Name: Jonathan Schutter
Spouse: Robin Schutter
Children: Tristan - 6th, Quincy - 4th, Dawson - 2nd
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): MCS alumni, Bachelors in business finance from Dordt
Job Position: Farmer
Church Membership (location, years): Bethel CRC
Church Involvement (service, etc.): Served as a deacon (treasurer), Cadet counselor, Search committee
MCS Involvement: Board member (2018-2021), Education committee, Search committee
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6) I believe that as Christians, we are called to teach our children how every part of our lives should be intertwined with and reflect God’s work in us. One of the best foundations we can give our kids is to give them a solid Christian education. MCS helped give me that foundation during my years there, and I pray that the school can continue to be that foundation for the youth today.
Name: Tami Leep
Spouse: Ben Leep
Children: Abbi (junior), Brook (8th grade), Danica (5th grade)
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): I attended MCS K-12, then went to Montana State for a short time.
Job Position: I work part time as an administrative assistant at Churchill Equipment Co. Inc
Church Involvement (service, etc.): I’ve been a GEMS leader for 10 years, a Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Christian Education review team.
MCS Involvement: I was a member of the Friends committee for a number of years. I’ve also volunteered in my daughters’ classrooms and gone along on numerous field trips.
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS: I believe that Christian education (not just private school) is a vital tool in the training of our children’s faith and helps give them a firm foundation to launch from. It is so important that they are taught every day that God is in all things and all aspects of our lives. In a world that continues to distance itself from absolute truths and morals it is more important than ever to do all we can in the brief time we have to prepare them. Now more than ever, we need to build a biblical foundation in our kids so they will be equipped to “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Ben and I feel very blessed to be a part of MCS and know the commitment it takes from churches, parents, staff, students, and supporters to make it work. We are grateful for the role that MCS has played in our own lives and the lives of our girls.
Name: Sue Kimm
Spouse: Martin Kimm
Children: Abby Kimm, Taylor & Casie Kimm (Sage, Laci, and Lane)
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): Holland Christian High School, Calvin College; Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
Job Position: I came to Manhattan Christian, fresh out of college in 1983, to teach 3rd grade. I taught for three years, married, and then we started our own family, raising our children on the family farm and sending them to MCS.
Church Membership (location, years): Bethel Christian Reformed Church, since 1983
Church Involvement (service, etc.): I’ve been involved in Sunday School, Youth Group, GEMS, Fellowship Committee, weekly worship and choir.
MCS Involvement: After “retiring” from my own classroom, I spent many years as a Substitute teacher, filling in for any classroom, subject, and age. During those same years, and while our children were in school, I volunteered on the Board of the Ladies’ Auxiliary (pre-Friends of MCS days), which included involvement in most every fundraiser that the school put on.
Now that I’m a grandma, I love volunteering weekly at the Thrift Store. It keeps me involved with the school in a different way, and I’m very excited to support Manhattan Christian through this relatively new venue.
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS: Many people feel “safe” in sending their children to a Christian School. I know that was part of my thinking, as a parent. However, through all the years of my experience with Christian Ed, as a student, teacher, and parent, I realize it’s much deeper than that. Much more than sheltering our children from the big, bad world, Manhattan Christian is meant to prepare them to face that world with a strong sense of who they are (a child of God) and a heartfelt Christian worldview. Unfortunately, every student isn’t going to “get it” while still at Manhattan Christian, since everyone develops in their faith at a different rate, but MCS is here to train them in that direction. I’m thankful for having been raised in a Christian home, backed by the church and school. I’m thankful that we could do the same for our children, and now our grandchildren. My prayer is that Manhattan Christian never becomes unavailable to anyone who truly desires it for their children.
Name: Jeanette Walhof
Spouse: Kendal Walhof
Children: Devan, Natalie, Bryce
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): Ripon Christian, Dordt University, BA Elementary Education/Physical Education
Job Position: Homemaker/Puppy Breeder
Church Membership (location, years): Bethel CRC, 26 Years
Church Involvement (service, etc.): Coffee Break Leader, Video Presentation, Nursery, Former VBS Coordinator
MCS Involvement: Previous teacher at MCS, Coaching Basketball, Golf, and VolleyballFormer Board Member, Currently an Education Member
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS:
I believe that Christian Education is a vital part of leading children to know and love the Lord their God! It is so very important that we can teach kids who God is and how He has given us a plan involving His Grace to save us from our sins. This is to be done in a partnership with parents and the church. It also includes teaching kids about the world God has given us, as well as what their role is as a student. It is my deep hope that we can teach kids to love God and enjoy Him forever not only as students at MCS, but also in their future lives. Hopefully one day teaching others to know and love the Lord too.
