Your new Chaplain, Jake Tassy, here. I’d like to introduce myself to all you WCCS friends, families, and students and let you know why I’m so excited to be here!
First of all, let me tell you a little bit about me and my family (because we’re a packaged deal)!
I am a follower of Jesus. I love to talk about God’s Word. I enjoy family. I married up (for sure) to the new WCCS high school administrative assistant, Katie Tassy. We’ve been put in the same office space so we can tag team when needed. We have enjoyed 25 years of marriage and are still going strong with Jesus’ help. 17 of those years we lived in Charlotte. The last 8 we lived in Ecuador and then Kansas City, Kansas. We have three children all born in Charlotte. Stephen just graduated from NC State, Jenna is currently at John Brown University in Arkansas, and Micah will be a Sophomore here at WCCS! Together, we have been involved in Education, Family, and Youth Ministry for over 30 years. Katie and I have loved all of the stages of our family growth. That’s probably why we love working with families.
"I believe God has called our family here..."
I believe God has called our family here, and I’d love to share a little bit of our journey in answering this call with my new WCCS friends and families. You might even be wondering what a Chaplain’s role is in a school environment, so I’ll share my thoughts on that as well!
When considering whether or not this position was for me, I came across this quote, “The chaplain role is a crucial one in terms of setting and overseeing the spiritual tone within the school. The chaplain is responsible for actively engaging students and staff in developing the Christian/Spiritual culture of the school.”
Now, when I read that, I said to myself… “Self, can you really do that?” And then I went, “Ah, Nope! Not without the Holy Spirit’s help.” To tell you the truth, when I took in the job description from Scott Dillon, my wife, Katie, and I reviewed it, and I told him “No” at first.
My initial “No” had nothing to do with the job description. It was more about all the realistic parts that came with this kind of position. Realities mixed in with perceptions can simply be messy in a school community. Teachers, families, and students each have their own ideas about the responsibilities of a school chaplain.
But, after some heavy persistence, pursuit, and prayer, Katie and I began to see God’s hand was indeed moving our family to WCCS. We love education both inside and outside the school walls. My degree is Elementary Education, and I have learned a lot through many environments. We love the “Ah-Ha” (good, bad, and ugly) moments when Jesus does His things in and through students and their families, and I’m excited to experience A LOT of those moments at WCCS.
I am an exhorter and a bridge builder. There is already a solid team here, and from what I know so far, a community that likes being with each other. I plan on being a listener and a learner this first year, especially.
Here are a few things I am hoping you will get from the guy who is now your WCCS Chaplain.
Spiritual support of both staff and families
Chapel development on both campuses
Making of connections with local youth and family pastors for additional support
Developing of students into disciples throughout grades
Presentations of the gospel that are never boring or dry
Lastly, I love to help make the “climate and atmosphere” of any environment simply be joyful. Honestly, I’m not sure all God has for me in this Chaplain seat for the WCCS community. What I do know is that when students grab hold of the Gospel, it affects everything. I’m living testimony of this. God is never surprised by anything and DOES do impossible things.
Pray for our family as we join in here. We count it a great privilege and task to help bring Biblical grace & truth, which will motivate us all to love and good deeds. There is no greater thing to live for today, and to see our children walking in the truth. So let’s go be and make some disciples! I can’t wait to meet you all.