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WMC Award-Winning Arts Program

FALL 2019 Wrap-Up for WMC’s Arts Program

For current updates/photos/videos on the WMC Music Department, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK.

MSU Choral Leadership Day

CAPTION: (back row) Silas Jeltema, Daniel Plaisier, David Clausing, (front row) Alyssa Eekhoff, Esther Hartley, Trinity Nelson, and Jamel Williams

On September 24, seven members of the WMC Chamber Choir headed to East Lansing to participate in MSU’s Choral Leadership Workshop.  Only a select number of schools were invited to join in this event, and it was truly an assembly of the best high school singers in the state. Our students worked with MSU’s vocal music professors to learn seven full-length pieces of music, which they then presented in concert at the conclusion of the day.  They also got to hear a special performance by MSU’s top choir, along with several graduate-level vocal soloists. The following students represented WMC: (back row) Silas Jeltema, Daniel Plaisier, David Clausing, (front row) Alyssa Eekhoff, Esther Hartley, Trinity Nelson, and Jamel Williams.


Fall Choral Workshop Concert

On Monday, November 11, WMC’s Vocal Music Department hosted a Choral Workshop Day for the 7th and 8th-grade choir students from FCS, GHC, and WMC.  Mrs. Becksvoort worked with the middle school students in a pre-concert clinic, reinforcing fundamentals of tone quality, projection, blend, and stage presence.  The middle school students were treated to a pizza dinner, courtesy of the Warrior Music Boosters! Following dinner, all the 7th through 12th-grade students gathered in the Orchard View Community Auditorium for a concert featuring the WMC Women’s Choir, Men’s Choir, and Chamber Choir, and wrapping up with three selections by the Mass (7-12) Choir.  

CAPTION: Mrs. B snaps a selfie with Chamber Choir students while preparing for the Fall Choral Workshop Concert.

It was awesome to sing the mass pieces that are so reflective of our faith…Especially with a wide age range declaring the story of the gospel, it makes it that much more powerful – Senior Sophie Hawke

“It was awesome to sing the mass pieces that are so reflective of our faith,” remarked Sophie Hawke, a senior member of the WMC Chamber Choir. “Especially with a wide age range declaring the story of the gospel, it makes it that much more powerful.”

“The sound of 160 students singing ‘Jesus Saves’ at the end of the concert was enough to bring resounding applause from the audience,” shared Choral Director, Kathryn Becksvoort. Glory! 🎶 

CAPTION: Mrs. B gets a selfie with the middle school students from GHC, WMC, and FCS during the clinic portion of the Fall Choral Workshop Day.

Regional Honors Choir

The Michigan State Vocal Music Association (MSVMA) coordinates an honors choir program each year.  There is a rigorous application and audition process in the early fall, and nine members of the WMC Vocal Music Department accepted that challenge.  While fewer than half of all applicants are accepted into the Regional Honors Choir, all nine WMC applicants were successful! These students will participate in an intense day of rehearsal and performance at Allendale High School on December 7, where they will audition for the State Honors Choir.  These nine students include David Clausing, Daniel Plaisier, Luke Moorhead, Jamel Williams, Belen Francis, Carlee Castle, Emma Visker, Esther Hartley, and Ashley Erdman. Congratulations to these fine singers! 


CAPTION: WMC Chamber Choir members accepted into the MSVMA Regional Honors Choir:
(Left to right. Back Row) David Clausing, Daniel Plaisier, Luke Moorhead, Jamel Williams, (Left to right. Front Row) Belen Francis, Carlee Castle, Emma Visker, Esther Hartley, and Ashley Erdman

Musical Theater Solo & Ensemble

On Saturday, November 23, the WMCHS Vocal Music Department participated in Musical Theater Solo & Ensemble, held in Hudsonville. 

Ashton Leffring and Jonathan Clausing perform a duet.

All ensembles and soloists from WMC received Division 1 ratings!

WMC Jazz Choir

Participants included the newly-formed WMC Jazz Choir (pictured above), Jessica Eenigenburg, Cate Garretson, Jonathan Clausing, Ashton Leffring, Emily Matz, Michaela Faith, Sydney Wagenmaker, Belen Francis, Emma Visker, and Ashley Erdman.


WMC Jazz Band Hosts an Instrument Petting Zoo

On November 15th the WMC Jazz Band performed at the Spring Lake District Library. The musicians treated everyone to some classic and recent Disney songs from Frozen, Monsters Inc., Toy Story, The Incredibles, and more! After the performance, kids enjoyed the Instrument Petting Zoo where they may try all kinds of different instruments.

