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.
Bible and Theology Coordinator: Melanie Yong (Baltimore, MD, USA)
Melanie Yong is a graduate student at the Boston University School of Theology pursuing a Masters of Divinity. She served as the Advocacy and Solidarity representative of Asia Pacific and is the Southeast Asian representative in the Human Rights, Justice and Peace committee. While in university, her involvement in activism grew as she became part of sociopolitical discussion groups and joined a Freedom Film Festival. After graduating with a Bachelor of Communications degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia, she started working full time in SUARAM, an organization working on the right to trial, freedom from abuse of police powers and law enforcement agencies; freedom of expression and information; freedom of religion and the right of minorities. It was in 2013 that WSCF was introduced to her and she found the intersection between faith and social issues lived out in hundreds of students around the world. Melanie was raised in the Pentecostal church in Malaysia and hopes to work deeper in the area of critical consciousness.
Women, Gender and Sexuality Coordinator: Sarah Wynne-Taylor (BC, Canada)
Wynne is a queer, disabled feminist whose faith is inextricably linked to social justice advocacy. They live in Edmonton, Alberta, where they make music, find home and participate in community both local and far-flung.
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.
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.