Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School Breaks Ground on New Soccer and Baseball Fields

WMC Enjoys New Beginnings on Campus

This spring, with less than typical pomp and circumstance due to the constraints of the pandemic, WMC celebrated the groundbreaking of a new state-of-the-art soccer and baseball field.

In most cases, events such as the start of a construction project are commemorated with an official groundbreaking event where the entire WMC community would be invited, however, given the ongoing pandemic, it was decided that we would hold a “virtual” groundbreaking instead. 

Knowing that many of you would have wanted to be part of this event, we captured it on video. See below:

Below is a rendering to help illustrate the work that is underway.

Since the groundbreaking day on June 9, 2020, the construction crews have cleared the land that sits to the west of the Norton Shores campus to make way for the soccer and baseball field. It’s so exciting to see the progress!

July 13, 2020
July 13, 2020

For the first time in school history, both of WMC’s soccer and baseball teams will have home games on our campus. This will allow our students to support their classmates in a way that has not been previously possible since prior to this, baseball and soccer home fields were located off-site.

For the first time in school history, both of WMC’s soccer and baseball teams will have home games on our campus. This will allow our students to support their classmates in a way that has not been previously possible since prior to this, baseball and soccer home fields were located off-site.

WMC Boys Soccer

The roots of the Warrior soccer program harken back to the fall of 1968. In the beginning, the WMC mens soccer team was a member of the 6-C Soccer League with Grand Rapids Christian, Holland Christian, Unity Christian, Calvin Christian, and Kalamazoo Christian.

The boys soccer team claimed the State Championship in 1988, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2019.

In 1982, 1983, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2011 Warriors came up short as the runner up.

WMC Girls Soccer

The Warrior girls soccer program started in 1989 with an intramural team. That team blazed the trail for the first varsity girls soccer season in 1990. Nine years later the program achieved state runner up!

1990, back when girls had to play on the boys team to find higher level competition.
(source: The Torch 1990, WMC’s yearbook archive)
WMC’s first Girls Intramural Soccer team in 1989
(source: The Torch 1989, WMC’s yearbook archive)
WMC’s first girls varsity soccer team.
(source: The Torch 1990, WMC’s yearbook archive)
July 27, 2020
July 27, 2020

Both of WMC’s soccer coaches for the 2020-2021 school year are new to the post, so they will be the first to enjoy coaching on the new home soccer field. Boys soccer coach Coach Buursma shared, “These fields are going to be an amazing addition to the WMC campus. I am excited for the athletes and fans and the WMC community to enjoy the facility. I know a lot of prayer, planning, and financial resources went into making this portion of the campus plan a reality, and it’s incredible to see it come to fruition.” 

…a lot of prayer, planning, and financial resources went into making this portion of the campus plan a reality, and it’s incredible to see it come to fruition.

WMC’s new girls soccer coach, Kevin Butler, “The multi-sport complex is incredibly exciting for the players as well as the coaches.  I know the girls can’t wait to experience the training and playing environment in this new facility, to welcome their supporting fans into the complex, and thank the WMC families for their strong support of sports through a Christian perspective.”

The multi-sport complex is incredibly exciting for the players as well as the coaches.  I know the girls can’t wait to experience the training and playing environment in this new facility, to welcome their supporting fans into the complex, and thank the WMC families for their strong support of sports through a Christian perspective.

WMC Baseball

The baseball program started at WMC back in 1951. The first time baseball was featured in The Torch (WMC’s yearbook archives) was in 1952.

The Torch; 1952; Recognize anyone you know?

Warrior baseball clinched the state championship in 1985 and they were runner up in 1980.

“I’m extremely excited to have Warrior baseball being played on campus next spring.  It will provide an opportunity to strengthen the community feel where students and staff are only a short walk to watch us play,” shares Varsity baseball coach Mark Hill.  

I’m extremely excited to have Warrior baseball being played on campus next spring.  It will provide an opportunity to strengthen the community feel where students and staff are only a short walk to watch us play.

“Seeing the WMC community come together and provide the necessary support to make this project happen has been incredible.  For the last several years there have been so many hands involved.  To see this vision come to fruition is an example of how exceptional the WMC community is.  Our athletic department is grateful for the opportunity to have a facility of this stature for our coaches and athletes.  The WMC student-athletes are excited and ready to put these fields to use,” explains Western Michigan Christian Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.  