Nick DeBone, WMC Band Director, who aims to introduce young children to the love of music early, hosted the event with the help of his talented WMC Jazz Band student musicians! “It’s rare that kids get to touch, feel and try out instruments, so this event allows for this fun experience.”

The event was FREE and open to the public and the Grand Haven Tribune reported on the event! Due to its success, Mr. DeBone will be hosting more like it in the future! 

Noah Francis works with a student at Spring Lake Library.
Sam Sipe introduces the xylophone to young students.
A’Nyah Greer explains the fine points of the saxophone.

Warrior Pep Band

For the first time in a decade, the Warrior Pep band marched in a parade formation onto the soccer field to pep tunes. This event took place on the Warrior Soccer Field during Warrior Weekend. 

Fall Play: Get Smart

The theatre program of Western Michigan Christian High School exists as a vehicle for practicing the values of self-discipline, hard work, goal setting, character strength, honesty, teamwork, and respect.  We intend to honor God in all that we do.

This year the fall play was Get Smart starring David Clausing (pictured right) as the highly intellectual yet bumbling spy!

from left to right  Margaret Antekeier 9th, David Clausing 12th, Jacelyn liter 10th, Ashly Erdman 11th, Trinity Nelson 12th.
(Left to right) Kaylynn Pearce 12th, Ella Buursman 12th, Belen Francis 10th, Jonathan Clausing 9th, Trinity Nelson 12th, Luke Hanes 12th, David Clausing 12th, Ashley Erdman, Benjamin Ferrier 10th, Michaiah Clarke 12th, Zoey Vanderstelt 10th, Jonathan Willams 9th, Ella Buursama, 12th Claire Doty, Jacelyn Liter 10th.

Jingle Bell Parade

The WMC Marching Band, led by Nick DeBone (pictured below with Kyle Kempster), participated in the Grand Haven “Jingle Bell Parade” this year on December 7, 2019.  Attendees sang along with these Warriors as they rung in the Christmas season!

WMC Marching Band at WMCS Feeder Schools

This year, the WMC Marching Band will visit the feeder schools. Dec 9-13th will be sending instrumental and vocal ensembles to share Christmas joy and promote the Collage. The WMC Music Boosters are offering FREE Christmas Collage tickets to all feeder school 8th graders.  This winter they march through the hallways decking the halls at GHC and MCS on Dec 11th. 

Christmas Collage 2019

You’re Invited!  Dec 17, 2019

We’re hard at work preparing for our 37th annual WMC Christmas Collage. 

What is the WMC Christmas Collage?

It’s an ensemble of our choirs (men’s, women’s and chamber) as well as our bands (jazz and concert) that come together for an evening of entertainment in the historic Frauenthal Theater in downtown Muskegon.

You don’t have to have students performing to come and enjoy! We welcome everyone and cordially invite you to come to celebrate the birth of Jesus while we all make a beautiful noise unto the Lord! 

You can buy your Christmas Collage tickets early in the WMC school office or at the door. Seating is first come first served.

The WMC Music Boosters are offering FREE Collage tickets to all feeder school 8th graders. Click here to learn more.

For current updates/photos/videos on the WMC Music Department, FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK.

5 Ways to Honor God with Your Christmas Giving

Do You Know How You Are Giving This Year? Don’t be Hasty…Planning is KEY!

The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. —Proverbs 21:5 (ESV)

For many people, Christmas is the most financially stressful time of the year.

Gifts for friends and family, end-of-year charity campaigns, the cost of holiday traditions like special meals, decorations and Christmas cards—it can add up to a financial mess that follows you well into the new year.

You may find yourself wondering … is it really worth it? Is this how God meant for us to celebrate the birth of His Son—by spending until there’s nothing left?

While the Bible doesn’t specifically address holiday spending, it has plenty to say about being faithful with our finances. Here are five Biblical ideas to help you honor God with your budget this Christmas.

1. Have a budget.

Proverbs 21:5 says planning leads to abundance, but those who are “hasty” will come to poverty. Heading to the mall for Christmas shopping without a firm budget is a recipe for debt—something the Bible strongly warns against. Before you begin shopping, make a list of everyone who’s getting a gift and set a limit for each of those gifts. Then stick to it, and refuse to spend money you don’t have. If that means hiding your credit card for the season and only using cash, do it. Do whatever it takes to keep your Christmas spending from following you into next year.

