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WMC’s Online Event and Auction is LIVE

Fellowship in the Family Room is LIVE now!

Dear WMC Family,

Welcome to Fellowship in the Family Room —  we’re glad you could make it!

We pray you are healthy and safe at home. The Lord has this situation and all of us in His mighty hands!

It’s unfortunate that we cannot gather in person this year, but be confident that the heart behind the mission and vision of WMC is beating stronger than ever!

To financially support this effort, click on any gold DONATE NOW buttons (like the one below) or mail your gift to WMC at 455 E Ellis, Muskegon MI 49441.

Now, let’s have some FUN!

Western Michigan Christian School Principal, Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. prepared a welcome video for you:

Pastor Samuel Greer Jr. welcomes the WMC community and has a word for you!

🎶Let’s Start with a Smooth Jam

We’re excited to bring you “5.4 on the Richter Scale” by Larry Neeck and delighted to introduce these Warrior hip cats!

Ladies, and gentlemen, the WMC Jazz Band!

Led by Nick DeBone, it’s our honor to present to you the WMC Jazz Band! 

Warrior Voices

We have three very special guest speakers lined up for you.

These particular individuals were asked to share the impact that WMC has had on their lives.

These stories are the living breathing mission of WMC that happens under our roof, on the soccer field, and in far-off nations.

Enjoy! 

Audrey Markel teaches middle school math and Bible at WMC.
She shares her testimony of working at WMC and how it’s shaped her life.
Kaitlynn Summerfield is a 2019 WMC graduate WHO stretched her faith and traveled far and wide as a missionary to share the Gospel and serve others. She embodies the mission and vision of WMC!
David J. Hulings, WMC boys and girls varsity soccer coach, MHSAA Coach of the Year 2020, author and speaker, has been providing inspirational and instructive leadership to Western Michigan Christian School for over 30 years.

🎶A Choral Concert Just For You

Folks, you’re in for another treat tonight!

Enjoy this feast for the ears and the soul led by Katherine Becksvoort. 

We’re proud to bring you the gifted students of the WMC Chamber, Men’s and Women’s Choirs!

Enjoy!

The WMC Chamber Choir sings “As Torrents in Summer” by Edward Elgar
The WMC Chamber Choir sings “Where Your Bare Foot Walks” by David N. Childs.
The WMC Women’s Choir sings “Carrickfergus” arranged by Sean Ivory.
The WMC Men’s Choir sings “Bound for Jubilee” by Joyce Eilers.
The WMC Woman’s Choir sings “Cantate Domino” by Heinrich Schutz.

Closing Thoughts from Pastor Greer

A final word and request of our WMC community from Pastor Samuel Greer, Jr. 

Time to BID! 

WMC has partnered with ClickBid once again this year for our online auction. Bid with confidence with a secure connection!

How do you log in?

The PRIVATE AUCTION WEBSITE LINK was emailed to you on April 1 and 2 from WMC.

No email? Please email Scott Liggett ASAP.

Once you get to the WMC Fellowship in the Family Room ClickBid website, follow these steps:
Step 1 – Click the “Register Now” button. If you created a ClickBid account last year, simply login with your phone number or email.
Step 2 – Fill in the necessary information
Step 3 – You will be assigned a bidder number and will be ready to place bids

NOTE: We’ve chosen to scale back this portion of the fundraiser as we are transition away from a traditional auction. 

The auction portion of this event will end on April 7 at 9:00 pm.

Happy bidding! 

Special thanks to all of our wonderful event sponsors

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Green Machine is the WMC Student Spirit Club for Students

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord

Green Machine is a school spirit squad that allows WMC students to support athletes in various school sporting events all year long. The club is always looking for loud and proud Warriors that enjoy lifting others up…and don’t mind wearing a little GREEN & WHITE face paint!

Sporting full face paint, sophomore Isaiah Barco-Morales waves during a time-out.

The student-run group meets weekly and coordinates the themes for upcoming games, the cheers and what games will be played pep rallies. The duties are delegated and everyone works together to make it happen! 

Jersey night at WMC.

One of the fun parts about Green Machine is the variety of jobs that are involved in the club:

  • lead students in cheers
  • poster maker
  • social media poster
  • gym decorator
  • spokesperson at events
  • Warrior flag runner
  • T-shirt launcher
  • Video Editing & Graphic Design

The 2020 Green Machine Seniors started a Featured Warrior Athlete video series this year. Here are the interviews:

“Being a part of Green Machine gives you a chance to connect with peers of all grade levels in a way that you usually don’t get a chance to in class,” shares Senior Chloe Mitchell and Green Machine member.  

