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The ethnic advisors to Synod 2016 are Darleen Litson, John Lendein, and Sheila Johnson.

Litson, from Classis Red Mesa, said she enjoyed being part of the advisory committee as a smaller, more intimate group for interaction. The larger assembly is a more difficult place to feel at home.

Johnson, Grand Rapids, Mich, said she enjoyed being part of an assembly of people who love the Lord and who want to move forward in serving the Lord. She also experienced a sense of belonging as part of multicultural discussions.

Lendein calls Edmonton, Alta., home and is enjoying meeting different people and watching synod at work. This is his second time as an ethnic advisor. As someone who has worked hard to have his home church, Bethel CRC, change from being a monocultural to a multicultural congregation, he appreciates synod’s increased diversity.

Up to seven ethnic advisors can be appointed to synod, but that number is decreased if the percentage of delegates to synod who are from ethnic backgrounds increases.


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