WMC promises to incur absolutely no debt for any of these projects and we will have 105% of the required funds in hand for any part of the project to commence.  We’re eternally grateful for the generosity of our community that has allowed for these exciting developments.

Interested in WMC’s Sports Programs? Click here to learn more.

WMC’s International Student Program Update Winter 2020

By Kyle Kempster, Head of the International Student Program at WMC

Asian New Year

This year WMC was blessed to host 19 international students from countries that celebrate the Lunar New Year. Traditionally, this is a time when families and friends get together for food, games, and a time of celebration that can also include fireworks. 

There were two students that joined WMC for 4 weeks as part of a winter cultural camp and we celebrated the Asian New Year together with host families, student ambassadors and several international students.

Chanho Song, one of our agency partners, led the celebration of food by bringing ingredients for dumplings rice cake soup. The group of 25 students and host families made dumplings together and enjoyed the delicious feast. They also played board games and a fowling tournament — what is fowling? It’s a combination of bowling and football during which teams take turns throwing footballs at bowling pins. It was a very fun night!

Other students gathered at the Gabel host home for an evening of food and games. They cooked traditional Vietnamese food and had a fun time together. Several ISP alumni joined them.

Winter Camp

For the past three years, WMC has held a winter cultural camp this has included students from China and Korea and has typically been 4-8 students. This year we had two students join us from South Korea.

When students come to the U.S. they sometimes prefer their name but often will choose an American name, mostly for ease of pronunciation and use. Our 8th-grade student wanted an American name but did not have one in mind so his host family, the Mitchells, chose Bronnie, thinking of LeBron James. Bronnie did not say much about the name as it was referred to a bit before he came but when he walked in the door and saw the “Welcome Home Bronnie” sign, it stuck!

Bronnie’s warm welcome from Korea at the Mitchell home.

Our 9th-grade student Yebin was quite shy when she arrived but she quickly settled into her host family, the Viskers, and became fast friends with student ambassadors Kendal Young and Cate Garretson.

The Visker family welcomes Yebin from Korea

In fact, most of the activities became photoshoots for ice skating, sledding, jumping at J3, and even The Bean at Millenium Park. Besides these activities the students also enjoyed painting at Create-a-Frame studio, shopping at Rivertown Crossing, an overnight lake Michigan cottage experience that included traditional Korean food, and skiing at Cannonsburg.

The students also attended classes and one of Yebin’s favorite subjects included Physics during which she participated in a Bungiee Barbie lab with 3/4th graders from GHC.

Bronnie had fun with student ambassadors Henry Hubers, Jake Hwang and Seojin Yeo, and Bronnie’s favorite activities were the ski days at Cannonsburg.

Host Family Round-Up

Our ISP for the 2019-20 school year included 28 students from China, South Korea, South Africa, Spain and Vietnam and we are always in need of host families.

Hosting a student is not always easy but it can be surprisingly rewarding. Some would argue that the host family is the most important element of the ISP because the families have the most impact and spend a lot of time with the students.

This includes church, family activities, helping with homework and making them part of the family. The Gabel family has hosted for six years and have called 6 students their host children. This in addition to their own children.

“We are a busy family with big hearts and a big house,” says host dad Russ. One of the highlights for them was when Man Ho, now a freshman at Calvin University, made a decision to commit her life to Christ and be baptized. Her testimony included the impact her host family, WMC and church had made on her life. Russ and his wife Cindy have had students stay all four years and have become part of their family.

Simon, a former student from China, annually visits them at Christmas time and sometimes in the summer breaks from Purdue. “It is a blessing to have them come back,” shared Cindy. “We love them and they know they are always welcome.”

Hosting also includes the discipline part. And families need to become comfortable treating students like their own. With the same expectations. If WMC has been blessed with great host families that are inclusive and loving. It is a labor of love.

LEARN MORE about hosting an international student.

Sawyer Arkema, A Warrior’s Heart

The 2019-2020 WMC Homecoming court took their places on the basketball court and waited for the announcement. This year there was a house favorite and everyone knew it.

