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Cindy Verbeek is a Do Justice columnist and board member for Diaconal Ministries Canada. She has worked as a volunteer and board member and has been a staff member of A Rocha Canada since 1996. A Rocha is an international conservation organization working to show God’s love to all creation. She is now working as the Northern British Columbia representative and community mobilizer. Cindy volunteers as a stream-keeper, and manages the Buck Creek Canfor Hatchery, an A Rocha project raising coho salmon, providing environmental education and participating in habitat restoration projects. She attends Houston CRC, where she coordinates the church’s community garden, and she is the regional Climate Witness Project contact for British Columbia.

Rachel VerWys recently moved to West Michigan after living many years in Southern California. Her greatest joy is sharing life with her husband, Ryan, and their four kids, Malachi, Abram, Ezekiel, and Selah. She volunteers as the Board President for Communities First Association, a national organization committed to asset based community development. She also serves on the the board of Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders, an organization that invests in emerging youth and adult leaders. She studied social work at Calvin College and the University of Southern California, where she focused on community organizing, planning, and administration. She worked in community development in Southern California for 14 years through Kingdom Causes Bellflower. She is passionate about engaging in conversations and work that advance shalom in people’s lives, along neighborhood sidewalks, and in local institutions.

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. (The opinions in her articles are her own and do not represent the views of any employer or agency of which she is a member.)

 

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.

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