Senior Grace Vanbeeks cheers on the Warriors.

WMC middle schoolers and our elementary feeder school students have their own Mini-Green Machine spot right next to the high schoolers, so they can join the fun and be a part of the WMC Community even before they get to high school. 

WMC Green Machine’s Senior Isaiah Visker enjoys Mini-Green Machiner Owen Annema (from Grand Haven Christian School) at a Warrior basketball game.

“Little ones have a blast at Warrior games,” explained Senior Grace VanBeek and Green Machine member. “We love seeing them come dressed in Warrior gear or for a theme night. It makes it a fun event for the whole community!” Encouraging, supporting and helping is a fun way to live out true Authentic Biblical Community!   


WMC grads like Anna Sytsema (2019 grad) often visit Warrior Gym to join the Green Machine fun!

But Green Machine is not for the reserved or quiet types. Being loud enough so that the competing sports teams can hear is key in this club. 

So if you are a student who is good at getting people excited about what you are excited about, SIGN UP to apply for your spot on Green Machine, next year! 

Senior Luke Moorhead leads Green Machine!

W – A – R – R – I – O – R – S !!!!!

PHOTOGRAPHY BY RANDY

A heartfelt THANK YOU to Randy Riksen who shoots our games for local sports media outlets and always shares with us. Grateful for you Randy!

If you want to purchase any of his photos please CONTACT HIM directly.

WMC Yearbook Club 2019-’20

As a student at Western Michigan Christian, there are many extracurricular activities that students can get involved with. These students (pictured above) work all year to create the yearbooks for all WMC students.

From left to right:  Ms. Van Wyhe, Tes Schipma, Tori Zuber, Katie Olsen, Olivia Brower, Olivia Kuiper.  Not pictured Yearbook Club Members: Anh Lan Nguyen, Kim Nguyen, Mallorie Holub, Michelle Johnson, Thy Uyen Pham, and Isabel Post. 

The WMC 2020 Yearbook Club includes eleven students who have been working since September 2019 to make the yearbook.  Students of all class levels work together to function as event photographers, copywriters, reporters, graphic designers, editors. “We identify each person’s gifts and then assign tasks accordingly or they just gravitate to what they like. It’s a group effort,” explains Miss VanWyhe, the WMC Yearbook Club coordinator. 


Randy Riksen captures Katie Olsen at work for the yearbook.

The yearbook’s theme this year is Authentic Biblical Community and the girls have been working hard to create a book that shares WMC’s story in God’s story. 

Tes Schipma has worked on the WMC yearbook since her freshman year.

What I like the most is designing the book in new and different ways. I have learned that you need a team to get all the work done and done well. And it’s much more fun to work on it with friends. With Ms.Van Wyhe as the leader now, we are experimenting creative ways to make the yearbook a bit more complex and entertaining to look through,” shared Tes Schipma, WMC Senior. 

The yearbooks will be available to purchase online at Balfour.com after April 20, 2020 for $42. 

Interested in JOINING Yearbook Club for the next year?  EMAIL US!  

Student Teaching Opportunity for WMC Robotics Club Students

Warrior Students Teach at Alma Mater Grand Haven Christian School

By Ryan Bradford-Royle, WMC Senior

Earlier this winter, Jacob Tejchma, Alex Miller, and I had an opportunity to teach a robotics class at Grand Haven Christian School. The students were middle schoolers just like we were just a few years ago. They were doing their Winterim classes and Mr. B (Mark Brondyke) asked us to teach a class.

The best part about our team was that we all had our areas to teach. Alex used our Raspberry Pi chips from WMC to teach the boys about programming.

Jacob helped the boys with putting the robots together and fixing assembly issues.

And I taught the boys CAD (computer-aided design) so we could 3D print their own custom parts to make their robots unique. They could make scoops and plows for the balls but some boys decided to design flippers to sabotage the other team.

We designed games for the students that used different aspects of their robot and programming skills, then played tons of games with them.

Jacob, Alex, and I had a great time sharing our knowledge with this class. We were so happy to have this opportunity and hope the boys learned a lot and had a ton of fun.

If you are a WMCS feeder school and you are interested in a Robotics camp taught at your school this summer, CONTACT US.

Western Michigan Christian’s Sound of Music 2020

Filling the Halls of WMC with the Sound of Music

This year the WMC Theater department brought Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music to life in West Michigan. With a cast of twenty-five, the production had three shows with opening night on March 6th, 2020 followed by a matinee and evening performance the next day.

