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INSIDE 4 WOW Week 2016 6–7 Dual Enrollment Opportunities 9 Grandparent’s Day 12 Marie’s House – Zambia, Africa 13 Authentic Marketplace




alf-way through my first year as Head of Schools, I have seen Christian education up close in our elementary, middle, and high schools. What I have witnessed leads me to be as passionate about NPCS as I’ve ever been. In this issue you will read and see some of the highlights in these schools.

Equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.

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At the elementary school I love to interact and watch the little ones. It stirs my heart in joy to hear them pray, recite scripture, sing to their Lord. I’ve seen groups of them go into the greater community to share the love of Christ with others. For example, I went with the first graders to visit Boulder Creek Assisted Living, as a part of WOW (Winning Our World) Week. Students had made blankets and written notes to the residents. Watching the young and old interact was amazing. Read a full description in this issue of “The Advantage.” In our middle school, I watched our students create their own businesses. They planned them and hired employees (students) through an application and interview. They met with area business leaders who helped the kids refine their ideas for production. The last step was to literally sell their product to the public. Hundreds of customers visited their business expo. There’s more in this issue on real-life learning.

In the high school, I am impressed with our dedicated teachers who continue to weave biblical principles into their subjects. They test to see if students “get it” and can apply it to the world which they will “impact for Christ.” I am impressed with our students who are falling deeper in love with Christ and then going out to love on the world, in business, medicine, law, education, as well as full time ministry. As parent of four (soon five) NPCS graduates, I see firsthand that our students are being equipped both academically and spiritually for life’s next stage. NPCS graduates are getting into their first choice of college. I believe our education is rigorous, relevant, and relational in “equipping students to impact their world for Christ. In reading this issue, see the evidence yourselves. Then pass it on to others who might be interested in their children receiving excellent Christ-centered education. Blessings! Todd N. Tolsma

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UPCOMING EVENTS APRIL 23 All Schools Art Expo APRIL 25–28 8th Grade DC Trip APRIL 28 Elementary Spring Concert MAY 3 6th Grade Play MAY 6 Junior/Senior Banquet MAY 9 Middle & High School Choir Concert

MAY 10 5th-12th Grade Band Concert

MAY 13 Senior Chapel MAY 17 High School Graduation MAY 19 Home & School Hybrid Spring Program

MAY 20 Jazz on the Jungle Gym MAY 21–28 Senior Trip MAY 26 Alumni Picnic MAY 27 Elementary & Middle School Field Day

MAY 30 No School - Memorial Day MAY 31 Kinder Celebration

NorthPointe Opens International Agency


PCS is increasing its global reach by expanding its International Student Program. By operating its own agency, NPC is able to increase services and support for these students. This will also provide international families peace of mind and assurances their student will have the best possible exchange experience. Sara Roberts, current high school and middle school counselor, will be leading this effort next year as the new Director of International Student Program and Missions. Sara comes with great experience and a desire to increase NPCS’s ability to make a global impact through increased diversity. Roberts states, “How great an opportunity

JUNE 21 Picasso on The Playground

How great an opportunity to impact the world for Christ by raising global leaders within our school.”

AUGUST 16 Freshman Orientation

Sara Roberts, High School and Middle School Counselor

JUNE 3 Last Day of School JUNE 6–17 Israel Trip

AUGUST 24 New Family Orientation OCTOBER 6–7 Save the Date: Grandparent’s Day

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to impact the world for Christ by raising global leaders within our school. We are increasing NPC’s footprint in a way that can transform lives in more areas of the world.” The hiring of a part time ESL instructor, the addition of more individualized student support hours, and a Student Ambassador Program for increased cultural integration are some of the highlights of the new program. With a growing Spanish Immersion program, NPC is hoping to increase the number of Spanish international students

and would like to make connections and partnerships with Spanish International schools and families. Sara adds, “Any student God calls to NPC either locally or from around the world has the opportunity to receive academic excellence, solid Biblical training, and the support of staff that love them. These students will have the tools to make a big impact when they leave.“ Look for more information coming soon about host family needs. To request more information about the International Student Program or to provide a contact from another country we can reach out to, please email Sara Roberts directly at 3


