Mary Doornbos

Mary Doornbos
Mary Doornbos

Bible, Sociology, Psychology

My passion for learning has been life long. I remember playing “school” before I was able to attend school.  My second grade teacher gave me a pencil that had “Calvin College” imprinted on it. Her words that echo in my mind were, “I think you are going to graduate from there and be a teacher.”

My parents never hesitated in their commitment to provide a Christian school education for their three children although it required great sacrifices on their part. They saw it as part of equipping us for a life of service in God’s Kingdom. I value what I learned at West Side Christian, Grand Rapids Christian High School, and Calvin College where I received my B.A. in education in 1981. My formal education continued at Michigan State University where I earned my M.A. in 1988.

According to some students I have been living under my desk at  Calvin Christian High School since I began teaching in 1981. It is a joy and privilege to be among students each day.

God has challenged me with the opportunity to teach Physical Education, Sociology, Psychology, US and World History, Physiology, New Testament and Church History.  One thing is true and that is that each student who walks into any one of those classrooms matters greatly to God.

I have wonderful godly parents, my dad who is in heaven and my mom who is my best friend. I have a sister who is also in heaven and the best big brother any little sister could ever hope for.

I have friends I call family and my family are my friends.

I enjoy being outside, mowing the lawn on angles, reading, helping others, traveling to Washington D.C. and Alaska and being with people who make me laugh. And I like Mickey Mouse (of course, there is a story behind that).

One of my favorite verses is: “Be still, and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10 In the rush and the noise there is nothing better than just stopping and recognizing who God is and knowing that He has all things in His loving hands. There is no place I would rather be than in His care.


Phone: 616.538.0990