History

When and who envisioned a Christian grade school in Pella is unknown. The first recorded mention of the idea dates from 1903. Not until 1911, however, did the idea really take flight when 37 members joined to form the Association for Christian Education of Pella, which formally incorporated in February 1912. Construction got underway on a one-story, two-room schoolhouse that opened its doors to 26 students on January 6, 1913.

As secondary schools became the norm, area Christian schools and churches formed a society and started a regional 9-12 Christian high school in Pella in 1939 to serve graduates of all the area K-8 Christian schools.

As the two schools in Pella grew and their operations grew closer together, the two schools’ Societies voted to merge in 2024 and operate as a single district with two campuses under one school board.

Through prosperity and poverty, discord and amity, optimism and doubt, the leaders, educators and parents of the school have been united together by their mission to provide a truly Christian education for the Lord’s children. A look back at the schools’ history show that it has been amply blessed and rewarded for this faith – with growth in enrollment, with expansion in academic excellence and facilities, and with national recognition as an exemplary place for students to learn and grow.

As past generations have done, future generations will continue to educate each child in the light of His word, and continue to celebrate the story of God’s faithfulness to Pella Christian Grade School and Pella Christian High School.

Governance

Pella Christian Schools are governed by the Society, which consists of tuition-paying parents and financial supporters of the schools. Board members are selected by a Nominations Committee and affirmed by the Society at the annual meeting. Trustees are selected for their personal commitment and individual, God-given gifts to serve Pella Christian as well as the school’s immediate and future needs. The Boards promotes the school’s mission, appoints and oversees the Head of Schools, establishes broad policies, plans strategically for the future, and stewards financial and capital resources. The board meets monthly to receive reports from the Head of School, vote on mission directed issues, and receive input from the Society.

Board of Trustees

2023-2024 School Year

PCGS BOARD MEMBERS

Devin Reimer – President
Steve Van Weelden – Vice President
Glen Swanson – Treasurer
Eric Vande Zande – Secretary
Jenna Huitink – Vicar
Glenda Van Woerkom
Zach Veenstra
Kent Breems
Kelly Pierson
Craig Roose

PCHS BOARD MEMBERS

Matt Vander Linden – President
Brad Meinders – Vice President
Doug Uitermarkt – Treasurer
Jodi De Vries – Secretary
Mark Van Wyngarden – Vicar
Cassia Boender
Layton DeGroot
Chad Vink
Holli Kelderman
Zach Vander Linden
Mike Fransman
Jason Van Arendonk

To Contact Board or PC Leadership

To ensure questions from the Society are addressed as efficiently and effectively as possible, please use the following as a general guideline. If your questions are about daily operations of the school, please direct them to the appropriate member of the Administrative Leadership Team. If your questions pertain to the strategic direction of the school or mission directed governance, please address them to Dan Zylstra, PC Head of Schools, to discuss with the appropriate schools’ board.

PC Nominations Committee

If you are interested in serving on as a Trustee or on a board committee, please contact a member of the Nominations Committee: Mike Fransman, Mark Van Wyngarden, Chad Vink, Allison Van Wyngarden, Kurtis De Bruin, Julie Van Wyk, Dan Van Kooten, Daryl Bouwkamp, or Dan Zylstra. General inquiries can be sent to nominations@pceagles.org.