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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.

Katie Ritsema-Roelofs is a Korean adoptee living in greater Washington, DC.  She is a commissioned pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of North America and serves in the denomination’s Office of Worship Ministries. She is passionate about music and worship, particularly the intersection of liturgy and life. 

 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.

Harold Roscher is the chaplain and director of the Edmonton Native Healing Centre. Harold started full-time work in 2002 after the Creator challenged him to go back to school and prepare his heart to work with Indigenous people. At age thirty-five he became a registered Indian with the government — talk about a transition from being a little dark-haired Dutch boy! In recognizing himself as a Cree man, God launched him on this fantastic journey of discovery about self, culture, and the Gospel.  

Alex Rowaan is 17 years old and lives in London, Ontario. He is in grade 12 at London District Christian Secondary School and is a regular attendee of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, both also in London. Alex enjoys biking, playing badminton, hanging out with friends, and eating.