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Peter Noteboom is a member of First Christian Reformed Church Toronto. He was born and raised in Orange City, Iowa and has now lived for 20 years in downtown Toronto with his wife Jeanette Romkema and his two 20-year old sons Reuben and Jude. In recent years he has served in several leadership roles on his church council, classis, and with the Board of Trustees of the Christian Reformed Church.

Eric Nykamp is Director of Worship Design at Madison Church: North in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is passionate about exploring the many ways people creatively connect to God, and build community, through worship. In addition to this role, he is also the coordinator for the Antioch Worship Leadership trainings, a worship designer, licensed therapist, fine artist, and founder of Ubuntu Drum Circles.

A 2015 graduate of Calvin College with a degree in International Development studies and a minor in Business Marketing, Joe Oh currently works for World Renew as a Church Relations Associate. Joe was born in South Korea but raised in Bangladesh as a missionary kid. Joe is married to his high school sweetheart, Rachelle, and currently resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, hanging out with friends, and traveling.

Christine Olmeda is a practicing engineer and trained community development practitioner. She served for three years as a missionary water engineer in South Sudan with Serge (formerly World Harvest Mission) and had the privilege of celebrating with her South Sudanese friends on the occasion of their independence in July of 2009. [Photo credit: Alfield Reeves Photography]

Andrew Oppong serves as a Justice Mobilization Specialist for the Christian Reformed Church Office of Social Justice. In his role, he works with congregations and individuals to develop a deeper understanding of, and response to God's call to let justice flow like a river in both our personal and communal lives, as well as in the structures of our societies. He enjoys networking and encouraging other justice-seekers as they take next steps on their justice journeys.

Kelly Organ is an Iowa native and adopted Michigander who lives and works in rural Romania with an organization called Fundatia Noi Orizonturi which does community development and experiential education work with youth. A graduate of Calvin College and former Congregational Justice Mobilizer with the Office of Social Justice, Kelly now serves as a partner missionary with Christian Reformed World Missions alongside her husband, Jack.

Kate Parsons graduated from Calvin College with degrees in English Writing and International Development Studies. After studying abroad in Honduras, she returned in 2015 as a volunteer at the Association for a More Just Society (AJS) through Mennonite Central Committee. In 2016, she became Director of Communications for AJS, where she loves telling the stories and spreading the ideas of her brave Honduran colleagues.

Rev. Jeff Pasche and the leadership at Calgary Community Reformed Church endeavour to reach the lost with the help and guidance of Jesus Christ. Pastor Jeff, along with the consistory, seek to “think outside the building” and pursue relationships in the unique and vibrant area of Marda Loop. Pastor Jeff is a native born Calgarian who loves CrossFit, the outdoors, and good ol’ fashion BBQ!

Jim Payton is Professor Emeritus of History, Redeemer University College. He serves as chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee of the Christian Reformed Church. 

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