The Board of Trustees at Holland Christian is made up primarily of parents of children that attend the school. Typically, the Board members comprise a cross section of our school society. Over the decades that I have been involved with our board the Trustees have been trades people, educators, small business owners, doctors, pastors–and the list goes on. As we head into the 2022-2023 school year, we have 12 board members, but that number varies from year to year depending on the needs of the board and the availability of those willing to serve. The HC Board may be between 9 and 12 members. The common bond of all who serve on our Board is a passion for Holland Christian Schools and its mission to “Equip minds and nurture hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.”
Board of Trustees
Welcome to the Holland Christian Schools Board of Trustees section of the school’s website. It is our hope that the information presented here will be helpful to all school society members.
Holland Christian’s Board of Trustees is a “Governing Board” as opposed to an “Administrative Board” or a “Representative Board.” A Governing Board does not participate in the day-to-day running of the school. That is the job of the Head of Schools and his or her administrative team. The Board works to assure that there are well defined governance, policies, funding, and organizational structure. The Board also assures that we have a very capable Head of Schools leading an administrative team of highly professional, highly capable staff members to execute our mission. Functionally the Board provides leadership in the areas of Education, Finance, Stewardship, and Trustees.
The Head of Schools reports to the Board of Trustees and is solely responsible to “run the school” day-to-day, semester-to-semester, and year-to-year.
This year the Board worked for several months examining and redefining our Strategic Priorities for the next 3 to 5 years. They are:
1. Holistic Christian Education and Faith Formation: Set and achieve well-defined goals in Christian education and faith formation/integration; equip students in partnership with families and churches.
2. Better Together in Christ: Thrive as a place of belonging and discovery for all families with focus on the changing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic diversity within our Christian community and the different learning capabilities of students.
3. Academic Excellence: Pursue measurable and comparative evidence of academic excellence where each student is valued and equipped to reach his/her potential academically and with appropriate life skills.
4. Sustainability and Stewardship: Enhance enrollment growth processes and continue strong financial management to ensure long-term financial sustainability and affordability.
5. Leadership Development: Develop, empower, and retain dedicated professionals while enhancing the number of teachers and staff who are prepared to serve as academic and administrative leaders in Christian education.
Our Head of Schools, Eric Forseth, is working with his administrative team to articulate how each of these priorities will be pursued and measured operationally.
As we move forward in pursuit of fulfilling our mission at Holland Christian, it is our ongoing hope that you will positively and prayerfully engage and support this work.
Sincerely in Christ,
Board of Trustees Information
Matt is an energetic and personable individual who has worked in public, high-pressured environments, led confidential searches and recruitment efforts, and is now in higher education, helping students in their vocational discernment journey with a Christian perspective. He is intentionally committed to a Reformed theological perspective.
As evidenced by his membership on the Diversity Task Force, Jesse is committed to the Strategic Priority of seeing Holland Christian “thriving as a place of belonging.” He appreciates the Reformed perspective of Jesus being Lord of all and applied to every subject in an HC education.
His areas of expertise at Hope College and in his field of Business and Economics are leadership, organizational effectiveness and change, and strategy and organization design. His research focuses on leadership and strategic change, power and politics in organizations, and the role of business in society. He began his career at NASA in Houston, Texas, as an internal organization development consultant. His subsequent consulting experience includes serving as a senior manager for Ernst & Young Management Consulting and as a practice leader for Hewitt Associates.
Keely brings significant experience in fundraising, leadership marketing/communication, ESS (parent advocate), and is passionate about HC’s mission. As a Reformed Christian, Keely believes “in the authority of the Bible, and the importance of weaving that into each subject at Holland Christian.” She believes it is imperative “that kids are taught the glory of God in all subjects to prepare and equip them to live for Christ.”
Chad values “raising my children in a community of faith, understanding that all the world belongs to God. More specifically, I value Holland Christian as it appears to give students the tools to think critically about a broad range of issues rather than merely indoctrinating them with a set of beliefs and ideas. Good theology is critical, but, to me, a sound reasoning faith trusts and thinks about God in all situations.”
Kevin appreciates the education that both he and his wife received from HCS, especially the worldview they learned here, that “God permeates everything, even math.” He says that this same worldview is “essential to instill in each generation, so as they enter the workforce they know that no matter what they are doing, kingdom building is present in that activity.” With his financial and vocational background, Kevin is well-gifted to be “part of an organization that is accountable to a much larger group of stakeholders and the challenges that go with that.” He is accustomed to working with the day-to-day “operations of an organization within a public sphere, but also being accountable for [its] long-term financial sustainability.”
The Board of Trustees holds its meetings monthly, with the following meeting dates currently scheduled:
- August 16
- September 15
- October 18
- November 17
- December 15
- January 19
- February 16
- March 16
- April 20 (Annual Society Meeting)
- May 18
- June 15
- July 20 if necessary
The Holland Christian Board of Trustees welcomes your comments and suggestions. Please address your e-mail communications for board members to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Holland Christian Trustee should meet the following expectations:
• Be a member of the Holland Christian Education Society (an HC parent or donor)
• Be a supporter of Holland Christian Schools and its mission.
• Have a passion for and commitment to Christian education; be able to provide vision for the future of Christian education in our context.
• Be a committed Christian and a member in good standing of a Christian church.
• Demonstrate a commitment to a Reformed understanding of the Christian faith by signing a Faith Covenant.
• Be willing to assist with the fundraising efforts on behalf of Holland Christian Schools, including having a passion for addressing affordability issues.
• Not be employed by HCS or be a family member (spouse, parent, child) of an HCS employee. Also, no board members of the HC Foundation may serve concurrently on the HC board.
Board Trustee Nomination Form
”I love that my school is a Christian school. I love that we share in worship each week and learn about the world through a Christian perspective; I love my teachers, how they show their faith in their teaching, and are always willing to reach out to me outside of school if I need them.
”The teachers are outstanding and go above and beyond the call to impact my kids.
”The teachers care about their students: they want to help students develop their strengths and understand that they are made in god's image with specific talents and gifts.
”I think holland Christian’s teaching staff is a huge strength. The level of care, concern, and character that most of the teachers possess is what makes the HC experience so impactful for our kids.
”No child is just a number. Teachers really know them, understand their strengths and weaknesses, lift them up in prayer, challenge classmates to care about them and for them.
Looking for more detail?
These are the highlights of why we do what we do, but if you want to read our full Statement of Educational Philosophy it goes into a lot more detail.