabama Christian Academy’s Board of Directors throughout the search process in 2020. The prayers that I have shared with our Board over the last two years have cemented my belief that God has prepared me and called me to serve the families of ACA.
RRC: What are some things you see daily that reassure you that you are where God wants you to be?
GG: The ACA families are deep and caring. They don’t sit on the sidelines of their child’s life – they care about actively and genuinely raising warriors for Christ. Our teachers love the Lord. When I walk past classrooms and get to talk to our teachers during their planning periods or lunchtimes, they are most often sitting with their Bibles open or in deep conversation with others. Our campus knows that following Christ means developing life-long habits focused on loving others well, identifying the needs of those around us, creating a strong sense of belonging, and understanding the unique way that the Lord has gifted each of us.
RRC: For most of us, we find solace in our faith journey. How does your faith sustain you in continuing to dedicate yourself to your career, even when there are challenges ahead?
GG: I love working at a school. But when you work with families raising children, you get a clear picture of how hard life can be. All of us have been affected by the challenges of life. One of the greatest privileges of my career is walking alongside students and families experiencing heartache and confusion. I know the Lord uses the challenges we face to strengthen our character and soften our hearts.
RRC: For Christians who struggle to live their faith beyond the church walls, what encouragement would you give them?
GG: Our world is full of people who don’t know who they are or act differently depending upon who they are around. We teach our students that true character and authentic leadership come from knowing who God has called you to be. Once a student falls in love with the way that God has gifted them–whether they are shy or confident, serious or funny, introverted or extroverted–we want them to let that personality shine through in every environment they enter. Authenticity leads to credibility, and credibility is essential for sharing the Gospel with others.
RRC: Being a believer of Christ, there are values you live by each day. What are some of these values that you carry in your personal and professional life?
GG: I genuinely love people. I believe in honesty, and I expect everyone around me to share that same commitment. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and in a God that is actively at work. This means that I pray… a lot. I know the Lord has great blessings for our ACA families, and I want to stay sensitive to His will as ACA makes decisions.
RRC: Because your faith is a vital part of who you are as a person, how does it ground you?
GG: There’s nothing more humbling and grounding than understanding that the Gospel is true. Christ ministered on earth, died to reconcile humanity to our Creator, will reign for eternity–and he has a purpose for my life. Whenever someone genuinely understands that the Creator of the universe has a plan and a calling for each of His creations, well, that inspires me and grounds me.
Greg Glenn grew up in Miami, FL. He is a widower and was married to his high school sweetheart, Loa Glenn. They had three children; Amber, Richard, and Cody, and six grandchildren.