Our cast was lead by Ashley Erdman as Maria Rainer, David Clausing, as Captain Georg von Trapp, Trinity Nelson as Baroness Schraeder, Luke Hanes as Max Detwiler, and Michaela Faith, Jonathan Williams, Jessica & Maria Eenigenberg (WMC students) Ezra Foreman, Sadie Menefee, and Emma Cuti (Muskegon Christian School students) as the von Trapp Children.

The musical score was performed by a live orchestra under the direction of everyone’s favorite maestro, Philip David DeYoung. The twist this year was that the orchestra was not in a pit, but rather, secluded behind the set on stage.

The production was auditioned and cast in December of 2019 with auditions open to all students that attend the five-school WMCS member school family. Rehearsals commenced as soon as the students returned from Christmas break as is the annual tradition.

“Theatre has the unique ability to teach. It teaches us that everyone belongs and everyone has a place in our world. Theatre teaches empathy and understanding for other’s situations it also teaches public speaking, self-confidence, and quick thinking skills all-important to thrive in our social world. Though it is always a struggle to get participants and support for our theatre program at WMC we have some of the most dedicated students, and families involved. They truly represent some of the best the school has to offer in academics, artistry, and character and is the biggest reason to return year after year,” explained show director Jason Bertoia who has been leading WMC musical theater for twelve years. 

WMC High School Sports Winter Round-up 2019-2020

Girls Basketball

The “Great Eight!”

That pretty much describes this year’s WMC girls basketball team.

Their roster was small – eight girls – but their work ethic was huge! And their season was a big success!

District Champs! PC: Randy Riksen Photography

The Warriors finished their season with a 17-7 record.  Good for second place in the Lakes Eight Conference, finishing with a league record of 8-2.

And they won the district tournament at Warrior Gym by defeating Fennville, North Muskegon and Saugatuck.

This is the way WMC coach Jeremy Goorman described his team after their regional loss to Ithaca:

“The Warriors play so hard and never give up.  I am so proud of this team and its district championship.  We improved immensely from the beginning of the year until now.  We started the year 1-3 and finished 17-7.  What a success!

 “I am going to miss the defensive trio of seniors Kayla Johnson, Esther Hartley, and Peyton Allen.  They provided positive leadership and were always ready to work at practice.  It will be very difficult to lose such quickness and hustle.

“I am sure the girls who will be returning will learn from them and put in the work necessary to continue what we started.”  

Junior Taylor Folkema had a great season and was voted the number one player in the conference.  She averaged 19. 5 points, 4.5 steals, 6 rebounds.  

Junior Taylor Folkema had a great season and was voted the number one player in the conference. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

Sophomore Kyla Wiersema was also voted as first-team all-conference while averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds.

Sophomore Kyla Wiersema voted 1st Team All-Conference. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

“The girls had a goal of winning this district from the beginning of the year and worked their tails off to accomplish their goal.  Winning a class C district is a reward that not many WMC girls teams have accomplished,” coach Goorman said.

The girls had a goal of winning this district from the beginning of the year and worked their tails off to accomplish their goal.  Winning a class C district is a reward that not many WMC girls teams have accomplished

Varsity Boys Basketball

Well, members of the boys basketball team can tell their kids and grandkids that they went undefeated in the state tournament in 2020! (After winning conference and first two games of districts, playoffs were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Pictured left to right: Isaac Parker (JR), Mason Goorman (SO), Kellen Mitchell (SO), Owen Varnado (SO), Brandon Fles (SR), Jake Betten (SR), Michael Tencate (JR), Brevin Byrne (SR), Nick Moser (SR), Micah Terhaar (JR), Devin Bartee (SO), and Brekken Fairfield (JR).
-Photo credit Randy Riksen Photography.

The Warriors opened the district tournament with wins over Holton and White Cloud.

Sophomore Kellen Mitchell named 1st Team All-Conference. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

They were set to play Kent City for the district championship at Ravenna when the state pulled the plug on the state tournament due to the Coronavirus.

Overall Record: 17 – 5

Lakes 8 Conference Record: 8 – 2 (Co-Conference Champions) First time ever

Only lost one home game all year. 

“We started the 2019-2020 season with a lot of optimism,” WMC varsity coach Kurt Gruppen said.  We had two returning sophomores that gained valuable experience on the varsity team last year as freshmen. 

Sophomore Owen Varnado named 1st Team All-Conference. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

“Our seniors just finished winning a soccer state championship.  The juniors were working hard to figure out where they fit after a nice 2018-2019 season on the junior varsity team.  We came out of the gate with a lot of energy at practices and handled our first two opponents with relative ease.” 

