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Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) who currently serves as the Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace. She is the editor of A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives on the Holy Land (Cascade, 2017) and author of several books, including the Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World (IVP, 2009). She earned her doctorate in American History with the minor in Middle Eastern studies from the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Cannon holds an M.Div. From North Park Theological Seminary, an M.B.A. from North Park University's School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an M.A. in bioethics from Trinity International University.

 

Christy is the Director of Youth Ministry at Madison Square Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, overseeing their Middle and High School Ministries. She also supervises the Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders (GRIL U) Program, which prepares students for leadership and service in the church and world. Inspiring and equipping adults to invest deeply in the lives of students in grades 7-12 is her passion. She loves to be a bridge builder by connecting students to God, each other, their mentors, church, community, and world.

Chris Cassis is the Lead Pastor of The Source Church. Chris left Calvin Christian Reformed Church in the fall of 2013 with his wife Viviana, and their four children: Michael, Katelynne, Brianna, and Caleb to plant a church in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The Source Church is part of a vision to plant 20 churches in South Florida by the year 2020.

Austin Channing Brown's journey as a racial reconciler began in college with an experience called Sankofa-- a three-day bus trip exploring Civil Rights sites throughout the South. She was never the same. Now she has the pleasure of collaborating with various Christian ministries who are moving forward a vision of racial reconciliation and socioeconomic understanding. Her day job is working as a Resident Director and Multicultural Liaison for Calvin College. Whether speaking, training, facilitating dialogue or planning strategies, she loves the messy work of reconciliation. 

Mark Charles is the son of an American woman (of Dutch heritage) and a Navajo man. He lives on a Navajo Reservation and tries to understand the complexities of the history of the United States regarding race, culture, and faith so that I can help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for our people.

Calvin Chen is currently a Master of Divinity student at Regent College in Vancouver, BC and ministry intern at First CRC Vancouver. He has also served for 9 years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA in Madison, WI in campus ministry and as regional multi-ethnic ministries specialist. He is a Taiwanese American originally from Chicago and occasionally blogs at calvindc.wordpress.com

Cenaida resides in the rural town of Barrhead, AB with four of her six children who are her life. At present she does janitorial work with which her children often help her. Cenaida and family belong to the Neerlandia CRC and also attend St Anne's Roman Catholic Church.

Shiao Chong is campus minister at York University, Toronto, and attends Rehoboth Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, Etobicoke, Ontario. He is a regular contributor to Think Christian and The Banner, as well as at his own blog: http://3dchristianity.wordpress.com/. 

Danielle Chun is the Justice Mobilizing and Advocacy Fellow for the CRC Office of Social Justice. 

Brian is the writer for Christian Reformed World Missions and lives in the Grand Rapids area. He graduated from Trinity Christian College with degrees in Business Communications and Spanish. He is married to Nicole and owner of a border collie/retriever mix named Amos.

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