BOARD OF TRUSTEES

/ 2017-18 BOARD OF TRUSTEES


MR. PAUL HOEKSTRA
Paul and his wife, Jessica, have three children currently enrolled at Holland Christian. He is the President and Master Electrician at Hoekstra

Electrical Services. A member at Ridge Point Community Church, Paul has been involved in various roles including lighting, greeting, small group leader, and electrical work. “Christian education, along with a healthy home and church, will prepare our children to enter the world with a faith and trust in the Lord. Our children need to be confident in who they are in the Lord. The school can help us as parents teach the ways God wants us all to live.”

Email: paul@hoekstraelectric.net


MR. DAVID HUISMAN
David and his wife, Melanie, have four children currently enrolled at Holland Christian. A Commercial Lender at West Michigan Community

Bank, David has been involved at Holland Christian as a Business and Industry Drive volunteer and Tuition Task Force member. A member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church, David has been involved on Council as Chair or the Shepherding Deacons, Cadet counselor, and member of the Praise Team. He has served as the Board President of Community Action House. “I value Christian education because it serves as the Biblical foundation for our children to grow up learning and loving the Lord and enabling them to live for Him throughout their lives.”

Email: david.huisman@sbcglobal.net


DR. PETER KNOESTER
Peter and his wife Sara are the parents of three current Holland Christian students, twins Jonah and Aidan (6th) and Micah (2nd), and have 

been catalysts behind HCS’s diversity initiatives in the past few years. Currently an anesthesiologist with Macatawa Anesthesia in Holland, he has also served in a variety of roles at his church, Maple Avenue Ministries, as well as in a host of local Holland organizations, from soccer coach to panelist for transracial adoption groups. As an HCS board member, he enjoys the opportunity to “help create ways in which we can better live into our calling,” and connecting “with the larger Holland community so that we can listen to those in our community who may desire Christ-centered education but have never felt that HC was a place for them.”

Email: peter.knoester@gmail.com


MR. JEFF PETT
Jeff and his wife, Joyce, are the parents of three children, all HCS graduates: Jennifer, Kimberly DeJager, and Kyle. Jeff brings a unique

perspective to the board as a former high school science teacher and as a previous Director of Operations here at HCS. Currently Jeff serves as the VP of Sales & Marketing at Fleetwood Group, Inc., a job he enjoys since he gets to visit schools all over the country, and gets to help educators “create learning environments that truly facilitate 21st century learning.” Jeff is also an involved member of his church, Park CRC, where he facilitates their “Renewal Lab,” has led Sunday School, plays for the praise team, and works for their international missions groups. He most values HCS’s faith development in their students, and enjoys as a board member helping HCS become “deliberate about being more missional in serving the needs of the Holland community.”

Email: jeff.pett@gmail.com


MR. KURT RIGTERINK
Kurt and his wife, Jana have two children enrolled at Holland Christian and are members at Niekerk Christian Reformed Church. He works

in corporate finance at YFAI and has previously held similar positions at Visteon and JCI. He has served on the HC Tuition Task Force Committee and on the Niekerk Pastoral Search Committee in addition to being a regular Sunday School storyteller. “I believe it is vitally important that children spend their formative years in an education environment where each subject is taught with a Christian worldview and all actions point to Jesus Christ. I pray that is how my children spend the rest of their lives and I believe Christian education is, along with our home and church, an irreplaceable component of their foundation.”

Email: kurtrigterink@yahoo.com


MR. TODD STEEN
Todd is a professor of economics at Hope College. He and his wife Suzie are members of Park Christian Reformed Church, and they have

two children that are both graduates of Holland Christian. Todd previously served on the Board of Trustees for a total of 12 years, including four years as board president from 2006-2010. He currently serves as managing editor of the academic journal Christian Scholar’s Review. “The education at Holland Christian proclaims God’s Lordship over all areas of our life, and helps students to find their calling in the Kingdom,” Todd says.

