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Kyle holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Messiah College, and a Master of Divinity Degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Kyle was first introduced to Middle East advocacy work during a semester abroad in Cairo, Egypt. After graduating from college, Kyle spent 10 months serving with the Mennonite Central Committee in Bethlehem, Palestine, where he was seconded to work with Bethlehem Bible College. Most recently, Kyle served as the Program Assistant for Middle East Policy at the Friends Committee on Legislation where he helped coordinate lobbying work on Middle East policy and trained grassroots advocates on how to lobby their Congressional representatives.

Isaiah is a Master of Divinity candidate at Beeson Divinity School, with a concentration in Missions. He is the youngest son of Salvadoran Pentecostal pastors, and grew up in the Assemblies of God. He is now a member of the Episcopal Church, regularly attending the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL). Isaiah wants to pursue further education beyond seminary, with the hope of providing theological resources for churches to use when talking about racial reconciliation, immigration, and various other biblical justice issues.

Brenda Cuellar is currently serving with Frontera de Cristo as the U.S. Coordinator of the Migrant Resource on the US/MX border. Brenda was born in Maryland to immigrant parents and raised in Michigan where she became passionate about immigration and human rights. 

Jeremiah Damir Bašurić is a Pastor at mosaicHouse Church, a multi-cultural Reformed church plant in Edmonton. He also educates the general public on the issues of poverty and homelessness as a Community Engagement Coordinator at an organization called The Mustard Seed. Jeremiah has also studied Environmental Studies at the King’s University and desires to see God’s kingdom invade all creation. From his Croatian father he has developed a love for soccer. From his Filipino mother he has developed a love for singing. When he is not eating Filipino food or playing music, you can find him hiking in the mountains with his Canadian-Dutch-Frisian wife Sarah, who is a registered nurse. 

Kendra Utter David is an Immigration and Justice Specialist with the CRC Office of Social Justice, and is focused on mobilizing congregations to better understand immigration from a biblical perspective, and take action and advocate. She holds a BA in both Community Development and English. Previously, Kendra worked for a local housing non profit, working with families to achieve their goal of home ownership.

Tim De Jonge is an ordained minister in the CRC, a certified Spiritual Care Practitioner with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care, and a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario. He is an endorsed chaplain through Chaplaincy and Care Ministry. He has worked in a variety of settings in the US and Canada-- congregation, hospice program, long-term care home, and hospital. He lives in Kingston with his wife, Heidi, who is also an ordained CRC minister, and their three daughters-- Samara, Naomi, and Zoe.

Thea deGroot is a retired elementary and adult education teacher who worked in both Christian schools and in non-school settings such as public housing, First Nations resource centres, and some supply in the local jail. Thea and her husband Art are members of Redeemer Christian Reformed Church. They raised three daughters during the CRCs years of deliberation on ‘women in office.’  Two of their daughters now live in Winnipeg and Morden, Manitoba and one lives in Kitchener, Ontario where they are collectively raising seven of Art and Thea’s grandsons and one granddaughter. Thea also enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, keeping up with politics, and going for long walks. 

Karolyn DeKam is a recent graduate of Calvin University with a background in Sociology, Communication, and Gender Studies. Most recently she worked as a Calvin University Civitas Fellow, studying Christian femininity with Dr. Kristen Du Mez. Karolyn is a resident of Muskegon, Michigan and attends Sherman Street Christian Reformed Church. She looks forward to learning and growing alongside the mission of the OSJ.

Rose Dekker is the soon-to-be-retired Refugee Coordinator at World Renew. For the last decade she has encouraged congregations across Canada to sponsor refugees from overseas and help them settle into their communities. For the last three years she has been a co-chair of the Overseas Protection and Sponsorship working group of the Canadian Council for Refugees. Rose will join her husband in retirement and hopes to spend more time in Ottawa, Grand Rapids, and Columbia, Missouri, where her children and five grandchildren live. For fun, Rose plays her violin in a community orchestra.

Jim Dekker is a semi-retired CRC pastor and Chair of the Board of Directors of Citizens for Public Justice.

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