Archive for Spiritual Development

PROJECT GRACE 2020

Pastor Samuel Greer started Project Grace in December of 2000 at Western Michigan Christian as a way for students and staff to give to those in need along the lakeshore. Twenty  years later he is now the Principal at WMC and reflecting on year 20 of Project Grace, “Every year I get an opportunity to see God’s hand at work in the lives of students and staff at Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. One of the greatest expressions of God’s presence at our school is Project Grace. Each year we have seen God’s faithfulness in that he has enabled us to reach families in his name.” WMC students have raised over $100,000 over 20  years to provide food, clothing and gifts to families in need. This year students raised $1,600 during the fundraising event. “It was a bit more challenging this year because we were virtual. It simply was not as easy to raise money without students in the building being motivated by faculty and by each other,” said Greer, “We had to scale down a bit from past years.”

This year’s focus was Rise Up to Grace. Students focused on giving with a heart of grace as they have been given grace. This has been the theme all year and it is especially timely during the worldwide pandemic. Scott Liggett, Chief Advancement Officer for the school, coordinated the student efforts and was pleased with the way the project came together, “It is good to see our community of students, staff and families come together in the midst of these difficult times to reflect God’s love and grace for us and give to others. That is what Christmas is about.” This year WMC delivered Meijer gift cards and gifts to 4 families in the area. Individual classes competed in a daily competition. This year’s winning class, Summer Lile’s Chemistry class, raised the most money and was able to deliver the gifts.

Summer Lile, who graduated from WMC in 2012, is now a WMC science teacher and the staff advisor for student council said Project Grace is meaningful to her in a new and different way, “As a student I was never able to shop for gifts or wrap them because I was always part of our Christmas Collage at the Frauenthal. As a teacher I have been able to work with students directly to raise money  and this year I went shopping with the student council with  the lists that families gave us. Although it was different shopping for fewer families than in the past,  it became a bit more personal because we took extra time as we shopped. It was a blessing to shop with the student council and then deliver the gifts with my Chemistry students and share Christ’s love with families in our community.” One of Lile’s Chemistry students, Raina Luhring, reflected on the experience of delivering the gifts to families, “Joy. It was just pure joy to be able to give to others and see their reaction. I know that they were happy and that made me happy and it actually made me feel joyful as well.”

Western Michigan Christian (WMC) High School and Middle School (7-12th) is located at 455 East Ellis Rd. Muskegon, including 355 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.

WMC Names Andre Williams as Dean of Student Life

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is pleased to announce Andre Williams as its Dean of Student Life. Andre joins WMC and will be responsible for overseeing student life and spiritual development.

“We are so fortunate to have Andre as a part of our staff. As Pastor at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and former Youth Engagement Specialist at Health West, he brings with him the needed experience as a spiritual leader and shepherd as well as youth advocacy and youth leadership development ”, says WMC Principal Samuel Greer, “God has blessed Andre’s ministry in our community and we are pleased that he will now be an integral part of our school community.”

Andre, a lifelong resident of Muskegon Heights, graduated from Muskegon Community College and ATS and has served on the board of many local organizations. He also currently serves as Councilman/Vice Mayor of Muskegon Heights. Williams will be responsible for student discipleship as it relates to corrective actions and the ongoing monitoring of student expectations and concerns. Andre also serves as the State Youth Director for the General Baptist State Convention of Michigan. He will also be responsible for spiritual development and, specifically, chapel and small group development.

“I am so pleased to be a part of the WMC school community and a place where I can openly express the love of Christ”, says Andre Williams, WMC Dean of Students, “I feel that all of my life’s training and development has led to this moment. This position. This is God’s work in my life and I am excited for His leading in the development and advancement of our WMC students. I look forward to exploring dynamic ways to grow together.” Williams adds, “WMC represents a big bowl of possibilities and my role as Dean of Student Life will require working with the staff as a team to deposit a spirit of life into all that are here and to build a sustainable environment of spiritual growth. I look forward to developing relationships with our students and staff in order to grow together in Christ.”

Mr. Williams challenged students and staff in his first chapel address today to be light givers as receivers of Christ’s light and in this season of celebrating Christ’s birth and asked that they shine for Christ in relationships at school, at home and in community with others.

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is a 7-12 Christian school in Norton Shores Michigan and is a member of West Michigan Christian Schools that includes Fremont Christian School, Grand Haven Christian School, Muskegon Christian School and New Era Christian School.

Christ-Centered Spiritual Development at WMC

Fall/Winter 2019 Wrap Up

ABC: Authentic Biblical Community

The spiritual development theme for the 2019-2020 year is ABC, Authentic Biblical Community. What that means for the students attending WMC is putting others over self. This can be applicable in the classroom by helping others when they miss a class or writing an encouraging note to lift up one’s spirits, and sharing prayer requests and prayers.

It’s the idea that no man is an island and you never have to walk alone. It’s a shared responsibility to live for Christ and demonstrate love for others since He first loved us. We see this in chapels, Project Grace, Warrior Weekend, theatrical performances, the lunchroom, and anywhere in between. It’s simply living out our calling to be united by the Spirit of Christ by being the body of Christ.

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School students convene at chapel on day one of school for the 2019-2020 school year. Principal Samuel Greer delivers a sermon-like call to these students to encourage them to “Rise Up” to being an “Authentic Biblical Community.” This word, from Pastor Greer, was followed by two days of community service where students served a host of local nonprofit organizations giving of themselves and forgoing their own “personal joys” to put others first.

First Days of School: August 26-27, 2019

The first-day back-to-school at WMC looks quite different from most middle and high schools. Our students show up in scruffy clothes ready to get to work! Days of service have long been part of the WMC culture.

