I was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to a Christian family and grew up in Northern Michigan in the Cadillac area. I attended the Christian Reformed Church and Northern Michigan Christian Schools. I graduated from the Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI with a major in Bible and a minor in Music. I attempted to find a position on a mission field and when that didn’t work out I continued my education at Barrington College in Rhode Island now called Gordon University and earned a BA in music Education with a minor in sociology. I then began to teach in Grand Rapids at Millbrook Christian School. At the same time I attended graduate school and earned a MA in education from Michigan State University.
In 1983 we moved to Southern CA due to my husbands job and I began teaching at the Crystal Cathedral Academy. I have worked in education there except for three years when we returned to Grand Rapids where I again taught at Millbrook Christian School. When we returned to California, I again taught at Crystal Cathedral. For the past 10 years I have been the principal there which was called Shepherd’s Grove and now Trinity Christian Schools. I have taken commissioned Pastor training with Rev. Terry Nyhuis and have been commissioned as associate pastor of Church of Grace. I have now graduated with a MDiv from Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan. My husband and I reside in Mission Viejo, California and have a married daughter, Malari, a son in law Dan, and two beautiful grandchildren who live in Long Beach California.
I made a decision for Christ when I was twelve years old and have been interested in mission and church work ever since. I have been involved in evangelism for a Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, teaching Sunday School at various churches, Wednesday night Bible clubs, directing junior church choirs, church organist, directing Bible Schools, serving on evangelism committees, in cast for Glory of Christmas and Easter, greeter, elder, and a variety of other committees, etc. I am excited to serve as co-pastor at Church of Grace.