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Rachel VerWys recently moved to West Michigan after living many years in Southern California. Her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Ryan, and their four kids, Malachi, Abram, Ezekiel, and Selah. She volunteers as the Board President for Communities First Association, a national organization committed to asset based community development. She also serves on the the board of Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, an organization that invests in emerging youth and adult leaders. She studied social work at Calvin College and the University of Southern California, where she focused on community organizing, planning, and administration. She worked in community development in Southern California for 14 years through Kingdom Causes Bellflower. She is passionate about engaging in conversations and work that advance shalom in people’s lives, along neighborhood sidewalks, and in local institutions.

Marie is the Communications and Team Coordinator for the Office of Social Justice and a co-editor of Do Justice. A life-long member of the CRC, she loves the Contemporary Testimony, good design, DIY projects, anything striped, and helping the Church be a prophetic voice. As a Grand Rapids transplant from the Chicago area, Marie is fascinated by the way place shapes our interactions and identities. 

Anna Vogt recently graduated with what she likes to call her Masters Degree of Real Life: two years living and working in the community of Mampujan on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia with the Mennonite Central Committee‘s Seed Program. Since then, she has transitioned to the capital of Colombia, Bogota, where she continues to work with MCC and their partner Justapaz. She loves coffee, llamas, and writing about life through her blog: thellamadiaries.wordpress.com. 

Faustine Wabwire is senior foreign assistance policy analyst at Bread for the World.

Mike Wagenman (PhD, University of Bristol) is a Christian Reformed chaplain at Western University (London, Canada) where he directs the Kuyper Centre for Emerging Scholars (www.kuypercentre.ca). His current research explores the theological roots of North American racism. Respond to him on Twitter at @MikeWagenman

Rebecca Warren is a board member for World Renew–Canada and is currently serving as Interim Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at The King’s University. She is a member of Fellowship Christian Reformed Church in Edmonton, Alberta. Rebecca and her husband Will Van Arragon live in Edmonton, Alberta with their two children. 

Brad Wassink is the Communications Coordinator at Citizens for Public Justice. He grew up in the CRC community and has also attended Presbyterian and Anglican churches. These traditions have fostered his passion for social justice which, coupled with his interest in political science, has made the intersection of faith and political life especially intriguing to him. Brad has a B.A. in International Relations from Calvin College and he studied abroad in Jamaica and Ghana. You can find him on Twitter at @publicjustice

Colin P. Watson Sr. is the Director of Ministries and Administration for the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). He is a retired executive from 2 Fortune 500 Companies and has been a member of the Madison Avenue Christian Reformed Church in Paterson, NJ since 1985. He has served the CRCNA in various capacities including as a member of the Synodical Committee on Race Relations (SCORR), a member of the Task Force Reviewing Structure and Culture and as a member of the board of Christian Reformed World Missions (CRWM) where he served as President (US and International). Mr. Watson and his wife, Freida, have been married for 36 years and have 3 adult children.

Jordan Weller is studying history at Trinity Western University. His passion for Canadian aboriginal justice began with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Vancouver in September 2013. In May 2014, he participated in a short-term missions trip through Trinity Western to Fort Babine, a First Nations Reserve in Northern British Columbia. He is currently working for Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Dease Lake, British Columbia, helping to run their ministry centre.

Lorilyn Wiering, a spiritual director, writer, and former middle school teacher, is the founder of Red Cord Community. Drawn to the edges of society, church-life, and self, she delights in exploring and facilitating the reciprocal and necessary relationship between edge and center. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Vernon, her daughter Maddy, and sons Basil and Reuben. They are members of First Christian Reformed Church. 

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