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Neil (not his real name) is an employee of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, serving in the Middle East. Neil is a Do Justice columnist. (Learn more about our columnists here!)

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. 

John Oihoma Eigege is a missionary from Nigeria to the United States. He serves as a Community Chaplain with the Christian Reformed Church in Houston's historic Third Ward neighborhood. He loves seeing followers of Jesus catalyzed to join Christ in the renewal of all things. He is married to Chinyere, and they have a lovely daughter, Jaya. When John isn't working, he enjoys playing, watching, and talking about futbol. John is a Do Justice columnist

Richard Killmer works with the Climate Witness Project for the Office of Social Justice of the CRCNA. He is a retired Presbyterian minister and has worked for various national denominations and ecumenical organizations, including founding or co-founding Shoulder to Shoulder, the Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light, and the Muslim-Christian Initiative on the Nuclear Weapons Danger. He received the Climate Protection award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency during the Bush Administration for his work while at the National Council of Churches. Mr. Killmer and his late wife, Dr. Margaret Killmer, were married for almost 49 years and are parents of four daughters: Karin, Candace, Megan and Holly.

Cameron Klapwyk lives in Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife Erika. He is currently a Refugee Program Associate with World Renew. In this role he walks alongside churches and other faith groups as they participate in the welcome of refugees from around the world. He is passionate about making Canadian communities a place of welcome for newcomers

Trixie Ling is passionate about connecting people, food and land, and building community through eating and sharing food, stories, and life together. She lives out her beliefs through her work as a Community Connections Coordinator at the First Christian Reformed Church in East Vancouver by creating welcoming spaces and building relationships with neighbours through community night dinners, movie nights, and public talks. She is also a cook at Le Marché St George, a friendly neighbourhood cafe/general store making delicious crepes and serving the community. Trixie has a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and is interested in policy, advocacy and community engagement around poverty and justice issues. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Citizens for Public Justice, a faith-based public policy organization that promotes public justice in Canada through policies and practices that reflect God's call for love, justice, and flourishing of creation. Trixie is a Do Justice columnist

Joseph Mutebi was born in Kampala, Uganda. In his role as program consultant for World Renew Uganda, Joseph provides consultancy services through trainings, resource mobilization, program development and enabling partners have good relationships through linkages and collaboration. Joseph holds a Master of Arts from Uganda Christian University (UCU) in partnership with Development Associates International (DAI) in Organizational Leadership and Management (MAOL) and has five children: Joshua, Emmanuel, Paul, Joyce, and Emmanuel.

Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he and his wife Sarah are grateful to get to spend time with marginalized communities through their work at an inner-city community. Jonathan is currently the Program Director at The Micah Centre at The King’s University, which helps students to grow a vision for justice and renewal. Before his work at The Micah Centre, Jonathan spent seven years as a chaplain and support worker at The Open Door Program, journeying with folks leaving federal prison. Jonathan lives in Edmonton’s Sherbrooke neighbourhood with his wife and young children. Jonathan is a Do Justice columnist

Joella Ranaivoson is the Associate Chaplain of Upper Class Students at Calvin College, her alma mater. She is a native of Madagascar, but was raised in Papua New Guinea, the US, and Kenya. The world, its cultures, and the global church are among her loves. She completed her Master of Divinity at Calvin Seminary (she’s clearly fond of Calvin), and she lives in Grand Rapids. Joella is a Do Justice columnist

Troy Rienstra joined Safe & Just Michigan in 2017. As Outreach Director he works to advance the organization’s outreach program by elevating the voices of people directly harmed by the effects of crime and punishment. He is responsible for outreach activities to crime survivors, formerly incarcerated individuals, their family members, and the faith community. Prior to serving as Outreach Director, Troy founded the Network for Real Change, and worked as program coordinator at the Church of the Servant – Prisoners in Christ. Troy completed 22 years of a life sentence in Michigan, during which he obtained training in critical thinking, communication, substance abuse awareness, and conflict resolution.

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