At age 17, Madelyn took a new stand for Christian education by moving to New Mexico and teaching at Rehoboth Christian School—where the need for teachers was so great that no formal college education was required—for two years. After furthering her education at Calvin College, Madelyn taught at Denver Christian School for four years before returning to the Chicago area.
Married in 1945, Madelyn recalls the excitement that she and her husband Edward felt when their friends Marty and Janet Ozinga made them aware of plans to establish a local Christian college. Madelyn and Ed immediately threw their support behind the plan to allow area students to continue their education without relocating. In addition to their financial support, Ed even helped to transform the golf clubhouse with a fresh coat of paint.
Madelyn, whose varied hobbies include reading, oil painting, crocheting, knitting, and collecting bone china, has joined her children and grandchildren in taking advantage of Trinity’s many course offerings. She has enjoyed courses in Bible and philosophy, among others.
Madelyn continues her faithful support of the Trinity Fund, regularly providing funds for tuition assistance so that students can complete their education and influence others in the workplace. She hopes that churches will continue to emphasize the importance of Christian education, as well.