Archive for New Hires

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.

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.

Dr. Kristy Taylor Joins Western Michigan Christian School as the New Dean of Students and Instruction

Welcome to Dr. Kristy Taylor!

We are blessed here at WMC to have such an esteemed educator join our school family! Here’s a little more information about Dr. Taylor’s background and what she brings to the WMC team.

Dr. Kristy Taylor joins Western Michigan Christian School as the new Dean of Students and Instruction.

Dr. Kristy Taylor has served in education for the past 20 years.  She has worked with students of all types and ages from private schools, public schools, university, and community college.

She has taught several years in the classroom and has worked in several administration roles at different institutions.  She has served on a public school board and currently serves on Cornerstone University’s Board of Trustees. Prior to coming to WMC, her most recent position was the High School and Middle School Principal at Holland Christian.

“I am excited to be A WARRIOR and blessed that God has given me the opportunity to serve at Western Michigan Christian to work with our students, parents, teachers, and staff. Christian education is a labor of love and is close to my heart,” shares Dr. Taylor.

She and her husband Matt have four boys and live in the Holland area. Their family photo (above) features her husband Matt, Kristy, Reeves (freshman in HS), Davis, (8th grade), Pearson (5th grade) and Brock (4th grade).

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.”   

Dr. Taylor’s life verse is Proverbs 16:9.


She enjoys watching sports (mostly her sons’ teams), reading, and camping. Her favorite season is summer and she considers herself a “lifelong learner.”

Please join us in giving Dr. Taylor a warm Warrior welcome! If you need to reach her, please contact us.

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 360 students from 5 countries, 30 cities, and 75 churches. WMC is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools (WMCS), a collaborative system of five schools throughout the Lakeshore region, including Fremont Christian (PK-8), Grand Haven Christian (PK-8), Muskegon Christian (PK-6) and New Era Christian (PK-8). The WMCS system works under a “Better Together” philosophy, offering a top-quality PK-12 Christian Education experience and a full scope of academic and extracurricular programs. Please >> click here to contact WMCS.