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Joshua Vis (jvis@rca.org) is the Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel and Palestine for the Reformed Church in America. In this role, he leads immersion tours of Israel and Palestine with the aim of teaching participants about the biblical stories, the history, archaeology, and the geography of Israel and Palestine, along with the realities of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Josh does a podcast called the Viscast, preaches and teaches in local churches, and organizes educational events on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Josh has a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Duke University and, upon completion of his doctoral degree, he spent two years teaching Old Testament to graduate students at Universidade Metodista de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. Previous to his current position, Joshua taught New Testament for two years at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Joshua is a Do Justice columnist. 

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 is Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at The King’s University in Edmonton, after spending several years at the Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus. She has served the Christian Reformed Church in many roles, including acting as the first female chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee, co-chair of the Christian Reformed/Reformed Church in America task force (presenting to the joint synod in 2014), and delegate to several regional gatherings of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. She is currently serving as Vice President on the board of World Renew Canada, and continues to volunteer in a program for women re-integrating into the community after time in the corrections system.

 

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

Freida C. Watson and her husband Colin Watson attend Madison Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

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.

Sherwin Weener grew up on a farm, north of Holland, MI, the oldest of four brothers. He married Shirley, his high school sweetheart and they have been blessed with two daughters, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. He graduated from Hope College and Western Seminary. His calling to a ministry of racial reconciliation led him to pastor churches in New York City, Sterling, IL and Muskegon, MI for a total of 30 years. He then served the Reformed Church in America as the Executive Minister for the Great Lakes Region until retirement. Sherwin and Shirley now live in Hudsonville, MI and are members of the Hager Park Reformed Church in Jenison.  

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