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Greetings from the Ministerial Department!
To put it plainly, our leadership will not function with a top down management approach, because we don’t believe we can fully support you unless we listen to you and dialogue with you. Our dialogue and listening will take place in many ways. We plan to connect face to face, through interviews, through the use of technology, through the committees of the NAD Ministerial Directors, the NAD Pastor Advisory, phone surveys, and through Union and Conference Administrator events. We will begin this journey in Ontario, California at the Pacific Union Ministerial Council August 29-31. We will be dressed in T-shirts that simply say, “Wanted: your best idea for ministry.” We want to record and listen to you, so we can share and distribute to other pastors in our division, so get ready to share.
You are super-essential in order for us to REACH North America and for a Spiritual Revival to permeate our land. Reaching North America through the proclamation of the good news to the church and the world, presenting Jesus as Savior and Lord to all people regardless of race, gender, nationality, or economic status is the essence of our work. Proclaiming the good news in the context of the Three Angels’ messages (Rev. 14:6-12) also includes congregational retention, so that Adventist churches may be centers of loving concern, dynamic evangelism, and reflections of the presence of the living Lord. It is our prayer that by His Grace and Power this will become a reality.
Ivan L. Williams, Sr. D.Min.
Meet the New NAD Ministerial Leadership Team!
Dave Gemmell serves as an Associate Director for the Ministerial Department. His role is to help discover, develop, and distribute resources for the pastors of the NAD. He also serves as a volunteer Associate Pastor for New Hope Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fulton, Maryland. He brings a wealth of passion, experience, and creativity to serving pastors in this Division.
Esther Knott serves as an Associate Director for the Ministerial Department, and she serves as an Associate Pastor at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Her role is to focus on the ministry of small groups as a vehicle for connecting, discipling, and evangelism. She is also a leading advisor for women clergy issues. Esther’s gifts and talents as a pastor in the local church over twenty four years adds significant value to our pastor focus.
Shawn Boonstra serves as an Associate Director for the Ministerial Department. His role at Ministerial is to inspire, train, and equip pastors and churches for evangelism and to facilitate major NAD evangelistic initiatives. Soul winning has been his passion since he signed on as a Seventh-day Adventist minister. As former speaker/director of It Is Written television program, author of more than 15 outreach-oriented books, he brings a vast experience of soul winning and evangelistic initiatives to the NAD team.
Walt (Wally) Williams serves as an Associate Director for the Ministerial Department, Associate Professor of Christian Ministry, and he is the Director of the InMinistry Center at the SDA Theological Seminary. His role at Ministerial is to oversee the continual educational journey and professional growth of pastors. The InMinistry Center’s field-delivery degree programs include the MDiv and MA in Pastoral Ministry. With 24 years of pastoral experience and 10 as Ministerial Director, Walt brings a passion for pastoral preparation and excellence.
Donna Jackson serves as the NAD Ministerial Spouses Association Leader and Field Assistant. Her role at Ministerial is to focus on spouses and children of ministers. She most recently served as Family & Women’s Ministries Director of the Ontario Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada Women’s Ministries Liaison Coordinator for eight years. Her experience of twenty-three years as a pastor’s wife and 10 years in the social services industry has provided an experience-base and keen interest in Donna for serving ministerial families.
Paul Richardson serves with the Ministerial Department as the Reconnecting Ministry Coordinator for the NAD. His role is to focus on creative ways to invite former and inactively attending members to come back home to their local congregations. Paul's role also includes gathering survey data for ministerial needs to better help us support pastors, their families, and local elders throughout the Division. Paul brings a wealth of experience, and a fresh approach to reconnecting with our missing members.
Mona Karst serves as the Ministerial Department’s Office Assistant. Her role focuses on our organization, office function, and communication as a team. Her passion to serve ministerial directors and pastors has been a positive influence and inspiration. We are truly grateful for Mona’s faithfulness to the ministerial work throughout this Division for over 12 years.
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