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Brenda Cuellar is currently serving with Frontera de Cristo as the U.S. Coordinator of the Migrant Resource on the US/MX border. Brenda was born in Maryland to immigrant parents and raised in Michigan where she became passionate about immigration and human rights. 

Thea deGroot is a retired elementary and adult education teacher who worked in both Christian schools and in non-school settings such as public housing, First Nations resource centres, and some supply in the local jail. Thea and her husband Art are members of Redeemer Christian Reformed Church. They raised three daughters during the CRCs years of deliberation on ‘women in office.’  Two of their daughters now live in Winnipeg and Morden, Manitoba and one lives in Kitchener, Ontario where they are collectively raising seven of Art and Thea’s grandsons and one granddaughter. Thea also enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, keeping up with politics, and going for long walks. 

Rose Dekker is the soon-to-be-retired Refugee Coordinator at World Renew. For the last decade she has encouraged congregations across Canada to sponsor refugees from overseas and help them settle into their communities. For the last three years she has been a co-chair of the Overseas Protection and Sponsorship working group of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Rose will join her husband in retirement and hopes to spend more time in Ottawa, Grand Rapids, and Columbia, Missouri, where her children and five grandchildren live. For fun, Rose plays her violin in a community orchestra.

Christina DeVries is currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario and working as an elementary school teacher on the Six Nations reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario. She also serves on the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee (CAMC) of the Christian Reformed Church.

Calvin B. DeWitt is an environmental scientist in the Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists. He chaired the CRC’s Creation Stewardship Task Force that reported to Synod in 2012 and is author of Earthwise: A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care (Grand Rapids: FaithAlive Resources).

Jan Disselkoen attends First Hamilton CRC and worked for 30 years with World Renew in Sierra Leone, Niger, and as a member of the support team in the Burlington office. She is also a Christians Against Poverty debt coach.

Dana Doll is an advocate for refugees in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Three of her siblings came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors through the refugee foster care system. In the past, she worked with displaced women in Uganda, asylum seekers in West Michigan, and refugees resettling in Grand Rapids. She has recently launched Treetops Collective, making organic cotton goods sewn by refugee women. She's a mom of two soon-to-be world changers, and she's a member of Grace CRC.

Liz Dong works at World Relief, a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table, to mobilize churches and Christians in the Midwest region to respond to immigration from a biblical perspective. Having herself been welcomed into the church and introduced to Jesus as a young immigrant from China, Liz is passionate about seeing more churches welcoming the stranger in Christ’s name. You can find her on Twitter @gnodzil (Liz Dong spelled backwards).

Chris is an administrative professional working for a West Michigan non-profit that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has been a lifelong CRC member. Originally from Kansas (yes, there are CRC churches in Kansas), he moved to Grand Rapids in 2009 to attend Calvin College, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in public administration. He is passionate about Reformed theology, orangutans, and working with individuals who have disabilities, .

Anissa L. Eddie lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Jermale. The Eddies have two young sons and another son on the way. Anissa studied social work at Calvin College and went on to earn her MSW at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a school-based social worker for the past seven years and also runs a small business (Malamiah Juice Bar) with her husband. Anissa is passionate about representing Christ in tangible ways and advocating for social justice issues. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and is working on a children's book that will assist biracial children in developing a positive self image.

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