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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.

Dr. Wendy VanderWal Gritter serves as Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries, cultivating safe and spacious places for LGBTQ+ people to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ. She is a member of Meadowvale CRC and recently finished a term as a board member of Calvin Seminary.

 

Lisa VanEngen is a freelance writer at aboutproximity.com. She seeks to encourage others to place themselves in the proximity of doing justice. She lives in Holland, MI with her husband Kris and their children, Ellie and Josiah.

Alyssa VanErden is entering her 4th year as a 3rd grade Spanish immersion teacher at Grandville Christian school in Grandville, MI. Before beginning at Grandville, Alyssa taught English in Honduras for a year. She enjoys getting her students involved in environmental discussions and activities while trying to promote zero waste in her classroom.

Erica VanEssendelft works with the Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico City. She is also a former Policy Analyst and Advocacy Fellow for the Office of Social Justice. Listening to great music and finding beauty in the world is what gives her courage in the work towards justice. 

Carissa VanHaitsma is a recent graduate of Calvin College, where she majored in Sociology and Writing. Carissa has been working for the Office of Social Justice since May 2013, primarily working on immigration reform advocacy. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration and Social Work in fall 2014. 

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