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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Mr. Andrew Reidsma

Enrollment Coordinator

(616)-878-3347 Ext. 236

reidsma@bccs.org

 

I have an incredible passion for Christian education because of the impact that is has on not only students, but on all those in a school's community. I have felt God's call to serve others, and feel my role as enrollment coordinator at BCCS is the perfect way to do so!

In 2014, I graduated from Trinity Christian College with a degree in Business Management and in 2015, received my MBA from Cameron University. After spending two years in Florida, my family and I moved back to Michigan in summer of 2018. 

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

I am honored to be able to share with current and prospective families about how BCCS trains up all of God’s children academically, emotionally, and spiritually to shine for Christ!  The best part of my job is showing people how much love our teachers and staff have for the students that walk these halls each day. 

My wife (Jessica) and I have been married since the summer of 2016 and both grew up in the West Michigan area. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I like just about every type of outdoor activity, but camping and kayaking are two of my favorites. I follow all four major Detroit sports teams and will attend a Whitecaps or Griffins game whenever possible. 

I have many favorite verses, but my favorite book of the Bible is James. I love how clear it is to readers and how it challenges Christians to show the love of Christ in their everyday lives. 


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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 5) and Asher (age 3). 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.


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Anna Wierenga

Office Assistant

(616) 878-1502

wierenga@bccs.org

I joined the staff at BCCS in September of 2018 as a part time receptionist at the West campus.  I am thankful to serve the BCCS family! It is an answered prayer as this is something I have desired for a long time.  I pray that God will use me to serve your children, the staff, and the community and show others the love our God has for us! I could not be more grateful for this BCCS community and the partnership we have to teach our children about God, grow a relationship with God, and to serve God's kingdom.  

My husband and I live in Byron Center and have been married for 11 years. We have two children who attend BCCS. I am also a graduate of BCCS and then of  South Christian High School. After graduation I enjoyed serving as I worked in retirement homes and doctors offices after high school until I became a mom.  I then became a stay-at-home mom for almost 7 years and thoroughly enjoyed that.  I believe God's timing is perfect and he led me here after both of my children were in school full-time. We enjoy many activities as a family, but some of my favorites are camping, anything beach or water related, and just plain spending quality time together! 

One of my favorite verses is "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day." Psalm 46:1-3,5