Administration & Office Staff

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Mr. John Kramer

Administrator

(616) 878-3347  ext. 300

kramer@bccs.org

 

The greatest sense of satisfaction a person can have is to serve others using the gifts God has given them. I find working in a Christian school gives me that satisfaction. I praise God for the opportunity to serve Him alongside other Christian educators as we lead, guide and direct the lives of students in their walk with Christ as they learn and grow to become servants in God’s kingdom.

My teaching career began at Waukegan (IL) Christian School where I taught high school math for three years, from 1981 to 1984.  From September 1984 through June 2014, I worked at Calvin Christian Middle School in Grandville (MI) where I was a teacher, althletic director, coach, and served as the principal for several years.  I joined the BCCS school family in the summer of 2014 as administrator. I have a BA from Calvin College, an MA from Michigan State University, and an Education Specialist degree in K-12 Educational Administration, also from MSU.

My wife Rachel and I live in Grandville where we raised our three grown children. When I am away from school, I enjoy music, reading, being active, playing the guitar, going on hikes and bike rides, and a wide variety of sports to play and watch.

My calling as a Christian school administrator goes beyond just a professional level - I have a personal interest in the lives of our students. I want to help teach kids to be God’s hands and feet and voice in this world, whose lives are characterized by their love, gratitude, and praise for God, and a relentless desire to do His will. It is a calling that can be daunting at times, but I know through experience that God will always be there with support, wisdom, and insight. It is an honor to serve Him at BCCS.

Favorite verse:  “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe." Ephesians 1:15-19a


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Mrs. Missy Walters

Administrative Assistant

(616) 878-3347  ext. 237

walters@bccs.org

In January of 2005 God led me to make a change from the position I had held for 18 years to become part of the BCCS staff. This change has truly been a blessing for me and my family. As Administrative Assistant, I am able to use my accounting background and also interact with students. Although my position is mostly related to finances I also get to help sick kids, answer questions from parents, and help with general office tasks.

My husband, DJ, and I have two children in college and one at South Christian High School. God has really provided me with a great opportunity to do the work I love and have my kids near by at the same time. I appreciate the hugs and hellos I receive from my kids and their friends. My kids are receiving a great education here at BCCS and so much more! God’s love is evident every day in the classrooms and in the halls. I am so thankful I am able to be a part of it.

Favorite Verse: "So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering."  Romans 12:1


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Mrs. Carol Veltema

Administrative Secretary

(616) 878-3347  ext. 240

veltema@bccs.org

I have had the privilege of working at BCCS as a secretary for the last 18 years. I very much enjoy being in a school setting where I come in contact with many wonderful people and children.  It has truly been a blessing to watch the faith of children for God in action. 

My husband Dave and I have three grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy each of them for the blessing they are in my life.  I also enjoy camping, biking and reading.

Favorite Verse: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10


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Mrs. Linda VanKooten

Elementary School Secretary

(616) 878-1502   ext. 140

vankooten@bccs.org

I have loved being around children, ever since my babysitting days as a young teenager. I attended Calvin College and graduated from Michigan State University with a desire to work with children. I worked in Grand Rapids Public Schools as a speech language pathologist until our second child was born, when I decided to stay home as a full-time mom. When my husband and I moved to Byron Center after starting our family, the obvious choice for us was to send our children to BCCS. Once a part of this family, there was no turning back! As a stay-at-home mom, I was able to volunteer here in various capacities. That turned into becoming an aide as my children grew older and now working in the West Campus office. I truly enjoy spending time at this school, with this staff and our students and their families - what a blessing they all are!

My husband Dale is a Civil Engineer. We have three grown      children who all got a wonderful start at BCCS. I love to read and do word puzzles in my spare time.

Favorite verse: "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."  Psalm 139:14


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Mrs. Leanne Gurley

Promotions Director

(616) 878-3347 ext. 190

gurley@bccs.org

 

 

Having attended BCCS as a student, it was a natural choice to select BCCS for my two boys, and to apply for the Promotions Director position, when both boys were in school full-time. Advocating for the amazing education that students receive here, simply by greeting first-time guests or seasoned BCCS families, is something that excites me.

After attending BCCS, I graduated from South Christian High School, and then Hope College with a Business Administration degree, and an Art History minor. I lived in Manchester, England for one year as an intern, helping with their marketing and worship. Following that year abroad, I went to Tulsa, OK to attend the Bible school, School of the Local Church, where I met my husband. After moving several times to help churches in Brooklyn, MI and North Augusta, SC, we returned to West Michigan in time for our first son to attend BCCS.

