Belinda Geerstma


Belinda Geertsma grew up on a farm in Iowa and attended Dordt College where she received her bachelors degree in social work. This is also where she met her husband Jim. She is presently a part time licensed social worker at Bethany Christian Services working with parents whose children are in foster care. In addition to her role as a social worker, she loves being a mother to four adult kids and grandmother to three adorable grandchildren. Belinda enjoys traveling, music, time spent with family and friends, and being active outside. 

Christy Berghoef

Founder & CEO

Christine is a writer, speaker and collaborator who has a passion for helping individuals, schools, churches and organizations participate in Jesus’ vision of compassion and justice. She is experienced in community organizing, teacher training, guiding students through educational experiences and building bridges across divides.

Bryan Berghoef


Bryan is a pastor, author and speaker who has been facilitating open conversations in the setting of a neighborhood gathering spot for nearly a decade. Bryan is passionate about making connections between people who see the world differently, with the goal of learning from each other and recognizing our common humanity. His strives to bridge the depth of the contemplative inner life with the outward practice of working for justice and peace.

Jim Geerstma

History Trip Facilitator

Jim Geertsma grew up on a dairy farm in western Washington state. He decided early on to “leave the cows behind” and become a teacher. After receiving his Elementary Education degree from Dordt College (where he met his wife Belinda), Jim began a 37 year career in the classroom, teaching in California, Washington, Iowa, and … Read More

Ken Whitcomb

History Trip Facilitator

Ken Whitcomb is a life long West Michigan resident, he understands the common experiences and perspectives of students here. Ken attended Hope College for his undergraduate degree, and did graduate studies at Ferris State University. Following a career teaching in the Byron Center Public Schools, he has been operating an I.T. business.  Ken and his … Read More