Alumni Update: Kelsi Jones (‘10)

Kelsi was home-schooled before coming to The Potter’s House (TPH) in fifth grade. She was not looking forward to “real school” because the thought conjured up images of mean kids and cool kids. On that first day of school Kelsi’s fears vanished when she saw someone she knew. That was the first of many connections […]

Children of God: Maggie and Pasi’s Story

Twin sister and brother Magnifique and Pasifique are preparing to graduate from The Potter’s House (TPH) in May. Born in Tanzania, their family fled to the United States in 2007 to escape a civil war. Their story at The Potter’s House actually begins with their oldest brother Frodisi, who enrolled at TPH in 8th grade […]

The Mathematician: Nicole’s Story

I began school at The Potter’s House (TPH) in preschool. In first grade, Miss VK (VanderKolk) was my teacher. It was in first grade that my love for math began. I was excited to learn more complex mathematics in second and third grades with Mrs. Ritter. She is like a loving grandma to me. She […]

Learning to Hope: Kris’s Story

I was born in Brazil in a huge and densely packed city called Fortaleza. It’s a really poor area, and very, very violent. It has one of the highest murder rates in the world. One of my childhood best friends was killed because he was dating the ex-girlfriend of a drug dealer. It happened near […]

COVID-19 Update: April 2, 2020

“But Jesus immediately said to them: ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’” Matt. 14:27 (NIV) Dear Potter’s House Family, Just days before the governor closed Michigan’s schools, The Potter’s House staff reflected together on the story of Jesus walking on the water toward the disciples (Matt. 14:22-33). We asked God to replace fear with […]

COVID-19 Update: March 18, 2020

March 18, 2020 Dear Potter’s House School Family, Thank you for your support and patience as we continue to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. At this time of uncertainty during the mandatory school closure, we are grateful for your continued patience as we gather factual information and coordinate remote learning for our […]

Striving and Serving: Tanner’s Story

I grew up in a household of three: mom, brother and me. My dad wasn’t really around. My brother is in a wheelchair, so at an early age I had to step up and become the man of the house. In 3rd grade, my elementary school actually closed down, so I had to switch to […]

Faith in Action: Sandy’s Story

When I was young, I wanted to be a missionary. When I think about it, my childhood dream really did come true, but in a way I never could have expected or imagined. I’ve known God my whole life, but in my senior year of high school, I experienced the power of the Holy Spirit […]

The God-Soaked Story of The Potter’s House Chapel

Amber Ritsema has been to countless Sunday church services in her life, but she will never forget the service on Sunday, July 26, 2015. The church she had attended her whole life, along with multiple generations of her family, was holding its last service before closing its doors forever. As she looked around at the […]

Alumni Update: Rocio Velasquez-Morales (’14)

This post is adapted from an interview with Rocio Velasquez-Morales (’14).  I came to The Potter House against my will in 2010. At first, I wasn’t excited to come to a Christian school. I had always attended public schools since Kindergarten and I was used to that environment. However, my parents wanted a better future […]