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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.

Counseling Office Newsletter: Winter Edition

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed

I can’t believe that 1st trimester is already done and exams have come and gone.  The counseling office is bustling with seniors applying to college and looking at post-secondary options.  That post-secondary decision is a big one, and the seniors are feeling this pressure.  As parents you are able to help this process by starting conversations early.  Even as 7th graders, students can begin pursuing their interests and talking about what they might want to do.   We will also be doing this at WMC.  We want to start conversations early and help our students see the importance of all their years at WMC, 7th-12th grade.

The counseling office has also been working on new and upcoming programs to benefit our students.  Our counseling group has been launched and there will be others to follow.  We want to support our students in all areas; this includes social/emotional, career development and academic development.  Please let us know if your student  is struggling so that we can come alongside them and encourage them in their journey.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with each of your children!

Things you might not know about…Anxiety

  • 6.3 Million teens in the U.S. ages 13-18 struggle with an anxiety disorder.
  • 3 million adolescents in the U.S. have experience at least one major depressive episodes in the past year.

So what can you do?

  • Talk about the real stuff
  • Pay attention, but don’t smother them
  • Resist getting angry
  • Don’t put off getting help
  • Treat the whole family

Class of 2018

This year’s seniors have been busy looking to the future, whether that be applying to colleges or making plans to begin working following graduation.  Whenever a senior is accepted to a college they will be featured on the WMC Counseling Instagram page to recognize their accomplishments.  We want each of seniors to know how proud of them we are and want to encourage them as they make plans for the future.

To have your student take a career inventory or to get more information on prospective jobs, please check out the following one of our recommended resources, 0*NET.

This can be done at any grade level and age!

Have questions about how to help your student start to plan for the future?  Contact Ms.Bosscher in the counseling office at msbosscher@wmchs.net

Also keep up to date on what’s happening in the office by following us on social media:

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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.

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We are working hard to be good stewards of our funding and our earth, which means fewer paper communications.

WMC is communicating more than ever with Daily News, Monthly Bulletins, Principal Notes and blog posts.

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