R.H. “Bear” Berends

Executive Director Emeritus


  • B.A. Calvin College,1973: Secondary Education Teaching Certificate - Grades 6-12 Social Studies & Humanities
  • M.A. Michigan State University, 1980: Cognitive Impairment - Grades K-12

After 34 years of leading the inclusive education movement in Christian schools, Bear Berends retired from his post as executive director on August 31, 2015.

“To say it has been a privilege to be entrusted with such as a mission as ours for the last 34 years would be an understatement. To know that I have had a direct hand in changing the face of Christian Education first in over 50 schools throughout Michigan and now across North America is an amazing memory to take along with me as I exit from this post and into semi-retirement.”

Read more in this press release.