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NorthPointe Middle School Launches An Authentic Marketplace


iddle school students applied business and life skills to a real-life situation through our first annual Middle School Marketplace. This interdisciplinary unit wove assignments from each subject into a culminating final project where students presented a business and sold products to the NPC community.

which include collaboration, team work, innovation, and critical thinking. In the marketplace we saw students collaborating together on a particular product and coming up with innovative ways to sell it. Students used critical thinking as they set prices and learned things that do and don’t work. It put them in real life situations; that’s where the authentic learning takes place.”

Our 8th grade students functioned Through the Marketplace projects I learned as the CEOs of their business life skills such as how to deal with companies and money, how to help customers, and how were responsible for creating a company to work as a team. I also learned how to vision. The businessmake a cover letter and resume so that I’ll es launched through be able to apply for jobs in the future” the presentation of persuasive speechMax Lambert, 6th Grade es, introducing the Marketplace welcomed a full gym of visicompanies’ visions to 6th and 7th graders. tors the day of the event. Students sold NorthPointe 6th and 7th graders wrote everything from tacos at Taco Sobroso to resumes and interviewed for a chance tied blankets at Knot Another One. to take part in the various companies. Headbands, homemade gummy bears, Once “employees” were “hired” and lipbalm, and popcorn were all featured. groups formed, students were responsiAttention to detail was phenomenal; ble to research, plan, and sell an actual one company die cut their own metproduct or service. A generous donor al logo; many companies had uniform provided the opportunity of $150 in startup company dress. $3100 in proceeds from fees for each company. Real business the event was donated to charity. experts came to offer feedback and 6th grade teacher Denise Bufton concoach the middle school companies. cluded,“My favorite part as a teacher was Jerry Duckworth, 8th grade history teachwatching the joy and enthusiasm of my er reflected, “The marketplace is a great students about their products as they sold example of 21st century thinking skills them during the Marketplace event.“ 4

Marketplace incorporated a variety of disciplines; students document learning above.

Students created a variety of products to sell.


Inclusion at NPCS But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be…” 1 Corinthians 12:18


nclusion is an integral part of NPC and an opportunity for us to practice our core belief that every individual is uniquely created by God for Kingdom purposes. I remember this wrenching question from a devout family: “Is there no place for our child within the Christian education community?” I am grateful I was able to answer that NPCS is committed to partnering with families’ unique needs as often as possible.

We hear the real results of our inclusion program every day. These students’ parents celebrate the direct attention their student receives, unique friendships this child makes, and the achievements he/ she makes. The students themselves are grateful for the help they receive. Senior Evie Culver has been blessed through teaching in our inclusion math program. Evie says about her friends in the program: “I love that my friends are so genuine, encouraging, sincere, and transparent.”

were delivered and found new friends at St. John’s Children’s Home. This act of serving in Christ’s name was inspiring.

mood every time I see him. Spending time God is using our Student Union staff and with him has taught me typical classroom teachers to include all of servanthood; I love spending time with God’s children here in His body. NPC grad him.” Jimmy Cotter and Ben Farrell are Megan Braam at the elementary campus current students who are walking their offers, “I am blessed to be part of a school Christian talk as coaches with Special Olym- where inclusion is practiced and followed pics bowling. The impetus for that came using Christ’s example. Each day I get the from teacher Anita Niemi’s exploration privilege to see students show Christ’s love project, which encouraged students to pur- to students with disabilities. As program sue something they are passionate about. director, I am humbled and grateful to partner with families of special needs children.” In activities throughout the building and beyond, our students are united — Brenda Mass, in Christ to serve others. During OcStudent Union Coordinator tober (Down Syndrome Awareness Month), students K-12 joined in a Share the Love Teddy Bear Drive; 300 bears