“The 2020 Western Michigan Christian Homecoming King is Sawyer Arkema!” The gym roared with cheers and applause. It was a special tear-jerking moment for everyone gathered in Warrior gym.

Sawyer had one heck of a senior year! 

  • He was crowned Homecoming King
  • He was awarded a brand-new 3-wheel bike from the Muskegon Ambucs during half time on Senior Night
  • He scored several buckets in the WMC-hosted United Basketball game with his Special Olympics team in front of his home crowd in his home gym
  • He made front page news in the local paper and was featured on local TV news
  • He graduated from high school in June
Classmate Ryan Bradford Royle congratulates his buddy Sawyer on being crowned King.

Sawyer’s academic journey started at New Era Christian School when he entered kindergarten. Before long, he completed 8th grade and moved on to Western Michigan Christian for high school. Sawyer has a rich and full school life, complete with the support and love of a close-knit school community and peers who adore him. 

At WMC, he is on what is called a “Certificate of Completion” track.  He takes general education classes and works to complete goals instead of aiming for a certain grade.  Fully included in senior-level classes, Sawyer takes general education classes alongside his peers with the help from Daniel Garland, WMC’s ESS Teacher. The main goals of these classes are to further develop social skills with peers, following directions, and staying on task. Sawyer has attended a specific class every year at WMC to work on functional, life, and academic skills.  A key part of this ESS class is to take interest inventory assessments to determine and match him with occupations that he can both enjoy and demonstrate proficiency. Sawyer was matched with job placement at B2 Outlet, a retail store, and Lake Effect Kitchen, a catering company, where he works half-days two days a week. He loves his work!  

Sawyer took his brand-new 3-wheel bike from the Muskegon Ambucs for a spin in Warrior gym

Like most high school boys, Sawyer’s favorite part is being with his teammates. He attended practice with the varsity boys basketball team every Wednesday last fall/winter.

At home games, it became a tradition for each player to share a special handshake with Sawyer as they took the court. Always decked out in green and white, Sawyer is a big part of the heart of the team. 

WMC hosts a United Basketball game each year where Sawyer’s Warrior teammates join forces with his Special Olympics pals scrimmage in front of Sawyer’s WMC student body. School let out early that day so everyone can attend the big game and cheer on their classmate.

Sawyer being introduced as a starter before his big game.

“It’s the favorite basketball game of the year for all of us at WMC,” shares WMC teammate and sophomore Kellen Mitchell.

This love and support is the hallmark of the WMC warriors.

The crowd went wild when Sawyer scored. It was a sight to behold indeed. Not a dry eye in the house as Sawyer pumped his fists and bolted down the court fully enjoying his big moment. It was pure joy.

WATCH the annual Special Olympics United Basketball Game Fox17 news coverage.

READ the Grand Haven Tribune‘s coverage.

After graduation from WMC, Sawyer will start “college” at Muskegon Area Intermediate School District Transition Campus in the fall of 2020.  This program provides him with training and hands-on experience in both life and job skills.  They do a great job of placing their students in actual jobs and then coaching them through the process of learning to do those jobs independently. Sawyer is well-prepared to excel in this environment. He is ready for it!

“We are excited about the possibilities that this program offers Sawyer.  He still very much wants to go to college like his big brother so we like to refer to this program as Muskegon College,” explains Sawyer’s mom, Betsy Arkema.  

Sawyer chatting up teammate and fellow senior Nick Moser on the Warrior bench.

Sawyer is a beloved part of the Warrior family and the halls will not be the same without him. We look forward to his return visits and hearing of his future successes. 

There will always be a spot open on the basketball bench for one of WMC’s all-time favorite Warriors — we love you, Sawyer!

To learn more about WMC and our ESS program, click here.

