Byron Center Christian Welcomes New Principal!

To our community,

Byron Center Christian School is excited to announce the hiring of Mr. James Onderlinde as the new school administrator. After an extensive search, we strongly believe that James is the person God is calling to this role. We look forward to him leading our students, families and staff.

James previously served as the principal of Grand Haven Christian School and prior to that as a teacher at West Side Christian School. He brings a wealth of experience, but more importantly, a servant’s heart.  He is a graduate of Kalamazoo Christian School, has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Calvin College and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

During the interview process this spring, it became clear that the gifts God has given James would allow him to serve this community well. He loves students, equips teachers and also builds strong relationships with parents. He seeks to glorify God each day through his work and service to others. BCCS board members, parents, faculty, and members of the administrative team have all recommended his hire after an extensive interview process.

Kyle Kuipers, BCCS school board president, stated that “the board and lead teachers have been engaged in conversations with James for a long period of time and we are very excited and thankful that God continues to provide great people and amazing staff members to our school. Praise be to God.”

Attached is a letter from James that tells a little more about him. He will officially begin at BCCS sometime this summer and we encourage students and parents to welcome him and his family to this amazing community!

We praise God for the service of Mr. John Kramer over the past five years and pray for James as he begins this summer. Above all else, we are grateful for the ways God continues to provide for BCCS as we seek to partner with parents to provide an excellent education that is rooted in God’s Word and prepares students for lifelong service.