My husband, Scott, a true Southerner who grew up in South Carolina, willingly transplanted to the four seasons of West Michigan. Originally in car sales and then in ministry with our home church, ResLife, he was recently recruited and accepted a sales position with Service Express Inc. Our two boys, Stewart and Henry, love BCCS, and are avid NASCAR fans like their dad. We also love our time at church and our ResLife small group.

Our family loves anything NASCAR or racing related, as well as watching and playing other sports, and Fantasy Football. We love traveling, and going on hiking and biking excursions around West Michigan.

Favorite Verse:  "Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you."  Isaiah 54:10


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Mrs. Kelly Wolthuis

Enrollment Coordinator

616-878-3347

wolthuis@bccs.org

 

Recently, I was reading The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of our Lives by Ravi Zacharias, and he said, “I believe more matters to God in our lives than we normally pause to think about.  We may not fully understand his design as it takes shape, but we should not conclude that His design lacks a directing path.”  I accepted the role of Enrollment Coordinator because God made it clear to me that from the very beginning He has been orchestrating the events of my life to bring me to this place and role. 

In 2001, I graduated from Calvin College with a teaching degree.  For several reasons, I chose to pursue a career in Commercial Real Estate and Development.  To this day, I still hold a part-time job in real estate.  Throughout my career, I always felt that God would one day bring me back to a place where I could use my teaching degree along with many skills that I developed in my real estate career.  As a former BCCS student, I am so grateful that God has brought me back to this place. 

BCCS is an amazing school full of staff that first and foremost love the Lord; and secondly, who desire to impart the love of God, and truths of His word, to all of God’s children. 

In reading God’s word (Psalm 78), I am convinced that God applauds the work of Christian schools --because they, in partnership with parents, grandparents, and churches remain faithful by telling one generation to the next of God’s message of love and salvation.  Deuteronomy 6:4-9, commands us to wholeheartedly teach our children about Him in all things – at home, school, morning, and night.  This work is valuable because our children’s purpose is to go out – after they have been trained (recall how Jesus trained his disciples) – and be God’s disciples who make disciples wherever God has called them. 

I am honored and humbled to be able to share with current forever families and prospective families about how BCCS trains up all of God’s children academically, physically, and spiritually to shine for Jesus!

My husband (Ryan) and I have three children who attend BCCS – Lizzie, Natalie, and Reid.  Each day, I see God working in their lives through the wonderful teachers and staff at BCCS. 

When I am not working or spending time with my family, I love to be outdoors playing sports – running, walking, soccer, basketball or reading.  I also cherish my Coffee Break Bible Study and time with my identical twin.  My twin and I look very much alike, so if you notice someone who doesn’t seem to know you, please understand I’m not ignoring you, it just probably happens to be my sister, Kim (her children attend Legacy Christian, so you might bump into her). 

I’m not sure that this is my favorite Bible verse; one is hard when there are so many.  This is one that I am currently pondering:

Deuteronomy 30: 19 – 20a & 31: 8

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.  For the Lord is your life….The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you or forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." 


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Mr. Gary Wybenga

Development Director

Phone:  (616) 878-3347

E-mail:  wybenga@bccs.org

I am grateful for God’s invitation to join Him in the work He’s doing in the lives of people connected to Byron Center Christian School. My life focus is on advancing His Kingdom.  As a former Christian School student, parent, school board member and long-time supporter, I highly value how God accomplishes His plans and purposes through Christian education.

I am a graduate of Calvin College and took graduate classes at Grand Valley State University. I have held various work positions throughout my career, including jobs specifically related to fund development. Byron Center Christian School is the first school I served.

I am the proud dad of three adult children and two son-in-laws. Nate is an engineer living in Austin, TX. Ashley and Alex live in Oak Park, IL. Kristin and Michael live in Grand Rapids. Kristin works a Metro Health. Michael works at Calvin College. Also, I have two grandsons Ethan (age 4) and Asher (age 2). I love hanging out with them.

I thrive on mentoring men and have a part-time job, which focuses especially on young Christian men.  I enjoy international travel. When I am at home in downtown Grand Rapids, especially I appreciate a good walk. I am very active in my church, Madison Square Church.

My favorite verse is Matthew 6:33 . . . Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. As mentioned previously, I am eager to advance God’s Kingdom. It is the highest priority in my life. God handles all other cares, concerns, and needs as I focus on fulfilling His will.