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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."

Jonathan Boone is a teacher at Bulkley Valley Christian School in Smithers, British Columbia. 

Kayla Boone is a Youth Ambassador of Reconciliation and attends The Kings University College in Edmonton, Alberta. 

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.”

Rev. Joyce Borger is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church serving as the director of Worship Ministries and senior editor of the print and online resource Reformed Worship, where you will often find resources around the theme of creation care.

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. 

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. 

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