Ben Ellis is a high school teacher in Nashville who loves bringing people together through song. He is currently battling an aggressive form of cancer, but continued to teach Latin and Bible studies even as he was going through chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Unfortunately he received some bad news last week and took a turn for the worse, which made it difficult for him to continue teaching. Nate Morrow is the head master at Christ Presbyterian Academy, the high school where Ellis teaches. He told CNN, “The high school principal said, ‘Ben has loved us well. Stop what you’re doing, load up the buses. We’re going to his house to worship with him.”
So 400 students boarded buses and went to Ellis’ home to sing songs of worship as he watched them from his window. The video made its way to country singer Tim McGraw who shared it on Facebook with the comment, “a friend sent this to me today. Ben Ellis is a Nashville area high school teacher battling cancer. The entire student body (400+ students plus HS faculty) drove to his house to worship with him. Our thoughts and Prayers are with him and his family….. So precious and kind.”
The emotional video of the kids singing ‘Holy Spirit You are Welcome Here’ has been viewed over 26 million times.
According to CNN, Ellis has five children who all attend the academy. One of Ellis’ colleagues also shared the moving tribute on Facebook.
“Today, on a spur of the moment decision, our entire high school (400+ students plus HS faculty) boarded busses and cars, and went to the home of Ben Ellis. Ben is a beloved teacher, a father to several of our students, a friend to all, and most importantly, a follower of Christ. Ben is one of the godliest men I know. Ben is also battling cancer, and continues to give God glory and praise in every aspect of his life. Today, Ben needed some encouragement so our HS students stood in his driveway and sang worship songs of praise with him. (Ben loves his praise and worship!!)
This is one of the many things I love about CPA..they will stop “education” for a bigger lesson..a lesson of life, of love, of compassion, of community. Today these students learned more than they would have in a classroom.
Please pray for the Ellis family.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ellis, his family, and the entire Christ Presbyterian Academy community.