Administration

Mr. M. Wiersma - Superintendent and Principal of Elementary School
Mr. M. Wiersma : Superintendent and Principal of Elementary School

Greetings CPCS families! My family and I are grateful for all that God has done, and is doing in our lives, to bring us to Crown Point Christian School. A glimpse into my educational background reveals I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education from Calvin College in the spring of 1998. In 2006, I completed my master’s degree in educational technology from California Polytechnic University - Pomona and served various technology needs while teaching in the school computer lab. In December of 2010, I completed a master’s degree in faith-based leadership from California Baptist University.

My wife Jamie and I were married in 2000 and have been blessed with three young boys, who attend Crown Point Christian School. I was born and raised in Michigan and was blessed to receive a Christian education my entire life. My free time is spent with family, often involved in the variety of activities young boys enjoy, personal interests include: running, swimming, and reading.

Christian education is unique in that it brings together knowledge and truth, thereby meeting the needs of each student. Christian education is also unique because it stands in the middle of two things that God loves deeply: kids and truth. Bible passages like Mark 9:37 and Mark 10:14 demonstrate the value Jesus places on children.  Mark 9:37 reads, "Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” Mark 10:14 also says, "When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

We are reminded that in God are found all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge when we read Colossians 2:3. What a great honor we have to tie these two beloved things together by creating intersections of faith and learning for our students.

Contact Mr. M. Wiersma: mwiersma@crownpointchristian.org
Mr. N. Groen - Assistant Superintendent & Principal of Middle School
Mr. N. Groen : Assistant Superintendent & Principal of Middle School

Hello everyone.  My name is Nick Groen and this will be my fourth year at Crown Point Christian School.  I am excited to serve the CPCS community as Assistant Superintendent & Middle School Principal.  After receiving a B.A. in History and Secondary Education, along with a middle school endorsement at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, I moved from my hometown of Sioux Fall, South Dakota to Miami, Florida.  For seven years I taught high school social studies at Westminster Christian School.  Additionally, I was very active in coaching, teacher training, and technology development.  In 2011, I completed my Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Scranton.

I have been married to my wife, Katie, for seven years.  We have been blessed with two children, Ella who is three and Luca who is one year old.  My family and I live in Crown Point and are active members at First Christian Reformed Church of Crown Point. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, working on home improvement projects, playing sports, reading and traveling.

It is a passion for education and the Lord that has led me on this career path and to this position.  I hope to continue to have a positive impact on the CPCS community and look forward to working with you.

Contact Mr. N. Groen: ngroen@crownpointchristian.org

Office Staff

Mrs. E. Arterburn - Admissions Coordinator (M/W)
Mrs. E. Arterburn : Admissions Coordinator (M/W)

I am excited to help in the office this year as the part-time Admissions Coordinator.  I grew up in Palos Heights, Illinois and attended Chicago Christian High School and Fox College.  My husband, Paul, and I have been married for 15 years and are members at Faith Church in Dyer.  Our daughter, Niki, is in eighth grade and our son, Jake, is in sixth grade at Crown Point Christian School.  One of my favorite bible verses is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

Contact Mrs. E. Arterburn: earterburn@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. C. Batterman - Office Manager
Mrs. C. Batterman : Office Manager

I joined CPCS in February, 2009, and enjoy my role as Office Manager. I graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and worked at Chicago Title & Trust Company in Chicago before taking time off to be a full-time mom. I am happy to be back in the working world. At CPCS I enjoy being surrounded by such positive energy and people who truly care for each other and work for a common goal.

I am married to my husband, Butch, and have two daughters.  Jessi attends Illinois State University and Rachel attends Illiana Christian High School.

My favorite bible verse is Ecclesiastes 3.1, "To everything there is a season and time for every purpose under heaven."

Contact Mrs. C. Batterman: cbatterman@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. H. Biancardi - Receptionist
Mrs. H. Biancardi : Receptionist

My name is Heather Biancardi.  I work in the office as the full-time receptionist.  For over ten years I volunteered at CPCS consistently so now I feel privileged to have a working relationship with our school.  I truly love being witness to children growing in knowledge, friendships, and in faith.