Senior Brandon Fles named 2nd Team All-Conference. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

“Our schedule toughened up a bit after that and we experienced some adversity.  We had a nice win at home against a solid North Muskegon team. We avenged an early-season loss to Ludington by beating them at home in a crucial conference game.” 

Sophomores Kellen Mitchell who averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and Owen Varnado, who averaged 13.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, both earned Lakes 8 All-Conference first-team recognition while Brandon Fles, who averaged 6.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, was named to the second team. 

On February 19 the varsity boys basketball team hosted the second annual United Basketball Game at WMC.  They worked with the Orchard View Special Olympics team and WMC’s Senior Sawyer Arkema to make the event a success. 

 “It’s always a great way to bring our community and school together,” coach Gruppen said.

WATCH the annual Special Olympics United Basketball Game Fox17 news coverage. READ the Grand Haven Tribune‘s coverage.

Competitive Cheer

 The WMC competitive cheer team posted many successes this year.

Under the direction of second-year coach Maddie Heffron, a former member of the Warrior cheer team, the sport saw the number of athletes nearly triple in numbers since last year.

“This season we had a good mix of all grade levels,” coach Heffron said. “Seeing the girls grow and become so close with one another was one of my favorite parts!

Champions at the Spring Lake Invitational PC: Randy Riksen Photography

“Since I took this position as head coach last year, I have always said that my number one goal was for the girls to ‘Love God & love each other’ -They did just that. These girls have such passion for Christ and to share that same love with others.

“Once at a meet, a team that had not had the greatest night was really bummed. I hadn’t even noticed,but our girls had walked over to that team during awards, sat with them and encouraged them. It wasn’t until that team’s coach approached me and thanked me for having such kindhearted girls.

“I can’t take credit for that, but I am so proud of the Godly women and athletes they have and continue to become. Being able to have a part in their lives is one of the greatest gifts.

“The team was split right down the middle, five brand new girls and five returning girls, yet they still continued to amaze me. With each meet this season, the girls only continued to improve and break seasonal records!

Warriors perform at regionals. PC: Randy Riksen Photography

 “One of the greatest accomplishments for them this year was when we competed at Spring Lake High School. Going in the girls had never competed against these schools. There were no expectations going in because we didn’t really know what the other teams looked like or how they were scoring.

“I just told them to have fun and give it their all. As the only D4 team at the competition, these ladies came out on top; First place, beating eight other big-name schools in the area!”

Two weeks later, they competed at NorthPointe Christian in the 2020 Districts, getting 4th place and advancing to Regionals.

“The girls have worked hard, gave it their all, and pushed through literal blood, sweat and tears.

“Overall, it was both a challenging and growing season for the team. I am excited to see what they have to bring next year! 

I just told them to have fun and give it their all. As the only D4 team at the competition, these ladies came out on top; First place, beating eight other big-name schools in the area!

Bowling

The WMC Bowling team wrapped up a very successful season, perhaps the best season in WMC’s short history.  Led by seniors Gabe Gauthier, Trent Gauthier, and Logan Pollack, the Warriors finished in 2nd place behind undefeated Ravenna in both the GMAA and Coastal Conferences and the team narrowly missed out on a trip to Lansing for the State Tournament.  

Coach Jeff Schipper with senior bowlers from L-R: Logan Pollack, Paul Boik, Gabe Gauthier and Trent Gauthier.

Individually, Jamel Williams was named 1st Team All-Conference with a 184 average.  At the Regional Tournament, Trent Gauthier, Paul Boik, and Gabe Gauthier all placed in the Top 10 which awarded them with an invitation to the State Tournament in Lansing on March 7.  At State, Trent rolled a 268 which was the top individual game in the tournament and finished in 30th place overall.  Gabe finished in 15th overall with an average of 189.33.

First-year coach Jeff Schipper, WMC’s Guidance Counselor, anticipates another strong team next year.  Schippper notes, “We have six strong Juniors coming back, as well as a number of underclassmen, and we have a very strong anchor bowler in Jamel Williams.  Next year could be the year we take down Ravenna for the first time, and we have a very strong chance to qualify for the team State meet.  I’m also privileged to have Gabe Gauthier return as my assistant next year to help develop our younger bowlers with their games.”

Junior Jamel Williams was named 1st Team All-Conference.

Junior Jamel Williams was named to the all-conference first team.