NPC graduate Zach Baker, currently an assistant coach for one of our freshman basketball teams ( a team that includes kids from our program), says, “My friend Jake is a blessing from God. He puts me in a better



High School January J-Term: A Favorite for Many


t’s a favorite time of the year for students and me at NorthPointe Christian High School. That may seem an odd sentiment considering the dreary weather. This first week of January is a highlight because of all the unique offerings of our J-Term. This year’s J-term I observed students learning to break codes in a cryptography class, build model planes in a course titled Aviation in Missions, and refinish, refurbish, and otherwise re-purpose old junk in Thrift Store Wars. I saw kids playing guitar, choreographing musicals, building sets for the school play, and creating videos with stop motion animation. Our kids have done mock job interviews, debated the merits of Disney worldviews, discussed intersections of faith in sports and society,

and learned how to spot cults. They’ve explored space, composed children’s’ books, and solved the conflict over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. All this…and I haven’t even mentioned all the students out job shadowing or serving the Lord in one of a variety of service project classes. These are wonderful things happening around here! I have heard from students who felt the Lord working in them through these opportunities. God has surely been stirring up passions and confirming callings in students’ lives! Thank you to all of you who partner with us in this great adventure in Christian education! — Tom Molenkamp, High School Assistant Principal

BELOW: High school J-term Service class help at Mel Trotter Ministries warehouse. BOTTOM LEFT: High school students refurbish items during a Thrift Store Wars course. BOTTOM RIGHT: Middle school students visit Life EMS.

Middle School J-Term: Checking Out Careers


uring the January J-Term NorthPointe Christian Middle School spent a week focusing on careers and God’s will for their lives. We had two 45-minute chapels devoted to knowing what God wants us to do in life; 12 speakers or groups from varied professions talked to students. Among the speakers were a photographer, a physical therapist, a state representative, an audiologist, a tae kwon do expert, and more. Two of our alumni came to speak about what they do -Kris Rolls and Amy Vogel. The teachers each developed a special lesson based on their own lives and special interests that also put a real face on the general topic of “careers”: for example, Mr. Perry talked about foster care, and Mrs. Bufton did a class with acting. We also went on a variety of field trips. Among the favorites were the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel where the students toured, ate, and had a pastry demonstration and Cooley Law School, where our middle school students learned about careers in law. We had two trips that were tour- and service-oriented: the 7th graders went to Our Daily Bread Ministries and our 6th graders went to Grand Rapids Alpha Women’s Center. Other trips included Life EMS, Grand Rapids Police Department, the Kroc Center, and Open System Technologies. We topped it off with a skating party! J-term was a highlight of our year; NorthPointe Middle School students learned more about possible vocations and God’s plan for each of them. — Terri Alexander, Middle School Science Teacher


NPC NPC Elementary Elementary and and Preschool Preschool Students Students Work Work Together Together ToTo Win Win Our Our World World


ur NPC mission statement, “Equipping students to impact their world for Jesus Christ,”was put into action during Win Our World (WOW) Week at NPC Elementary and Preschool. All students actively participated in WOW Week, January 4th through January 8th. Our goal was to bless intergenerational members of our community with a Blanket of Blessing. This was an exciting week as students lived out the love mandate in our community.

During WOW week I learned how to be kind and how to be loving.” Maverick Caudle, 2nd grade

WOW Week began in December with a persuasive writing project. All first through fifth grade students wrote an essay persuading readers to donate fleece fabric. Some students also created videos based on their essays. “I gave my students some general guidelines for their video and they ran with it! I am proud of them and love seeing their enthusiasm for this project,” said Hans Walters, 4th grade teacher. The school’s goal was to make a total of 15 blankets. Through the generous donations of fabric and hard work of students, we were able to bless our community with 66 Blankets of Blessing!

