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Mr. Josh Van Kempen

Dean of Students, Assistant Athletic Director, Varsity Football Coach, Junior Knights Coordinator, Knight Center Coordinator

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Position at Unity: Dean of Students/Assistant Athletic Director


Professional and Educational Background: Dordt College 2013- BA in K-12 Physical Education and Health, Dordt College 2015- MA in Educaitonal Leadership, Assistant Football Coach-Dordt College: May 2013-February 2015, Head Football Recruiting Coach-NCSA Athletic Recruiting: February 2015-May 2016


Childhood and Family Background: I grew up in Jenison MI where I attended Unity Christian High School in Hudsonville, MI. I was the oldest of 3 kids and spent a lot of time running around in the woods with my brother and sister as well as doing anything (skiing, fishing, tubing) on the water. Anytime we get to go back to my parents house we spend most of the time on the water. After high school I went on to Dordt where I played football for 4 years as well as met my wife Vanessa.  My parents still live in Jenison while my brother attends Dordt College and my sister is married and lives in Sioux Center.


Church Life: Bethel URC in Jenison MI. New Hope CRC in Lansing IL. We are searching for a new church home.

Life Outside of Unity: My wife and I love to be outside. We do a lot of walking. I also like to play any type of sport and fish. I'm a big Michigan State Spartan fan so anytime they're on I'll be watching if I can.


Why I Work at Unity: I am excited to work at Unity because Unity provides a unique environment where we can really focus on honoring God through everything that we do. Making sure that we put our value in our relationships with Christ and pointing everything back to him. Every person has a place and a calling in God's creation and being able to walk alongside students as they explore and discover their calling is incredibly rewarding.

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