Don Kok

Don Kok, right, helps a guest at Project Hope in Lynden. (Bill Helm/Lynden Tribune)

LYNDEN — As executive director of the Christian Hope Association, Don Kok is mostly responsible for the organization’s governance, policy development, personnel, finances, funds and friend-raising, public relations and facilities.

Kok also enjoys being involved in day-to-day activities, such as helping pick up food for the association’s Project Hope Food Bank, as well as meeting with members of the community who need forms of financial assistance. 

Sometimes, Kok helps his community out by changing a light bulb, jump-starting a car or cleaning up around the association. He always enjoys interacting with staff, volunteers, residents, clients and the general public.

With five years on the job at Christian Hope Association, Kok grew up wanting to become a teacher – as well as an astronaut.

“I did become a Christian school teacher, but I spent most of my career in education as a Christian school administrator.”

A principal, then superintendent, Kok spent 43 years in education.

Lynden Tribune: What do you like most about your job?

Don Kok: My interaction with the community. God made people with infinite value and in such incredible variety. I love getting to know people, and hearing stories they tell. Everyone has a story, and each is unique and interesting in its own way.  

Tribune: What is your favorite thing to do when you’re not working?

Kok: Coming home from work, sitting in the back yard with my wife on a beautiful summer afternoon, enjoying the glory of God’s creation within our area, and leisurely chatting about our day.  

Tribune: Which around-the-house task is your least favorite?

Kok: Scrubbing the shower. 

Tribune: What is your favorite food?

Kok: Thin-crust meat pizza.

Tribune: What music do you have in your vehicle right now?

Kok: Primarily contemporary Christian music (although I do enjoy the Beach Boys)

Tribune: What is your favorite hobby or recreation?

Kok: Taking long walks through the berry fields around our home.

Tribune: What is your favorite sports team?

Kok: First would be the Lynden Christian Lyncs. Second, the Seattle Seahawks. Winning the Super Bowl was super exciting. However, I was able to meet and get to know a former Seahawk quarterback and his family, Jeff Kemp.

Tribune: What’s the biggest thing on your bucket list?

Kok: Touring Europe. River cruise maybe??

Tribune: Tell us something about you that very few people know.

Kok: As a youngster, I watched as President Eisenhower and his wife exited their limousine to attend church in Gettysburg, PA. (I’m pretty boring.)