WMC Reopening Plan for Fall 2020

First, a warm THANK YOU to our REOPENING Committee who have worked hard to provide the best plan for WMC. That team includes:

  • Samuel Greer – Team Leader
  • Kristy Taylor – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kathryn Becksvoort – Communications and Academics/Scheduling
  • Sue Dozeman – Communications
  • Kurt Gruppen – Athletics
  • Mark Hill – Academics/Scheduling
  • Kyle Kempster – Health/Safety
  • Haley Langejans – Communications
  • Steve Osburn – Academics/Scheduling
  • Jeff Schipper – Academics/Scheduling
  • Josh Scholma – Academics/Scheduling

Our Mission through Crisis

“To follow the framework our State Legislators & Medical Professionals have decidedly provided us; as Western Michigan Christian School Collaborative strongly believes in making fact-based, faith-driven decisions that provide our Students and Community with the safest, most rationalized, most Christ-centered environment possible. Dedication to College-Preparatory, Christian Education remains a top priority and our Administration and Staff are highly committed to the task of providing this to our Student body no matter the circumstances of the environment. We see this World-wide epidemic and the footprint it is leaving on our communities as another opportunity presented to us as believers to exemplify our strong faith and fervent trust in our Lord and his unfailing plan.”

Communication Plan

It’s very important that we keep our community updated on the details. We also want to hear from you.

Current: Our communication to the WMC School Community has been in three letters and we have also reached out to our parents with a survey. We received wonderful feedback from our community.

Future: WMC will host webinars and town hall meetings to inform our school community of our reopening plan for the academic year 2020-2021.

Michigan Safe Start Plan – Phase 4

We’ve consulted with the State of Michigan, legal advisors, medical professionals and public and private schools in the effort to deliver to and excellent reopening plan for our students and teachers.

As of now, we are in Phase 4 of the Michigan Safe Start Plan for reopening the schools for fall of 2020.

For WMC, that means that on August 24, we will open our Norton Shores campus with in-person instruction with required safety protocols.

The intent is to have a more interactive experience. To be able to achieve this the safest way possible, we have outlined the safety protocols to which each student, parents and WMC staff/faculty will need to adhere.

WMC head of School, Pastor Samuel Greer, walks through our Fall 2020 Reopening in this webinar from Tuesday, July 21 below:

Pastor Samuel Greer walks through the Fall 2020 Reopening

Questions? Concerns? We want to hear from you.

Please share your thoughts with us regarding the school reopening plan using this online form. Thank you for your feedback!

Thank you for your loyalty to Christian education and to WMC. We pray that you will keep the WMC teachers and administrators in your prayers as they navigate these precedent-setting times.

Here’s to a wonderful 2020-2021 school year!

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Welcome New WMC Staff

With Fall 2020 coming fast, WMC has brought on new faculty members.

We’re excited to introduce you to them and share a bit more about our new Warrior family members.

Introducing, Chelsea Applebach, MS Math teacher

Chelsea Applebach

Hello All, my name is Chelsea Applebach and I am a GVSU graduate wrapping up my 3rd year as a teacher and my second year as a 7th-grade math teacher. These last two years I realized how much I enjoy working with middle school students and am so excited to continue that journey at WMC this fall!

I am moving to Muskegon from Detroit with my husband who is starting an emergency medicine residency at Mercy Hospital.  We have been married for three years and together we love to be outside, bike, kayak, mini-golf, play tennis, volleyball, or any other team sport people will invite us to. We love to travel and when we do, we often choose mountains over cities or beaches.

When I am not hanging out with my hubby I love to be with my college friends, hang out with my sis, go jogging, drink lots of coffee or cook. I just discovered Bon Appetite during quarantine and it has been the best!

I feel so blessed to be able to take this position this fall and am looking forward to how God will continue to grow and develop me as an educator for these amazing young people we get to work with every day. The welcoming emails and advice on housing from you all has already made me feel so welcome and I cannot wait to meet you all in person!  Until then! 

I feel so blessed to be able to take this position this fall and am looking forward to how God will continue to grow and develop me as an educator for these amazing young people we get to work with every day. 

Introducing, Kelly VanDenBerg, HS Math Teacher


Kelly VanDenBerg

After growing up in Michigan and attending Calvin College, I moved out to Southern California and taught at Ontario Christian High School for 5 years. In 2012 I moved back to the Midwest and have taught 8th-grade math at Timothy Christian (near Chicago) for the past seven years.

I am so excited to move back to Michigan to be closer to family and back to the sunset side of the lake. 🙂 I have taught many different levels of math from Pre-Algebra to Precalculus. I enjoy running, biking, reading, boating, and being outdoors. I am excited to meet the staff at WMC and join the team there!

