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Derek works for the CRCNA in the areas of faith formation and pastor-church relations as a co-leader of the Faith Formation Collaborative Work Group, a coach in the Next Steps Faith Formation Initiative, and a member of the Better Together Delivery Team. He lives in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife Keri and their two little girls, Alida and Cassidy.

Dr. Adejoke Ayoola is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Jake Bakker is a Resonate Global Mission Cohort Fellow and will be returning to serve in Costa Rica in April. During 2018 and 2019 Jake had the opportunity to join the Cohort program, living and serving in Casa Adobe, and volunteering at Organizacion Surgir, a school for at-risk teen boys in San Jose. Jake has a continued interest in learning more about life in Central America and how that connects to our lives in Canada, US, and around the world.

John and Bev Bandstra live in Ladner, BC, where they are enjoying retirement after careers in the family trucking business (John) and Regent College (Bev). They are joyfully involved in the New Immigrants Support team at Ladner CRC, working with World Renew and City of Refuge to privately sponsor refugees. The Bandstras have four adult children, all married, and nine grandchildren.

Jessica Banninga is studying International Studies and Media Communications at Redeemer University College and is the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue's social media organizer for 2017-2018.

Rob Barrett is Director of Forums & Scholarship for The Colossian Forum. He has PhDs both in Applied Physics from Stanford University and Theology from Durham University in England. He worked as a research scientist at IBM for over ten years, as a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in England, and as a postdoctoral researcher of Old Testament in Göttingen, Germany. He has numerous publications in fields ranging from biblical studies to physics, data storage technology, and human-computer interaction, and holds many patents. He has also earned degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. His varied background is unified by his longstanding interest in the intersection of faith, Bible, science/technology, and culture. Rob and his wife Crystal have two young children.

Heather Beaudoin is a National Organizer with Equal Justice USA, a national organization working to build a criminal justice system that is fair, effective, and responsive to everyone impacted by crime. She is also one of the coordinators for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. Heather joined EJUSA after three years of working for the Montana Abolition Coalition. Previously, Heather worked for the Helena Pregnancy Resource Center, the National Republican Congressional Committee in Washington DC, and for the Michigan Republican Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema. Heather graduated with a political science degree from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She currently resides in Three Rivers, Michigan with her husband Matt and their daughter Grace.

Janet Beldman is a member of Bethel CRC in London, Ontario. She is a worship committee member, hostess extraordinaire, and Oma to 2 (and soon 3!) beautiful grandbabies. She drives a bus for city transit to facilitate her addiction to books and reading. She has never been able to pass a bookstore yet.

Jill Benson is the Dwell Curriculum Coordinator with Faith Formation Ministries. She has previously interacted with Dwell as a teacher, parent and Children’s Ministry Director and is passionate about bringing the big story of the Bible to kids of all ages. Jill enjoys in-depth study of God’s Word and holds degrees in Biblical Languages and Old Testament from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She lives just outside of Pittsburgh, PA with her husband, Steve and their two children. Jill fills her spare time with reading, drinking coffee, knitting, writing and enjoying God’s beautiful creation with her family.

Christine Berghoef is a published author, speaker, and independent consultant. She teaches classes and leads workshops on how to engage in civil discourse. Her experience in civil discourse training began as a consultant for The Faith & Politics Institute in Washington DC, which works to build bridges of understanding through dialogue between polarized members of Congress across the partisan divide and between traditionally polarized national faith leaders. She currently lives in Holland, Michigan where she is laying the ground work to launch The Institute of Faith, Justice & Dialogue.