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Diversity is now part of Thrive (read more about the change).

While our name may have changed, we're still committed as ever to identify, affirm, and support church leaders and emerging leaders in their callings and giftedness while recognizing gender and ethnic challenges in Christian leadership. We welcome and support gatherings for building relationships, vibrant worship and celebration.

The Christian Reformed Church in North America values biblical diversity and a variety of gifts given to the body of Christ for God’s mission in the church and the world. 

These two values guide the work of Thrive and help us to work toward a future when our congregations, leadership, and entire denomination better reflect the full diversity of the body of Christ.

We are inspired by the work of the Holy Spirit in each ministry and the local and global impact on lives in kingdom advancement.

CRC Position Statements

Reggie Smith

Reginald Smith

Director for Diversity

Reggie serves as the Director for Diversity. He served as Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice from 2016 to 2020. Before coming to denominational work, he served as co-pastor of Northside Community CRC in Paterson, NJ for almost two years. He was pastor of Roosevelt Park CRC in Grand Rapids, MI from 1994 to 2015. Reggie served in several capacities throughout the denomination such as adjunct seminary instructor at Calvin Seminary, a columnist for the Banner, and president of the board for Back to God Ministries International (now ReFrame Ministries). Reggie enjoys meeting new people and traveling to new locations to notice the hand of God at work in the world. He is also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.