Introducing, Cheryl Newsted, MS Social Studies

Cheryl Newsted

I’m married to my best friend, Jamey, who’s also a pastor.

We have three rockstar kids despite their parents who aren’t “kids” anymore. I’ve taught middle and high school English and social studies. 

I enjoy music and reading. I dabble at gardening. We’ve recently added kayaking and hammocking to our life which is a ton of fun. And I’m sure most importantly, my husband is NOT happy to hear I will be wearing GREEN since we are Michigan fans. Go blue! 😉 

Introducing, Christian Mohrhardt, HS Government & History Teacher

Christian Mohrhardt and his bride Diana

My name is Christian Mohrhardt. I am going into my fifth year of teaching and I couldn’t be more excited to start at WMC.

I was born and raised in Spring Lake, MI where I graduated from Spring Lake High School in 2011. I then attended GVSU and graduated from there in 2016.

I spent my first three years teaching 7-11 grade Social Studies at Litchfield Community Schools in Litchfield, MI. I then moved back home and spent this last year at Comstock Park Public School.

On July 11th, 2020 I married my beautiful fiance Diana.

When I am not teaching I enjoy traveling, doing missionary work, cooking, and martial arts. I am excited to meet all of you!

Welcome to you all!

The entire WMC community is pleased to have you join the family. Blessings to you, your families, and for your first year at WMC ahead!

Questions? Please CONTACT US!

Western Michigan Christian Hires New Girls Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Kevin Butler as the Head Girls Soccer Coach

Western Michigan Christian High School is excited to announce the hiring of Kevin Butler as the Warriors Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach.  Butler has coached for 16 years for the Soccer Club of Rockford (SCOR).  During that span, he coached all levels ranging from U8 to U19 and was the President of SCOR for 3 years.  In addition to his involvement with SCOR, Butler was also the Director of Coaching for one year with the West Michigan Storm. 

“Kevin is a great addition to the WMC coaching staff and specifically the girls soccer program.  He has a wealth of soccer knowledge.  Kevin is very relational and has a heart for mentoring young athletes through soccer,”  stated WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Coach Butler is excited to get started. “It is an honor and a privilege to be able to bring my experience to the lakeshore, to lead and build the women’s program at WMC, and most importantly, do so in a Christian context. I look forward to incorporating the values of discipleship into the soccer environment, and helping these young women build character and servant leadership both on and off the field,”  stated Butler.

Kevin and his wife Dina reside in Norton Shores. 

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC Names 2019-2020 Athletes of the Year

Congratulations to Warrior Seniors Chloe Mitchell, Jameson Goorman and Brandon Fles 

The WMC Athlete of the Year Award is given annually to the top male and female athlete(s) in the senior class. In the past, the presentation has taken place at the senior awards banquet. Due to COVID-19 that was not possible this year. For the 2019-2020 school year, WMC is proud to name one female and two co-athletes of the year.

Female Athlete of the Year – Chloe Mitchell

Chloe Mitchell, number 7, setting high at the net.
Chloe Mitchell graduation photo.

Chloe Mitchell starred on the volleyball court as a setter in 2019.  Chloe helped lead her team to a MHSAA District Championship and the school’s first-ever Regional Championship.  The Warriors were also Lakes 8 Conference Champions.

Chloe was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-Region, MHSAA 1st Team All-State, 1st team Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, Player of the Year Muskegon Area C/D Dream Team, and Academic All-State. In addition to these accolades, Mitchell also holds the school record in match assists, season assists, career assists, and career blocks. 

Chloe’s leadership and athleticism were instrumental in the Warrior’s success in 2019.  Mitchell will be attending Aquinas College in the fall and playing volleyball for the Saints.

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Jameson Goorman

Jameson Goorman makes an amazing save!
Jameson Goorman on the mound in 2019. His senior year baseball season was canceled due to COVID-19.

Jameson Goorman was the Goalkeeper on the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  He also helped lead the team to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition to the team accomplishments, Goorman was named 1st team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, and First Team All-State. 

