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

Benjamin Bouwman is currently in his fourth year at Trinity Western University studying Education with hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher. Benjamin was born and raised in Langley, British Columbia, getting involved with youth and music ministry at Willoughby Christian Reformed Church as well as being part of a missions team to Fort Babine, an indigenous reserve near Smithers, BC, through Trinity Western. With a passion for music, people, and the Lord, Benjamin is on a mission to make others feel loved. 

Sarahi Bravo is a Mexican-American immigrant who lives in Sunnyside, Washington. Sarahi worked at Transformation Yakima Valley for 6 years. She is currently a Business Development Officer at Lower Valley Credit Union connecting Spanish speaking families with services.

Carol Bremer-Bennett is World Renew's Director of U.S. operations. Bremer-Bennett is an educator by training, with an M.A. in educational leadership from Western New Mexico University in Gallup. She has served on the Calvin College Board of Trustees and served as a deacon. Bremer-Bennett's  early relationships were formed by her childhood in West Michigan when she was adopted as an infant by Paul and Jackie Bremer. After graduating from Calvin College, she headed to New Mexico to explore her Navajo heritage. She found her place when a Navajo leader ceremonially adopted her as his sister. She and husband Theo Bremer-Bennett have three children of Navajo descent and three of Ethiopian descent.

Joining the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) in 2007 as Executive Director, Chloe has furthered ICNY’s mission to bring together grassroots religious leaders with civic officials to address the city’s most pressing concerns. An Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of New York Chloe, Breyer founded and directed the Cathedral Forums on Religion and Public Life at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine from 2000-2003. Following 9/11/2001, she worked on an interfaith initiative to rebuild a mosque in Afghanistan destroyed by U.S. bombs. Chloe is the author of The Close: A Young Woman’s First Year at Seminary (Basic Books 2000) with chapter contributions to What Can One Person Do? Faith to Heal a Broken World (Church Publishing 2005) and Challenging the Christian Right From the Heart of the Gospel (Beacon Press 2006).

Daniel Brown is pastor at John Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Truro, Nova Scotia. He grew up in the Ottawa valley and has studied at Algonquin College, Carleton University, and Calvin Theological Seminary. His passion for public dialogue stems from a lifelong relationship with the political process and Kuyper's reminder that "every square inch" includes engaging government from the perspective of faith. Dan is married to Nathalie, and has four children. They find as many excuses as they can to scramble along the rocks of Peggy's Cove. He currently maintains a blog at http://www.dan-brown.ca/ and moderates a Facebook group for justice themes in the Christian Reformed Church which can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/justiceleaguecrcna/. Follow him on Twitter at @danielgtbrown

Heather Buisman is a student at the University of Ottawa, studying Political Science and Public Administration. She is currently an intern for a Member of Parliament and continues to be involved in social affairs on a variety of different levels.

James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, for 37 years before retiring in 2012. He has published many short stories and several novels, including Romey's PlaceIn the Silence There Are GhostsThe Secrets of Barneveld Calvary, and Touches the Sky, as well as two books of meditations, Sixty at Sixty and Honest to God. His publications within the CRC are numerous, including Our Family Album: The Unfinished Story of the CRC. New River Press (MN) is releasing a new collection of stories titled Up the Hill in August. He just finished six years on the CRC's Racial Relations Advisory Committee​. He and his wife, Barbara, live in the country just outside of Alton, Iowa.

Christy is the Director of Youth Ministry at Madison Square Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, overseeing their Middle and High School Ministries. She also supervises the Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL U) Program, which prepares students for leadership and service in the church and world. Inspiring and equipping adults to invest deeply in the lives of students in grades 7-12 is her passion. She loves to be a bridge builder by connecting students to God, each other, their mentors, church, community, and world.

Chris Cassis is the Lead Pastor of The Source Church. Chris left Calvin Christian Reformed Church in the fall of 2013 with his wife Viviana, and their four children: Michael, Katelynne, Brianna, and Caleb to plant a church in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The Source Church is part of a vision to plant 20 churches in South Florida by the year 2020.

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