2 Corinthians 12:9
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
Mr. Chris Lowe
I graduated from Hope College in 2001 with a Secondary Education certificate and focuses in Social Studies and Science. I’ve been privileged to teach in both the Christian and public school systems over the last 20 years in the areas of Science, Social Studies, Bible, and Math, but all of my time has been spent with Middle School students. This is my first year at Hudsonville Christian Middle School.
I’ve been married for 20 years to my wife, Erin, who has modeled Christ’s love and grace to me abundantly. We are blessed to have 3 kids; Isaiah is a freshman at Cornerstone University, Izzy is a freshman at Holland Christian, and Isleigh is a 2nd grader at Zeeland Christian. We love spending time boating and tubing at our extended family’s cottage in the summer or skiing in the winter. I personally love golfing and spectating at my kids’ sporting events.
On the side of teaching, I’m the Director of Worship at our church in Zeeland, and I love encouraging students and congregation members in their musical and leadership abilities in regard to worship. I also love spending time teaching guitar and coaching.
I consider my opportunity to teach at Hudsonville Christian a genuine gift of grace as well as one that offers significant purpose. I grew up in a public school, and I have spent time in both Christian and public school settings. The opportunity to not only incorporate Christ, but to encourage students to accept, seek, reflect, and glorify Him is one I don’t take lightly, especially since I grew up without faith as part of my education and have been limited in teaching faith as well. I believe Middle School is a time in the lives of students where they genuinely are forming their own identity. To incorporate Christ is to help them not only establish WHO they are, but also WHOSE they are and allow them to learn through the lenses of unconditional love, grace, and hope.
Often, one of the reasons I’ve heard for parents enrolling their kids in Christian Education is to make an impact on the broken world around us. One of my prayers for students as they form their identity is that we recognize the brokenness doesn’t just exist beyond us, but within us as well. I pray every day for my students to grow in their understanding that in order to live for Jesus, we must first recognize that we NEED Jesus. We are sinners in need of a Savior. I seek to model that to my students so that they can model His strength in their weakness as well, and that in doing so, a broken world would see our Savior’s righteousness, not our own.
I genuinely love Middle School students. Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came so that we might have life to the full. Middle school students know how to live fully more than anyone else! I love being part of their authentic growth and walking alongside them as they learn to navigate the joys and challenges of their academic, social, and spiritual experiences. I pray that they experience the love, compassion, and mercy that God reveals to me on a daily basis as well.