I grew up and spent my whole life in the West Michigan area. I graduated high school from Calvin Christian and went on to study Bible at Kuyper College. I graduated from Kuyper College with a double major in Bible/Theology and Ministry Leadership. After graduation, I served as the Youth Director and YoungLife Church Partner at Hager Park Reformed Church in Jenison, MI. During my time at Hager Park Church, I enjoyed substitute teaching on Fridays and being involved with YoungLife. It has been a blessing to be able to work with middle school and high school age students growing in our faith together. In my free time, I love to play sports and be active. I especially enjoy playing basketball any chance that I get. Also spending time with friends and family is important to me.
I grew up with my Dad and Grandpa both being pastors and Bible professors. I went to Christian school and attended church every Sunday. I had always known the Bible very well and who Jesus was. During my time in high school, I had truly made my commitment to having a relationship with Jesus. It was a process of moving what I knew about Jesus and the Bible from my head to my heart. I try to live my life with my relationship with Jesus at the forefront of everything that I do.
Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
As I spend time with family and friends, have conversations with students, or am just enjoying time playing basketball, I am reminded of these verses to strive to love God and love my neighbor well in every situation.