We have six strong Juniors coming back, as well as a number of underclassmen, and we have a very strong anchor bowler in Jamel Williams.  Next year could be the year we take down Ravenna for the first time, and we have a very strong chance to qualify for the team State meet.

Boys Swim Team

The 2019-2020 boys Greater Muskegon Swin Team co-op saw many struggles and many positive improvements during the season.  

WMC’s David Clausing (3rd from left) and Braylon Carney (3rd from right.)

Despite only having nine swimmers, two of which from WMC, the Frogmen swam with a lot of pride, heart and, dedication, coach Mick Homan said.

 “The team never let being outnumbered detour them from going out and giving it their all each meet,” coach Homan said.  “The Frogmen always raced to the end in every race, and never gave up!”  

The team finished the season 1-9 in dual swim meets and finished 6th at the OK Rainbow Swim Conference Meet.  At the OK Rainbow Conference Meet, the Frogmen swam to a season-high 43 personal record swims.  “A great end to a tough season!”

“Thank you, gentleman, for all your hard work, dedication, commitment, and support!! Thank you all for coming together and working as one. Thank you for pushing yourselves and your teammates all season long toward all your goals and great accomplishments! I am truly honored and blessed to be able to be a part of this team!  You are amazing and wonderful young men and I am so proud of each of you!” shared Coach Homan.

“No Doubts – No Limits” “FROGMEN!”

Senior David Clausing (WMC), Team Captain

  • 2020 Academic All-State 3.87 GPA
  • 2020 Academic All American   3.87 GPA

OK Rainbow Conference Meet:

  1. B 200 Medley Relay 12th
  2. 50 Free    16th    26.04    Personal Record Swim
  3. 100Free  16th     58.95    Personal Record Swim
  4. 200 Free Relay  6th

Freshman Braylon Carney (WMC), Voted Team Most Improved Swimmer

Ok Rainbow Conference Meet:

  1. B 200 Medley Relay   12th
  2. 200 Free 18th   2:28.35
  3. 500 Free  19th   6:42.17
WMC’s two swimmers, David Clausing, left, and Braylon Carney.

WMC SPORTS UPDATE: Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School Athletic Department News

Important Communication from the Athletic Director

Dear WMC Community:

On March 12, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association directed all member schools to suspend activities in all sports for all seasons– effective Monday, March 16 through at least Sunday, April 5 – to fall in line with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order that all schools close for the next three weeks in order to deter the spread of COVID-19.

MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl

All athletic activities to be halted include practices, scrimmages, and competitions/games, as well as strength training, conditioning, and any other organized sessions and activities in all MHSAA in-season and out-of-season sports.

The suspension of activities applies to sports for all three MHSAA seasons as Spring sports practices have begun, Winter tournaments were suspended Thursday and Fall sports coaches are working with limited numbers of athletes during the offseason.

“By suspending all sports activities for the next three weeks, we are taking an additional step to maintain safety and minimize risk first, and also keep a level playing field for our schools and teams during this time of uncertainty,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “A number of schools across the state already were making this decision, and setting this as the standard across our membership is appropriate especially given the quick pace with which this situation is continuing to evolve. Given the rapid, fast-moving and unprecedented events of this week, the MHSAA will use the time during this all-sport suspension of activities to evaluate all options and next steps which will be shared with schools in a timely manner.”

Updates will continue to be posted as necessary to the MHSAA Website at https://www.mhsaa.com/coronavirus.

In His service,

Kurt Gruppen,

WMC Athletic Director

WMC UPDATE: Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School News

Important Communication from the Principal

Dear WMC Community:

Last evening, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced that in order to slow the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan, she is ordering the closure of all K-12 school buildings, (public, private, and boarding), to students starting Monday, March 16 until Sunday, April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen on Monday, April 6. 

As of earlier today, the number of presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is twelve, including three in Kent county. 

“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” said Governor Whitmer. “I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.” 

WMC will provide professional development for our teachers on March 16 and 17.  On Wednesday, March 18, WMC will implement our plans for online instruction for our students until face to face instruction resumes.  This method of delivery is new, but our commitment to provide an excellent education to our students remains the same. Students may come to pick up any forgotten belongings or educational resources needed on Monday of next week. Starting on Tuesday, until face to face instruction begins, no students are allowed on campus.

Beginning immediately after school today our building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.  We are mobilizing additional cleaning staff and resources to ensure our facilities are pristine and germ – free.  

Extracurricular activities and other school-related events or functions are put on hold until further notice. WMC will continue to follow the Michigan High School Athletic Association guidelines as it relates to sports.  We will continue to follow the recommendations of Federal, State, and Local authorities as it relates to preventing the spread of this virus.

