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Sam Cooper has pastored the City of Mississauga, Ontario since 1994. He and the congregation of the Meadowvale CRC, passionate that the Gospel find expression in art, intercession, worship, care for the poor, prioritizing children, hospitality, relational reconciliation, and care for the Creation, are working with community leaders, local organizations and ministries, churches, and other faith groups for the peace and welfare of the city. 

Viviana is an advocate for the Office of Race Relations. She’s originally from Chile and moved to US in 1995. In her native country she was involved in church planting, leadership development, and teaching. She likes to spend time with her four grandchildren and having long conversations with her daughters. Writing, reading, and taking long walks with her golden retriever is her definition of a good time. She loves history, a passion that developed together with her brother when they used to spend their summer vacations at the library.

Sarah Crellin is community-minded mother, librarian, and writer who resides in Ingersoll, Ontario and believes in promoting local solutions to poverty and sustainability.

Mary Crickmore is West Africa Team Leader for World Renew. 

Isaiah is a Master of Divinity candidate at Beeson Divinity School, with a concentration in Missions. He is the youngest son of Salvadoran Pentecostal pastors, and grew up in the Assemblies of God. He is now a member of the Episcopal Church, regularly attending the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL). Isaiah wants to pursue further education beyond seminary, with the hope of providing theological resources for churches to use when talking about racial reconciliation, immigration, and various other biblical justice issues.

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. 

Jeremiah Damir Bašurić is a Pastor at mosaicHouse Church, a multi-cultural Reformed church plant in Edmonton. He also educates the general public on the issues of poverty and homelessness as a Community Engagement Coordinator at an organization called The Mustard Seed. Jeremiah has also studied Environmental Studies at the King’s University and desires to see God’s kingdom invade all creation. From his Croatian father he has developed a love for soccer. From his Filipino mother he has developed a love for singing. When he is not eating Filipino food or playing music, you can find him hiking in the mountains with his Canadian-Dutch-Frisian wife Sarah, who is a registered nurse. 

Kendra Utter David is an Immigration and Justice Specialist with the CRC Office of Social Justice, and is focused on mobilizing congregations to better understand immigration from a biblical perspective, and take action and advocate. She holds a BA in both Community Development and English. Previously, Kendra worked for a local housing non profit, working with families to achieve their goal of home ownership.

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.

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