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Financial executive

Dirk Willem Vander Steen, American financial executive. Certified fund raising executive. Graduate fellow Western Michigan University, 1975, McKinley Robinson Research fellow, 1981; Paul Harris fellow, 1986.


Steen, Dirk Willem Vander was born on August 22, 1938 in Delft, Netherlands. Came to the United States, 1947. Son of Daniel and Cornelia (Den Hengst) Vander Steen.


Bachelor of Arts in General Education, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1964. Master of Arts in Counseling, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 1971. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, 1987.


Clerk, store manager Dominion Stores Ltd., Toronto, 1954-1960. Teacher Allendale (Michigan) Junior High School, 1964-1965. Missionary administrator, chief inspector Christian Reformed Church Missions, Makurdi, Nigeria, 1965-1978.

Minister, community outreach Christian Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, 1978-1982. Development director Kalamazoo Christian Schools, 1982-1990. Founder First Fruits stewardship education Barnabas Foundation, Orland Park, Illinois, 1990-1994.

Director planned giving Bethany Christian Services, Grand Rapids, since 1994. Member, director Kalamazoo Forum, 1983-1990. Director Roseland Ministry Center, Orland Park, 1990-1994.

Chairman, director Community Cable Access Center, Kalamazoo, 1981-1987. Fundraising consultant Grace Cyclic Redundancy Check Church, Grand Rapids, since 1996.


  • Certified fund raising executive.


  • Other Work

    • Contributing author: Educational First Fruits: Managing the Master's Money, 1991, That We May Be One, 1995. Liaison author: (with Doctor J. Snell) Towards a Better World, 1997.


Member Kalamazoo 2000 Committee, 1980-1982. Board directors, chair Community Dispute Resolution Center, Kalamazoo, 1890-1891. Liaison, board directors Campus International Student committee Western Michigan University, 1975-1976.

Director, member steering committee Excellence in Education Foundation, Kalamazoo, 1987-1990. Board directors Jericho Road Foundation, since 1991, Bootstrap International Foundation, since 1980. Member West Michigan Planned Giving, since 1994.

Vice president World Missions Board, 1982-1988. Member National Society Fund Raising Executives (vice president 1985-1992), Rotary International (president).


  • Other Interests

    Fishing, golf, reading, writing.


Married Jean Geesiena Riemersma, August 30, 1963. Children: Barbara Joy, Deborah Jean, Cheryl Lynn.

Daniel Steen

Cornelia (Den Hengst) Vander Steen

Jean Geesiena Riemersma

Barbara Joy Steen

Deborah Jean Steen

Cheryl Lynn Steen