Administration & Office
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]." 2 Corinthians 9:8
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: Harbor Springs had been my family’s vacation spot, summer and winter, for 15 years. Each time we would come on extended vacations, we would attend church at Harbor Light Community Chapel. However, because we didn’t live here, we weren't very social and just left immediately following the service. On our wedding anniversary in June 2015 we sat in service at Harbor Light Community Chapel. Just before delivering the sermon, Pastor Gary Mindel called me out from the pulpit, and then came over to me where I sat in the congregation. He asked me if we came to the area for vacation various times. I affirmed this was true and he invited my wife and I out to lunch. During lunch, Pastor Gary explained the Lord had been putting my face before him during his devotional for some time and he felt strongly impressed by the Holy Spirit to make sure to connect with me the next time he saw me in church (we had not been there since Christmas 2014). He apologized for putting me on the spot during service but was endeavoring to be obedient to the Holy Spirit. During our time together Pastor Gary was a great source of encouragement and confirmation for what the Lord had us doing at the time. We parted ways knowing the Lord wanted us to be connected but we weren’t sure how or why at that time.
The following January during an extended fast, Pastor Gary Mindel contacted me. He explained the Head Administrator, Gary Urman, was retiring and asked me to pray about applying for the position. By the end of my fast, I felt confident the Lord wanted me to apply. The rest is history.
I Love HLCS because…I enjoy the family atmosphere here at HLCS, it's amazing! It's good to fellowship with other believers, strengthening and sharpening each other.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy studying the Bible, listening to Bible teachers, sports and exercise, time with my family, and anything outdoors.
Guidance Counselor, Outreach and International Coordinator,
World Changers - College Readiness and Leadership
Favorite Bible Verse: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: When my oldest daughter was four years old my husband and I toured all of the schools in the Petoskey area and fervently prayed for direction. We had both come from public school backgrounds. My father was a teacher in a wealthy school district where all of the ‘bells and whistles’ were available for students. The Lord very, very clearly impressed on us that we should send Katie to Harbor Light, as different as it was from our school experiences. Through the years I helped wherever I could, increasing my hours year by year. Six years ago I transitioned to this full-time position. Since that first year we have had four children graduate from HLCS and have one still to go!
I love HLCS because… it is God’s heart that every moment of our being we would be focused on him. To educate our children apart from Him means to dissect our children’s lives in ways they were not meant to be divided. Courses must be taught with a biblical foundation, students must be seen as being formed in His image and the goals and objectives we seek for students must come from the Lord. He is the one who created these students and only He can lead and guide us, along with their parents to dream His dream for them and to walk out day by day their growth in Him. This is my passion and it is the same as the passion of HLCS—that’s why I love it here!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Travel, cultures, mission trips, helping students to walk in their purpose, worship, hospitality, music, my family, cooking, and nature!
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths."
Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: God blessed me abundantly when the administrative assistant position became available at HLCS. Having our children in a Christian school has always been a part of our life, and having the chance for our children to come to HLCS has proven to be one of the most amazing experiences I could have asked for. Every day I am excited to be able to come to my job. I love every single aspect of it. We are all incredibly blessed by the excellent staff and volunteers that make up Harbor Light Christian School.
I love HLCS because… well there probably isn’t enough room on the page to share with you why I love HLCS!!! If I could pick just one thing, would it be the education level, the excellent teachers, staff, coaches and volunteers, the love and friendship the kids have towards each other, the fact that God is shown in everything that we do. I can’t just focus on one thing, because all of these add up to what makes HLCS such an amazing school. I love everything about HLCS!! We have amazing parents that support and help out so much, we have students that love to be here, and represent Christ in all that they do, we have staff members that love their jobs, each other, and their students. HLCS is not just a school where excellence in education is taught, but it is a family, where the love of Christ is shown daily, where we are encouraged to step out and step up for Christ, and where we can have peace in the knowledge that our children will be supported and loved at all times.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love spending time with my family!! I have three children, and the most wonderful husband of 20+ years that God has blessed me with. We love sitting outside around a big bonfire in the spring and fall months, boating in the summer, and watching the kids ski and snowboard in the winter. I love to travel, and my favorite place to go is to South Carolina. I also enjoy reading and being involved with our church.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: Romans 8:15 "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry 'Abba Father'."
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I came to Harbor Light because I am a HLCS graduate and wanted my children to have a similar educational experience.
I love HLCS because… it is a family friendly environment where my children's education can be based in the word of God. As a teacher, I love the staff and students and look forward to spending time with them.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Outside of school, I enjoy leading worship, playing volleyball, re-decorating my home, and spending time with my family.
Guidance Counselor Assistant
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Significant Life Experiences that led me to HLCS: I am blessed to also be a part of the mission and educational trips that occur at our high school and plan and travel with our students, who amaze me at every turn! We have some incredible students here at HLCS that not only honor God, but our school as well. That is what led me to working at HLCS - to be a part of God’s work here with our students. It feels like my children don’t just have friends at HLCS but have extended family here.
I love HLCS because… of the family atmosphere among the students and families.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy hiking, biking, traveling and spending time in this beautiful place we are blessed to live!
Bookkeeper / Tutor / Study Hall
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and self control." 2 Timothy 1:7
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: After years of wanting to enroll our children : Having my teenager acknowledge that he wanted to be here. Then realizing we needed to be here. As soon as we enrolled I felt God was working not only our children but our family.
I Love HLCS because… It is more than a school.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Spending time with all our family. Watching all the sports the kids are involved in. Family walks.
