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Richard Silversmith is a CRC commissioned pastor of the Denver Christian Indian Center, Denver, Colorado. His Navajo clans are Water-Flows-Together and Towering House People.

Rev. Reggie Smith is the director of Office of Diversity. Before his current position, Rev. Reggie led Roosevelt Park Community CRC on the southwest side of Grand Rapids, Michigan for twenty years. He has been president of the Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association (RPNA) board for 18 years. Through collaboration between the church and RPNA, the neighborhood has built and owned its library and arts academy and decreased gang violence. The church started Roosevelt Park Ministries, a nonprofit ministry that sought to equip children with mentors, translation service, and ESL services, for almost two decades. Dr. Smith has taught urban ministry and urban development courses at Calvin Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. [Image from A. Cantrell Photo]

JJ TenClay spent four years in Italy as a missionary for the Reformed Church in America (RCA) working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. She returned to the United States in July 2018 and is now the Refugee Ministries Coordinator for RCA Global Missions. She is thankful to have seen the image of God reflected so diversely in the faces of those to whom—and with whom—she served abroad, and is excited to continue serving the RCA as it continues to develop a faithful response to the ongoing global refugee crisis.

Faye Yu is a Taiwan born American living in Malawi working with World Renew. Her introduction to God’s heart for justice and those living in poverty stem from her time interning for International Justice Mission and a campaign to end Sexual Trafficking. Through exploring what God had to say about justice and poverty, she realized that if she really believed that was what God’s heart ached for, her life needed to reflect a bit of that as well.  This led her to work with the homeless population in northern Virginia and with those living in poverty and disability in Malawi, Sierra Leone and India. When not working, she loves being outdoors and eating good food.

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