Our older students were taught how to measure and cut fleece fabric to create the tie blankets, and younger students worked in groups to carefully tie the fleece pieces together. “During Wow week I learned how to make blankets for the foster care. When we made blankets for the foster care I felt HAPPY,” said Addison VanPutten, 2nd grader. As they were completed, students gathered to pray over each blanket for the blanket recipients. They wrote out prayers focusing on the recipient’s value in our community, value to God, and our thankfulness for each of them. Students also wrote encouragements on mini boulders of biblical blessing. The boulders of blessing were gathered in vases to create school wide art projects, and were given at each recipient location. On the final day of WOW Week, the Blankets of Blessing were delivered to St. John’s Home, our neighborhood ‘grandmas’, and the residents at Boulder Creek Assisted Living Center. Many new friendships blossomed at Boulder Creek! “I was a little bit nervous when I got into the nursing home and then I was thinking ‘Yeah, this is so much fun.’ It was fun to talk to older people and make more friends and help them,” said Christian Scholl, 1st grader. Students and residents visited, read books together, and bonded over sharing the

same interests – especially those who were fans of the same team! Students concluded their visits by singing an Irish Song of Blessing. Faces lit up as they sang this blessing over the blanket recipients! Win Our World Week was really a winwin. A win for those members of our community we were able to bless, and a win for our students and staff to experience God and be part of His work in our world. First grader, Aniston Williams, summarized this experience best, “I went to Boulder Creek Retirement Center for elderly people. God was there today.”

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All State - Tyler Baker


State Finalist – Jordan Wynalda


All State – Kelli Smith and Lydia Soper


Conference, District, & Regional Champions MHSAA semifinalists in Division 6 Grand Rapids Dream Team - TJ Swore


8th in State All State - Jessica Zylstra


7th in State All State – Austin Koenes, Matt Kintz, and Jarrett Berends.


Raised money to provide over 200 bed nets to families in Zambia

Imitate, Imitate


love this picture. Imagine the boy’s thoughts, perhaps thinking, “Someday I’m going be like those football players.” If he could get close, this boy would probably imitate a football player’s stride.

The picture is a solid reminder about the responsibility our coaches put on our NPC athletes. We tell our athletes that wearing the NorthPointe Christian uniform means they represent not just themselves. They represent something bigger than themselves: their families, our school community, and ultimately, the Lord. Athletics is a fishbowl. From young children to adults, people are always watching. Our athletes may wish sometimes they were not being watched; it’s a big responsibility. Even in our athletic core values, we refer to this obligation with this phrase: “…as we represent Jesus Christ and NorthPointe Christian.” We truly seek opportunities for our athletes to see the big picture. This past fall and winter, we have worked to find such opportunities with our athletes to interact with and encourage our elementary students in various ways. The platform might be a camp or clinic, reading to 8

ABOVE: High school athletes volunteer to read to elementary school classes.

students at the elementary campus, or how our athletes compete on the court or field. Certainly we remind our athletes that some people will misjudge their actions. These athletes, though, are responsible before God to act wisely so that the little ones who follow them are headed toward Jesus, not away from Him. The following set of verses catch the meaning of the boy in the picture. Indeed, “little eyes are watching.” One grown-up Mustang may just be just the person that a watching little boy or girl imitates to become the next generation of Mustangs. There are little eyes upon you, and they’re watching night and day. There are little ears that quickly take in every word you say. Their little hands so eager to do the things you do, And little ones are dreaming of the day they’ll be like you. You’re the little person’s idol; you’re the wisest of the wise In his little mind about you no suspicions ever rise


All State – Jordan Enders and Grace Frederickson State Qualifiers – Grace Frederickson, Jordan Enders, Mallory Vance, Allysa Cottle


Conference, District, Regional Champions State quarter finalists Sarah DeVries All State and Miss Volleyball Candidate


Conference Champs - Jack Cotter and Jaryk Pitsch

He believes in you devoutly, holds all that you can and do. He will say and do it your way when he’s all grown up like you. There’s a wide eyed little person, who believes you’re always right. And his ears are always open, and he watches day and night. You are setting an example every day in all you do For the little one who’s waiting to grow up to be like you. — Scott Huckaby, Athletic and Spiritual Life Director


