Street Psalms is the managing partner of the Urban Training Collaborative (UTC) – a joint initiative that includes Leadership Foundations and Christian Reformed World Missions. Our network of training hubs share a common mission and a common curriculum. We offer informal and formally accredited programs (certificate-masters). We host an institute for hub directors and provide onsite consultation/training.
Memoranda of Understanding
Hub Directors – Urban Training Collaborative
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Mario Luis Matos
Mario Luis Matos was born and lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with his wife Yolanda, and their two daughters Susana and Magdalena. He has served as evangelist, church planter, and Community Development worker since 1990 and is the founding director of the Center for Transforming Missions Dominican Republic – CTMD. He also has been serving as the executive director of COCREF – Christian Reformed Schools. He earned a B.A in Business Administration at Universidad Central del Este in Santo Domingo, and an M.A in Theology and Education at Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. Mario is also ordained with the Christian Reformed Church in the Dominican Republic. Mario’s passion is to equip and mentor other leaders for Christian service.
Grand Rapids, MI, USA — Justin Beene
Justin Beene lives with his wife, Karianne and their two children, Jelani and Cheyenne, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Justin holds a Masters in Social Work in Management of Human Services from the University of Michigan, a Master’s of Arts in Ministry Leadership from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and is in the final phase of completing a Doctorate in Entrepreneurial Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University. Justin is the Director/Founder of a partnership called the Grand Rapids Center for Community Transformation, between Bethany Christian Services, Building Bridges Professional Services & Rising Grinds Cafe, two social enterprises that train and employ high-risk youth, Double O Supply and Craftsman, and Tabernacle Community Church; together working to create opportunities for community transformation. Justin is a lecturer/faculty at Acton University and regular guest speaker at many local, state, national, and global conferences. He also serves on the Board of Mosaic Christian Community Development Association in Benton Harbor, MI.
Guatemala City, Guatemala — Joel Aguilar
Joel Aguilar lives and serves with his wife, Annette, in Guatemala City. He has a Masters in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University in Seattle, Washington. He has also taken Masters courses at SETECA and has a degree in Theology from SETECA. Joel is the Director of Leadership Development for The Center for Transforming Mission Guatemala, and for the last 10 years Joel has been involved with organizations that seek the social and spiritual renewal of global cities.
Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa — Mike Ribbens
Mike Ribbens and Megan, his wife, and their family have been serving with Christian Reformed World Missions in African cities for over a decade. They learned to love the cities of Jos and Abuja, Nigeria for 8 years and Johannesburg and Tshwane/Pretoria, South Africa for 3 years. Mike received an MDiv from Calvin Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church of North America in 2007. Today, Mike has been joining God’s mission in urban South Africa to encourage, equip and connect leadership, families, schools and churches for the spiritual and social renewal of Joburg and Tshwane as the director of the Institute for Urban Ministry.
Anchorage, AK, USA — Joel Kiekintveld
Joel Kiekintveld lives in Anchorage, AK where he and his wife Stacey, and their three daughters Naomi, Emma and Sydney live in intentional community in the Dimond Estates trailer park. He is the Founding Director of Parachutes Teen Club and Resource Center. Many of the active members of the drop-in center are high-risk and street involved. Joel is also the Teaching Pastor of Crosspoint Community Church and serves as an adjunct professor at Alaska Bible College.
Joel is currently a PhD candidate in Practical Theology at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and holds a Master of Arts in Global Urban Ministry degree from Bakke Graduate University, Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Reformed Bible College (now Kuyper College), and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from The Foraker Group/ University of Alaska Fairbanks. Joel was ordained as a Commissioned Pastor by the Christian Reformed Church in 2008.
Nairobi, Kenya — Esau Okoth Oreso
Esau Okoth Oreso is married to Jane and blessed with four children ages 8, 6, 3 and 1.
He is the Director of Training at the Center for Transforming Mission Kenya/Nairobi Leadership Foundations. Esau is also the lead Pastor of the Tumaini Ministries Center in Kibera. He is trained in Urban Leadership and holds a Bachelor of Theology in Missiology from the University of South Africa and an MA in Global Urban Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.
Salem, MA, USA — DJ Vincent
DJ Vincent is celebrating 16 years of marriage with Gabi and their two children (Kaden and Clara). He moved to Salem in 2003 to pastor and pursue a masters degree through George Fox Evangelical Seminary. He founded the Salem Missional Community Network; which has planted, coached and cultivated a dozen unique disciple-making churches in the past 10 years. DJ started working at the Salem Leadership Foundation as the South Area Lightning Rod in 2008. Serving as a UTC HUB Director has added depth to the training he is able to provide local Churches, Boards and volunteers for community initiatives.
Twin Cities, MN, USA — Art Erickson
Art Erickson and his wife Kathy have lived and worked in the same urban neighborhood (Twin Cities) for 49 years. They have five children and 11 grandchildren. Art has been creatively working in different youth and community ministry roles for more than fifty years, helping to launch more than two dozen ministries, outreaches, and businesses. His resume includes Young Life, the United Methodist Church, and Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation. Presently, Art directs STUDIOne-Eighty (Changing Places, Changing People, 180°), a training program of Urban Ventures. Art is a graduate of Bethel University and Bethel Seminary.