Traverse City Christian School – Board of Trustees

Members of the Traverse City Christian School Board of Trustees are nominated by the Traverse City Christian School Association members at specified times during the school year.  The slate of nominees is then voted upon at the Annual Association Meeting.

Trustees must meet certain requirements in order to be nominated and elected  to the Board.  These include:

  • Being a Member of the Association in good standing,
  • Demonstrating a proven record of support for Christian education, both in principle and in practice,
  • Personally agreeing with each area of the Statement of Faith contained in Article II of the Bylaws,
  • Being active in a local Christian church,
  • Having the written recommendation of their Pastor.

The Board of Trustees humbly embraces its role and the trust placed in its care by the TC Christian School Association. It seeks to advance the mission of Traverse City Christian Schools in part by living lives reflective of Christ’s character and seeking God’s Will in the decisions it makes regarding educational programs provided to children in Preschool-12th Grade.

TC Christian Trustees encourage healthy follow the principles for biblical conflict resolution as explained by Jesus in Matthew 18.

Current Trustees

Adam Miller, President –

Adam Miller is an experienced entrepreneur and commercial real estate developer. He is the co-founder and managing partner of Miller Investment Company. Adam leveraged his expertise in strategy, marketing, and finance to help build the largest portfolio of Class A office space in the region and launch several successful portfolio companies.  He received his BA from Wittenberg University and an MBA (High Distinction), from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Adam and his wife, Kristin, graduated from Traverse City Christian in 2000, and now have three children at Traverse City Christian.  Adam helped plant Harvest Bible Chapel in Traverse City in 2012 where he serves as a Small Group leader and as a Worship leader.

Eric Phelps, Vice-President –

Eric W. Phelps, M.A., J.D. is the founding member and manager of Phelps Legal Group, PLC and the Director of the 1:17 Center for Global Adoption.  A former Marine, Eric enlisted during college and earned a commission as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation in 1985.  He served as an officer of Marines from 1985 until 1999, in both active and reserve roles in the United States and overseas.

Eric earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1985, a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Mary Washington College in 1995, a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1998, and a Master of Arts in Bioethics from Trinity International University in 2007. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He regularly litigates cases in all Michigan trial and appellate courts.

Prior to forming the Phelps Legal Group, Eric served as an associate attorney with the Traverse City law firms of Smith & Johnson, P.C. (1997-1999) and Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge, P. C. (1999 to 2004). He also served as a partner at the Traverse City law firm of Zimmerman, Kuhn, Darling, Boyd, Quandt & Phelps (2004 to 2011).

Eric is a member of New Hope Community Church, the Christian Legal Society, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the State Bar of Michigan. He has previously served on the Michigan Board of Directors for Bethany Christian Services and as the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Traverse City Christian Schools.

Eric and his wife, Karen, have four daughters, two of whom are adopted, and all four attend Traverse City Christian.

Thys DeBruyn, Secretary-

A Traverse City native, Thys went to junior high and high school at a Christian school (Westminster Academy) in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from Cornell University in 1985 and began a career with the US Government, which took him overseas for 16 of the next 24 years. Thys left government service and moved to Traverse City with his family in 2008. He and his wife Shannon have two boys, Jake (14) and Lucas (5), both at TC Christian.
“Our family’s church home is New Hope Community Church, where we are challenged by the preaching, blessed by the authentic, Christ-centered community, and serve in various volunteer roles including Awana leaders, small group leader and sound tech. We are confident God led us to New Hope and to TC Christian, and we have seen the many ways He blesses our family and our lives through these two institutions.”
“Believing that teaching our kids about God’s love and purpose for their lives is one of the most important missions we have.  I wanted to serve the school, the kids and their families, and God for His glory.  It’s for those reasons I sought a position on the school board.”

Pastor Marshall Holtvluwer, Trustee –

Marshall Holtvluwer is the Lead Pastor of Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City.  He is married to Tammy and together they have two daughters, Emma and Sydney, along with a son, Joseph, whom they adopted from Uganda.  The girls have attended Traverse City Christian School since the Holtvluwer’s moved to Traverse City from Illinois in 2012, and Joseph will join them when he is of age.
As a family, they are so grateful for the Godly teachers at Traverse City Christian who daily pour themselves into the hearts of all the children at the school.

Andrew Ehlert, Trustee –

Andrew and his wife, April, are proud parents of four children – Devin, Brendan, Ethan and Avary.  Devin and Brendan are graduates of TC Christian and Ethan and Avary currently attend.

Andrew and April grew up in Metro Detroit where they were married 18 years ago. They relocated to Traverse City in 2012 and feel blessed to have found a wonderful school that shares their passion for Christian education.

Andrew is a mechanical engineer and started his own company, Cornerstone Engineering, in 2014. He enjoys spending down-time with his family, watching his children’s sporting and musical events, playing golf, and playing music with the New Hope Community Church worship team.

Andrew looks forward to the opportunity to give back by serving on the Traverse City Christian board with Godly people who share a vision of keeping Jesus Christ at the center of their children’s education.

Dr. Nathan Sailor D. O, Trustee –

Nathan Sailor D.O. is married to Trinet Sailor. They have three boys – Hudson, Benaiah and Malachi. The youngest is not yet school age but Hud and Ben have been attending TC Christian since Preschool.

Nate grew up in Jackson, MI, where he was very active in the homeschool community. After high school he earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Biology and Health Science at Spring Arbor University in 2006.  He went on to earn his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011.  He completed a family medicine residency program in 2014 at Munson Medical Center where he served as Co-Chief Resident his senior year. Nate is a Board Certified Family Medicine Physician who practices full spectrum family and emergency medicine at Kalkaska Medical Associates. He also serves as Medical Director for Occupational Health and Electronic Medical Record Integration and Improvement for Kalkaska Memorial Health Center.

In 2009, while his second year of medical school, Nate was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Michigan Army National Guard . Initially, he was attached to the 125th-Infantry “Viking” battalion as the Battalion Field Surgeon, a position he held for three years.  Currently Nate serves as a Medical Officer at State Medical Command with the rank of Major.

The Sailor family attends Harvest Bible Chapel in Traverse City where Trinet serves on the Worship Team and Nate serves as an Elder. The Sailors enjoy playing in the outdoors, camping, hobby farming, music, hunting, fishing, travel and taekwondo. Nate and Trinet are excited to be a part of TC Christian and to serve the school where needed.  As Nate puts it, “It’s awesome to watch these incredible students grow in their faith, knowledge, and character while they learn to be vibrant Christ followers.”