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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.     

Paul Vander Klay is the pastor of Living Stones Christian Reformed Church in Sacramento California. He blogs at http://leadingchurch.com. Together with his wife Chandra he has five children.  

Peter Vander Meulen has served as the Coordinator for the Office of Social Justice and Hunger Action (OSJ) of the Christian Reformed Church (CRCNA) since establishing the office in 1995. His concentration on social justice work grew directly out of his 23 years of employment with the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee in Central America, Asia, the Caribbean, and West Africa. As the OSJ coordinator he is responsible for leading the justice education and advocacy work of the CRCNA as well as its refugee resettlement efforts in the US. Peter and his wife, Peggi, have three grown children and presently reside in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Amy Vander Vliet is senior web editor and database manager for Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Office of the Vice President for Global Engagement, where she integrates the work of faculty, staff, and students to produce high-quality web resources. She is a member of Washington, D.C. CRC, where she just started her second term as a deacon. Amy was also a youth observer to Synod 2009 and Synod 2010; she has been on the YALT leadership team since its embryonic stages. She received her M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Political Studies and History from Dordt College. Married to Jonathan, Amy lives in Alexandria, Virginia and occasionally likes to return to Pella, Iowa to see family and have a slice of Pizza Ranch cactus bread.

John Vanderburgh is the pastor at Emo Christian Reformed Church.

Kathy Vandergrift is a public policy analyst who specializes in children’s rights and social justice. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Ethics from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.

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