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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.

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

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.

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

Staci DeVries serves as the Content and Community Manager for The Network, a ministry sharing blog of the CRCNA. She lives in Grand Rapids, Mich, with her husband, Drew, and their three young kids. She seeks to better care for God's creation in the choices she makes. She loves to cook, read, spend time outside, and enjoy ice cream all year round. 

Christina DeVries is currently residing in Hamilton, Ontario and working as an elementary school teacher on the Six Nations reserve in Ohsweken, Ontario. She also serves on the Canadian Aboriginal Ministries Committee (CAMC) of the Christian Reformed Church.

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.

 

Calvin B. DeWitt is an environmental scientist in the Nelson Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison and President of the Academy of Evangelical Scientists and Ethicists. He chaired the CRC’s Creation Stewardship Task Force that reported to Synod in 2012 and is author of Earthwise: A Guide to Hopeful Creation Care (Grand Rapids: FaithAlive Resources).

Jan Disselkoen attends First Hamilton CRC and worked for 30 years with World Renew in Sierra Leone, Niger, and as a member of the support team in the Burlington office. She is also a Christians Against Poverty debt coach.

Dana Doll is an advocate for refugees in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Three of her siblings came to the U.S. as unaccompanied minors through the refugee foster care system. In the past, she worked with displaced women in Uganda, asylum seekers in West Michigan, and refugees resettling in Grand Rapids. She has recently launched Treetops Collective, making organic cotton goods sewn by refugee women. She's a mom of two soon-to-be world changers, and she's a member of Grace CRC.

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