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Board of Trustees

Members of the Grand Rapids Christian Schools (GRCS) Board of Trustees are elected by the GRCS membership each year at the Annual Meeting of the membership. Board members are required to meet requirements in order to be elected to the Board of Trustees and may serve for a maximum of two consecutive three-year terms. Board member requirements include:

  1. Membership in GRCS in good standing who subscribes to the doctrinal basis set forth in the GRCS bylaws;

  2. Acknowledgement of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;

  3. Commitment to the GRCS mission and is a proponent of Christian education shaped by a Reformed theological perspective;

  4. Commitment to investment of time and energy necessary to ensure GRCS integrity throughout the community.

The Board of Trustees humbly embraces its role and the trust placed in its care by the GRCS membership. If strives to advance the mission of Grand Rapids Christian Schools, which is to prepare students as effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. In order to advance this mission, members of the Board pledge to live lives reflective of Christ’s character and seek God’s will in the decisions it makes regarding educational programs it provides children in Preschool-12th grade each year.

Board of Trustees 2018-2019

Tim Alles President
Mike Meeuwsen, '94 Vice President
Tom Prince, '83 Treasurer
Patti Harris, '77 Secretary
Paul DeVries At Large
Jill Ellens At Large
Candace Smith-King At Large
Dave VanWingerden At Large
Julie Westra At Large




Strategic Plan

Letter from the Superintendent

Dear Grand Rapids Christian Schools community: 

When you plan a family trip, you probably don’t leave the details to chance. You consult maps and websites, talk with friends, and  come up with an  itinerary  to provide  your  family with  a wonderful experience. Basically, you create a “strategic plan.” 

Like a family planning a trip, Grand Rapids Christian Schools provides our students with a wonderful Christian education when it is guided by a strategic plan that thoughtfully shapes our journey with students, families, staff, and members of our community. The 2013-2018 strategic plan included major initiatives such as strengthened educational programs, debt retirement, school consolidation, investments in facilities, and endowment growth. God richly blessed our efforts Now it’s time for us to look ahead to the next five years.  

In March 2012 we initiated the development of a new strategic plan.  A Strategic Planning Steering Committee was established to build the framework of the 2013-2018 strategic plan, and it did so with dedication and enthusiasm. After careful evaluation and many revisions, the Committee submitted a plan for review by our Administrative Council and our Board of Trustees. I am pleased to tell you that the Board approved the 2013A2018 strategic plan at its meeting on June 17, 2013.  

Working together, these groups developed an exciting roadmap that will help Grand Rapids Christian Schools continue achieving its mission of preparing students to be effective servants of Christ in contemporary society. As you will see, the strategic plan focuses on five main issues: 

  • Faith Nurture/Strengthening the Community of Faith 
  • Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum 
  • School Culture 
  • Financial Stability 
  • Position/Reputation in the Community

I invite you to review the plan, and I welcome any feedback you may have. Your participation and vision are an important element of what makes our school community the wonderful place it is, and we thank you for your commitment to Christian education and Grand Rapids Christian Schools. 

Though we do our best to plan well for the future, we know that we live each day in God’s hands, and we pray that God will guide us every step of the way as we carry out our work. 
Thomas DeJonge, Superintendent 

Grand Rapids Christian Strategic Plan 2013-2018

Policy Handbook

Board Materials

Board Schedule 2018-2019

  • October 22, 2018
  • December 3, 2018
  • January 14, 2019
  • February 18, 2019
  • March 18, 2019*
    (*Annual Meeting)
  • April 22, 2019
  • June 3, 2019

Board Reports


  • October 2018
  • December 2018
  • January 2019
  • February 2019
  • April 2019
  • June 2019

The Board of Trustees welcomes your comments and suggestions. Please address your e-mail communications for Board members to