I have worked at Calvin since 1986. God has been in charge of my career path from the beginning. Out of college I fully intended to take a job offer in Tennessee when my future mother-in-law suggested I look into Calvin. I was hired to teach 8th grade Language Arts, and I had my future brother-in-law in class my first year! Along my teaching trail I have taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, American Literature A and B, College Writing, World Literature, English Literature and even Algebra B. At the middle school I have coached basketball and track. At the high school I have coached JV baseball, JV football, and I was the varsity football coach for thirteen years. In 1992 I became the Athletic Director.
I attended South Christian High School and received a B.A. degree in Education and English from Calvin College. I earned my Masters degree in Secondary Administration from M.S.U. My beautiful wife, Mary, teaches kindergarten at Grandville Christian. We have four incredible children and one son-in-law, and each one of them has had the opportunity to have a fantastic Grandville Calvin Christian education.
I am also a licensed builder and my hobby has been building houses for our family to live in. Also I love to read, watch M.S.U. sports, and work in my yard. One of my favorite passages deals with trusting God today and tomorrow. Matthew 6:19-34, especially the summation in verses 33 and 34. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”