2. Give to Christ first.

When Jesus was born, wise men came to offer gifts to the newborn baby, the Savior of the world. Today, we can’t literally give a gift to Jesus, but we can give to causes that are close to His heart. Jesus said, “as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matthew 25:40). When you make your gift list, don’t forget to give to Christ first. What can you do for “the least of these” this Christmas?

3. Keep things in perspective.

Are you stressed out about checking off your children’s or grandchildren’s lengthy Christmas lists? Wondering how you can afford to have the kind of holiday season you want? It might be time for a healthy dose of perspective.

Living in America around Christmastime can numb us to the realities outside our world of abundance and excess. Don’t lose sight of how fortunate we are. Most of the people in the world live off less than $10 a day. You can bet they aren’t stressing over Christmas lists; they’re likely focused on where their next meal will come from. In the United States, millions of people live below the poverty line. Many children have a less-than-joyful Christmas because their parents are absent, in jail or can’t afford presents. These are a few things to keep in mind when holiday stress creeps into your heart.

4. Check your motives.

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” —Jesus (Matthew 6:1, ESV)

When Jesus taught about giving, He made it clear that motives matter. We should always be aware of our reasons for giving, but Christmas is a great time for a heart check in this area. Whether you’re giving gifts to family and friends or donating to a church or charity, ask yourself why you’re giving. Is it out of obligation? Pride? Keeping up with the Joneses? If your motives are less than pure, ask God to help you give for the right reasons; then ask Him to show you how to give in a way that honors Him.

5. Be an evangelistic giver.

How can you adjust your Christmas list to use it for God’s glory? This doesn’t necessarily mean giving everyone a Bible or a Christian book. What it means is finding ways to leverage your giving for God’s Kingdom.

Where should you start? Think about people in your life who don’t know Jesus or who may have wandered away from God. Then think about how you can build relationships with them over the holidays. Something as simple and inexpensive as a batch of cookies can be evangelistic if it gives you a chance to spend a few minutes with that neighbor you wave to over the fence but don’t know very well.

Whatever you decide to do, make an effort to give gifts that point people to Jesus Christ, the greatest gift this world has ever seen.

To give to Western Michigan Christian School CLICK HERE or email Scott Liggett.

SOURCE: https://billygraham.org/story/5-ways-to-honor-god-with-your-christmas-giving/

WMC’s International Thanksgiving

Flavors from Around the World

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, the WMC International Student Program (ISP) gathered at the home of one of our host families, Russ and Cindy Gabel, to celebrate the American Thanksgiving holiday.

The WMC ISP twist was the international flavor added to the event.

There were over 50 guests at the event with 5 American students and the rest host families, international student

Each student was asked to bring a food item from their country. There were Patatas Bravas, pasta, and Spanish Chorizo sausage and cheese, and a Spanish omelet from Spain, an egg roll, kimchi egg and candy from Korea, and spring rolls from Vietnam. These were all side dishes to the main course of turkey, ham, stuffing and mashed potatoes provided by the Gabel family. Students and host families totaled more than 50 giving thanks for our school, food, culture, each other, and the blessings we have. The group was joined by Man Ho, a WMC grad and current Calvin College student, pursuing a nursing degree and some friends.

Man Ho (a former WMC international student from Vietnam) graduated from WMC in 2019 and is a current Calvin student. All alums that continue education locally are invited back every year!

This year WMC has 28 students from China, Korea, South Africa, Spain, and Vietnam. Each month the ISP has a cultural activity that has so far included a camping trip and a Fall Festival. Students will celebrate Christmas later this month and there is a spring break trip planned to go to Washington D.C.

Kyle Kempster, Director of International Student Program, and Mar Rabes (Junior) and Carla Ibanez-Costa (Freshman) both from Spain.

Each student lives with an American host family that includes a monthly stipend to help cover transportation and food expenses. This is a great opportunity for families to share faith and culture as well as learning a new culture and developing long-lasting relationships.

Thanksgiving Bonfire:
(left to right) Gene Zhou (12th), Benjamin Sandoval 11th, Owen Varnardo (10th, WMC host family), Pablo Crespo Ballester (10th), Hugo Allende Campillo (10th), Marco Allende Campillo (11th), Hector Sanchez Alcon (10th).

