Professional and Educational Background: I graduated from Northwestern College in 1994 with a B.A. in Music Education.
Childhood and Family Background: I was born and raised in Rock Valley, Iowa. I attended the Rock Valley Christian School and graduated from Rock Valley Community High School in 1980. I attended Dordt College for one year before marrying Arlo Van Beek of Rock Valley. We were married and moved to Orange City in 1981. We then had two children, Jennifer and Dana. I decided to go back to college when our children were in school full time. Jennifer is married to Todd Bergsma of Hawarden and they have two beautiful children, Meghan and Connor. Dana is also married to Joshua Pluim of Alton. They also have two children, Brooklyn and Brennen.
Church Life: My husband and I attend the First Reformed Church of Orange City. I teach music to the pre-school children and also direct the handbell choir.
Life Outside of Unity: I enjoy spending time with family and friends, especially babysitting our grandchildren. I also direct the Orange City Community Band during the summer and enjoy going to my parents cabin at Lake Cochrane in South Dakota