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Berniz Constanza Terpstra works in a public school, coordinating services for students and families. Berniz graduated from Calvin College and lives with her husband Aaron in Grand Rapids. She attends Madison Square Church, loves her dog, and bakes amazing cupcakes.

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. 

Israel Cooper is a recent graduate of the University of Western Ontario and triathlete. Endurance sports are her thing, and she loves pushing her body to do new things in sport. The journey you go on in sport of triathlon and in each race has always captured her excitement. 

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. 

Kyle holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Messiah College, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Kyle was first introduced to Middle East advocacy work during a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating from college, Kyle spent 10 months serving with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bethlehem, Palestine, where he was seconded to work with Bethlehem Bible College. Most recently, Kyle served as the Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation where he helped coordinate lobbying work on Middle East policy and trained grassroots advocates on how to lobby their Congressional representatives.

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. 

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