Northwestern Alumnus Named Head of School at New Life Academy
November 7—Cade Lambert, a 2000 graduate of Northwestern College, has been named Head of School for New Life Academy (NLA) in Woodbury, Minn. He began the job in July, following seven years as principal and coach at Des Moines Christian School in Iowa.
An enthusiastic supporter of Christian education, Lambert was drawn to the role “because New Life is positioned uniquely to have major impact on Christian education,” he said. “The heart they [faculty, staff and families] have for Christian education was strong—the challenge of being a part of that was too hard to pass up.”
As an educator, Lambert is passionate about helping students find their calling. “When you buy into the belief that God has a calling for your life and realize education is more than just about making money—when you have a calling, it is just unbelievable what God can do with that,” he said.
The invitation to lead NLA came from “out of the blue” yet wasn’t a complete surprise in the context of what God was doing in his life, according to Lambert. “I was really driven in my work yet felt convicted that maybe I was driving a little too hard,” he reflected. “I don’t believe in passivity but I needed to be careful about being a self-made man and hard driver. Once I let this go to the Lord, He just threw the opportunity in my life.”
As a student at Northwestern, Lambert had “a phenomenal experience—absolutely life changing,” and credits the college with helping lay a foundation for where he is today. “Northwestern trained me to pursue a calling and gave a type of education that wasn’t just facts, but wisdom.”
Lambert has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Northwestern College (Minn.) and a master’s in educational administration from Iowa State University. He lives in Woodbury with his wife, Jennifer (Maier ’00) and three children (with one on the way).
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