I received my B.A. from Calvin College and my M.A.T. from Grand Valley State University. As a teacher, I spent my first nine years teaching English at Plymouth Christian High School, and I have been at South Christian since then. I also coached the mens’ tennis team at Cornerstone University for five years, but when I began teaching at South Christian, I made the transition to coaching the boys varsity tennis team here. I am married to Laura who works at Gordon Foods, and we have three children. As a family we love to camp, bike, and play board games together. My personal hobbies include tennis, golf and reading.
Because we live in a country where there is so much prosperity, it is easy to forget about our brokeness and our need for a loving and powerful God. This same kind of “forgetfulness” can occur as a teacher of teenagers who can be so good at putting on happy faces for those around them. But then there are those times when our brokenness is revealed. This brokeness might be revealed in a powerful testimony given by a student in chapel, or it can be seen in a subtle sigh and sideways glance from a student in class. It is at these times when the hopeful words of Isaiah 40 remind me that we serve an “everlasting God” who “gives strength to the weary” and “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Whether in word or deed, I try to remind myself and my students that Christ’s love for us – wide, long, high and deep – gives us a hope that surpasses knowledge (Ephesians 3: 18, 19).