Our Vision

World Renew envisions a world where people experience and extend Christ's compassion and live together in hope as God's community.

Our Mission

World Renew's mission is to engage God's people in redeeming resources and developing gifts in collaborative activities of love, mercy, justice, and compassion.

Serving worldwide as the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, the aspects of World Renew's work are three-fold:

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

World Renew staff and volunteers come alongside communities in 30 countries around the world to help bring about renewal. Through partnerships with more than 130 churches and community organizations, local people are trained to be leaders in their own communities. Thus World Renew, together with partners and local leaders, is able to address major issues like illiteracy, hunger, malnutrition, unemployment, HIV/AIDS, child mortality, and injustice.  

DISASTER RESPONSE & REHABILIATION

When disasters strike, World Renew responds to the urgent needs that arise. In North America, this often includes clearing debris, assessing needs, training local leaders, and repairing and rebuilding damaged homes.  Internationally, it includes providing and distributing emergency food, water, shelter, and other supplies.  It also often involves reconstruction of homes and livelihoods. World Renew's ability to respond to disaster is enhanced and greatly supported by a number of strategic partnerships and alliances.

ADVOCACY

World Renew reaches out to people in North America and around the world in an effort to  connect them to ministry, deepen their understanding of global issues, and encourage them to act and advocate on behalf of those in need.

 

Meet the Board of Directors

World Renew is governed by a bi-national board of directors. Its members are appointed by the Classes of the Christian Reformed Church and selected from World Renew's Board of Delegates.

The Board of Directors meets four times a year (in February, May, September, and December).

CANADIAN BOARD

James Joosse (Edmonton, AB) ~ President
John deGroot (Sarnia, ON) ~ Vice President
Truusje Genesis (Grandum, AB) ~ Secretary
Nicholas Van Dyk (Nepean, ON) ~ Treasurer
Jose Francisco Angulo (Richmond Hill, ON) ~ Member At Large
John De Wilde (Oshawa, ON) ~ Member At Large 
Rita Klein-Geltink (Lucknow, ON) ~ Member At Large (Pastoral Advisor) 

UNITED STATES BOARD

Roy Zuidema (Grand Rapids, MI) ~ President
Jodi Cole Meyer (Hudsonville, MI) ~ Vice President
Joy Anema (Kennewick, WA) ~ Secretary 
Steve Westra (Grandville, MI) ~ Treasurer
Lyman Howell (Chicago, IL) ~ Member at Large
Rev. Thea Leunk (Grand Rapids, MI) ~ Member at Large (Pastoral Advisor)
Paul Wassink (Grandville, MI) ~Member at Large

World Renew does not receive denominational ministry shares and depends on the regular financial support of God’s people.

Each year, World Renew US files a Form 990 with the IRS.
A copy can also be ordered by calling  1-800-552-7972.

World Renew US also files with the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance.
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World Renew Canada is a member of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities.
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