Bruce is a Christian, husband of Colleen, father of Kevin, Karl, and Adam, father in-law of Tiffany, Elizabeth, and Jessica, grandfather of Micah and Joel, Viva and Lois, Madelyn and Audrey, farmer, member and one of several elders at Trinity Fellowship Church in Big Rapids, Michigan, USA.
Bruce and Colleen have been members of Trinity Fellowship Church since 1983. Along with being an elder, Bruce serves on the missions committee, is involved with ColMANS (College Men Acquiring Needed Skills) and helps with Powerhouse Adventure trips when possible.
As a boy, Bruce grew up on the farm his grandfather started. He enjoyed playing sports and doing things outdoors like hunting, fishing, and building machines with engines like small drivable carts and bikes. After high school, he went to Ferris State College, near his home, where he earned an associate degree in Machine Tool Technology hoping to become a machinist. However, he continued at Ferris and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MfgE) in 1978. Bruce became a Christian just before graduating college. Upon graduation, Bruce went to work as an MfgE for Sealed Power Corporation, a company that manufactures piston rings and other automotive components.
Bruce met and married Colleen in Muskegon, Michigan. Four years later they served a one year volunteer mission at Covenant High School in Unalakleet, Alaska, USA. Upon leaving Unalakleet, Bruce was blessed to be offered a teaching position at Ferris State University as an assistant professor. He accepted. He and Colleen moved to the farm Bruce grew up on. He and Colleen went into partnership with Bruce’s parents on their asparagus farm as well. As the years passed, he earned two graduate degrees, a Masters degree in Occupational Education from Ferris and a master’s degree in statistics from The Rochester Institute of Technology. Bruce taught at Ferris for thirty years. Bruce and Colleen assumed full responsibility for the asparagus farm from Bruce’s parents in 2003. Bruce left Ferris in 2013 to farm full time which is what they still do and plan to do for the foreseeable future.
Bruce and Colleen traveled to Liberia, Africa in August of 2013. Through Providence they met Varney and Queeta Freeman, who co-founded the Betty Memorial Institute located in Grand Cape Mount County, Liberia. They stayed in contact with Varney and then, in November of 2016, traveled to BMI to put on a mini-seminar for BMI teachers to aid them in developing hands on projects. Bruce and Colleen are committed to making the dream of a functioning, vibrant vocational education school at BMI and other African schools a reality.”