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Andreas Daugaard is research director at Asociación para una Sociedad más Justa (ASJ), the national chapter of Transparency International in Honduras. At ASJ, he undertakes research on justice issues affecting the most vulnerable Hondurans together with his team. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Copenhagen University and is PDH candidate at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Before joining ASJ, he worked at the Danish Ministry of Justice and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Andreas has been volunteering in Honduras since 2014 and has lived there as a resident since 2019.

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.

Avery Davis Lamb is Co-Executive Director of Creation Justice Ministries. Creation Justice Ministries’ mission is to educate, equip and mobilize communions and denominations, congregations, and individuals to protect, restore, and rightly share God's creation. 

Avery has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Sustainability from Pepperdine University, a Master of Environmental Management in Ecosystem Science & Conservation with a certificate in Community-Based Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and a Master of Theological Studies, with a certificate in Faith, Food & Environmental Justice from Duke Divinity School. His research focuses on the role of religious communities in building climate resilience and adaptation, with emphasis on the virtue of “climate hospitality.”

You can find Avery on Twitter at @averydavislamb.

Learn more about Creation Justice Ministries at www.creationjustice.org and find Creation Justice Ministries on social media at facebook.com/CreationJustice and @CreationJustice.

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.

Kevin R. den Dulk (Ph.D., Wisconsin) is the Paul B. Henry Professor of Political Science and the Executive Director of the Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI). An award-winning teacher, his scholarly work focuses on the ways that faith shapes – and is shaped by – a citizen’s experience of democracy.  He has co-authored or co-edited several books, including most recently The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Six Democracies (2017) and Religion and Politics in America (2018). He writes regularly for Comment magazine and the Center for Public Justice and occasionally tweets @kdendulk. See more about the Henry Institute at calvin.edu/henry

Erica Devries is studying Urban and Intercultural Ministry at Redeemer University. She is currently working as the Hearts Exchanged Program Assistant. Erica loves beautiful things, engaging in the long faithful journey, and her husband Isaya.

 

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