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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

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.

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

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.  

Jordan Weller is studying history at Trinity Western University. His passion for Canadian aboriginal justice began with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Vancouver in September 2013. In May 2014, he participated in a short-term missions trip through Trinity Western to Fort Babine, a First Nations Reserve in Northern British Columbia. He is currently working for Samaritan’s Purse Canada in Dease Lake, British Columbia, helping to run their ministry centre.

Travis West is Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He also serves as the President of Kairos West Michigan, a local movement dedicated to seeking understanding as to the sources of the hostilities between the Israeli and Palestinian people.

 

Lorilyn Wiering, a spiritual director, writer, and former middle school teacher, is the founder of Red Cord Community. Drawn to the edges of society, church-life, and self, she delights in exploring and facilitating the reciprocal and necessary relationship between edge and center. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Vernon, her daughter Maddy, and sons Basil and Reuben. They are members of First Christian Reformed Church. 

Idella Winfield is the Administrative Coordinator for the CRC Office of Race Relations. 

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