The North American Regional Committee, or NARC, is the governing body of students and senior friends who oversee the work of the region. Members are select at the annual North American Regional Assembly. The current membership is as follows:
U.S. Co-Chair and President of the Board: Logan Boese (Saint Peter, MN, USA)
Logan Boese is a Religion and Philosophy Double Major at Gustavus Adolphus College (ELCA) in St. Peter Minnesota. Logan currently serves as the Tri-Executive for Regional Affairs and Finance for the Lutheran Student Movement U.S.A. alongside Louis Tillman. As a Minnesota raised Lutheran Pastor’s Kid, Logan has been involved in the life of the Church since a very young age. Having served one term as the Secretary of the Lutheran Youth Organization Board of the Southwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA, Logan realized how much he enjoyed working with other young adults in the church. This passion continued as he served three summers on staff at his home camp, which is Shetek Lutheran Ministries, concluding his third summer as an Assistant Program Director and the Intergenerational Programs Specialist. Logan plans to attend Seminary or Divinity School in the future and is open to suggestions about where to go! Feel free to connect with Logan by emailing email@example.com.
Canadian Co-Chair and Vice President of the Board: Cydney Proctor (Halifax, NS, Canada)
Cydney had been involved with the justice side of her faith for as long as she can remember. Before coming to NARC, Cydney worked with the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund on their Youth Council, and traveled with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank on a food study tour to Nicaragua, and since her return has talked extensively about food security. Cydney also, for a while, worked in youth and campus ministry. Cydney works professionally in journalism and communications, and enjoys good food, good friends and good fun. Church affiliation: Anglican Church of Canada.
Treasurer: Linwood Blizzard (Boston, MA, USA)
Linwood Blizzard, II is a graduate student at the Boston University School of Theology pursuing a Doctoral of Philosophy in Practical Theology with a concentration in church and society. He serves as a Co-Leader of The Refuge Young Adult Ministry and as an Associate Minister at Morning Star Baptist Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He was licensed to preach the Gospel in 2009 at the Saint Paul’s Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia. Currently, he serves the World Student Christian Federation as one of the lead organizers of the Student Christian Movement at Boston University, treasurer of the North American Regional Committee, and chair of the global federation’s Bible and Theology working group. Linwood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Divinity degree from Howard University. He became involved in the WSCF in 2010 while at Howard University after serving as Co-Chair of the Washington Theological Consortium’s Student Board and while serving as President of Howard University School of Divinity’s Student Government Association.
Secretary of the Board: Elyse Brazel (Ottawa, ON)
Elyse has a heart for justice and a love of community building. She has an undergraduate degree in the visual arts (BFa Art and Design) and during her graduate studies Vancouver School of Theology she focused on using the Arts as a tool for relationship building with people of different religious/philosophical backgrounds. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership (MAPPL) and also received a Certificate in Indigenous and Inter-religious Studies. Elyse also studied in Rome at St.Thomas Aquinas Pontifical University as part of a 10 month long international inter-religious fellowship program through which she received a Diploma in Inter-religious and Ecumenical Studies. She is currently the Education Coordinator at UCalgary’s Faith and Spirituality Centre where she develops inter-religious engagement programs and religious literacy resources that help foster a spirit of pluralism on campus.
Brandi Friesen Thorpe (Winnipeg, MB, CA)
Bran resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1 Territory. Pursuing her masters degree in Peace and Conflict, she is passionate about reconciliation, addressing privilege, and addressing social silences by creative means. See her project ‘Portraits of Justice‘ for a glimpse of her work.
Louis Tillman (Chicago, IL, USA)
Louis Tillman is from Atlanta, Georgia. He recently graduated cum laude from Carthage College in 2013 where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree in Business Administration and Public Relations. He is currently in his second year of seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. A great deal of his ministry involves community organizing, community activism, racial justice, and Black liberation theology.
Advocacy and Solidarity Coordinator: Aude A. Isimbi (Baltimore, MD, USA)
Aude is a Pentecostal Christian originally from Rwanda whose connection to her faith grew out of her struggles following the genocide there. Her life journey has included significant time in Tanzania and Canada before she landed in the United States. Both her B.A. in psychology and her current work towards a Master’s in sociology bespeak her passion for helping people to better lives; a passion which is also evident in her work for social justice from her base at Stony Point Center in the Hudson Valley of NY State, including activism in ecojustice, mass incarceration, islamophobia and race relations. She currently provides Christian leadership to a multi-faith Summer Institute program for young adults.
Women, Gender and Sexuality Coordinator: Sarah Wynne-Taylor (BC, Canada)
Wynne lives in Edmonton, Treaty 6 territory and coordinates their local Student Christian Movement at the University of Alberta. They are involved in queer church and the interfaith community, and volunteer in truth and reconciliation work, theatre and fair trade.
Communication Coordinator: Zillah Wesley (Washington, DC, USA)
Zillah F. Wesley, II is currently working for a Washington, DC base non-profit in programs. She attends Peoples Congregational Church United Church of Christ (UCC). She loves being apart of the UCC denomination. She believes that faith and justice go hand and hand. Both of her parents taught her the value of helping others and being true to oneself. Zillah is excited and thrilled to be apart of World Student Christian Federation – North America. She is on twitter at @zidc25.
Fundraising Coordinator: Jay Hooper (Bronx, NY, USA)
Rev. Jay R. Hooper was born in Richmond, Va and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He considers himself a perfect blend of his southern and northern roots, coining himself a Virnorker. Under the alias, Rev. Jé Exodus Hooper, southern charm and a gridlock-city attitude goes a long away in the fight for social justice and the love for equality. His passion for youth, arts & cultural non-profits, and social equality have impacted charter schools, cultural institutions, and churches in the evangelical sects. He is a current Ph.D candidate at Plymouth University/ Transart Institute and a graduate of Union Theological Seminary’s Masters of Theology program. He received a Master’s of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Administration with a primary focus in non-profit management. He also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute, which has led to teaching and variety of diverse opportunities. He is ordained interfaith minister of the New Seminary’s Interfaith Studies and Ambassador of Peace with the UN’s Universal Federation of Peace, consulting interreligious conflict and resolution. He also is the Minister of Youth, Children, and Family at the Abundant Life Transformation Seventh Day Sanctified Church (ALT).
At Large Representative for the PWRDF: James Mesich (Guelph, ON, Canada)
James is from Sault Ste. Marie Ontario and is currently living in Guelph Ontario in his first year of a Bachelor of Science majoring in zoology. He is a representative of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario. New to the PWRDF family James got interested in the organisation while serving as a Youth Representative for the Diocese of Algoma at the 2016 General Synod where he heard about the council and what they did. James has always been interested by the cultures and people from around the world and saw an opportunity to expand his understanding of the world while making a positive impact in it. He can’t wait to get started in his work with PWRDF and hopes to make that positive change happen.