CLICK HERE for more information on WMC’s International Student Program.

Interested in hosting an international student? Please contact Kyle Kempster.

Good Times! Positive and Uplifting News of the WMC Community

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

Birth Announcements

Sam (WMC grad 2011) and Elyse (Ray WMC grad 2012) Vos celebrated the birth of their baby boy, Jackson James Vos June 29, 2019.
Elliot (WMC grad 2010) and LaRissa (Byma WMC grad 2011) Vanderlaan celebrated the birth of their baby girl Anneke Grace Vanderlaan on Oct 12, 2019.
Nathan and Bailey (Mines, WMC grad 2014) Kolkema celebrate the birth of their baby girl Makena Rose on September 19, 2019.
Sue Dozeman (WMC front office “mom”) and her husband Mike welcomed a new grandson Carson James Fogelman into the world on December 1st, 2019.

Engagement Announcements

Shelby Lile (WMC grad 2016) and Kevin Mannes celebrated their engagement on November 6, 2019. Their wedding date is set for July 31, 2020.

Benjamin Landheer (WMC grad 2010) and Mallory Yonally celbrated their engagement November 9.
Elizabeth “Betsi” Brook (WMC grad 2014) and Ryan Farris celebrated their engagement. 
Logan Waller (WMC grad 2015) and Brandi Balzer celebrated their engagement on July 20, 2019.
Riley Arkema (WMC grad 2015) and Olivia Couch celebrated their engagement on June 12, 2019
Devin Eekhoff (WMC grad 2015) and Hannah Veldman celebrated their engagement on October 13, 2019.

Marriage Announcements

Alec Breit (WMC grad in 2013) and Gracie Snuffer (WMC grad in 2017) celebrated their wedding on August 16, 2019.
Lydia Goorman (WMC grad in 2013) and Jordan Moya celebrated their wedding on June 29, 2019.
Sam Goorman (WMC grad in 2016) and Allison Bergklint (WMC grad 2016) celebrated their wedding on July 27, 2019.
Mark Boersma (WMC grad 2013) and Anna Stafford celebrated their wedding on July 19, 2019.

Please share your good news with us – email scottliggett@wmchs.net 

Remembering Our WMC Warriors

“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. 

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens

Mrs. Donna E. Stevens, age 91, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Muskegon. Donna was born September 2, 1928, to James and Katherine (Fischer) Siplon in Muskegon, and was a lifelong resident. Donna grew up at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church in Muskegon, and she and her husband, Rich, were longtime members of First Reformed Church. She was currently a member of Calvin Christian Reformed Church of Norton Shores. On November 22, 1950, Donna married Richard J. Stevens, and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2011. Survivors include 4 children: Terrance J. (Beth) Stevens, Joni L. (Dan) Wagenmaker, Mark J. (Cindy) Stevens, Kathy A. (Rick) Wilkie; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren, and one on the way; her in-laws: Les and Marva Stevens. Donna was also preceded in death by a granddaughter, and by a special uncle, Herman Fischer. Donna loved the Lord and enjoyed Bible studies, singing in the choir, picnics at Lake Michigan, walking in the mall with Rich, spending time with her family, baking, and knitting.

Brian D. Vredevoogd, age 57, passed away unexpectedly Saturday evening, October 26, 2019. Born in Zeeland to Clarence and Johanna Vredevoogd, Brian devoted his life to impacting the lives of middle schoolers. For 36 years he taught Bible and History at Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School. He was a founding member and elder of Celebration Community Church. Brian loved to travel, dote on his grandkids, read voraciously, and extend hikes to fit in one more waterfall. He was married to his best friend for 37 years. CLICK HERE to read a “Tribute to a Dear Friend, Mentor, and Colleague.

Mr. William Malda

Mr. William Malda, age 96, went to be with his Heavenly Father, Saturday morning, November 9, 2019, at The Poppen Residence. Bill was born December 19, 1922, in Rothbury, MI; and has resided in the Muskegon area since 1948. Bill was a U.S. Army – World War II veteran; and was a Purple Heart recipient for wounds received at St. Lo, France. He served from January 1, 1943, through December 8, 1945. Upon his discharge, Bill became a masonry contractor with his brother Ben, from 1947 – 1987. On October 20, 1948, he married the former Cornelia “Connie” Rop; and she preceded him in death on March 1, 2010. Bill was a former member of First Christian Reformed Church; and now of Grace Christian Reformed Church.

