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Joined Sep 15 2012
Born in 1929 in Langsa, Indonesia, I grew up in Alphen aan den Rijn, in The Netherlands. After emigrating to Canada in 1952 I married my childhood sweatheart, Celia (Cea), a year later. We are the parents of six children, two of which are deceased.
Affter obtaining Royal Conservatory degrees in music theory and harmony, in 1959 my wife, our two children and I moved to Grand Rapids, where I graduated from Calvin College in 1962, majoring in elementary education. Upon my return to Canada I taught in Christian schools in Wyoming, Ontario for five years, Houston, British Columbia for three, Vancouver, BC for fourteen, and Victoria, BC for ten years.
I authored two short novels, God. Noun or Verb? in 2006, and Frans in 2008. I have contributed articles to Christian magazines and periodicals, and have composed hymns and children's songs that were published in Psalters and Hymnals of various denominations. My wife and I currently live in Abbotsford British Columbia, where we attend the Gateway Christian Reformed Church.