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Leah VanElderen


I grew up in Grand Rapids and attended Grand Rapids Christian High School and both Hope and Calvin Colleges. I graduated from Calvin in 1995 with a degree in Business Administration. I’m so excited to be working in Admissions at SCHS after having transferred two of my own kids here in 2019. This is a very special community and it’s my honor to walk alongside other families who are working through the transfer process. I also have been involved with Bible Study Fellowship for the past 13 years. My husband, Joel, is also a Grand Rapids Christian and Calvin graduate, and we have three kids. Our oldest is our son, Ethan, who graduated from college last year and is enjoying his job in the real world. Then we have two daughters, Anna, currently a student at Calvin University studying Secondary Education and Claire who is a freshman at Belmont University. We also have a very sweet dog named Truman.

Faith Statement

Although I have been a Christian for a long time, my faith has grown much stronger over the past 10 years as a part of Bible Study Fellowship and roles I have had in that ministry. One of my favorite verses is a familiar one – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6. Life is not always the easiest and remembering to trust that He is working all the time whether or not I can see it or feel it is so important. God never changes and is perfect in all of His attributes so knowing He is perfectly trustworthy is so comforting. No matter what happens, I love that God is not surprised by any of it and He’s in full control. It’s awesome to be able to share aspects of my faith with families who are going through the process of deciding to move their kids to a new school.

Admissions Coordinator