Name: Yvonne Kimm
Spouse: Jason Kimm
Children: Willem (senior), Benjamin (sophomore), Eliza (8th gr.), Joshua (6th gr.), Sarina (4th gr.)
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): High school-- Mennonite Brethren Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. College-- Graduated from Dordt University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in High School Education with a major in English and a minor in Communications: Theatre Arts.
Job Position: I am co-owner with my husband of Kimm’s Organic Potatoes where I am in charge of marketing and delivering/shipping.
Church Membership (location, years): I have been a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church since I moved to Montana in 1999.
Church Involvement (service, etc.): Choir member, youth group leader for 5+ years
MCS Involvement: I taught high school English at MCS from 1999-2004 and have been a substitute teacher since then. While teaching, I also directed the senior class plays. I was on the Stewardship Co. for 5 years. I was the FSO Co-Ordinator with the MCS Friends Co. from 2011-2021. I have started directing the school plays again, as of this year. Most importantly, I am the Mom of 5 MCS students.
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS: Deuteronomy 6: 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
I have been able to see Christian education from the perspective of a student, a teacher, and now as a parent. I have always seen the Christian school as part of the 3-legged stool metaphor where home, church and school are the three legs raising up our children. As a parent, I see the beauty in that image knowing that many others are there to help me raise my children to follow and love the Lord. I want to have God’s love, law, grace, and justice imprinted in everything they do–when they sit at home, walk the roads, lie down and get up. (Deut.6) For that, I and my husband are grateful to have a school where the teachers’ understanding of God’s Word and World flow from the same understanding as ours does. What a blessing!
Name: Travis Hamilton
Spouse: Laura Hamilton
Children: Rance (9th) Tate (7th)
Educational Background (high school, college, degree): High School Seeley Swan
Job Position: Business owner of TD Hamilton Excavation and Co Business owner of D&D Trucking
Church Membership (location, years): Journey Church 16 years
Church Involvement (service, etc.): Usher
MCS Involvement: Parent, Board Member, Facilities Committee, Remodel Committee
Perspective on Christian Education and MCS: We came to MCS when Rance was in preschool, not expecting to stay longer than preschool because we are in the Manhattan School District and that was our hope for our kids, or so we thought. I grew up in a small town class C public school and Laura grew up in a small town class B public school. That seemed ideal based on what we were comfortable with. We were nervous to come to MCS because it was on “the hill” and we weren’t sure we would feel welcome here since we weren’t Dutch and didn’t attend one of these churches. However, we were so surprised and impressed with how Rance’s teacher seemed to have a love for ALL the kids- not just the easy to love kids. It seemed that something was different. I can only say it seemed like it had to be from God. We didn’t have the money to just spend on private school at the time, but as we went through preschool and saw how different it was from our public schools- which were really pretty good by the way, by the grace of God He kept providing for us to stay here. The people were very welcoming and we made friends. We liked how every class was taught from a biblical perspective and not a worldly perspective. Every subject can point to God and be taught leaned up against what the Bible says is true. We had nephews and many friends at Manhattan, my boys still have many friends at Manhattan, we even think it is a good public school, but we continue to be thankful that at MCS everything points to the ultimate Truth. We’re grateful that even though our school is not perfect and without sin, it believes that sin is real and you can’t pick your own truth. There are many great Christian families at public schools and I even believe God calls many to do that. If a family is well rooted in their Christian faith they may be perfect for public schools where they can make a Kingdom difference. Our family is not a family of long standing deep rooted Christians. Honestly we’ve learned much about our faith right along side our boys. This school was built for Christian parents to allow their kids to receive an education that is leaned up against what the Bible says is true and we really like that. At MCS we see plenty of issues, but this school has people in it. Where there are people, there is opportunity for sin. We don’t claim to be above that for that matter. But we do believe and trust that the families, teachers and staff at MCS have for the most part the same spiritual hopes for our kids.