Happy New Year!
January 2023 Monthly Memo

Dear MPCS Family,

We are off to a great start for the second half of the 2022-2023 school year! After a time of rest and celebrating with family over the Christmas break, I find it so energizing to start a new semester and see the many smiling faces of our students as they reconnect with friends and teachers.

It's my prayer that from now through May (and beyond), our school community continues to grow in our personal relationships with Jesus; that we continue to love one another; and that we remain intentional about extending grace and showing hospitality to all we encounter, be it classmates or colleagues, visitors to campus, other schools' sports teams, or prospective families who hope to join our community. As we do so, our impression upon those around us has the potential to be far reaching and eternal. A community of grace is ever impactful.

I also want to encourage you to read my blog posted for the new year. As you know, MPCS is a covenant school. As a result, I believe it is beneficial to refresh ourselves on what it really means to be covenantal and why it’s so important to our mission. Not only does this come into play through admission when accepting mission-fit families into our community, but it is also the lens through which we "do school" and "do life together" each and every day. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold our Faith Statement and will hold students, parents, faculty, and staff accountable. This sometimes involves hard conversations and tough decisions, but staying true to being faithful followers of Jesus is our ultimate goal. As you re-commit to MPCS for the 2023-2024 school year during this time of “Eagle-versaries,” you’ll find an opportunity to re-read our covenantal Statement of Faith. 

We are a part of something very special here at MPCS. God has blessed us beyond all we could ask or imagine. Thank you for being an integral part of our community; it's a privilege to lead and learn alongside you. Happy New Year!

Soli Deo Gloria,

Tim


JUST LEARNING ABOUT MPCS?

THANK YOU for taking a few minutes to visit the Mount Paran Christian School website. MPCS is a special place, as I am sure you will see throughout the pages of this site. Founded in 1976, Mount Paran Christian School serves families from the greater Atlanta area, seeking to develop servant-leaders who will honor God, love others, and walk in Truth.

As you will learn, MPCS stands out in several ways:

  • We are distinctly Christian and pleased to partner with families and churches in the development of the minds and hearts of students.
  • We are a covenant school, remaining steadfast in our commitment to partner with parents to deliver an exemplary, Christian education.
  • Our students are spectacular! They are scholars. They are athletes. They are artists. Driven to succeed inside and outside of the classroom, our graduates have become college professors, Major League Baseball players, and Broadway performers. They are also committed fathers, mothers, and Christians. They are influencing countless sectors throughout the world.
  • Our faculty are the heart of all we do. They are committed intellectuals, researchers, and practitioners. Above all, they love students, their subject matter, and God and are committed to the success of every student.
  • Our programs – academic, athletic, and artistic – prepare students to flourish and to excel in college and the workplace, for a lifetime of impact for all of eternity.
  • Our campus and facilities are unparalleled. MPCS is home to world-class academic, arts, and athletic facilities.

I encourage you to come for a visit, arrange a tour, and witness all the exciting things happening on campus and within the lives of our students. We look forward to serving you and toward the possibility of you joining the MPCS family!


GET TO KNOW DR. TIM WIENS
  • About Dr. Tim Wiens
    Tim Wiens has spent the past 30 years in K-12 schools and higher education, where he has served as a history teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, head of school, and college professor. Dr. Wiens earned …  More
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    About Dr. Tim Wiens

    Tim Wiens has spent the past 30 years in K-12 schools and higher education, where he has served as a history teacher, coach, dean of students, assistant principal, head of school, and college professor. Dr. Wiens earned a B.A. and M.Ed. from Bethel University, an M.B.A. from the University of Oxford Said Business School, and a doctorate from Saint Mary's University. Dr. Wiens is a member of the Southern Heads Association. He and his wife, Katie, reside in Kennesaw with their son Eliot, and their Great Danes.

  • What is your favorite book of all time?
    I have several favorite books from different genres. Clearly the Bible has to be at the top of the list. You simply cannot beat the Word of God! I am also a fan of all things C.S. Lewis and love The Abolition of Man. Two…  More
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    What is your favorite book of all time?