I have been married for 19 years to my husband Luigi and have three amazing children, including two CPCS graduates.

I love the chapter of Romans 12 as it is a life lesson through and through. Romans 12:3 is my favorite verse: "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of your self with sober judgement in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you."

Contact Mrs. H. Biancardi: hbiancardi@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. S. Boersma - Marketing Coordinator (M/W)
Mrs. S. Boersma : Marketing Coordinator (M/W)

My name is Sue Boersma and I am Crown Point Christian School's part-time Marketing Coordinator. My husband, Ryan, and I have been married for 18 years and are members at First Christian Reformed Church in Crown Point, Indiana.  We have triplet boys, Nick, Noah and Logan, who are in eighth grade at Crown Point Christian School.  We enjoy spending time watching them play baseball and basketball.  Most of all, our favorite thing to do as a family is spend our weekends at the family cottage in Bass Lake, Indiana.

I was fortunate to have attended Christian schools growing up.  I know that my Christian education shaped my life in many ways and is doing the same for my children.  One of my favorite Bible verses is Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith; and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God."

Contact Mrs. S. Boersma: sboersma@crownpointchristian.org
Mr. J. Fischer - Facilities Manager
Mr. J. Fischer : Facilities Manager

Mr. Fischer has worked in various industries, including the manufacturing of railroad track work, professional audio and the manufacturing of cast stone products. Mr. Fischer was also a pastor of a small church for eight years. He currently serves as an audio engineer at Living Word Church in Lansing, Illinois. His favorite Bible verse is Luke 1:36, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” He currently resides in Highland, Indiana with his wife, Jeni, and their two German Shepherd dogs.

Contact Mr. J. Fischer: jfischer@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. L. Flipse - Spanish Immersion Liason
Mrs. L. Flipse : Spanish Immersion Liason
Contact Mrs. L. Flipse: lflipse@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. L. Knight - Office Aide
Mrs. L. Knight : Office Aide

My name is Lisa Knight and I am a full-time office aide here at Crown Point Christian School. My employment started in August of 2012 as an evening custodian before becoming a daytime custodian.  I now enjoy helping the staff and faculty with all their copy needs and various other duties.

My husband and I have been married for 30 years and attend Crosspoint church in Crown Point. We have 3 grown children and two grandchildren. When I am not at work I love being with my family and doing anything outdoors.

My favorite verses are Romans 8:38 & 39:  "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angel, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

Contact Mrs. L. Knight: lknight@crownpointchristian.org
Mr. J. Rupp - Director of Technology
Mr. J. Rupp : Director of Technology

My name is Jack Rupp and I’m the Director of Information Technology here at CPCS. I’m so excited to be here at this incredible time of growth and innovation at CPCS. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications and Networking from Purdue University and have specialized in Educational Technologies for the past several years.

Outside of work, I enjoy fulfilling the Great Commission to go into the world and preach the Good News; making disciples of all nations. I’m an active member of and sit on the board of Good Messengers Ministries of Northwest Indiana, a ministry that is focused on equipping believers for biblical evangelism and presenting the Gospel to the world one person at a time. In addition, I have the humbling honor of ministering to the men at the Lake County Jail a few times each month, bringing the Good News of the Gospel to the inmates.

My favorite verses are Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well”, and Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’”

Contact Mr. J. Rupp: jrupp@crownpointchristian.org
Mrs. P. Schaap - Finance Manager
Mrs. P. Schaap : Finance Manager

I am the Finance Manager in the school office and have been working at Crown Point Christian School since 1995. Having been employed here for many years, I'm so thankful that God has enabled me to see the many amazing ways he has been so faithful to CPCS. I greatly enjoy my job at CPCS and am always excited to see all the wonderful things that are happening here.

