Debbie and her family came to Grand Rapids in 2015. Her husband’s job brought them to GR, and the Lord brought them to Christ Church, where they were encouraged by the faithful ministry of the word and by genuine Christian fellowship. Debbie joined the staff in January 2018 to support the growing children’s ministries in the church.
Debbie studied English, History, and Biblical Studies at Covenant College, and then started teaching elementary school in 1991. She then went on to pursue a degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Texas, after which she went to the former Soviet Union to serve in a brand new Christian student organization. While teaching at a university there, and volunteering at local grade schools, Debbie met her husband, Sasha. They worked in church planting and theological education until they returned to the U.S. in 2013.
Debbie and her husband have four children, Janie, Emma, Annie, and Michael. Debbie enjoys reading, music, movies, welcoming guests, and studying languages and cultures.