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Cathy is a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, caregiver, and ally. She recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to New Orleans, LA and loves working and playing with young people, yoga, dancing, and podcasts. A deep believer that the peace of Christ will always meet us right where we are, she uses her pastoral gifts to create spaces of hope, safety, and restoration as she pursues a career in social work.

Skyler Rich is a 21 year old student of Calvin University and is the owner of the social enterprise Forgive Everyone Co., an organization dedicated to helping people restore unity through the power of forgiveness, while supporting the least forgiven people: people coming out of prison. He is dedicated to creating communities that value the humanity of each individual and that are radically devoted to restoration and transformation of being as a practical method of accountability and harm reduction. After his graduation in May of 2020, Skyler plans to continue to live and create restorative impact in the West Michigan area.

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.

Sarah is the executive director of Community enCompass, a Christian Community Development Organization for the core city neighborhoods of Muskegon.. She gets to live and play in McLaughlin. She gets to work in McLaughlin. She gets to worship in McLaughlin. Her world is small and centered and grounded and she loves it. Before living in McLaughlin, she lived in Japan and traveled Asia. Taught English to hundreds of Japanese students, slept on tatami mats and in Buddhist temples, ate sushi cross-legged, drank Asahi and green tea, biked hundreds of miles of back roads, and learned what being “in the minority” means. Lessons from that world seep constantly into experiences in this world.

 The Exodus Road is a nonprofit dedicated to strategically fighting human trafficking across the globe. Article written by Isaac Leigh.

Jeanette Romkema is a member of First Christian Reformed Church Toronto. She has been a Dialogue Education™ practitioner and educator since 1996. As an educator, trainer, consultant, advisor, and mentor, Jeanette is respected for her care in customizing instructional designs, programs, and consulting to the individual need and situations. She has extensive international and cross-cultural experience, having worked and lived more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Jeanette has now lived for 20 years in downtown Toronto with her husband Peter Noteboom and their two 20-year old sons Reuben and Jude.

Linda (Visscher) Roorda and husband, Edward, live in Spencer, NY, both former members of the Christian Reformed Church. She is a mother and grandmother, a medical/radiology transcriptionist, an empty-nest author, and past speaker at a multi-faith women’s retreat. She published some of her ancestral genealogy research in the “New York Genealogical and Biographical Record” in 2004, 2005 and 2008, writing personal-interest interview articles and a genealogy column in a local newspaper. An online blogger for several years, Linda enjoys sharing her faith in poetry and reflections at her new blog, “Poetic Devotions by Linda,” and genealogy research tutorials at “Homespun Ancestors.” She also wrote several articles for both the CRC/RCA Disability Concerns newsletter and The Network. Her hobbies include gardening, sewing, cake decorating, silk floral arrangements for church, and singing in the praise team at North Spencer Baptist Church.

Darren Roorda is the Canadian Ministries Director of the Christian Reformed Church. He is passionate about working to build up the Body of Christ and particularly about championing the work of the CRC in Canada. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his wife Beverly and their 3 daughters, restoring old cars and boats, or participating in triathlons. He bears a striking resemblance to Larry the Cucumber.

Theresa is married and is the mother of four kids. She works part time for World Relief as the Refugee Youth Education Specialist and part time as the Director of the Family Learning Center in Kennewick, WA.

Corenna lives in Chicago with her husband Schuyler and is a life-long member of Hope Christian Reformed Church in Oak Forest, IL. Her faith has made her deeply passionate about creation care and community development. Corenna currently works as a Garden Educator for an organization that connects inner city kids with their food by building school gardens and providing ongoing education and support for their teachers.

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