As you may have guessed, my family heritage is predominately Dutch. My Great Grandfather, Jan Hoekstra, immigrated to New England from the Netherlands in 1896. He was a founding member of one of the first Christian Reformed Churches in New England. He and my Great Grandmother, Mary (Buma) Hoekstra became the first couple to be married in that church. My mother’s Grandfather, William Bouterse, was a preacher for the Salvation Army and met my Irish Great Grandmother (Ann MacManus) at an old fashioned tent revival in Durham, NC in the early 1900’s.
I grew up with three sisters (Judy, Trudy, Kathy) and a brother (Trey). My father spent a career in the Air Force starting out in mapping and charting which is why I spent a lot of my formative years in the Asia Pacific region. He was also a radio operator (W1TRB) and was assigned to a number of Strategic Air Command Bases throughout the U.S. Dad met Senator Barry Goldwater in Vietnam in 1969 and continued to correspond with him (mostly via HAM radio) until his death in 1998. They say you’re a product of your environment and so it should come as no surprise that having a heritage of clergy, military, and educators that I would end up working for Ronald Reagan in the early 80’s on Strategic Defense Initiative (Star Wars) projects and end up being one of those pesky conservative Christians today.