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Rev. Thyra VanKeeken is the Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto. Thyra is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, and a former intern at the Office of Social Justice. Currently Thyra serves on the committee that supports the Centre for Public Dialogue in Ottawa. Thyra is a Do Justice columnist

Gary vanLoon is a retired but still active prof (Chemistry and Environmental Science) at Queen’s University. A member of Westside Fellowship CRC, he participates in a number of ‘justice’ and multi-cultural activities through the church, in the community and Canada-wide. A long standing interest in development-related issues, particularly those connected with agriculture and the environment still finds fulfillment through applied research along with colleagues in this country and abroad. Gary is married to Asha and they have three children and three grandchildren, living in Ottawa, Guelph and Vancouver.

Laura Veenema is a Reading Specialist and former Language Arts teacher with a B.A. from Calvin College and an M.A. from Saint Xavier University. She has an incredible husband, and they live in the Chicago area with their beautiful baby boy. She now works from home as a mom and literacy tutor.

Cindy Verbeek has worked as a volunteer and board member and has been a staff member of A Rocha Canada since 1996. A Rocha is an international conservation organization working to show God’s love to all creation. She is now working as the Northern British Columbia representative and community mobilizer. Ms. Verbeek volunteers as a stream-keeper, farmer’s market manager, and secretary for Healthy Options for People and the Earth (HOPE). She attends Houston CRC, where she leads C4, a weekly women’s Creation Stewardship Task Force 125 ministry, helps out with vacation Bible school, and coordinates the church’s community garden.

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. 

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