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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!)

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

Karen Jacobi is a member, and currently a deacon, at Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Saskatoon, SK. She is a stay-at-home mom to her 7 year old twin daughters and 5 year old son. She lives with her children and husband on a dairy farm north of Saskatoon. Karen has been involved with the Freedom Challenge since 2014, and is excited to be learning about other ways to engage in issues of social justice. 

If you'd like to contact Karen, you can reach her at karen.jacobi.omc@gmail.com

Daniel José Camacho is currently a Masters of Divinity student at Duke Divinity School. Originally from Uniondale, New York, Daniel graduated from Calvin College in May 2013 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He is passionate about combining academics, faith, writing, and social justice work. Daniel has worked in multiple congregations, residence life, as a research assistant at The Colossian Forum, and for the Long Island civil rights non-profit ERASE Racism. His writing has been published in places such as the Perspectives Journal of Reformed Thought, Christian Century, and Religion Dispatches, and his commentary has appeared in the New York Times. Daniel is pursuing ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Daniel is a Do Justice columnist

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

Jonathan Nicolai-deKoning lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he and his wife Sarah are grateful to get to spend time with marginalized communities at the inner-city agency where they work.  Jonathan is a reintegration chaplain for the Open Door program, partnering with local communities to provide support, accountability, and welcome to folks leaving prison.  Jonathan lives, reads, gardens, cooks, and bakes bread in a big old house in the 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

JJ TenClay is a social action worker and missionary for the Reformed Church in America (RCA), in partnership with the Waldensian and Methodist Church of Italy. JJ and her family live in Palermo, Sicily, where JJ works with migrants through two organizations—Pellegrino della Terra and the Waldensian/Methodist Diaconal Center-La Noce. You can learn more at: https://www.rca.org/jj-tim-tenclay. JJ’s husband, Tim, is an ordained RCA minister serving three Waldensian/Methodist churches in Sicily, composed of both African and Italian congregants. They have two daughters.

Rev. Thyra VanKeeken is the Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto. Thyra is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, and a former intern at the Office of Social Justice. Currently Thyra serves on the committee that supports the Centre for Public Dialogue in Ottawa. Thyra is a Do Justice columnist