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Jill Van Beek is Director of Operations for the Association for a More Just Society-U.S.

Liza van de Hoef lives in Belleville, ON with her husband Steve and their two young children. Liza works as a midwife. 

Jack Van de Hoef is the pastor at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Brockville, Ontario. 

Steve van de Hoef lives with his wife and two daughters in Belleville, ON. He works as a full time dad and part time Justice and Faith Project Coordinator for the CRC. Steve formerly worked with the CRC's Aboriginal Ministry, Office of Social Justice and Centre for Public Dialogue as Justice and Reconciliation Mobilizer.

Kris Van Engen is the Congregational Justice Mobilizer for the Office of Social Justice and World Renew. He equips people as they act on Jesus' instructions to be peacemakers, to do justice, and to prevent the root causes of poverty and hunger. Kris previously worked for 10 years as a pastor and church ministries director. He and his wife Lisa have two children, Ellie and Josiah.

Debbie van Hoeve represents the Regional Synod of Canada (Reformed Church in America), which is an active partner of the Centre for Public Dialogue. Hearing the social justice call, Debbie volunteers with her husband, Ben, intentionally in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in Canada at the Helping Hands Street Mission in Hamilton, Ontario, God continues to demonstrate to them his love to a marginalized society. Debbie and Ben are parents to four adult children. They live and work together in their family’s housing business. They are active in study and fellowship at Westdale Reformed Church in Hamilton. You can contact her at debvh11@gmail.com.

Megan Van Kooten is a recent graduate of Calvin College with a degree in Social Work and now works in foster care. While studying at Calvin, she also interned with the Office of Social Justice and worked on restorative justice. 

Grace Vanberkel is in her first year of studying art history and First Nations studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Respond to her on Twitter at @gracevanberkel. 

After serving more than 38 years in congregational ministry, Rev. Bill Vanden Bosch and his wife, Lyn, have been leading “disciple’s pilgrimages” to Israel since 1999. They have studied twice in Israel at Jerusalem University College and twice under the leadership of Ray VanderLaan, Director of “In the Dust of the Rabbi” ministries and the teacher of the “That the World May Know” video series. Bill has a Doctor of Ministry Degree in multicultural ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jeremy Vander Hoek is a student at St. Jerome’s University in Waterloo, ON. He is studying sociology, legal studies, political science, and history. His interest in advocacy started with the World Renew Leadership Tour and he continues to take small steps towards doing justice. Growing up in the Christian Reformed Church in Hamilton has led Jeremy to membership at Meadowlands CRC in Ancaster. Between studying and work he enjoys reading, playing board games, and listening to podcasts.     

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