Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG)

Purpose & Membership

The Diversity and Inclusion Working Group (DIWG) is a group that was assembled and given responsibility for implementing directives of Synod 2013 in response to recommendations from the Diversity in Leadership Planning Group (DLPG).

The DIWG works under the direction of the Diversity Agent (DA), Colin Watson, and is accountable to the Executive Director (ED) of the CRCNA, Steve Timmermans. Its membership consists of leadership within the CRCNA, reflecting the Revelations 7:9-10 vision of diversity.

The existence and work of the DIWG is intended to serve to increase the participation and inclusion of people of color within CRC and its leadership. The team will be a collaborative group focused on uniting the CRCNA around a shared vision of full inclusion, by modeling the behavior and demonstrating the benefits of achieving a fully diverse and inclusive denominational leadership team.


The goals of the DIWG are:

  1. Develop and execute a work plan in line with Synodical directives,
  2. Communicate the plan and progress to agency and ministry leaders (Ministries Leadership Council – MLC), and
  3. Engage with the wider CRCNA community to ensure that the vision of diversity and inclusiveness is widely embraced.