Goorman stepped up in a huge way saving 4 of 5 shots in a shootout to win the MHSAA State Championship.  Goorman was also going to be a key contributor on the baseball team in the spring (season canceled due to COVID-19).  He would have played outfield, catcher, and pitcher for an experienced Warriors team that was looking to make some noise in the 2020 season. 

In the 2019 baseball season, Goorman was named First Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, and Mlive All-Area. 

Jameson plans on attending Muskegon Community College in the fall and playing soccer for the Jayhawks. 

Co-Male Athlete of the Year – Brandon Fles

Brandon Fles on the soccer pitch.
Brandon Fles with a midrange floater on the hardwoods.

Brandon Fles was the staple on the back line for the 2019 Division 4 MHSAA State Championship soccer team.  Brandon also helped lead the Warriors to a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  For his efforts, Fles was named 1st Team All-Conference in the Lakes 8, MHSAA All-District, All-Region, First Team All-State, and All-Academic.  With Fles anchoring the defense, the Warriors gave up only 1 goal in regulation during the State Championship run. 

In the winter Fles turned his attention to the hardwood and competed for the Warrior basketball team.  He helped lead the team to the MHSAA District Championship game (canceled due to COVID-19) and a Lakes 8 Conference Championship.  In addition, he was named to the Lakes 8 All-Conference 2nd Team. 

Brandon will be attending Hope College in the fall and playing soccer for the Dutchmen.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s sports programs?

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Western Michigan Christian Hires New Boys Soccer Coach

WMC Announces Ben Buursma as the Head Boys Soccer Coach

WMC looked no further than a former assistant coach to find their next varsity boys soccer head coach.  The athletic department is pleased to announce that Ben Buursma will be taking over as the head coach and leading the boys soccer program. Former head coach Dave Hulings stepped down from both the boys and girls programs in March. 

“From early on in the process it was evident that Ben had a deep understanding of the history and foundation that has been laid for WMC soccer.  Combine that with his soccer knowledge and coaching experience and I believe that Ben is a great fit at WMC. Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith,” states WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen. 

Ben is a confident coach and will not only develop talent on the field but will also disciple young men in their Christian faith.

Ben assisted the WMC boys program in 2008 and 2009.  In 2009, he helped the squad advance to the MHSAA Regional Championship game.  He later served as the head JV soccer coach at Grand Haven High School from 2010 – 2017.  Ben is currently the President of the Lakeshore Soccer Club’s Board of Directors. 

“What an honor to be selected as the next head coach for the boys’ soccer program at Western Michigan Christian. I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built. This is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait to get started working with these young men,” states Coach Buursma. 

I am humbled and excited to lead this program into a new era, while continuing the traditions of excellent soccer on the field, service in the community, and spiritual development that Coach Hulings and his predecessors have built.

Ben and his wife Rebecca have 4 children and reside in Grand Haven.

Interested in learning more about WMC’s soccer program?

CLICK HERE to email the WMC Athletic Department.

WMC Celebrates the Top Ten Graduates of the Class of 2020

Western Michigan Christian High School Is Proud to Present Our Top 10 Students in the Class of 2020

By Kristy Taylor, Ph.D, Dean of Students and Instruction

Congratulations, Top Ten!  This graduating class is a smart one, and there are several classmates that have pushed this group to work harder each and every day.   

This is an extremely high honor for all ten of these students and it is worthy of recognition. It has taken countless hours of studying, homework, planning, and schoolwork to achieve such high GPA averages and grades. All of these students took the initiative in their education, with many of them taking AP and Dual Enrollment classes, and always striving for straight A’s.

I spoke personally to all top 10 students in my office before transitioning into remote learning.  It was such an honor to see their smiling faces of their accomplishment. It is definitely not an easy task to be at the top of this class of 2020 at WMC, but please help me in congratulating them and their hard work these past four years. 

Benjamin Garretson, Valedictorian

Benjamin Garretson will graduate as the Valedictorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Bob and Heather Garretson and a member of Bethany Christian Reformed Church.  While at WMC, Ben ran cross country, played on the baseball team, was active in the jazz band, and was president of the Grand Haven Youth Advisory Council.  Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his primary education, spent sixth grade at Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, and completed junior high at Geneva School of Manhattan in New York. In the fall, he will attend the University of Michigan and plans to major in chemistry and minor in computer science.

