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Derek works for the CRCNA in the areas of faith formation and pastor-church relations as a co-leader of the Faith Formation Collaborative Work Group, a coach in the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative, and a member of the Better Together Delivery Team. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Keri and their two little girls, Alida and Cassidy.

Dr. Adejoke Ayoola is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Jake Bakker is a Resonate Global Mission Cohort Fellow and will be returning to serve in Costa Rica in April. During 2018 and 2019 Jake had the opportunity to join the Cohort program, living and serving in Casa Adobe, and volunteering at Organizacion Surgir, a school for at-risk teen boys in San Jose. Jake has a continued interest in learning more about life in Central America and how that connects to our lives in Canada, US, and around the world.

Jessica Banninga is studying International Studies and Media Communications at Redeemer University College and is the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue's social media organizer for 2017-2018.

Rob Barrett is Director of Forums & Scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs both in Applied Physics from Stanford University and Theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. He has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology, and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. He has also earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His varied background is unified by his longstanding interest in the intersection of faith, Bible, science/technology, and culture. Rob and his wife Crystal have two young children.

Heather Beaudoin is a National Organizer with Equal Justice USA, a national organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and responsive to everyone impacted by crime. She is also one of the coordinators for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Heather joined EJUSA after three years of working for the Montana Abolition Coalition. Previously, Heather worked for the Helena Pregnancy Resource Center, the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington DC, and for the Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Heather graduated with a political science degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She currently resides in Three Rivers, Michigan with her husband Matt and their daughter Grace.

Janet Beldman is a member of Bethel CRC in London, Ontario. She is a worship committee member, hostess extraordinaire, and Oma to 2 (and soon 3!) beautiful grandbabies. She drives a bus for city transit to facilitate her addiction to books and reading. She has never been able to pass a bookstore yet.

Christine Berghoef is a published author, speaker, and independent consultant. She teaches classes and leads workshops on how to engage in civil discourse. Her experience in civil discourse training began as a consultant for The Faith & Politics Institute in Washington DC, which works to build bridges of understanding through dialogue between polarized members of Congress across the partisan divide and between traditionally polarized national faith leaders. She currently lives in Holland, Michigan where she is laying the ground work to launch The Institute of Faith, Justice & Dialogue.

Roy Berkenbosch attends Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton and has worked at The King’s University in Edmonton since 1995. He has a wide range of experience at the University, including campus ministry and student life. Roy has a M. Div. and Th.M. from Calvin Seminary and has served churches in Canada and the U.S.  Roy has lived and worked in Bangladesh and maintains active involvement with numerous organizations addressing global poverty and hunger.  In addition to working with the Micah Centre and Interdisciplinary Studies, Roy teaches in the theology program at King’s.

Hannah Biggs is a student at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After completing her studies in the field of international development, she hopes to work in the church. Hannah and fellow student, Emily Cole, were inspired to write the article and accompanying stories during a semester spent studying justice in Honduras.

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