Born in the Netherlands, the gift of a dog helped Deb practice and learn English when she struggled in school after moving to the U.S. Since then, she has raised several dogs, but none that have been able to help her learn Chinese. Thankfully, she has discovered God’s language is love, so that works very well in Chinatown, Guatemala, or wherever God takes her!

Deb graduated with a BA in Psychology from Cedarville University in 1983 and received her MS Ed from Fordham University in New York City. She worked at the College Board before embarking on her career as mom and began the After School Program at OCM in 1989. She and Pastor Rick have directed H.O.P.E. Bible Mission since 1995 and most recently, spent 10 years working in Guatemala where Deb led the Firm Foundations training program for teachers in the difficult to access Quiche Region.

Deb’s passion is to make God’s Word real to kids. She enjoys teaching any age as long as they are young at heart. God’s creation, reading, and biking with her husband keep her challenged and inspired.