I was born and raised in Holland, Michigan to a family of eight children, all of whom graduated from Holland Christian. After I graduated in 1974, I attended Calvin College for two years before marrying my high school sweetheart, Steve. We have two daughters who both attended Holland Christian.
I returned to my education once my children were in school by attending Hope College. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and a minor in Youth Ministry. The most rewarding part of my education was my work with the Greek language and culture which gave me a rich background to the New Testament.
I knew I wanted to work with students, so after graduating from Hope College, I became the Youth Ministry Director at our church, Bethany CRC. I oversaw both middle and high school groups, as well as Vacation Bible School and high school catechism instruction. I especially enjoyed teaching catechism because I was able to witness students embrace the Christian faith as their own.
In 1997, I began what would be 18 years of serving in various roles at Holland Christian Middle School, including teaching 7th and 8th grade Bible, designing and managing the small group program, and coordinating the chapel program. What a blessing it was to walk beside so many middle school students on their faith journeys.
God has given me several unique experiences along the way that have informed my Bible knowledge and instruction. I was honored to be an author of the 8th grade Credo House Publishers student textbook in 2011 (I will be using this for the 7th and 8th grade Bible course.) I participated in a Biblical Archaeology Review archaeological dig in Haifa, Israel in the summer of 2013. What an experience! On that trip to the Middle East and several others, I have had the opportunity to learn about Jewish culture, visit Biblically significant historical sites, and walk where Jesus would have walked.
When I was five years old I clearly remember giving my life to Jesus Christ while swinging on the family farm swing. While singing the old hymn “I’d Rather Have Jesus” at the top of my lungs, I begged Jesus to use me for his Kingdom building (I didn’t call it that at age five) and he has both called me and equipped me to do just that! I am privileged and honored to be continuing my ministry in the Holland Christian Home School program.
I enjoy gardening, traveling, writing and visiting my grandchildren in various places.
“You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Deuteronomy 11:19