NPC Leads in Dual Enrollment Opportunities


hristian Schools International recently stated, “Dual enrollment is the new AP!” NPC has been leading the way in providing many opportunities for their qualified high school students to receive college credit-- during and after their school day. Currently the state of Michigan will cover tuition of high school students taking a class from most institutions within the state of Michigan. This is a significant savings for families. It allows students to enter college with both valuable college experience and transferable college credits. Some ambitious students are graduating high school with over 20 college credits! Our students also benefit from a close relationship with Cornerstone College. The college partners with NPC to make the dual enrollment process easily accessible for junior and senior students. NPC’s participating students find it a positive experience. Senior Kelly Looman plans to major in Political Science in college and took

Cultural Anthropology and American Stud- has helped me think like a designer early on in my education. Taking college classies this year at Cornerstone. She says both es has prepared me to know the quality courses were interesting; both prepared of work necessary at the college level. her for what she can expect next year. This experience will give me an advanJarrett Berends completed Spanish 4 his tage when I enter college full time.“ junior year of high school. Taking Spanish at Cornerstone has allowed him to conBesides dual enrollment on a campus, our tinue to develop his language skills while students can build a resume of college obtaining college credit. For Jarrett, who will minor in Spanish in college and plans to classes through online course work. NPC currently has students dual enrolled using study abroad, this has been a huge asset. an online format at GRCC, Schoolcraft Community College, Cedarville University, Dual enrollment makes a and Grand Canyon University. Students can also obtain college credit through KCTC’s smooth transition to the Early College Health Sciences program next level of education which partners with Ferris State University.

for many NPC students.”

Clay Sturgeon plans on studying Industrial Design with the desire to design products for individuals with special needs. He has been dual enrolling at Kendall College of Art and Design and states, “Kendall

Dual enrollment makes a smooth transition to the next level of education for many NPC students. It’s a fine bridge.

Alumni Reflect on Dual Enrollment Yushan Ying – 2015 (pictured left) is an accomplished pianist who is a music major at Grand Valley State University. She took Music Composition and Theory at Cornerstone her senior year at NPC. She states, “Taking a college class in high school prepared me to know what to expect as a music major in college. It also benefited me to obtain some college credit that I could transfer to Grand Valley.“ Jonathan Roberts – 2015 (pictured right) a Mechanical Engineering student at Calvin College had a strong interest in business and was able to take at Cornerstone Business Management, Business Accounting, Principles of Marketing, and Microeconomics. He is on his way to a Business minor that would otherwise not be possible with the rigors of an Engineering degree. He states, “A foundation in business complements what I am learning in engineering. It would have been hard to do both without my dual enrollment coursework.” 9


Enid Gaddis at NPCS Enid Gaddis is a board member of NPCS and the chair of the Education Committee as well as a counselor at a local counseling agency. Enid and her husband Eula are parents to Serena (grade 6) and Ayric (grade 2). We caught up with her and asked a few questions to help our readers get to know her. Why did you choose Christian education for your children and what brought you to NPC? We chose Christian education for our children because we felt it was important for their faith and learning. We were introduced to NPC by the Hankins Family (Gary is a former board member) and have had a great experience. How long have you been a part of the NorthPointe community? We have been part of the NPC community since the 2011/2012 school year when Serena started in 2nd grade at the elementary. Ayric has attended NPC starting with Pre-K. He is in the Spanish Immersion program.

How has your family been impacted by NPC? We have become part of a great school community where our children are educated, supported, and nurtured spiritually.

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What activities have your kids been involved in?

What advice would you give to new families considering NPC?

Serena has participated in basketball, volleyball, and competitive cheer. She’s also taken advantage of some of the summer camp opportunities. Ayric hasn’t participated in any formal sports but has done some summer camp sports and soccer with Senor Tello.

