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In August 2017, the Eastern Christian School community lost an icon. A much beloved educator, Paul Beverly’s ECHS teaching career had spanned 33 years.

This November, after a generous donation in his name from Ridgewood Christian Reformed Church, Eastern Christian School has set up the Paul Beverly Project Hope Scholarship Fund. This scholarship money will assist one student annually for the next several years through the Project Hope program, a needs-based fund that benefits students from Paterson, Prospect Park and Haledon.

At a small ceremony, members of Ridgewood CRC, Eastern Christian administrators, friends and family celebrated his life, as well as opined on the importance of making Christian education accessible to as many families as possible.

In regards to Paul, “Paul taught his students to think Christianly. He challenged all of us with hard questions and then pointed us to biblical truth,” shared Ruth Kuder, head of school. “Paul was the kind of teacher who changed the trajectory of lives.”

The night also featured speeches from Pastor Mary Stegink, former pastor of Ridgewood CRC; Maura Byrnes, foundation executive director; Jonathan Frank, a pastor of Cornerstone Church, another major church donor to the Project Hope Program; Phil Beverly, EC alumnus, an advisory board member of Project Hope, New Hope Community Ministries executive director and Paul’s son; as well as Susan Jackson, who spoke of the profound impact the program has had on students, many of whom are part of New Hope Community Ministries in Prospect Park.

To make a gift in memory of Paul Beverly and to support the scholarship fund closest to his heart, click here; when asked “Donor Designation,” select Project Hope. 

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