Class of 1963
Grace (Hummel) Westerhof '63 recently retired after 34 years in Christian education. After graduating from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA, she began teaching in 1967 at Western Michigan Christian High School and spent the last 27 years at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing, IL, teaching German, journalism, and freshman Bible. Grace's retirement plans include traveling, gardening, spending time with grandchildren, and enjoying pressure free evenings.
Class of 1966
Myra (Sarginson) Clark’s (’66) son Glenn lost his life this past August. He lived in Florida with his wife and his 9 month old daughter.
Class of 1971
In late September, six of the ACSI member Christian schools in the Metro Manila area of the Philippines reported significant damage from the effects of the two typhoons, which were the worst in over 50 years. Please pray for these schools and also pray for our ACSI Asia Office staff (Janet Lowrie Nason, Class of 1971, Director) as they deal with this crisis in the midst of preparations for three teacher conferences this month.
Class of 1970 & 1972
Former DC Soccer fullbacks and teammates Tim Chambers ‘70 (right) and Buck Stephens ’72 (left) were reunited October 24th when they both were asked to speak at the Iron Sharpens Iron men’s conference in Buffalo, New York. Tim and Buck had not seen each other for 39 years. Tim is a full time practicing psychologist and a former professor for 11 years at Houghton College. He now is the director of the Christian Counseling Ministries of WNY (www.ccmwny.org). Buck a financial advisor for 31 years, international evangelist, and conference speaker is the author of the book The Coming Financial Revolution. He founded Advancing the Kingdom Ministries (www.atkministries.org) and is affiliated with Crown Financial Ministries.
Class of 1975
Jane Knoppers Cottingham, Bette Lownes Ferris and Cynthia Luxon Strong enjoyed a vacation together with their families and friends at Willowbank, in Bermuda in June 2009.
Class of 1981
Don DiRaddo ’81 is the Director of Broadcasting for the Baltimore Ravens. He is going into his 10th season. As the director, he is responsible for the day to day operation of the department as well as producing 5 weekly shows throughout the season. He travels with the team and has three crews working with him on game day. He also produces the pres-season broadcasts. He has worked in television production for 24 years.
Class of 1984
John Knoppers '84 lives near Sparta, Michigan, an agricultural area about 15 miles north of Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am employed as a branch manager at a small community bank in Grand Rapids. We are active in our church, Trinity CRC in Sparta. Sherry teaches Sunday School, I am involved in choir and organizing mission trips, and have serve on the church's council. We have a small hobby farm with a llama, an alpaca, rabbits and chickens, and also share our home with a dog and 4 cats. In my spare time I enjoy photography.
Susan Gurlie ’84 is a zookeeper at the San Francisco Zoo and is currently working with South American animals: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians.
Julie Williamson Smalls ’84 is raising 3 boys and loving every minute of it. She owned and operated a landscape design business for 5 years called Over the Garden Wall. She is currently running the operations side of a business her husband is starting called Hoopla Software. They hope to launch out on our own in the near future.
Class of 1986
Pastor Hyung "Henry" Kim '86 was called by God to serve as an English Ministry pastor in a Korean-American church in San Diego, CA since May '09. Even though God called him into full-time ministry during his college years and had the opportunity and privilege to serve Him in such diverse places as Kenya, Africa and Seoul, South Korea, one thing was "missing" from his ministry. He was ordained in the KAPC (Korean American Presbyterian Church - Southern California Presbytery) in September 2009. He is currently the English Ministry Pastor at San Diego Rock (BanSuk) Presbyterian Church.
Class of 1998
Bill Patton ’98 graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2002 and is now living in King of Prussia, PA with his wife Melissa. He is working as a therapist at Thomas Jefferson University’s Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Program.
Class of 2000
Lindsay Hall ’00 and Matt McGowen ’00 were married in December 2008. They have relocated back to the area in Malvern, PA. Congratulations!
Class of 2002
Megan Young ’02 and Kevin McKenna were married on August 1, 2009 in Pittsburgh, PA. They now reside in Arlington, VA. Congratulations!
Class of 2003
James Iserman ’03 graduated on June 22, 2009 from Berufskollege Kohlstrasse, Culinary Program in Wuppertal, Germany.
Class of 2004
Sara Mayo ’04 has completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Drexel University and graduated in June 2009.
Class of 2006
Courtney Haskins '06 received the Humanitarian Engineering Award from the College of Engineering at Penn State University in May. This award is presented to those who demonstrate academic rigor in their service learning activities, exhibit a passion and dedication to assisting others using their academic skills and demonstrate leadership qualities. (see article in left column)
Class of 2007
David Griffiths ’07 lives in Bozeman, Montana and is a sports reporter/anchor for Max Media Montana.
Ben Leaman ’07 participated in two internships this year. He interned with Urban Outfitters Photo Studio assisting the lead photographer in shooting model pictures and he shot product photography for the website. His 2nd internship was with American Bible Society. He wrote the cover story for the fall issue of The Record (the 2nd Oldest Continuously published magazine in the US) and traveled to West Virginia for research and interviews on this story. Ben started his own wedding photography business in the Philadelphia area and also takes pictures for family portraits, engagement shots, headshots, and products. Ben would freely admit that it was the influence of DC that allowed his artistic talents and passion for photography to help prepare him for the things he is now doing in his professional career. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Messiah College vs. West Chester soccer club teams competed at Bloomsburg in September 2009. (Lt – Rt) Maria Visser '09, Renee Militello '07, Rachel Ammon '09