I would encourage new families considering NPC to pray, visit the campuses, and talk with teachers, school leadership, and other parents. I think, from doing so, they will see that what NPC offers both spiritually and academically truly will “equip their children to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”

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Partner with NorthPointe Thank you so much to all of our partners who have made it possible for us to equip students to impact their world for Jesus Christ. We are so thankful to all of you who made our auction a success! Together we raised $115,000, bringing us over 25% of the way towards our goal for tuition assistance. Thank you too for helping us complete our 1:1 initiative. Our students are now equipped with cutting edge technology and collaborative work spaces.

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Ways to Give: Via phone: Text any amount to 616.209.4100 Online: Checks: Please make checks payable to “NorthPointe Christian Schools” and send in enclosed envelope Planned giving: Please call our office to discuss planned giving opportunities, including: • Charitable gifts from IRA funds • Real estate • Will or Trust • Charitable gift annuity

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Grandparents Day at NPCS


orthPointe Christian saw hundreds of grandparents flooding our two campuses to visit their grandchildren on Grandparents Day. It was a blessing for teachers, students, and grandparents alike.

What a joy it was to worship as a choir of three generations! It was a little glimpse of heaven!”

and all of the little things they have done for me along the way.” For elementary students, the smiles of pride and joy on their faces spoke volumes as they welcomed grandparents into their classrooms. Highlights at the middle and high school event included a humorous skit and sharing lunch side-by-side. An elementary favorite was grandparents and grandchildren creating crafts together.

Middle and high school students testiThanks again, grandparents, for encouragfied to the impact grandparents had on ing your grandchildren in faith and learning! their lives. Elizabeth Nymeyer echoed the sentiment of many other students when she Mark your calendars and join us October testified, “I would love to thank my grand6 and 7 for next year’s Grandparents Day. parents for giving me a Christian heritage



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Alumni Feature: A Home for the Homeless– Marie’s House in Zambia, Africa PICTURED AT LEFT are Andrew and Graceann on their 2014 trip to Zambia, where they shared the gospel of Jesus with these children.


ndrew DeVlieger ’07 and his wife, Graceann, look forward to seeing a dream fulfilled this summer. In July 2016, they plan to help twelve orphan girls in Zambia move into a house that the DeVliegers raised money to build. The Tree of Life Children’s Village, just outside the capital city of Lusaka, is a 130-acre village of homes--“a haven of hope and light” for children who are impoverished, abandoned, and desperate. Twelve children live in each

house. Marie’s House (named for Graceann’s grandmother whose passion was children), will hold twelve girls. Andrew calls it, “A loving Christian home for the homeless.” Andrew and Graceann’s compassion for these children is revealed in their efforts to raise the $110,000 needed for the building. They organized 5K & 10K runs in New York and Texas and participated in a Dallas run. They organized a golf tournament, a silent auction in Illinois, and several restaurant fundraisers in Dallas and Albany. In February, the DeVliegers reached their

goal; 100% has been raised and ground has been broken! Excitement abounds! Twelve young orphan girls will begin life anew in a caring place of comfort and healing. The Tree of Life Children’s Village has a Christian school on the premises: Faith Christian Academy. The children will grow up with loving caretakers who will share Jesus and disciple them in their faith. Watch a video of the DeVliegers from their first trip to The Tree of Life Children’s Village

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1970’s (1) Deb Williams Thompson ‘79 Deb and her husband, Bob, are missionaries living in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where Bob serves as General Director of Baptist Home Missions, a church planting missions agency for the USA and Caribbean. Deb serves also part-time as Administrative Assistant for Creative Choices Pregnancy Resource Center. They welcomed their first grandchild. (2 ) Greg Bronkema ‘79 Greg joined a ministry team in Gabon, Africa, working and ministering at Hope

House, a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Gabon. “I think we sometimes forget as we serve people at home and on the other side of the world how important relationships really are. … We don’t always put the relationships at the forefront. We need to. Jesus told us to.”