The order of Governor Whitmer ascribed schools to reopen on Monday, April 6, 2020.  The scheduled time of our Spring Break is Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 12, 2020. As of this date, we will maintain this scheduled break. I will update you if necessary.

Finally, I understand the tremendous burden that this announcement and action will have on many families within our community.  The goal of our actions is to provide the best possible solution and to place our students in the best possible position for success.  

Please join me in prayer for our state and nation.  Our God’s sovereignty and eternal presence is the foundation of our hope.  God’s blessings as we work through this challenge.   

In the Lord’s Service,
Samuel Greer Jr.Principal

Good Times! Positive and Uplifting News of the WMC Community – Winter 2020

Warrior Celebrations, Additions, and Unions

Shout praises to the LORD! Our God is kind, and it is right and good to sing praises to him. Psalms 147:1

Engagements

Tyler Somers and Emily Meyers (both graduated 2019) were engaged to be married on March 4th.

Mr. and Mrs. Somers to-be!

Adoptions

Josh Scholma (WMC faculty) and his wife Laura adopted Chloe Renae Scholma on January 17, 2020.  Chloe is 1.5 years old and now has three very proud (and protective) older brothers Josiah, Micah, and Ezra Scholma.

The Scholma Family

Birth Announcements

Aubrey Goorman (graduated 2018) and Alan Diaz welcomed their baby boy Emerson Alan Diaz, 8lb 7 oz and 20.5 inches, on January 22, 2020. 

Emerson Alan Diaz

Morgan (Boersma) Seiler (graduated 2011) and Billy Seiler welcomed their baby Macsen William Seiler, 9lbs. and 3 oz. and 20.5 inches, on January 20th, 2020.

Macsen William Seiler

Tyler Cook (graduated 2015)  and Marisa Cook (graduated 2013) welcomed their baby boy Haven Cook, 7lbs 7oz and 20.5 in, born February 14, 2020.

Haven Cook

Zack and Samantha (Nichols) Buter welcomed Olive Paige Buter, 7 lbs and 19 inches, February 3. Zach graduated from WMC in 2011 and Samantha in 2013.

Olive Paige Buter

GOD IS GOOD! Congratulations to you all!

Warrior nation, please lift up the little ones and these relationships in prayer and keep these PRAISE REPORTS coming.

TELL US about your news.

Remembering Our WMC Warriors Winter 2020

“MY BODY AND MIND MAY FAIL, BUT GOD IS MY STRENGTH AND MY PORTION FOREVER.”  -PSALMS 73:26

This section is dedicated to members of the Warrior Nation who have passed on to eternal glory. 

Please EMAIL US if you have information about any other WMC supporters, alumni, staff, or friends who have passed.

Thomas Joel Fisher

Mr. Thomas Joel Fisher, age 72, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Muskegon. Tom was born March 9, 1947 to Joe and Thressa (VanderWall) Fisher in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. He was the co-owner of Fisher Brothers Greenhouse and was a U.S. Air Force veteran. Tom was a member of Temple United Methodist Church and was active with Supper House Ministries. He worked and volunteered at the USS Silversides Submarine Museum and was a volunteer at the Frauenthal Center. Tom was a man of faith who loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed reading and activities with the Old Speckled Hen MG Club. On March 3, 1972 Tom married Jacqueline Rose, and she survives him along with 4 daughters.

Marshall Teunis

Mr. Marshall Teunis, age 90, of Ferrysburg passed away Thursday, November 14, 2019. He was born January 5, 1929 in Ferrysburg to John and Kate (Groenevelt) Teunis. On March 5, 1954 he married Dorothy Wezeman and she preceded him in death on April 29, 2018.

Marshall was an active third-generation charter member of Spring Lake Christian Reformed Church. He enjoyed outdoor activities, fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, and he loved woodworking. His faith was foremost in his life, and also family was very important to him. Marshall served his country in the US Army. He worked as a contractor for many years and was a city assessor and building and fire inspector for the City of Ferrysburg.

Delores J. (Hoekwater) Wierenga

Delores J. Wierenga, age 93 of Grand Haven, peacefully left this world and entered Heaven. She was born on May 24, 1926 to Art and Jennie (Winkle) Hoekwater in Grand Rapids, MI. Delores graduated from Sparta High School in 1945 and married Harold Wierenga Sr. on October 21, 1949. They were happily married for 52 years until Harold’s death in 2001.