Email: steen@hope.edu


MR. CHAD STEENWYK
Chad Steenwyk and his wife, Rachel, are parents of three Holland Christian students: Elleh (9th ), Henry (7th ), and Leo (5th ), and are members

at Central Avenue Christian Reformed Church, where Chad has been the full-time co-pastor since 2004. Besides serving in a variety of teaching and leading roles as church pastor, Chad also is the chair of the Classis Holland CRCNA Executive Team. In the past he served as president of the CRCNA Loan Fund Board, the Calvin Theological Seminary Student Senate, and was on the Holland Chamber of Commerce Small Business Committee. Chad initially worked in commercial banking for seven years, finishing as Assistant Vice President for AmeriBank before he switched careers to the ministry. He is an involved parent at Holland Christian, and has “strong leadership abilities, is reflective, patient, and is excellent at working in a team.” He brings a passion for Christian education from a Reformed perspective, and has a “passionate commitment to faith and development of the whole student.” In particular, he desires to explore how the home, church, and school can work together in more significant and effective ways for Christ’s glory.

Email: pastorchad@centralavecrc.org


DR. DEBORAH VANDUINEN
Deborah and her husband, Jon, are the parents of four Holland Christian students: Claire (8th), David (6th), Jacob (4th), and Eli (2nd). A former

HCHS English teacher, Deb joined the Hope College faculty in 2010 as Assistant Professor of Education, where she focuses on the areas of English education, disciplinary literacy, and adolescent literacy. She is the chair of Hope’s secondary education team, founder of Hope’s Education Department research colloquies, as well as of Hope College’s faculty-student young adult literature book club. She has been on the board of editors for Perspectives, a journal of Reformed thought, since 2012. Last spring she was honored by the Michigan Read Association (MRA) for her work as the program director of the Big Read Holland Area, the community-wide reading program that takes place each November. Deb and her family are active members of Third Reformed Church, where Deb currently serves on the worship committee. She endorses Holland Christian Schools as passionately committed to the “faith and development of the whole student,” while understanding that “the Christian faith is not just for the sanctuary, but for education culture, and the arts.”

Email: vanduinen@hope.edu


MR. BILL VELDBOOM
Bill and his wife, Linda, have two children enrolled at Holland Christian and are members at Calvary Christian Reformed Church. He has more

than 20 years of leadership team experience including strategy development, budgetary oversight, and accountability. Bill is employed as Operations Manager at Rua Associates. He works well in collaborative team settings and enjoys the process of developing solutions. As an active member of the church, Bill has taught Sunday School and been a member of church council. Bill has also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Rose Park events, and coached girls’ soccer. Born and raised in a Dutch immigrant Christian home where Christian education was a part of his upbringing, Bill believes that “as we change our learning systems, we need to be mindful that our focus is on cultivating minds and shaping hearts for God. A Christ centered education is critical for a firm foundation, particularly in today’s culture. I think it is essential that our school community be exemplary in its witness and impact on the greater Holland community.”

Email: bill.veldboom@gmail.com


MRS. SUSAN VROEGOP
Susan is a graduate of Grand Rapids Christian Schools, Calvin College, and Vanderbilt School of Law. Susan and her husband, Eric, are parents

to one current Holland Christian student, and one alumnus, and are members of Providence Christian Reformed Church. At Holland Christian, Susan is involved with the Education Committee. An attorney at Cunningham Dalman PC, Susan has served in leadership roles on other Boards including the Greater Holland United Way and Turning Pointe School of Dance. Susan has been involved at her church on the Women’s Ministry Team and Children’s Ministry Team. “Today, with families facing more and more challenges, and with church membership on the decline, it is more important than ever to continue providing a Christ-focused and academically rigorous education to students at Holland Christian, one of three partners in the home-school-church connection, which is why I serve on the Board of Holland Christian Schools,” Susan says.

Email: vroegop@comcast.net


MR. CHRIS WIERDA
Chris and his wife, Laurie, have three children currently enrolled at Zeeland Christian and Holland Christian Schools. They are members

of Ridge Point Community Church. Chris is employed by Vanderhyde Ford and has been involved at Holland Christian and Zeeland Christian in various roles including: coaching, supporting various athletic teams, and participating in various fundraising activities, including the annual auctions. Chris has also served for two terms on the Board of Trinity Christian College. He has a passion for Christian education and a desire to see it thrive in today’s world. He also desires Christian education to be available for all who desire it, saying, “I value Christian education because it reinforces the values that we are instilling in the children God has entrusted to our care.”

Email: cwierda@vanderhydeford.net