1980’s (3 ) Tim Swingle ‘86 Having a burden for families in Appalachia, Tim, his wife, and two boys moved to Bluefield, West Virginia to share Christ with broken families through mentoring, counseling, parenting training, and substance abuse counseling. He works in the county court system with families in crisis. “God is at work, and it has been in my life as

3 much as in anyone we’ve ministered to. God has been so good.” Photo credit:

(4 on next pg) Stacy Andree ‘87 Stacy and her husband heard God’s calling to work with Arab Muslims in Nazareth, Israel. About 70% of the people in the city are Muslim and the remainder are from a Christian background. They have been there over seven years. 13







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( 5 ) Pete ‘88 & Stacie (Baughman) ‘88 Buer Pete and Stacie were married in 1991 and have been blessed with three children, Janessa 19, attending Kuyper College, Samantha 17, a junior in high school, and Joey 13, in 8th grade. They relocated to Summit County, Colorado in 2008 for employment for Pete, living in beautiful country, at 9,600 ft in the heart of Colorado ski resorts. Pete currently owns his own plumbing and heating company; Stacie works at the local realtor association as the broker services manager. “Two years ago, we came close to losing our son. He was in critical condition and diagnosed with type 1 juvenile diabetes. It has been a rocky road, but we know we aren’t alone in this. We are so thankful for the solid Bible education we receive at NPCS. Our education has made a life-long impact!” Teri Brainard Bradley ‘89 Teri and her husband, Scott, live in Atlanta. They married 23 years ago and have two teenage boys. Teri teaches math and English in middle school. Teri has a degree from Clayton State University with certification in Math and English Language Arts and a masters degree from Walden University with a specialization in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. She is currently working on a dissertation and hope to complete her PhD by December 2016.



1990’s (6) Brian James ‘93 and his wife, Audrey, recently welcomed twin boys in December. They live in Florida. Joy Elenbaas Anderson ’95 After going to GRCC and marrying Timothy in 2000, Joy and her husband moved from Allendale to South Carolina in 2006. God led them to discover School Ministries Released Time, where students are permitted to attend a Bible class off school grounds. Joy now teaches Bible to 3rd5th grade and is the teacher coordinator for their community’s seven elementary schools. “Grand Rapids Baptist Academy (now NPCS) has made such an impact on my life, and I will always appreciate the strong foundation I obtained there.“ ( 7 ) Beth Terborg ’97 Beth is the director of Boulder Creek Assisted Living. She and her husband have a daughter and enjoy their dog who is an active participant of Boulder Creek.

2000’s ( 8 ) Laura Goforth Knisely ’02 Laura went to Boyce Bible College in Louisville, Kentucky for a degree in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. She and Nathan married in 2004 and were soon plugged into a church with a passion for church planting. In July 2010, they moved with their three sons to the northern suburbs of Philadelphia to help start Trinity Church. “We are learning what contentment is in spite of what our circumstances look like, how to truly depend on God, and what living in community with others really means.”

2010’s Liz is married to Madison, and they have two boys, Michael 3 and Will 1. Jessica Wynalda Hoff ‘07 Jessica graduated in May 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law. She and her husband, Eric, are living in England where he is studying for his PhD in Theology at the University of Oxford. They moved there in September and will be there for three years.

(12) Daniel Roels ‘11 Daniel is in Nonthaburi, Thailand, teaching 4th grade at the Global English School and coaching basketball to all ages. “My experience has been better than I could have ever imagined. I have not only seen God work wonders in my students’ lives, but in my life as well.”