Delores was a member of Second Reformed Church for 64 years and was part of the choir, Ladies Guild, and Mr. and Mrs. Fellowship group. She loved flowers and was an avid gardener. Delores deeply loved her family and was faithful to her friends.

Margaret A. Dolislager

Margaret graduated from Shelby High School in 1946 as valedictorian of her class. She proudly graduated from the Hackley School of Nursing in 1949. Margaret married John William Dolislager, her husband of 60 years, on October 18, 1950.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother of six children, she worked at Hackley Hospital for over 40 years with the majority of that time serving as an RN in the emergency room where she loved the work and variety of patients. She was well-respected and held in high regard by her coworkers; she treated each and every patient medically and personally with dignity and respect.

She loved to knit and crochet items for family and friends; she also created and maintained genealogies for both the Dolislager and Folkema families. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church and member of the First CRC in Muskegon. While at First CRC, Margaret published the church newsletter “The Messenger” for many years. In her early retirement years, she and her husband distributed Bibles as a part of the Reach Out Bible Ministry. Margaret touched many people’s lives and was widely loved.

Ferdinand Sellinger

He was born on April 8, 1952 to Franz and Elisabeth Sellinger in Waiblingen, Germany. Fred married the former Rose Miller on September 25, 1971 and she preceded him in death in 1999. He proudly served his country while in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1972-1974. Fred enjoyed spending time outdoors watching the birds and deer and camping. He was a great handyman who could fix anything. Fred liked to pull pranks anytime he could and was a known jokester. He could usually be found watching cartoons or the SyFy channel or taking his ’66 Ford Fairlane he named ‘White Rat’ out for a drive. 

Weldon Luckey

Luckey, Weldon Weldon Deeds Luckey, age 89 of Grand Haven, passed away on Sunday, December 15, 2019. The Funeral Service for Weldon will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at First Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven.

Elaine M. VanderWel

VanderWel, Elaine M. Muskegon Mrs. Elaine M. VanderWel, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, December 22, 2019. She was born July 4, 1936 to George and Mary (Dood) Tjapkes in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. Elaine had worked at Vanderveldes Furniture and Art Van before retiring. She had been a member of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and is currently a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church. On September 5, 1956 she married Wayne E. VanderWel.

Edward “Ed” Fred Bushouse

Ed was born to the late Fred and Jennie (Noteboom) Bushouse on September 4, 1922 in Kalamazoo, MI. 

After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School, given his aptitude for numbers, he went on to earn a two-year Business Degree at Mahers Business College. Ed was drafted into the Army on December 26, 1942 at the age of 20 and moved into the Army Air Corps in January 1944. 

After he returned from the war, Ed married the love of his life; the former Phyllis Balgooyen, on July 26, 1946 in Grand Haven.  He built a home, which they shared for 64 years. Ed and Phyl enjoyed a strong, loving marriage for 67 years until she went home to heaven on Feb. 25, 2014. 

Ed was very passionate about and dedicated to God, his family, his church, his community, and his country. He was involved in the banking industry for 41 years. Ed began his career as a teller at the People’s Bank & Trust Company which later became NBD of Grand Haven and now is Chase Bank; he retired in 1987 as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board.

Ed was a very involved member of Second Christian Reformed Church where he served as an elder, deacon, and treasurer, along with many other volunteer positions. He was also on the initial building committee for their current building.

Ed was very active in the Tri-Cities area throughout his life. He was treasurer of the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds, Haven School for Handicap (Kandu), and the Ottawa County Citizens Mental Health Council. He was a secretary for the American National Red Cross, and he served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Economic Development Corp. Board, and Northwest Ottawa Industrial Development Corp. Ed also served as President of the Optimist Club and a past member of the Chamber of Commerce, Grand Haven Jaycees, Grand Haven Rotary, and the Spring Lake Country Club. He was a co-founder of the Tri-Cities area chapter of Habitat for Humanity and served as chairman for 12 years.

Thelma A. Bergman

Thelma A. Bergman, 90, widow of Vernon Bergman passed on January 1, 2020. She was born on July 23, 1929 to Marinus (Rean) and Ella (Sieplinga) Cook in Muskegon, MI. Thelma graduated from Muskegon High School in June of 1947, and on September 15, 1956 she married Vernon Bergman. Together they raised their four sons.

Thelma retired from Muskegon Community College, was a founding member of Celebration Community Church in Muskegon, and a long-time member of the former East Muskegon Christian Reformed Church. 

