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EC Mourns the Loss of Beloved Faculty Member

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It is with great sorrow that we share the sad news that our friend and colleague, Paul Beverly, went home to be with his Savior on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

Paul profoundly influenced thousands of lives during a teaching career that spanned forty two years, including thirty three years of service at Eastern Christian High School. During his years at Eastern Christian, Paul served in many roles, including Social Studies Department Chair and High School Supervisor of Instruction.  

But the role in which he will be most remembered is that of a caring teacher who challenged his students to view the world through the lens of scripture.  Paul truly lived his life according to the words of Micah 6:8, “…And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

Paul will be greatly missed by all who knew him, and especially by his wife Gail, his children Lisa Branum, Jennifer &  Chris Ten Harmsel, and Phil & Jenna Beverly, and his five grandchildren.

Friends are invited to visit with the family at Vander Plaat-Vermeulen Funeral Home, 530 High Mountain Rd, Franklin Lakes on Friday, August 4 from 2:00-4:00 PM and 7:00-9:00 PM.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 5 at 11:00 at Cedar Hill Christian Reformed Church, 422 Cedar Hill Ave, Wyckoff.  

Eastern Christian School will hold a service honoring Paul’s many contributions to the school on Sunday, August 6 at 2:00 PM in the Media Center of Eastern Christian High School, 50 Oakwood Ave., North Haledon.

Please be in prayer for Gail and the entire Beverly family as they seek God’s comfort in their time of loss.


Thomas G. Dykhouse
Executive Director & Head of School


Eastern Christian’s IT Support

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Students from Eastern Christian School’s STEAM program recently helped seniors at the Holland Christian Home. Bringing their technological know-how and a friendly spirit, EC students partnered with seniors to teach them how to use iPads. In fact, Robbie De Julia’s STEAM project is to connect high school students to senior citizens who wish to learn technology. 

Robbie and his STEAM classmates were recently featured on the cover of Holland Christian Home’s Happenings magazine. We’re thankful for our STEAM program and for willing and able students to partner with these seniors. We’re also thankful for willing partners at the Holland Home. It is an honor to partner with you!

Faculty & Staff Celebration

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The EC Faculty and Staff celebrated another successful year with our annual celebration picnic. The culminating faculty and staff picnic is an annual tradition at Eastern Christian School that celebrates the great work of the previous year and ushers in the summer season.

The Administrative team grills up and serves some delicious food and there is a time of recognition of faculty and staff members who are celebrating a milestone year. This is followed by frozen treats and a cornhole tournament (congrats to Ben Kuiken and Max Harvell for taking home the trophy). We are so thankful for our faculty and staff for their gifts and their dedication to our students, our school, and our Lord. Enjoy your summer! We already can’t wait for another great year in 2017-18!


5 Years of Service
Sharon Spoelstra
Michael McKinney
Dawn Heerema
Rebekah Sankey
Ian Zacharias
Jesse Struck
Diane DeRooy

10 Years of Service
John Belanus
Laura Gorter
Thomas Dykhouse
Sarah Vander Wall
Sandy DeMarco

15 Years of Service
Liesl Botbyl
Ruth Kuder
Geraldine Gallagher

20 Years of Service
Laurie Genzink
Donna Holly 
Mildred Cameron

25 Years of Service
Jane Okma

30 Years of Service
Janyce Bandstra
Barry Veenstra

40 Years of Service
Ray Roberts