Katie DeLong ‘12 “Spring 2016 will be my last year of Nursing at Olivet Nazarene University. In May, I (9) Kris Rolls ‘07 12 plan to graduate with a BSN-RN degree.” Kris is working at Grand Rapids TheoKatie believes her lifelong calling is to love logical Seminary in Church Relations and and care for the sick. She is engaged to Admissions. His team has recently deMike Hanson ‘12. Because Mike will be signed a blog to help address different active duty in the Army, they will live in topics for pastors, counselors, and ministry Oklahoma while he trains. “I know I cannot leaders. “I truly can testify that ‘I have even imagine some of the difficulties that planned my ways but it is the Lord that has will arise with our future life, but as of determined my steps’. Be faithful wherevnow, I cannot explain how excited I am to er you find yourself and God will lead.” graduate, get married, travel, and face life with my best friend and God by my side!” (10) Steven Parcell ‘08 is a Staff Sergeant in the US Air Force and is currently staElizabeth Soper ‘13 tioned at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Elizabeth is a nursing student in her third in Hawaii. He is the NCOIC (Non-Comyear at Olivet Nazarene University, where missioned Officer In Charge) of the she has been chosen to go on a nursing Resiliency and Outreach program for the missions trip with fifteen others next Mental Health Clinic on base. Steven is summer to Uganda, Africa! They are now a board member and military liaison for in the preparation stages. “It’s so exciting the American Foundation for Suicide to be given the opportunity to serve God’s Prevention-Oahu Chapter. Blessed to find people around the world and show them a wonderful church in Hawaii, he and his the love of Jesus Christ through the skills wife, Jessica, find that being connected I have been learning and equipped with with fellow believers is vitally important. throughout my life, but especially my past three years of nursing school at Olivet.” (11) Ian Williams ’09 Ian is working on his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in the field of Structural Materials. He is currently in Singapore, conducting research on building energy efficiency and sustainability.

(13) Rachael Stapley ‘14 Rachael is attending Calvin College, where she is majoring in Recreational Therapy. She hopes to someday work in a hospital or rehab center helping patients with their Paul ’02 and Erin (Ball) ’04 Broersma physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Paul and Erin married in 2008, lived in Amanda Bratt Hall ‘09 “I have always known that God has had Florida for eight years, and have recently Amanda and her husband Josh are working a plan for my life, but lately I have been moved back to Grand Rapids where both for Youth with a Mission, staffing their able to see that plan unfold and I look have changed fields of employment. Paul discipleship training schools on the Sunforward to what the rest of my life entails.” is a repair technician, and Erin is a personal shine Coast, Australia. They are learning trainer with Snap Fitness. They have four about leadership and YWAM as a whole. dogs. Their joy is helping people in need. In Memoriam After doing their discipleship training a few years ago, they like being back, but Liz Burgess Taylor ‘04 Jenna Bonnema Hansen ‘86, now on the other side of it. In November, Liz is a wife, mom, and an adjunct music died April 6, 2016 they led a team to India for two months. history and strings professor at Belhaven “It’s hard being away from friends and Janice Kay (Finch) Shepard ‘78, University in Jackson, Mississippi. After family and everything comfortable and died September 8, 2015. graduating, she attended Wheaton known, but when God has you in the Jonathan Wittenbach ’83, College and then the University of place He wants you, there is so much died January 30, 2016 Mississippi for graduate school. peace that overflows.”



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2015-16 Alumnus of the Year: Brittany Johnson Class of 2007

Brittany’s life is the embodiment of NorthPointe’s mission to equip students to impact their world for Jesus Christ.”


orthPointe is thrilled to honor beloved Brittany Johnson as this year’s Alumnus of the Year. Brittany joined NorthPointe’s staff as NorthPointe Middle and High School Admissions Representative in 2012. This past year she worked to bring in 92 new students, seeking to help create a smooth transition for them and their families. Brittany also directs our Middle School Reading Incentive Program and she serves as a mentor to a few seniors for their Senior presentations.

Outside of NorthPointe, Brittany works as the Sponsorship Advocate for a community in Ethiopia called Ukro. Her relationship with Ethiopia began in 2010 on a three-week English teaching stint through Project Mercy. She has continued to advocate for community development in Ethiopia, specifically bridging a partnership between Ukro and her church home, Frontline Community Church. Brittany’s most recent visit to Ethiopia took place in October 2015. Miss Johnson will soon be Mrs. Noll as she and fiancé Tim Noll plan to be married this summer. Congratulations to Brittany for her being named Alumnus of the Year.


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