Fall ’22 Connections Alumni Profile
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It was 21 years ago, back in September of 2001, that a 13-year-old Kirk Cousins ’07 walked through Holland Christian School’s doors for the first time, little knowing how much his life would change.
But then ours did too.
“I had no idea just how much this school would mean to me,” he said this summer to a handful of HC students while visiting the HCMS renovation. “It was such an impactful part of my life, some of the best years of my life.”
Kirk’s very first middle school class was in what is now Mr. Sterenberg’s room, and the first time he ever had an actual Bible class. He asked the principal then “Does that mean that you’re giving me 45 minutes just to sit quietly and read my Bible to start my day?” Kirk remembered laughing. “And they said ‘No, it’s actually a class…you’re going to study the Bible like you would study math or science.’ That was a foreign concept to me!”
Kirk’s first Bible class was with Mr. Jack Koeman, famous for the red pen stuck behind his ear, but who taught the kings of Israel and Judah, about how when they obeyed God, things would go well. But when they disobeyed God, things did not go well.
A very simple concept, Kirk pointed out, one reiterated in Galatians 6:7, that “‘Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap,’” he readily quoted. “That truth of when you choose to walk with God, you can leave the consequences with Him. But above all else, honor Him and let Him handle the direction of your life,” Kirk continued—ever the preacher’s son. “That truth was abundantly clear to me as I took 7th grade Bible. It’s really stuck with me and been a foundation for me ever since.”