Ottolena Van Andel (DeHorn) died on September 21, 2019, at her home after a long confinement. Ottolena was born in Muskegon on January 26, 1919, to Arie and Marie (VanBrulgel) DeHorn, and married John VanAndel in 1946. She and John owned and ran the VanAndel Hardware on Terrace Street in Muskegon, until his death in 1967. She then worked as an inventory clerk at Hardware Distributors, Inc. until retiring in 1997. She was a life-long member of the Christian Reformed Church, attending East Muskegon CRC until it closed, then attending Allen Avenue CRC. Ottolena liked working with her hands, doing ceramics, needlecraft, china painting, and making quilt tops. But most of all, Ottolena enjoyed spending time with her family-watching the grandkids and great-grandkids after school, attending sporting and musical events, and cooking Sunday dinners.

Pearl Vanderlaan

Pearl Vanderlaan

Reformed Church, and was a dedicated supporter of Muskegon Christian School and Western Michigan Christian High School/Middle School. With her quiet spirit, she served the Lord in many very special ways. Pearl was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. On May 4, 1950, she married Arnold J. Vanderlaan, and he preceded her in death on January 8, 2018. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her entire family.

If you have information of any other WMC alumni, staff, supporters, or friend who has passed, please email scottliggett@wmchs.net .


WMC Offers High School and Middle School Spanish Immersion Program

Warrior Spanish Immersion

Western Michigan Christian High School and Middle School is the only academic institution in the area with a Spanish Immersion program. WMC supports continuing SI students that complete K-6 or K-8 Spanish immersion education at any of our WMCS feeder programs. Offered in both middle school and high school, WMC offers Language Arts and Bible classes taught only in Spanish as an extension, or “maintenance,” to continuing immersion studies.

Growing Spanish Immersion Program

The 2019-2020 school year started with a total group of six 9th graders and eighteen 7th and 8th graders. Due to the WMCS feeder schools and their growing K-6th and K-8th grade SI programs, WMC’s Spanish Immersion program is projected to grow exponentially every year as these young SI students come up through the WMCS system.

An exciting byproduct of SI is that these students are not only learning a second language, they are also being introduced to a new culture. At WMC, Mrs. Victoria Esteva, aka “Senora,” has teaching experience from Santo Domingo and Punta Cana both in the Dominican Republic. Her classroom consists of fluent Spanish speakers demonstrating the prowess of mastering a second language.

WMC’s Dean of Instruction, Dr. Kristy Taylor shared, “I wish I could have had this experience as a student! It is so remarkable to sit in this class and hear everyone (teachers and students) speaking Spanish so naturally and learning in this environment. The accents are awesome!” 

Senora Esteva’s 9th grade Bible students discuss the Scriptures.

The Future Is Bright for College-Bound SI Students

The dept of instruction is actively engaging with institutions of higher learning to carve a pathway for post-HS development as it relates to Spanish Immersion. This fall, WMC’s Administrator Pastor Samuel Greer and WMC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Taylor met with a couple of colleges to partner with when it comes to Spanish Immersion.

Stay tuned for details in 2020!

CLICK HERE to learn more about the K-12 Spanish Immersion Program at West Michigan Christian Schools.

CLICK HERE for more information about continuing SI at WMC MS or HS.

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.

Dean’s Update Fall 2019

Dear WMC Parents,

Our students are such a blessed gift straight from God.

It’s part of what makes this calling as a leader such a high one. We are entrusted to become part of the story of young adults who belong to our Heavenly Father. 

This past month has been a challenging one with the “home going” of a beloved colleague, teacher, and friend. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Brian Vredevoogd, aka Mr. V, but I am so grateful for the promises that the Lord gives us that we will see Mr. V again one day. This community that we all share truly demonstrates ABC (Authentic Biblical Community), our theme for this year. 

We had two evenings of Parent-Teacher Conferences in these past few weeks that provided the opportunity for parents and teachers to dialogue about this important partnership that we have with each other. Thank you to all who were able to attend. We also had two days this past month which allowed teachers the opportunity to attend the annual Christian Educators Association (CEA) conference.  This year we headed to Indiana with 1,100 other Christian educators.