Marketing and Development
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: The Lord made it very clear to me and my husband that we were to send our daughter to HLCS for Kindergarten. In looking for ways to adjust to her going to school 4 days a week I began applying for jobs and HLCS seemed an obvious choice as I was driving here every day anyway! Little did I know what the Lord had in store. He really blesses us beyond what we can imagine sometimes. It is an honor and privilege to work here.
I Love HLCS because… Each and every person that works here has a heart for the Lord and truly seeks His will as they pour themselves into their jobs, their relationships with the students as well as with one another. It is truly a family and I can't believe I get to be a part of it!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love spending time with the Lord, reading, kayaking, skiing, and taking long family walks with our sweet dog Macy.
Marketing and Development
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "For You, LORD, are good and ready to forgive, abounding in love to all who call on You." Psalm 86:5
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: Since my oldest daughter was the age for preschool, I have been homeschooling my children. Each summer, my husband and I would pray and seek the Lord about what we were to do for the education of our 5 children the following fall. We were involved in many homeschool programs and attended what would be equivalent of one day of school through one of these groups. During the school year of 2014-2015 my oldest daughter told us she would like to have the true school experience before graduating from high school. I told her to bring her desires before the Lord and ask Him for His will regarding this matter. We also checked into some of the Christian schools around the Detroit Metro area. Our daughter did pray about it and miraculously the opportunity for my husband to become the Administrator at Harbor Light Christian School became available. We had lived in the same house, and attended the same wonderful church for 17 years, so we really prayed and considered our move here. We know this is the Lord’s leading and are so blessed to be a part of HLCS.
I Love HLCS because… THE PEOPLE! All of those who worked to build this school into what it is today are truly remarkable believers who have sacrificed their lives to see the Lord’s vision fulfilled here, and you can tell!!!!! HLCS feels like a big, happy family who are all pulling for each other.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Anything outdoors! I enjoy family time, eating, exercise, hiking, biking, swimming, and vacationing.
Creative Arts & Electives
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I attended Michigan State University, Go Green! While there, I received my Bachelor's degree in Education. I've held a variety of positions with students of all ages that allowed me both to teach and use my art background. Additionally, I co-owned By Design Marketing utilizing past marketing, PR and ad design experience.
I Love HLCS because… it's like one big family. Everyone looks out for one another and builds each other up to follow and seek after the Lord. I have never worked in a more supportive and encouraging environment for both staff and students. My family recently decided to send our two sons to Harbor Light because of the atmosphere and quality Christ centered education.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Painting, beach days, travel, gardening, spending time outdoors and volunteering in Kid's Community at our church. I also enjoy playing with our two sweet dogs Bubba and Bernie.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also." Gen. 1:16
Because, oh by the way, there was a little time left that day, so He also made a trillion or so stars. What an Amazing God!
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I have conducted research at a national lab, I have taught classes at a large state college, I have worked in one of the most prestigious physics departments in the world - but there was something incredibly special about the opportunity to come home and help make a difference in the lives of young men and women who are working hard to become shining lights in this world.
I Love HLCS because… The staff is smart and kind. The students are eager and devoted. And the administration is caring and wise. HLCS gets that it is important to prepare young people to excel as students, but even more important to prepare them to be good people.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I enjoy playing and coaching sports and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work." 2 Timothy 2:21
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: In January 2016, I accepted the Worship Arts Director position at Harbor Light Community Chapel. Our oldest daughter was enrolled in the Readiness Program fall 2016 and our experience with the school was great! So this year, both of our girls and myself are at Harbor Light Christian School.
I Love HLCS because… it encourages students to have an individual relationship with our Creator and provides a safe environment for kids to learn about Him while still excelling academically.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: I love spending time with my family. Playing the guitar. Singing. Songwriting. Worshiping.
Spanish and ESL
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I attended Harbor Light as a student from 1997-2002. The HLCS community supported me during a family crisis and provided me with an excellent Christian academic education. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt upon graduating that I wanted to go to college to become a teacher like the Harbor Light teachers who were there for me, set a good example for me, and prayed for me. After graduating with my teaching degree in 2006, I had the opportunity to teach in both private and public schools overseas and in the mid-west. These experiences confirmed for me the uniqueness of the Harbor Light staff and the overall Christian environment that I did not find elsewhere. I moved back to the area in May 2017, and started considering possible teaching jobs. Harbor Light was my first choice as it gives me opportunities to share my faith with students as well as to be supported again in a truly loving, caring environment by some of the same teachers who taught me. It has been like a dream come true to return to HLCS after all these years. I am so thankful that God paved a way for me to come back!
I Love HLCS because… it provides a combination of academic excellence and spiritual relevance for students. What makes it truly wonderful here is the community of people who love their students and love each other as Christ loves.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: reading, water skiing, traveling, speaking Spanish, and playing at the park with my three kids.
Tutoring / Library / English / Art
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." Phil. 4:13
Significant life experiences that led me to HLCS: Harbor Light was a very positive and influencial experience for our son Michiah. He is now a missionary with Y.W.A.M. in Thailand. This is the second year at HLCS for our youngest two kids and our Chinese, exchange student, son.
I love HLCS because… the teachers and staff love and care about all the students.
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading, making cards, sewing, camping, and crafts.
Library / Tutoring
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." 3 John 1:4
Significant Life Experiences That Led Me to HLCS: I originally moved to this area to teach at HLCS, though I later had to leave for financial reasons. After retiring from the public schools, I'm back at HLCS part time.
I Love HLCS because… 3 of my four children graduated from HLCS. I appreciate the small class sizes here and the wonderful, caring classroom teachers!
Activities & hobbies I enjoy: Reading is my main hobby.
One of My Favorite Bible Verses: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33