I am a proud graduate of Hope College where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education while majoring in Social Studies and minoring in Physical Education. While I thought I was going to be a high school teacher and coach until my retirement, the Lord had a different plan for me. I started my professional career at Hope as the Assistant Event Manager at the DeVos Fieldhouse as well as serving on Hope’s football staff as an assistant coach. Also during this time, I attended Western Michigan University as a graduate student where I received a Master’s Degree in Sports Management. Soon after graduation in 2011, I spent 18 months as the Athletic Director at Fowlerville High School then joined the South Christian community and served as the school’s Athletic Director from 2013-2020. In the fall of 2020, I had the privilege of heading back into the classroom to join the Physical Education department. I also serve as a varsity assistant coach on the Sailor football staff. My wife, Kelly, and our children, Kenlee, Gracyn, Decker, and Parker are so thankful to be a part of the wonderful community here at South Christian.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
Since God has ordained the Holy Spirit to dwell within the body of the believer, it is important that we take care of our physical bodies to the glory of God. Physical Education allows the learner to acknowledge God’s amazing Creation of the human body by encouraging the continuous development of the body’s physical abilities. Physical Education also provides a venue for teaching godly character, such as working as a member of a team, encouraging others, being gracious when one has been the “winner” and the “loser,” and doing one’s best to the glory of God.