Curious about who these people you hear on the Antioch Podcast? Here is a little about each of us:
Rev. Dr. Reggie Smith, Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice for the CRCNA (Christian Reformed Church of North America). He speaks and leads trainings nationally and internationally as part of his work for the Christian Reformed denomination. In addition, Pastor Reggie also is a lifelong Cubs fan, which says a lot about how he developed the spiritual gifts of patience and perseverance in his life – character traits which have come in handy when working to helping congregations understand racism more deeply. He also does a remarkable Morgan Freeman impression, if you can convince him to show you. He identifies as African-American.
Libby Huizenga, MDiv: Public Theologian and undercover social justice warrior disguised as a mild-mannered professor and research librarian Kuyper College. Libby became passionate about anti-racism by way of becoming a vegetarian… as one does. She is an antiracism educator with CORR (Congregations Organized for Racial Reconciliation) to be an Understanding Racism workshop facilitator, and is a trained RACE+FAITH facilitator. She identifies as white of Dutch ancestry.
Susie Dixon, MDiv: Director of Discipleship and Relationships at Madison Church: Square Campus, member of MART (the Madison Anti-Racism Team) and an antiracism educator for CORR. She is also an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Susie describes her work as “the Ministry of Love” – loving people in spite of their similarity or dissimilarity to herself. When not at the church office, she would choose to live on the shore of Lake Michigan, where she spends as much of her time as possible walking the beach and talking with God. She identifies as someone of mixed Puerto Rican and Italian heritage.
Rev. Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige is theExecutive Associate to the President for Diversity & Inclusion at Calvin University where she has worked since 1985. She is a professor of Sociology, and an Associate Pastor at Angel Community Church in Muskegon, Mi. She also is the founder of Preach Sista, an organization dedicated to serving Christian women in ministry who have been wounded by the church. She has authored and contributed to numerous books, and enjoys vegan cooking with her husband in her free time. She identifies as African-American.
Eric Nykamp, LMSW, Producer of the Antioch Podcast for Madison Church and Director of Worship for Madison Church’s North Campus. He spends leftover energy on several side-hustles as an adjunct professor of social work and professional artist. He and his wife enjoy cooking together… though he is known to get a bit possessive about being the only person to clean his favorite wok. He is a member of MART, a trained RACE+FAITH facilitator, and is a CORR Understanding Racism workshop facilitator. He identifies as white with West-Michigan Dutch immigrant ancestry.
Josh Holwerda, MDiv (AKA “Dashing Bengali Man”) is an addiction services specialist and former pastor. As the newest member of the Antioch Podcast Team, Josh juggles his antiracism work with work and home life raising two children. He served as a pastor in Navajo country before returning to his childhood home in Grand Rapids, Michigan to be near family. A self-described introvert, he enjoys writing, reading, cooking, and long conversations with friends. He identifies as a Bengali man who was adopted by a white family from Bangladesh as a child.