Kendra (Potgeter) Broekhuis ('11) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the recipient of the college's first Horizon Award. This award identifies alumni who are community-minded and entrepreneurial—those who are using their knowledge, gifts, and talents to participate in God's redemptive work in the world.
After graduation, Broekhuis worked as a first grade teacher at Inter-American School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, for two years. After she had her first daughter, she continued to work with the school as an accreditation coordinator from home. Since 2014, she has also taken on the role of writer, and in February, Thomas Nelson Publishing published her first book, Here Goes Nothing: An Introvert’s Reckless Attempt to Love Her Neighbor. Kendra lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her husband, Collin, and two kids.
Her nominator said that “throughout her life experiences and service to others she has been willing to share her faith with those around her and those following her blog. She speaks with vulnerability and honesty and challenges readers with the issues she’s grappling with.”
“As a Christian in the writing world, my challenge is to encourage others without putting myself on a pedestal,” said Broekhuis. “My job is to remember that success means speaking the truth in love, not selling enough copies of the book so that we can afford Disney World.”
Broekhuis will receive the Horizon Award at the Defender Nation Dinner on Friday, October 13.