    I have several favorite books from different genres. Clearly the Bible has to be at the top of the list. You simply cannot beat the Word of God! I am also a fan of all things C.S. Lewis and love The Abolition of Man. Two other books I really love are Putting Amazing Back Into Grace by Michael Horton and The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinnis. I love to read, so I could list many more, but I will leave it at those four. 

  • When you were in K-12 schools, what did you want to be when you grew up?
    In all honesty, my teachers would have laughed if you would have told them I was going to be a head of school. I really wanted to be a professional basketball player, but you’ve seen me - 5’11” and slow…  More
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    When you were in K-12 schools, what did you want to be when you grew up?

    In all honesty, my teachers would have laughed if you would have told them I was going to be a head of school. I really wanted to be a professional basketball player, but you’ve seen me - 5’11” and slow is not a good combination for the profession. So, when I went to college, I majored in psychology, thinking I would become a clinical psychologist. God has a good sense of humor, and here I am!

  • What programs do you enjoy binging?
    My favorite TV shows of all time include Seinfeld, Moonlighting, The Wonder Years, and Ed. When I stream content, it is usually sermons by Matt Chandler, Tim Keller, or the podcast The White Horse Inn.  
  • What three people (either living or from history) would you invite to a dinner party with you and your family and why?
    I would invite my dad, who has been in heaven since 2008; my mom, who, like me, would simply give anything to be with my dad for one more dinner; and Jesus, because the Wiens family loves Jesus. I also would like to add …  More
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    What three people (either living or from history) would you invite to a dinner party with you and your family and why?

    I would invite my dad, who has been in heaven since 2008; my mom, who, like me, would simply give anything to be with my dad for one more dinner; and Jesus, because the Wiens family loves Jesus. I also would like to add John Wooden to the feast, as he is a personal hero of mine. I know that’s four, but I am hoping you’ll make an exception for me.

  • What music have you been listening to recently? Favorite album of all time?
    I am a big fan of 80s music, but have really eclectic musical tastes (rock, 80s rappers like Run DMC and Beastie Boys, U2, Journey, and have even gotten into some country music since moving to Atlanta). I recently attend…  More
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    What music have you been listening to recently? Favorite album of all time?

    I am a big fan of 80s music, but have really eclectic musical tastes (rock, 80s rappers like Run DMC and Beastie Boys, U2, Journey, and have even gotten into some country music since moving to Atlanta). I recently attended a Billy Joel concert at Madison Square Garden in NYC. It was pretty cool. When I need to get work done, I usually put on my ear buds and listen to Baroque music. I can get in a zone with some good stringed classical music playing.

  • What makes you most excited about the future of at Mount Paran Christian School?
    First, let me say that I believe I am the most fortunate (blessed) person in the world in that I get to work at MPCS with the best group of educators and most amazing families. What we have here is truly special. What I …  More
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    What makes you most excited about the future of at Mount Paran Christian School?

    First, let me say that I believe I am the most fortunate (blessed) person in the world in that I get to work at MPCS with the best group of educators and most amazing families. What we have here is truly special. What I am most excited about is the initiative we have implemented to “double down on Jesus.” There is nothing more important than for our students to leave our hallowed halls with an understanding that we were created in the image of God, to glorify God. If they leave understanding what the Westminster Shorter Confession states is our “Grand Obligation: To glorify God and enjoy him forever,” I believe they will flourish in every aspect of life.

DrTim_Wiens_new_headshot_.jpg“It is the role of the Christian school to join with the family, church, and community and to provide young people with a superior education, preparing the total person—mind, body, and spirit—for life and service in a diverse and changing world.” 

- Dr. Timothy P. Wiens, Head of School

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WingTips is an MPCS blog presented by Dr. Tim Wiens. Read "Why Independent School," as well as other Christian educational thought-leadership in recent articles, guest student posts, and blog series.