My husband, Larry, and I have been married for 36 years and attend Bethel Church & Ministries in Cedar Lake. We have been blessed with three daughters who are all married to wonderful men. Rachel (1998 CPCS graduate) is married to Nathan Carlberg, and they reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Rachel and Nathan blessed us with our first two grandchildren. Our little Judah (3) and Deacon (9 months) are simply the best grandsons ever! We also love to grandparent their sweet little foster child (2). Rachel is a speech/language pathologist, and Nathan is an elementary school principal at an urban, Christian charter school in Milwaukee. Jessica (2002 CPCS graduate) is married to Doug VanNoort, and they live in Dyer, IN. She is a medical assistant in Merrillville, and Doug works as a union plumber in Chicago. Lauren (2004 CPCS graduate) is married to Marc Spender and is a resident service specialist on base at Camp Pendelton where Marc is stationed as a Marine.

Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with family, reading, and traveling. A couple of my favorite Bible verses are "Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation." (Isaiah 12:2) and "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10a).

Contact Mrs. P. Schaap: pschaap@crownpointchristian.org
Mr. S. Smith - Part-Time Desktop Support Technician (T/TH PM, FRI))
Mr. S. Smith : Part-Time Desktop Support Technician (T/TH PM, FRI))

My name is Sidney Smith and I am a freshman at Purdue University Northwest studying for my Computer Information Technology Bachelor's degree. I love to help out and being here at Crown Point Christian School allows me to help and to further my studies at the same time.

I live in Hammond at the Purdue dorms. When I'm not at work or in school, I enjoy reading, programming, catching up on the latest computer hardware and supplementing my education with online courses. I'm also enrolled in the honors college at Purdue so a good chunk of my time is dedicated to volunteering, helping out the honors college and helping out my fellow students. After college, I plan on furthering my education and would like to work for a company such as Microsoft or Google in the future.

Contact Mr. S. Smith: ssmith@crownpointchristian.org

2017/2018 Board of Trustees

Larry Bolt - Trustee
Larry Bolt : Trustee

Larry is a member of Faith Church in Highland.  He and his wife, Judie, live in St. John and have nine grandchildren. Two of them graduated from Crown Point Christian School and now attend Illiana, and one is in sixth grade at Crown Point Christian School.  The other six grandchildren live out of state.  Larry is a retired school principal, with his last six years spent at Chicago Christian High School.  He then served for 13 years as the Executive Administrator of Faith Church.  He attended Hope College and Purdue where he majored in Education Administration.  He has served as both elder and deacon at Faith Church and is on the Mission Executive Team, the Ravines Marriage Board, and the Leadership Team at Faith Church.

Janelle Bremer - Trustee
Janelle Bremer : Trustee

Janelle is a member of Faith Church in Dyer.  She lives in Dyer.  Janelle has four grandchildren, three of whom attend Crown Point Christian School.  Luke and Zeke are in seventh grade, and Dane is in third grade Spanish Immersion.  Logan is a freshman at Illiana Christian High School.  Janelle's long career in elementary education included nine years as a teacher and one year as a para pro at Crown Point Christian School.  She currently works as a part-time aide at Calvin Christian School.  Janelle serves on the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees, vice chairs the Education Committee, serves on the School Improvement Accreditation Team

Lance Davids - Trustee
Lance Davids : Trustee

Lance is a member of Faith Church in Dyer.  He and his wife, Jill, live in St. John and have two children, both of whom attend Crown Point Christian School.  Audra is in sixth grade and Jori is in third grade.  Lance is a Bible Teacher, Director of Spiritual Development, and Vision Director for lliana Christian High School.  Lance serves on the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees and chairs the Education Committee.

Phil Eenigenburg - Trustee, President
Phil Eenigenburg : Trustee, President

Phil is a member of Community United Reformed Church in Schererville.  He and his wife, Cassy, live in Lowell and have four children, three of whom attend Crown Point Christian School.  Isaac is in sixth grade, Sienna is in fourth grade, and Stella is in first grade.  They have a little brother named Walter at home.  Phil is the Midwest Territory Manager for GCP Applied Technologies.  Phil is the President of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees, and serves as the President of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Growth Study Committee.

