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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.

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!