November always seems to be a month of transitions. We see the reality of where we are in the school year (already completed one trimester, 33% of the year already over for seniors, students wondering about post-high school action steps, fall sports season wrapping up and winter sports beginning).  This transition hits students in a variety of ways. After trimester one, it is a good time to redirect students who might not be learning all that we desire for them to learn. This redirection might be a skill issue or it might be a will issue. Good communication in a variety of ways (student to teacher, teacher to student, student to parent, parent to student, teacher to parent, parent to teacher) is vital to achieving our curriculum goals. This might come as a suggestion from a parent or from a teacher that a transition might be needed for them in how they are approaching their studies.

I want to wish you all a great season of Thanksgiving. As you think about preparing your table for Thanksgiving, keep in mind all the wonderful things God has given to us.  We really do have so much to be thankful for as a school community. I am thankful for your child(ren), I am thankful for our fantastic teachers and I am thankful for our partnership with you in their educational experience.

Thanks for all you do,

Dr. Taylor

WMC Dean of Instruction

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.

Fred VandenBrand Honored

Fred VandenBrand – a hall of fame journalist

Fred VandenBrand

Western Michigan Christian School’s very own Assistant Athletic Director, Fred VandenBrand, was honored today in the Grand Haven Tribune for his tireless and extraordinary efforts during his tenure there as managing editor.

GH Tribune community columnist, Len Painter, recalled the days when Fred worked at the Tribune and highlighted some of his contributions as a writer and a man of character:

“I certainly agree that Falls and Waldmeir belong in the hall of fame, as well as many other notable journalists in the state. According to the Michigan Hall of Fame, nominees are judged on their contributions to Michigan journalism, courage, innovation and leadership.

While he isn’t in the hall of fame, Fred VandenBrand, former managing editor of the Grand Haven Tribute, fits those attributes.

Fred worked 35 years at the Tribune, including the last 20 as managing editor before retiring in 1998. Fred was one of the most respected editors in the state. He was the key factor in the growth of the Tribune.

Fred was a great journalist but he also cared about the welfare of his co-workers and was an integral part of the career of many young journalists.

Fred’s reputation as an editor was impeccable. He helped develop many young journalists who moved on to bigger careers and was well-respected as a leader in the community. 

“I am thankful for the legacy that our Assistant AD continues to leave here at WMC. Congratulations on this well deserved honor, Fred!” shares WMC Athletic Director, Kurt Gruppen.

Fred graduated from Western Michigan Christian in 1961 and has been working at his alma mater for about 15 years. He enjoys building relationships with students and keeps his writing chops honed as the editor of the WMC Sports Update, a daily e-newsletter that covers all things Warrior sports! To sign up for the WMC Sports Update email click here

To read the full article on Fred in the Grand Haven Tribune click here.

Congratulations Fred! Your Warrior family loves you and we are so grateful to have our very own Hall of Famer gracing our halls, fields, and courts!

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.

Community Update May 2019

Earlier this week, Western Michigan Christian School held our annual Community Update meeting. At the gathering, we reviewed our current 2018-19 school year and discussed an exciting look ahead.

Meeting highlights included:

-Celebrating the outstanding service of several teaching staff members who will be retiring.

-We reminded our community of student life including, but not limited to, new safety protocols, student Ride with Pride, and our commitment to the community by supporting families who are disenfranchised (i.e. Project Grace).

-An academics presentation that celebrated outstanding SAT scores, new industry arts initiatives, robotics successes, and the Teaching for Transformation (TfT) initiative.

-And last, our WMC Board Chairperson, Stu Kingma, delivered a presentation on the financial health of WMC including enrollment strategies, budget initiatives, and a vision for campus development.

Below is a letter from Stu, to you!

Dear WMC Supporters:

This past Monday night we met as a Board and Community to review this past year for WMC and to address the vision for our future.  We also were able to recognize the contributions of those teachers and board members who are finishing their time serving at WMC.  Congratulations for outstanding service!

Knowing that evening meetings such as this can be difficult for many to attend, we as a board thought it appropriate to bring the meeting and its content directly to you.  To that end, we enlisted a videographer to document the presentation and comments for your review. 

The video can be accessed by clicking the link below:

Community Update Video

During the meeting, we also used a PowerPoint presentation to update the community in an understandable and transparent fashion.  The PowerPoint presentation will be a helpful reference when watching the presentation video.

The PowerPoint PDF is attached in this below link:

Community Update PowerPoint

As always, we thank you for your continued support of WMC and welcome any suggestions or comments that you would like us to consider as we continue to live out God’s will for WMC. 

Thank you,

Stu Kingma
Chairperson, WMC Board of Education

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.