Celebrate 2015

In this festive season, we celebrate the many ways God has blessed Northwestern College in 2015. We invited givers making year-end donations to do so in honor of something they’re celebrating this year—like a marriage, birth/adoption, personal or professional achievement, or other demonstration of God's faithfulness. Below are the messages they shared.

“The marriage of my Daughter Corrine Muyskens (2013) Weece and Josh Weece on June 18, 2016.”
Dennis Muyskens, Mason City, Iowa, class of 1988

“Our grandbaby, Ainsley Moriah. ”

“55th wedding anniversary (Aug. 2, 1960). ”

“Being able to go to Northwestern for 8 years--4 years at the Academy and 4 years at the College!”
Lee Wiersma, Rock Valley, IA, class of 1964

John & Jane Greller, Newberg, OR

“God's faithfulness!”
Denise Sneller, Orange City, class of 1972

“All of the blessings bestowed for 2015 on our family.”

“Being blessed so we can be a blessing to others.”
Doug & Jan Van Meeteren, Sioux Center, class of 1974

“Celebrating getting to babysit our great-granddaughter Arya one day each week. ”

“I'm celebrating Northwestern's excellent preparation by Miss Huffman and many others, for a long and satisfying teaching career at the elementary and college levels. Each time I plan another children's musical in my church, I especially remember (and quietly thank) Dr. England and Prof. Van Wyk for their part in preparing me to serve. Blessings to Northwestern College for providing a continuing excellent Christian education to today's young people. ”
Milly (Van Roekel) & Henry Vande Kieft, Pella, IA, class of 1960

“In remembrance of our daughter, Michelle Wester. ”
Arvin & Barb Wester, Lynden, WA

“We are celebrating 50 years of married life this year and in response to a Phonathon caller, Alexis Bunkers, who called in November. ”
Conrad '69 & Joanne '61 Harthoorn, Greenwell Springs, LA

“Celebrating my retirement from teaching for 43 years.”
Ed Aronson, Garden City, ID, class of 1973


“We are celebrating what the Northwestern Fund does for students!”

“We are honoring Sean's dad, Byron Bulthuis, who passed away December 25, 2014 and Heather's stepdad, David Pegg, who passed away July 21, 2015. They are missed.”
Sean & Heather Bulthuis, LeMars, IA & Bellflower, CA, class of 1992

“Our 60th wedding anniversary! ”
Ruth & John Boender, Sheldon, IA, class of 1949

“Our 53 years of marriage”

“Our family all being together this Christmas!”

“Celebrating NWC's great work of educating young people to serve!”
Dave & Barb Schutt, Ripon, CA, class of 1970

“The 1st birthday celebration of our granddaughter, Stella.”

“We are celebrating 25 years of marriage. ”

“How firm our foundation! How sure our salvation!”

“Celebrating through giving!”
Carolyn Palas, , class of 1966

“The life of our daughter Kimberly Dughman. ”

“Our 5 grandchildren and 1 more on the way!”

“God's faithful watch over me, my family, and all of creation.”

“Celebrating the life of my brother, Gerald Vreeman. ”
Clayton Vreeman, Clara City, MN

“In honor of Chrissy De Kok's great sophomore year at NWC! ”
David & Barb De Kok, Archer, IA

“We are celebrating the life of my husband, David Vander Laan. ”
Lori Vander Laan, George, IA, class of 1982

“Celebrating my first grandson!”

“Our gift is in honor of Dale Thompson, in gratitude for his love and support of his cross-country & track students. ”

“My gift is in honor of my grandson, Jason, who passed away August 2014 at the age of 33. ”
Lois Gruis, Worthington, MN, class of 1976

“We are celebrating 48 years of marriage. We met at Northwestern!”
Nolan '68 & Mary Lynn '71 Bogaard, Coralville, IA

“Christ's love for us!”
Eldon & Shirley Pust, Appleton, MN

“My 90th birthday on Dec. 29. ”
Gerrit Dokter, Sioux Center

“We are celebrating the gift of our children.”

“My husband Jay and his first year in Heaven. He was always so faithful in giving to Northwestern. ”

“Our 30th wedding anniversary on September 6. ”
Darrel & Mary (Vermeer) Nyhof, Sioux Center, class of 1984

“Celebrating another year of good health and the ability to get to Northwestern games and going to church in Sioux Center every week. ”

“We are celebrating our 57th wedding anniversary. ”

“Celebrating 50 years of marriage!”