Benjamin Waldo, Salutatorian

Benjamin Waldo is the Salutatorian of the class of 2020. He is the son of Michael and Stacey Waldo and attends Ferrysburg Community Church.  His activities included cross country, track and field, Sanchin-Ryu karate and cadets. His college choice is still undecided but is considering Calvin, Baylor, TCU, U of M with ROTC (Army or Air Force). Ben attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. His major field of study may be mathematics, engineering or language studies.

Micah Betten

Micah Betten is the daughter of Bryan and Sandy Betten. Her hometown is Spring Lake where she attends Harvest Bible Chapel. Micah was active at WMC on the student council and played on the school’s soccer and golf teams. Micah attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. She will be attending Hillsdale College in the fall and has not decided on her college major.

Grace VanBeek

Grace VanBeek, daughter of Jeff and Deb VanBeek, lives in Fruitport. She attends Harvest Bible Chapel and participates in high school ministry as well as Harvest Kids ministry.  She also volunteers at North Ottawa Community Hospital. At WMC, Grace played soccer, volleyball and is active in the Student Council as well as the school spirit group called “The Green Machine.”  Grace attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Her future plans will be studying nursing at the University of Michigan.

Carli Betten

Carli Betten, the daughter of Jerry and Elizabeth Betten, lives in Grand Haven. She attends Covenant Life Church. While at WMC, Carli participated in soccer and volleyball.  She also has enjoyed serving in her church nursery and volunteering on church mission trips.  Carli attended Grand Haven Christian School for her K-8 primary education. Carli has not chosen a college to attend in the fall but plans on a future career in accounting/business.

Nathan VanDerWeide

Nathaniel Van Der Weide, of Muskegon and the son of Arie Van Der Weide and Melanie Guikema, plans on attending the University of Michigan with a possible major of physics or aerospace engineering. He played baseball, tennis and basketball at WMC. Nathan attended Fremont Christian School and then Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8th primary education and currently attends Port City Church.

Jenna Houskamp

Jenna Houskamp plans to attend Calvin University with a major in business and minor in Spanish.  She is the daughter of Michael and Lori Houskamp and lives in Spring Lake. She attends Ferrysburg Community Church where she serves in student leadership, on the Vision Team, in children’s ministry, and on the worship team.  At WMC, Jenna is a member of the chamber choir and is the 2020 senior vice-president. Jenna has also participated in soccer, basketball and is also the coach and captain for the Fury Soccer Club. Jenna attended Grand Haven Christian School for her PK-8 primary education.

Chloe Mitchell

Chloe Mitchell lives in Spring Lake and attends Harvest Bible Chapel.  She is the daughter of Keith and Kimberlee Mitchell and sister of Kellen Mitchell.  At WMC, Chloe played soccer for two years and volleyball for all four seasons and was a member of the school spirit group known as “The Green Machine.”  Chloe loves teaching volleyball to youth and also refereeing youth volleyball leagues. She is the founder of Blessed With a Dress, an organization that donates formal wear to students. Chloe attended Grand Haven Christian for her middle school education and, in California, attended Oso Grande Elementary and Ladera Ranch Middle School. She will be studying to be a pre-physician’s assistant with a minor in nutrition at Aquinas College where she will also be playing volleyball.

Zach Foreman

Zachary Foreman, son of Jamey Foreman and Paula Prince, attends Bethany Church and lives in Twin Lake.  His interests at WMC included baseball and tennis.  Zachary attended Muskegon Christian School for his PK-6 education and then transitioned to WMC in 7th grade. His future plans include a possible major in education with an emphasis in teaching at the high school level.

David Clausing

David Clausing, of Grand Haven, attends Covenant Life Church. He is the son of Cory and Kristin Clausing. At WMC, David was active in theatre, chapel teams, served as a worship intern and also participated in the cross country and swim teams. David attended Grand Haven Christian School for his PK-8 primary education. He plans to major in biology and music at Calvin University.

CLICK HERE to see a listing of the entire graduating class of 2020.

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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

Patronizing these businesses will allow them to continue their generous support of WMC!

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