I grew up in Cutlerville and attended Legacy Christian School (although back then it was Cutlerville Christian). I graduated from South Christian in 1996 and from Hope College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 2000. I received my Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. For much of my career, I worked in medical social work at Spectrum Health and also have experience in providing outpatient therapy. I am excited to be back at South Christian and to provide social work services to students here. My husband, Mark, and I have three children- Jenna, Levi, and Mitchell. We live in the Byron Center area and attend Friendship CRC.
Growing up in a Christian home and in Christian schools, my early life was consistently surrounded by people of faith. That faith became my own in middle school when I was truly able to make my relationship with Jesus Christ personal. Christ died for me. Through every trial and difficulty in my life, God has shown Himself to be faithful. I praise and thank Him for that.
In regards to the intersection of my faith and my work, it is completely intertwined. I believe we were created to be in a relationship with God and with others. Sin has fractured those relationships and also our own views of self and community. I believe God has called me to His kingdom work in helping individuals restore those relationships with God, others, and self. It is my prayer that each person I work with moves a bit closer to the full potential of all that God has created them to be.