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John Vanderburgh is the pastor at Emo Christian Reformed Church.

Joanne Vandergrift is the Climate Witness Project regional representative for Alberta North.

Kathy Vandergrift is a public policy analyst who specializes in children’s rights and social justice. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Ethics from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa.

Sonya VanderVeen Feddema is a freelance writer of children's stories, book reviews, dramas, and devotional material. She lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, with her husband Rinke. They are members of Covenant CRC.

Dr. Wendy VanderWal Gritter serves as Executive Director of Generous Space Ministries, cultivating safe and spacious places for LGBTQ+ people to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ. She is a member of Meadowvale CRC and recently finished a term as a board member of Calvin Seminary.


Lisa VanEngen is a freelance writer at She seeks to encourage others to place themselves in the proximity of doing justice. She lives in Holland, MI with her husband Kris and their children, Ellie and Josiah.

Alyssa VanErden is entering her 4th year as a 3rd grade Spanish immersion teacher at Grandville Christian school in Grandville, MI. Before beginning at Grandville, Alyssa taught English in Honduras for a year. She enjoys getting her students involved in environmental discussions and activities while trying to promote zero waste in her classroom.

Erica VanEssendelft works with the Mennonite Central Committee in Mexico City. She is also a former Policy Analyst and Advocacy Fellow for the Office of Social Justice. Listening to great music and finding beauty in the world is what gives her courage in the work towards justice. 

Carissa VanHaitsma is a recent graduate of Calvin College, where she majored in Sociology and Writing. Carissa has been working for the Office of Social Justice since May 2013, primarily working on immigration reform advocacy. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in Public Administration and Social Work in fall 2014. 

Rev. Thyra VanKeeken is the Pastor of First Christian Reformed Church of Toronto. Thyra is a native of Edmonton, Alberta, a graduate of Calvin Theological Seminary, and a former intern at the Office of Social Justice. Currently Thyra serves on the committee that supports the Centre for Public Dialogue in Ottawa.