Sandra Kay (Polinskey) Olthof

Sandra Kay Olthof, age 80 of Grand Haven, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 28, 1939 in Caledonia, MI to the late Frank and Rose (Maichele) Polinskey. Sandra married Charles Olthof on August 19, 1967 in Holland, MI. He preceded her in death on March 7, 2010

Sandra lived in Grand Haven for 44 years, after moving here from Holland. She worked at Meijer in Grand Haven for over 40 years, and was a longtime member of First Christian Reformed Church. Sandra loved biking, knitting, and feeding the wildlife around her home. She loved her children, and especially loved spending time with her granddaughter and great-grandson.

William “Bill” C. Wolffis

Mr. William C. “Bill” Wolffis, age 77, peacefully passed away on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at North Ottawa Hospice in Spring Lake, MI. He was born in Muskegon on March 7, 1942 to Raymond and Grace (Yonkman) Wolffis, and was a resident of the area most of his life. 

Bill was employed by CWC for 13 years, working the remainder of his professional career at Kaydon Corp. where he served as V.P. of Administration until his retirement in 1987. Bill was a proud member of the 1958 Western Michigan Christian H.S. State Championship Tennis Team and continued to be an avid tennis player and golfer. He was a huge sports fan and especially enjoyed attending his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events. 

Bill was an active member of Calvin Church where he served as an Elder, and on various committees. He volunteered with International Aid where he traveled to Africa on a needs assessment team. He served on the General Hospital Board of Directors, including one term as President. Bill’s Pulmonary Fibrosis diagnosis necessitated a lung transplant in 2009 and he was blessed with a strong healthy lung for more than 10 years. He was dedicated to his faith, family and friends and was generous to others in need.

Helen “Nancy” Dykstra Jeffries

Helen Nannette (Nancy) (Hall) Dykstra Jeffries went to her eternal home January 31, 2020. Nancy was born in Muskegon, MI on September 13, 1931 to Carl Arthur (Art) and Julia (King) Hall. 

Nancy graduated from Whitehall High School in 1949, married Edward Dykstra, moved to New Era and became a farmer. Nancy and Ed had 53 years working the farm and selling fruit at various farmer’s markets. They spent their winters in Florida for many years. During their later years they traveled all over the USA. After Ed’s death Nancy attended a high school reunion and ran into a former high school beau (Jeff) whom she married a couple of years later. They also wintered in Florida, traveled and spent time at Jeff’s cabin. 

Jack VanAndel

He was born in Muskegon, MI to Peter and Elizabeth (Heeres) Van Andel. He graduated from Western Michigan Christian High School and Muskegon Community College. After graduation he worked for Professional Ambulance, then in 1981 began his career in law enforcement as a deputy for the Muskegon County Sherriff Department, retiring in 2011 at the rank of Lieutenant. 

He enjoyed golfing, traveling, and anything with speed from his Harley to his golf cart, as well as wintering in Mesa, AZ after retirement. Jack was a beloved friend leaving his imprint wherever he went. On September 5, 2003, Jack married Cheryl Dyer and they became inseparable best friends. He wholeheartedly endorsed his role as a father and grandfather and loved spending time with family. 

Terry Lee Alman

Terry Lee Alman, age 69 of Grand Haven, went to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at home surrounded by his wife and three kids. He was born on March 27, 1950 to Frederick and Evelyn (Pigusch) Alman in Grand Haven.

Terry graduated Grand Haven High School in 1968 and went on to receive his Associates Degree at Muskegon Community College. He worked at Hazekamp Meats for 28 years before his retirement and never missed a day of work. On September 18, 1976, he married Cheryl Bekins in Grand Haven.

Terry enjoyed fishing, golfing, cooking, and above all spending time with his family. He loved traveling to Florida and was a big fan of the Maize & Blue.

Stephen M. Ring

He was born January 7, 1950 to Chester and R. Elaine (Hubbard) Ring in Marion, Indiana. Steve was a U.S. Army veteran, who also served several years in the Army National Guard following active duty. Steve was also the parts and service manager at Shelby Ford. 

Steve and Norma were members of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and are presently members of New Era Reformed Church. Steve enjoyed golfing and bowling before developing Parkinson’s Disease. On May 19, 1973 he married Norma G. Hackney.

Mrs. Dena Malda

Mrs. Dena Malda, age 99, went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 21, 2020. She was born August 14, 1920 to Henry and Dirkje (VanDelzen) VanAndel in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. 

Dena had been a longtime member of the former First Christian Reformed Church, and was currently a member of Grace Christian Reformed Church. On December 5, 1947 she married John N. Malda, and he preceded her in death on September 14, 2010, as did her son John William Malda on January 21, 2007.


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