This summer was a significant step in the Call to Renewal’s evolution, as we welcomed new staff to take us forward into the future.
We’re pleased to introduce the new Call to Renewal staff members:
Mike Bruinooge of Grand Rapids, Michigan, began in June as the National Coordinator of Call to Renewal. He will be overall staff coordinator and point person to assure that the work of Call is accomplished. He has been seconded to Call to Renewal by the Christian Reformed Church, a partnership for which we are grateful. Mike previously worked for the Christian Reformed World Relief Committee for 20 years. He was Africa regional director, disaster response administrator, and most recently planning and evaluations manager.
Mike grew up in Japan in a Christian Reformed Church missionary family. He graduated from Calvin College, Rutgers University, and Princeton Theological Seminary. He has also worked as a staff person in the New Jersey state legislature. He sees this position with Call to Renewal as a coming together of the various streams in his life—public policy, social justice, bridge-building, and ecumenism.
Rev. Alice Davis of Washington, D.C., is our new National Organizer. She will be the lead person for our public events—including roundtables and summits—and will work at the national level with other organizations, leaders, and constituencies. She comes to us from Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., where she has been executive director of the Family Life Center Foundation and minister of community outreach. Despite their loss, Shiloh’s pastor, Rev. Wallace Charles Smith, and the church as a whole have given her their blessing in her new ministry, for which we are also grateful.