Susan Vanderlaan (WMC ’80) has been WMC’s Administrative Secretary for ten years. She has been married for 36 years to her best friend, Bob Vanderlaan (WMC ’76), who is a funeral director at Sytsema Funeral Homes, Inc. They have four amazing kids, three wonderful daughters/son-in-law, and one three-pound Biewer Terrier named Tucker. Susan and Bob are members at Allen Avenue Christian Reformed Church, enjoy living in the “Mitten,” and think WMC is the greatest! Susan loves being called the “mom” of the school and being the face of WMC to parents, students, and the lakeshore community.
Favorite scripture: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a]in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21
“There is nothing–no circumstances, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will every disturb me, no circumstances will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is–that is the rest of victory!”