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John Hendrikse


I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a BA in Secondary Education specializing in History and Political Science. In 2010, I deployed to Iraq with the Michigan National Guard for a year as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After I returned, my wife Leanne and I moved to Arizona where I taught History at a boarding school. We spent three years at The Orme School, located in the high desert region (directly between Phoenix and Flagstaff). We’ve enjoyed making our home back in Grand Rapids within this community after returning in 2014.  I was raised in Grand Rapids and this Christian community has been vital in shaping my life as a disciple. I hope to succeed as an educator in promoting continued discipleship for young men and women in this community. We live in Cutlerville and have two children, David and Annalise, who attend Legacy Christian. We attend Calvin Church in Grand Rapids.

Faith Statement

I believe in Reformed theology and the scriptures are my roadmap for life and guide my personal faith in Jesus Christ. This is the foundation for how I see everything in God’s world. I often fail in carrying out the discipleship of Jesus Christ in my life, but am steadfast in working to “seek justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” At South, this starts in the classroom but extends far beyond that.

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