From left, Juniors Aurora Iversen and Katelyn Morris painting.

This year our juniors and seniors worked with Community Encompass and AmeriCorps. One hundred-thirty high school students rode in chartered busses to Muskegon to work on sprucing up some group homes and another group cleared a parking lot of weeds and junk. The goal of performing these acts of service was to display Christian principles and attributes, portraying our call to an “act of faith.” 

From left, Juniors Olivia Hendrie, Alisha Leffring and Taylor Folkema lend a hand with some yard work.

The Bible says, “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). Our school lives out a mission to show that we as Christians need to serve others, as well as serving God. 


WMC Juniors Tyler Gould and Caleb Kozal help with yard work.

Back on campus, middle schoolers, in a demonstrative effort to help build an understanding of authentic biblical community, worked together in small groups. 

Separated by grade, they went ahead and created coloring books for children who are categorized as ESL (meaning English is their second language) in the foster system with Bethany Christian Services. Some made “grocery bags” for families, which consisted of basic living necessities such as hygiene kits, and soaps, etc. The students worked very diligently to ensure the job got done. 

7th grader Paydon Jackson writing a positive message to be sent to foster children.

Freshman and sophomores stayed on campus working on various services projects that blessed organizations. There were multiple assembly stations that included making DIY cat toys for the Noah Project (WMC loves God’s creatures too), making DIY laundry soap for MOCAP, packing lunches for the Kids Food Basket, creating care packages for folks in assisted living at Christian Haven Home, and even some “home improvement” projects around the WMC campus for Mr. Hain.

On day two all middle and high school students enjoyed some team-building activities led by Camp Roger out on the soccer field.  This was an opportunity for students to work together, communicate, problem-solve in groups in order to complete a variety of challenging activities.

From left, Kevin Jackson and Daniel Mott prepare care packages for MOCAP.
From left, Kim Nguyen, Taylor Pham and Madison Brinkert plank-walking.

This day of service and team building ended with the very intentional reading of Acts 2: 42-47 and discussion about what Authentic Biblical Community looked like in the New Testament and what it would look like at WMC today.

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

ACTS 2:42-47
Senior Dagen Bayes prepares for the parachute drop.
From left, Claudia Kingma, Sawyer Arkema, Carson VanHekken and Jaden Binnendyk discuss their parachute drop.
from left, Kaylynn Pearce, David Clausing and Kendal Young discuss in small groups.
From left, Thien Bui, Jocelyn Kruithoff and Anh Lan Nguyen work on puzzle.

Project Grace: December 2-16, 2019

Project Grace started many years ago by Principal Pastor Greer as a way for WMC to bless and support local families during the time of Christmas.  This effort includes a variety of opportunities for students to raise funds. In fact, everyone gets very creative! You’ll hear and see this all over town as they work together for this worthy cause. Student classes (everyone’s 2nd hour) compete against each other and the winning group gets the blessing of being able to hand-deliver the gifts.

Parents and the WMC community have the opportunity to join in on this giving spirit at the Project Grace Boys Varsity Basketball Game on Monday, December 16 where donations are encouraged!

“We are passionate about this work. It’s not only important to us as students through Project Grace but these are real people in the community where we live. It’s truly the best use of time and energy and I am proud to be a part of it,” explains Senior Chloe Mitchell. 

Complete Project Grace coverage will be featured in the next Prayer Warrior newsletter.

You’re Invited to a WMC Chapel!

On Tuesday, December 10 we have Alan Seaborn as a speaker at our High School Chapel.  Alan works at Winning at Home in Zeeland. All WMC parents are invited to attend this chapel. 

Student Feature: Hanna Klaassen

“God is good”

God made it possible to pursue my passion, career field and learn what my purpose is through leadership opportunities while giving me the ability to bring light to a broken world all at the same time.  He also created a way for His light to shine through me.

God is good…Yes, yes He is.  This was a big week for one of WMC’s own.  Many of our seniors are considering post-secondary options for next year, including senior Hanna Klaassen.  Hanna recently applied for a fellowship program at Calvin College called the John M. Perkins Leadership Fellowship.  This program is highly competitive and only 25 students that apply are selected. Hanna applied and laid this at the Lord’s feet.  She waited and prayed, waited and prayed. She told me that if this was God’s plan for her then He would make it happen. That is exactly what happened, the Lord not only answered her prayers, but also provided the opportunity for Hanna to be one of the 2 chosen to receive a full ride scholarship to Calvin!  In addition to leading a Small Group and a Bible study at WMC, Hanna was chosen because of her leadership on the Grand Haven Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council and their Grant Committee, completing leadership training through LeaderTreks and leading multiple short term mission trips, and serving on the Worship Task Force and Worship Team at First Christian Reformed Church.

Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others. – John M. Perkins, Leadership Revolution

Give God all the glory

Now this is HUGE! But what stuck with me the most was Hanna’s response, while of course she was ecstatic, one of the first things she said to me was, “God is good.”  It wasn’t, “aren’t I the best?” or “look what I did,” it was “God is good.” I love to see our students grow and take ownership of their faith while at WMC, but hearing one of them give God all the glory is a pretty amazing thing. Dr. Perkins said, “Godly leadership is not about attaining recognition or glory; it’s about serving others.” Hanna has certainly exemplified that as a servant leader. Something I pray for all of our seniors is that they pursue the path that God has for them and are able to find such great fulfillment in knowing He has a plan. Congratulations to Hanna and the rest of the seniors! We are so proud of you!

Congratulations Class of 2018! We are so proud of you!

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.