Julie Hanks - Trustee
Julie Hanks : Trustee

Julie is a member of Faith Church in Dyer. She and her husband, Jesse, live in Dyer, and have three children, two of whom attend Crown Point Christian School. Jaylee is in fifth grade and Jaden is First Grade Spanish Immersion. Joslyn is two years old. Julie is a Stay at Home Mom who works part time as the MomsNation Assistant at Faith Church. She graduated from Purdue University West Lafayette with a Bachelor of Science in Management with minors in Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, and Management Information Systems. Julie is a member of the Board of Trustees at Crown Point Christian School. She chairs the Fundraising Committee and vice chairs the Volunteer Committee. She served as President of Parents’ Club for three years at CPCS, Vice President of Parents' Club for one year, the Principal Search Committee, and as a Head Coach for Girls on the Run. She has also served at her church as MOPS Program Coordinator for a year and Finance Coordinator for 2 years.

Chris Huang - Trustee, Vice Treasurer
Chris Huang : Trustee, Vice Treasurer

Chris is a member of Faith Church in Dyer where he serves in the Reflector's Ministry and also leads worship.  He and his wife, Carla, live in Crown Point, and have two children that attend Crown Point Christian School.  Alex is in seventh grade and Morgan is in third grade.  Chris earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Calvin College and his Master's Degree in Communication from Purdue Northwest.  Chris is employed as a Registrar at Governors State University. Prior to working at Governors State University, Chris served as the Registrar at Trinity Christian College for six years.  Chris is a member of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees, Assistant Treasurer of the Finance Committee, serves on the Executive Committee, is a member of the Volunteer Committee and the Board liaison to Second Life Resale Shoppe.

Joe Lenehan - Trustee, Treasurer
Joe Lenehan : Trustee, Treasurer

Joe is a member of Faith Church in Dyer.  He and his wife, Emily, live in Crown Point, and have three children, two of whom attend Crown Point Christian School.  Henry is in third grade and Benjamin is in second grade.  George is four years old and will attend Prekindergarten this fall at Crown Point Christian School.  Joe is employed by Olthof Homes.  He attended Purdue University Calumet where he majored in Construction Management and Engineering Technology.  Joe serves on the Finance Committee at Crown Point Christian School.  Joe and his wife also serve in the children’s ministry and in the high school youth group at their church.

Lisa Postma - Trustee, Secretary
Lisa Postma : Trustee, Secretary

Lisa attends Parkview Church in Orland Park, Illinois.  She lives in St. John and has two children, both of whom attend Crown Point Christian School.  Oliver is in eighth grade and Simon is in fifth grade.  Lisa is the Director of Marketing and Communications at New Leaf Resources, Communications Manager at Elim Christian Services and the President/Owner of Harvest Communications.  Lisa serves as the Secretary of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees, chairs the Volunteer Committee, serves on Executive Committee and Education Committee, and also serves as Student Services liaison to the Board.

Jeff Schutt - Trustee, Vice President
Jeff Schutt : Trustee, Vice President

Jeff is a member of First Christian Reformed Church of Crown Point.  He and his wife, Dawn, live in Crown Point.  They have five children.  Tyler is a freshman in college.  Jason, a senior, and Brandon, a sophmore, attend Illiana Christian High School.  Laci, in third grade, and Ava, in first grade, attend Crown Point Christian School.  Jeff works as a Senior Manager at Quaker Oats.  Jeff is a member of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees and chairs the Building and Grounds Committee.

Craig Slings - Trustee, Vicar
Craig Slings : Trustee, Vicar

Craig attends and leads worship at First Christian Reformed Church of Crown Point.  He and his wife, Sharla, live in St. John and have four children.  Emma is a junior at Illiana Christian High School.  Caleb is in eighth grade, Avery is seventh grade, and Carter is in fifth grade at Crown Point Christian School.  Craig serves as the Vicar of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees, vice chairs the Fundraising Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee.

Steve Wegner - Trustee
Steve Wegner : Trustee

Steve is a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Lansing.  He and his wife, Amy, live in St. John.  They have three children.  Maddie is a junior and Kylie is a freshman at Illiana Christian High School.  Olivia is in eighth grade at Crown Point Christian School.  Steve is the owner of Straightline Excavating, Inc.  Steve is a member of the Crown Point Christian School Board of Trustees and vice chairs the Building and Grounds Committee.

 

 

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