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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.

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.

Liz Dong works at World Relief, a member of the Evangelical Immigration Table, to mobilize churches and Christians in the Midwest region to respond to immigration from a biblical perspective. Having herself been welcomed into the church and introduced to Jesus as a young immigrant from China, Liz is passionate about seeing more churches welcoming the stranger in Christ’s name. You can find her on Twitter @gnodzil (Liz Dong spelled backwards).

Delainy is the Community Social Media Manager at Restorations Second Stage Homes. After graduating from Western University in 2019, her passion for philanthropy allowed her to connect with Restorations and to learn more about human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. During her time at Restorations she has worked in fund development, direction of Ride for Refuge, and social strategy. Delainy is also currently attending York University in the Bachelor of Education program where her goal is to become a primary teacher.

Allen Drew is an ordained pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, North America (CRCNA) with 10 years of experience as a church planter.  He lives in Philadelphia and serves as the East Coast Regional Organizer for the Climate Witness Project, which focuses on engaging and equipping the church to take meaningful action on the climate crisis.  He is also the chief organizer for the Hunting Park Community Solar Initiative

Chris is an administrative professional working for a West Michigan non-profit that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has been a lifelong CRC member. Originally from Kansas (yes, there are CRC churches in Kansas), he moved to Grand Rapids in 2009 to attend Calvin College, where he graduated in 2013 with a degree in public administration. He is passionate about Reformed theology, orangutans, and working with individuals who have disabilities, .

Anissa L. Eddie lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, Jermale. The Eddies have two young sons and another son on the way. Anissa studied social work at Calvin College and went on to earn her MSW at the University of Michigan. She has worked as a school-based social worker for the past seven years and also runs a small business (Malamiah Juice Bar) with her husband. Anissa is passionate about representing Christ in tangible ways and advocating for social justice issues. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and is working on a children's book that will assist biracial children in developing a positive self image.

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