Reunion Updates

Class Reunions are a wonderful event where classmates can enjoy time together and catch up on the years gone by, reminisce and renew old acquaintances.

The Foundation Office at Eastern Christian School encourages classes to celebrate their milestone reunions. If you are thinking about planning a reunion, we are happy to help you out with the process.

Please call Beth Milkamp, Alumni Relations at Eastern Christian School at: alumni@easternchristian.org or via phone at 973-427-9294 for further information.


2017 Reunions

Class of 1947
Class of 1947 celebrated 70 years since their graduation from Eastern Academy at the Homecoming Heritage Dinner on October 20, 2017.  The Foundation Office was thrilled to have seven alumnae attend, including one who traveled all the way from Michigan.


Class of 1967
“Celebrating 50 Years!”   
by Georgia Meeter, Reunion Chair

The Class of 1967 celebrated a wonderful reunion “feeling young again” on September 30, 2017, with a well-attended morning social at Faith Community CRC’s ‘Barn’, followed by a great high school tour, and a lovely dinner at Portobello Restaurant with 47 alumni attending. It was a joy-filled time, sharing memories, gratitude for our EC foundation and God’s faithfulness in our lives. We closed hand-in-hand singing, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. A mini-reunion was also celebrated in MI for those who couldn’t come to NJ.   Our class gift of $1,000 was given to EC’s Project Hope. A biography booklet with updates about 80 classmates’ lives was also distributed. Reunions are well worth the team effort and we will plan another one for our 55 years!!”  (Need planning tips? Email Georgia gmeeter@gmail.com.)


Class of 1977
On October 7, 2017 the class of 1977 met at Portobello’s Restaurant in Oakland for their 40th class reunion.  Attending were 45 classmates from 11 different states, who along with their guests, spent the evening sharing memories and stories of God’s faithfulness.  A memorial table helped us to remember our classmates who have been called to their eternal home:  Ruth (Sluis) Manning, Doris (Higby) Van Der Have, Robert Baker, George Fenners and Dave Pruiksma.  To honor the 125th year of Eastern Christian Schools, a class donation was given to Campaign 125.  We give glory to God for His blessings of Christian education at EC.


’88 and ‘89ers
An impromptu gathering was held over the Christmas holidays at The Front Porch in Hawthorne.  A great time was held by all.



2018 – Upcoming Reunions

Class of 2007 – 10 Year Reunion

When:  April 27, 2018 at 8pm
Where:  Park West Loft, 38 Oak St, Ridgewood, NJ
Contact Joan Hoogerhyde at JHoogerhyde@alphalab.com or Alyssa (Vanden Berg) Johnston at alyssj@gmail.com

Class of 2008 – 10 Year Reunion
An “EPIC” 10-year reunion is being planned by committee members: Shaun Patterson, Francesca Gravinese, Julie Ring, Linley Thobourne and Becca (Ydo) Steyling. Please join ‘EC Class of 2008 10 Year Reunion’ on Facebook for details or contact Shaun at shaun.patterson@nyack.edu.  If you have not received the initial mailing, please update your email and mailing address at alumni@easternchristian.org – thank you!

Class of 1998 – 20 Year Reunion
A reunion is in the planning stages for November 2018. More details on Facebook or email Joel Spoelstra at jspoelstra82@hotmail.com.

Class of 1988 – 30 Year Reunion
A reunion is in the planning stages! Please contact alumni@easternchristian.org if you are interested in helping. Tentative plans are for sometime in the fall.

Class of 1968 – 50 Year Reunion

Reunion Dinner: Friday, October 19, 2018 at 6pm at Portobello Restaurant in Oakland.
Buffet Breakfast: Saturday, October 20 at 9am at Faith Community CRC, Wyckoff.
For more information, call Pat (Borduin) Steiginga at 973-337-0928 or email John Belanus at johncbelanus@gmail.com.

Class of 1958 – 60 Year Reunion
Classmates will celebrate with a buffet luncheon on June 16, 2018 at Justin’s Ristorante in Hawthorne, NJ between the hours of 12:00 noon and 4:00PM.  Those interested in attending or seeking additional information should contact Garret Nieuwenhuis @ garnflo@verizon.net or by calling 973-632-4835.

Heritage Years: Mark your new 2018 calendar for the annual Homecoming Heritage Dinner.
This year we will be honoring those from the Class of:

1948, 1953, 1958 and 1963.

All those who have graduated 50+ years are welcome to attend.
When:  Friday, October 19, 2018
Where: 5:30pm at Eastern Christian High School