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JJ TenClay spent four years in Italy as a missionary for the Reformed Church in America (RCA) working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. She returned to the United States in July 2018 and is now the Refugee Ministries Coordinator for RCA Global Missions. She is thankful to have seen the image of God reflected so diversely in the faces of those to whom—and with whom—she served abroad, and is excited to continue serving the RCA as it continues to develop a faithful response to the ongoing global refugee crisis.

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

Cindy Verbeek is a Do Justice columnist and board member for Diaconal Ministries Canada. She has worked as a volunteer and board member and has been a staff member of A Rocha Canada since 1996. A Rocha is an international conservation organization working to show God’s love to all creation. She is now working as the Northern British Columbia representative and community mobilizer. Cindy volunteers as a stream-keeper, and manages the Buck Creek Canfor Hatchery, an A Rocha project raising coho salmon, providing environmental education and participating in habitat restoration projects. She attends Houston CRC, where she coordinates the church’s community garden, and she is the regional Climate Witness Project contact for British Columbia.

Joshua Vis (jvis@rca.org) is the Church Engagement Facilitator for Israel and Palestine for the Reformed Church in America. In this role, he leads immersion tours of Israel and Palestine with the aim of teaching participants about the biblical stories, the history, archaeology, and the geography of Israel and Palestine, along with the realities of the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Josh does a podcast called the Viscast, preaches and teaches in local churches, and organizes educational events on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Josh has a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Duke University and, upon completion of his doctoral degree, he spent two years teaching Old Testament to graduate students at Universidade Metodista de São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. Previous to his current position, Joshua taught New Testament for two years at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Joshua is a Do Justice columnist. 

Rebecca is Director of Interdisciplinary Studies at The King’s University in Edmonton, after spending several years at the Ronning Center for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus. She has served the Christian Reformed Church in many roles, including acting as the first female chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee, co-chair of the Christian Reformed/Reformed Church in America task force (presenting to the joint synod in 2014), and delegate to several regional gatherings of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. She is currently serving as Vice President on the board of World Renew Canada, and continues to volunteer in a program for women re-integrating into the community after time in the corrections system.

 

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