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Rev. Kathy Smith is the Associate Director and Program Manager for Grants Programs at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Adjunct Professor of Church Polity at Calvin Theological Seminary. Kathy is a graduate of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church.  She is the author of Stilling the Storm: Worship and Congregational Leadership in Difficult Times (Alban, 2006).

Rev. Reggie Smith is the director of the Office of Race Relations and the Office of Social Justice. Before his current position, Rev. Reggie led Roosevelt Park Community CRC on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan for twenty years. He has been president of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA) board for 18 years. Through collaboration between the church and RPNA, the neighborhood has built and owned its library and arts academy and decreased gang violence. The church started Roosevelt Park Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that sought to equip children with mentors, translation service, and ESL services, for almost two decades. Dr. Smith has taught urban ministry and urban development courses at Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. [Image from A. Cantrell Photo]

Miriam Spies currently serves as the Communications and Volunteer Specialist for CRC Disability Concerns and Safe Church. She is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada. She lives with Cerebral Palsy and is usually accompanied by her dog guide (and oversized lap dog!) Wendell.

Stacy Steen is a family doctor in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She grew up in several CRC communities in the United States because her father was a minister, but settled in Grand Rapids after attending Calvin College. She now attends Church of the Servant.

Danielle Steenwyk-Rowaan is the Justice Communications Team Coordinator for the CRC, working for the Centre for Public Dialogue, Office of Social Justice, Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee, and the Office of Race Relations. Danielle dreams of a CRC where people of all ethnicities belong, a CRC which is continuously learning how to live into our call to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God. Danielle loves connecting cross-culturally, and her perspective is changed by friends and mentors from many backgrounds. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys biking and local food. Danielle is one of the editors of Do Justice, along with Paola Fuentes Gleghorn. Find her at @DanielleRowaan

Melissa Stek is the Office of Social Justice's Justice Mobilization Specialist, and works to network and encourage justice seekers as they take next steps on their justice journeys. Melissa was a Legislative Assistant to Representative Luis Gutierrez where she wrote sign-on letters, internal memoranda, and various materials for the Congressman's work in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Calvin College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. 

Jennevie Stephenson is a junior Animal Biology major at Grand Valley State University and lifelong member of the Christian Reformed Church. 

Mark Stephenson is the director of Disability Concerns (CRC and RCA). 

Bev Sterk is a ministry-minded mom, keeping her eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith, and pursuing spiritual intimacy with Him in the secret place through focusing on His Word, prayer, prophecy, purity/holiness, etc. Yeshua reveals His heart for justice (the call to love our neighbors) to us as we pursue Him and love Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. May the Lamb who was slain, receive the reward of His suffering....Worthy is the Lamb (Rev 5:12)!

Iona is the Canada Program Coordinator for World Renew’s Global Volunteer Program. She is passionate about global and local community development and engaging volunteers in using the gifts God has given them to serve the Kingdom. Iona equips individuals, schools, groups, and churches to serve internationally with World Renew. Iona has been working with volunteers and involved in local community development for about 20 years in Brampton and Burlington, Ontario. She is married to Ken and mom to two amazing millennials, Laura and Chad.

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