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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.

Tim De Jonge is an ordained minister in the CRC, a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario. He is an endorsed chaplain through Chaplaincy and Care Ministry. He has worked in a variety of settings in the US and Canada-- congregation, hospice program, long-term care home, and hospital. He lives in Kingston with his wife, Heidi, who is also an ordained CRC minister, and their three daughters-- Samara, Naomi, and Zoe.

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. 

Jim Dekker is a semi-retired CRC pastor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice.

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.

Kevin R. den Dulk (Ph.D., Wisconsin) is the Paul B. Henry Professor of Political Science and the Executive Director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). An award-winning teacher, his scholarly work focuses on the ways that faith shapes – and is shaped by – a citizen’s experience of democracy.  He has co-authored or co-edited several books, including most recently The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Six Democracies (2017) and Religion and Politics in America (2018). He writes regularly for Comment magazine and the Center for Public Justice and occasionally tweets @kdendulk. See more about the Henry Institute at calvin.edu/henry

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.

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