The staff of Messiah Lutheran Preschool takes our mission to heart:

 To know Christ and to make Him known by providing young children with learning experiences within a Christ-centered environment.


Vonda Smestad

Vonda has a passion for working with young children.  She earned her bachelors degree in education from Calvin College and her Early Childhood Endorsement from GVSU.  Vonda is currently in her 13th year working within a Preschool program.  She and her husband have raised four children ranging in age from 19 to 25.  Vonda enjoys camping, softball, reading and walking her dog.  She is loving her time here at Messiah as our Fantastic Fours Teacher and Director.


Vicki Blubaugh

Vicki is our Terrific Threes teacher. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in  Elementary Education and Learning Disabilities from Miami University in Ohio.   Vicki has spent the last  6 years working in the Early Childhood field.  She loves to create activities and provide musical opportunities to explore concepts with her preschoolers.  Vicki enjoys swimming, biking and reading.  She values time with family and friends.


Sharon Winkel

Mrs. Winkel is our Fabulous Fours aide. She attended Calvin College and has been working in preschool and elementary classrooms for over 20 years. She loves bringing out the best in each child while exploring the amazing world God has created. Sharon and her husband enjoy traveling and have four children and one grandchild.


Sarah Ahrens

Sarah is one of our many Preschool graduates.  She graduated from Cornerstone University with a major in Psychology.  Sarah has previous experience in a child care setting and is currently a before/after school care Site director in a local school.  Sarah has a gentle, caring personality and this is a great asset to our program.