Back to Top

Authors

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.

After a successful heavyweight boxing career and a series of misfortunes, Bryan Blakely Sr. and his wife Toresa found themselves without work, and then without a home of their own. Together, they experienced the social system of assistance, including public welfare, homeless shelters, and food pantries. By relying on their faith in God, their faith in each other, and the help of various agencies, community organizations, and friends, they were able to find employment. They now own a home in the Bates Place neighborhood. Bryan has been the Executive Director of Bates Place Ministries since its inception.

A 2013 graduate of Calvin College, Jeffrey is currently working in Kenya as a research assistant with Partners Worldwide at the Africa Theological Seminary evaluating the impact of a church-based business development program. In the fall of 2014, he will be beginning graduate studies in economics at Michigan State University. Follow him on Twitter (@JeffBloem) and on his blog (www.jeffbloem.wordpress.com).

Rachel Boehm is a health care administrator and program leader with Nova Scotia's Addictions and Mental Health Program. With a background in communications and public relations, Rachel previously worked for many years in the non-profit sector tackling issues such as hunger and poverty. Rachel is a mother of four, an avid runner, and she loves outdoor life in Fall River, Nova Scotia -- in all of its beautiful seasons. She is the author of the children's book, "The Ways I Will Love You."

Rev. Joel Boot served the CRCNA for three years as interim Executive Director. His term ended in June 2014 with a state of the church address at Synod in which he said, "In a broken world filled with broken people, the initial stance must be a broken heart, and not an argument about a broken law.”

Mary-Lee Bouma is a missionary in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia and serves as part-time executive director with Resist Exploitation Embrace Dignity (www.embracedignity.org). 

Steve Bouma-Prediger is a Professor of Religion and Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. 

Pages