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Tina Pierik is a member of Christ Community Church in Victoria, British Columbia, where she served on the committee that facilitated the reForming Relationships art tour. She is also a vice principal in the Greater Victoria School District, where she works passionately to support her students, and particularly to celebrate and encourage First Nations cultures, languages, and students. 

Helen Plaisier lives with her husband, Mike, in Dorchester, Ontario, on traditional land of the Anishinaabeg, the Attawandaron, the Haudenosaunee, the Delaware and the Wendat peoples. She has retired from teaching both high school and university. She is currently an elder at Good News CRC in London and has been blessed to share the Hearts Exchanged journey with fellow Good News members and other friends.

Kory Plockmeyer is the pastor of Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Sioux Center, Iowa. He is a Doctoral student in Latin and Roman Studies and blogs at ThinkChristian.com.

Kristy Quist is the Tuned In Editor for The Banner and torments two of her own teenagers as their youth group leader at Neland Ave. CRC in Grand Rapids, MI.
 

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. 

Jennifer Randall is a senior at Calvin University where she is studying Social Work. This upcoming year, Jennifer will be spending a semester in Washington D.C. doing an internship and continuing research.  After college, Jennifer hopes to either continue on to get her masters or pursue a job in the fields of policy, community development, or work at a non-profit.

Lori Ransom is an ordained elder of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) and member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation in eastern Ontario who has worked in support of Canada’s Indigenous peoples throughout her career. She is presently a Senior Advisor responsible for relations with churches and other faith communities for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Lori resides in downtown Toronto and in her private life is a passionate supporter of the arts.

Nate Rauh-Bieri is attending COP26 representing the Climate Witness Project (this attendance is privately funded and includes carbon offsets). He will be in Glasgow as part of the Christian Climate Observers Program. He lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Shantha Ready Alonso is Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries, an ecumenical organization that educates, equips, and mobilizes Christians to protect, restore, and more rightly share God’s creation.

Jennifer Renkema is the Food Pantry Director at Silver Spring Christian Reformed Church in Maryland. She graduated from Calvin University with degrees in Social Work and Spanish, and completed her formal education with a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University of America. Before becoming a food pantry director, Jennifer worked with teen parents, Latino youth, and local government. She enjoys continuing to learn about God, creation, and community with her husband, three boys, and her church and food pantry community. 

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