Philosophy – Our Leadership

School Board

Lynden Christian Schools is a private, parent-run system governed by a Board of Directors who are elected by the school “Society,” comprised of parents and others who support the school. We are a member of larger organizations such as CSI – Christian Schools International, NWCSI – Northwest Christian Schools International, and WFIS – Washington Federation of Independent Schools.

While we are a Christian school, we are not a school-sponsored and controlled by one church as in a parochial school. Lynden Christian School has a very diverse church support base of nearly 60 churches. The parents control the school through an elected board of twelve members called the “School Board.”

The School Board makes decisions regarding finances, hiring of personnel, providing and maintaining facilities, and determining the educational and operational policies and regulations. To implement these policies, the board appoints administrators. The head administrator is the superintendent. High school and K-8 principals are responsible for their respective buildings and staff and are directly accountable to the superintendent.

Interested in becoming a board member, follow this link to the board application.

2021-2022 Lynden Christian School Board 

Name Phone Term Ending
Jon DeJong – President (360) 815-8161 2022-2023
Kathryn VanWeerdhuizen- Vice Pres (360) 510-4043 2023-2024
Leonard Smit – Treasurer (360) 410-2013 2022-2023
Mike Smit- Secretary (208) 420 0483 2023-2024
TJ Mellema -Asst. Treasurer (360) 815-3940 2024-2025
Lisa Kramer -Asst. Secretary (405) 317-3934 2024-2025
Daniel Gibson (360) 305-1688 2021-2022
Becky Bos  (360) 815-3542 2021-2022
Derek DeKoster (360) 815-7129 2022-2023
Darren Johnson (360) 778-9044 2023-2024
Lori TeVelde   (360) 410-7906 2021-2022
Brian Kooiker (360) 319-3316 2024-2025

*If looking for a school board members email, please contact Lindsey Bendixen, at lbendixen@lyncs.org, for school board members emails.                                                                                                     

Society Meeting 03/25/2021 Recorded Video Link: