Senior Spotlight: Kerby Sturdivant

My brother Terrance was on The Potter’s House (TPH) waiting list for a year. Things were not going well at the middle school he was attending, so he prayed hard to be accepted at TPH. We were at a restaurant when the phone call came. He was accepted, and he was excited! 

Then it was my turn to wait. One year later I began school at The Potter’s House in fifth grade. Mr. Van Zanten was my teacher and he made learning fun. The next two years Mr. Cho taught me and impacted my life in positive ways. Mrs. Figueroa wrapped up a good middle school experience as my eighth grade teacher. 

My adjustment to high school went well, thanks to great teachers. I particularly enjoyed how Mr. Cole taught, and I looked forward to his Bible classes. He poured out knowledge and I soaked it up. I knew about God thanks to Urban Family Ministry [a ministry to Grand Rapids urban kids],and my faith deepened thanks to TPH.

My sophomore class trip to Mexico was powerful. Students were real with each other and we could sense God’s presence. We were also able to see how fortunate we are compared to the people in Mexico. I felt so close to God on that trip, and all of sophomore year. 

TPH does a good job of preparing students for college. If I had not come to TPH, going to college would not be as important to me as it is now. We learn about financial aid and how to write essays. We take trips which are very important in seeing and exploring the world. 

I love how teachers are personal and develop relationships with students. What teachers are doing is working and it’s noticeable. 

For the future I plan to go to Grand Canyon University to major in Health Administration because I enjoy interacting with people.