I come to the Bethel Community Education board fresh off a charter school academy board, which I chaired for the past twenty-two years. Just prior to that, I served on the Holland Public School Board. Right out of college, I taught at Kelloggsville Christian School until taking a break to raise our family. While growing up, my mother was a teacher in a public school where she was always looking for new ways to help her students improve. Education is in my blood – and my heart!
As my last name might indicate, I am related to Amy Zwiep by marriage. I’ve listened to her dreams of a school where children are taught to be self directed, set goals for themselves, and work together in a Christ-like environment. When she approached me about being on the board, I didn’t hesitate. What an honor!
God, the children and the community we serve, are what it’s all about. We believe that this educational model and BCE in particular can make an impact on all of these. I serve with an amazing group of people on this board and together we are thankful to be a part of what God is doing at BCE!
Kate Mulder lives on a farm in Lowell with her construction husband, three high-maintenance children, two devoted hound dogs, and twenty-five indifference longhorn cattle. She is really pushing for a donkey, but there are those that are against her. Kate brings a passion for special needs, inclusion, dyslexia education, and outdoor learning to the table and is thrilled to be a part of making this alternative education dream a reality for our community.
Duane is happily married to Beth and they live in the Lowell area. They have five children (two by marriage) and ten grandchildren, two of whom are Bethel students. Duane attended Hope College and W.M.U., and works as the Controller for a local IT company. He enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, and time outdoors. He has previously served as a Treasurer for the Christian Rest Home, Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges, Cran-Hill Ranch and New City Neighbors. He also currently serves as an Elder and the Treasurer of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Ada.
Seeing how much my grandsons love Bethel has touched my heart. This is what has led me to want to be a part of what is happening at Bethel.
Bethany graduated from Calvin College in 2018 with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She has been working with children since she was twelve years old. Bethany has a heart for creating space for children to be themselves and learn the way that works best for them. She chose to serve on Bethel’s board after meeting with Kate Mulder (who is also connected with YoungLife) to learn about the school’s mission.
She instantly fell in love with Bethel because of her calling in educational ministry, which was evident for her back in seventh grade. The more Bethany learned about Bethel, the more she fell in love with the idea of being a part of the community. God has confirmed that she needs to be a part of the board and learn and grow along with the school.
When she isn’t teaching at school herself or at Bethel, she is teaching dance classes or taking dance classes, and she loves to be active and outdoors.
I am excited about the faith-based environment for children to learn and grow. Bethel’s focus on the student and partnering and goal setting with each child is one of the many reasons I am honored to be on the board and help this school as it continues to meet the needs of students and families. The big picture view of Bethel, and the mission to empower learners to use their God-given talents to join in Christ’s work, are just a couple of reasons I am committed to helping Bethel grow.
I have been an educator for over 40 years in Wisconsin and Michigan, teaching students from Kindergarten through college age. It is difficult to pick a favorite grade level or subject – they all have joy. My husband, Paul, and I are blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
Over the last twenty years, as part of the Young Life staff in Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento, and the Western Great Lakes Region of Michigan (in areas that varied widely demographically and socially: urban, rural, small towns, suburbs, residential facilities, and juvenile detention centers), God has given Kevin a heart for learning how to practice fundraising work in a way that more theologically faithful and effective. He continues to learn about and enjoys inviting people into the wonderful story of what God is doing through faithful friendship in the mission, giving friends and family an opportunity to have new and refreshing experiences with Jesus. Kevin is also the Principal/Founder of the Acuity Lab, a process design laboratory where people and organizations come alive, purpose comes into focus, and potential is cultivated. Kevin loves coming alongside people to help them realize their purpose and cultivate their potential.
Kevin comes to the BCE Board via his 25 year relationship with Curt and Katie Mulder. He loves watching the concept of BCE come into fruition in the lives of students, and thinks that this of education is crucial to the wellbeing of our community.