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Greetings from the Ministerial Department!
"Then I will give you pastors after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding."

  • Empowering Faith
  • Enhancing Ministerial Community
  • Encouraging Personal & Professional Growth
  • Equipping Evangelistically & Exciting Passion for witnessing
... is what we are about at the NAD Ministerial Department. Supporting you in pastoral ministry is our number one focus, because Spirit-filled, effective, healthy pastors and congregations have an enormous impact for the Kingdom of God. 
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.

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Ivan L. Williams, Sr. D.Min.

Meet the New NAD Ministerial Leadership Team!
Ivan L. Williams, Sr. serves as the Director of the Ministerial Department. His role includes focus and emphasis on the full scope of pastoral life and ministry, from policy to practice, and from education to evangelism. He oversees and casts vision with the leadership team, ministerial directors, and pastors. His twenty-two years of pastoral experience, which also includes church planter, chaplain, and media host, helps him to bring a wealth in service to our Division-wide ministerial 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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A Note to Ministerial Directors
I want to make you aware of something that is happening in your conference.

At my request to the NAD Office of Assessment & Strategic Planning that Paul
Brantley leads, 120 in-depth interviews are being conducted with pastors across the Division. We are going to learn a lot from what is discovered and shared. Dr Brantley has contracted with the Center for Creative Ministry to conduct these interviews.

The Center is a well respected long-time provider of research services to NAD through the years. Their current interviewer is Curtis Rittenour. Mostly, He has the best way to reach the chosen pastor(s) in your area, but at times Curtis may contact your office if he needs additional information. Thank you for assisting him in advance.

We will be making the Executive Summary available to you when the project is done, so we can learn together how to best support our pastors. 
New Website!
Visit the new look-new content ministerial website at www.nadministerial.org
We also invite you to join us on facebook  and 
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What are pastors saying?
Follow Dwight Seek’s blog (pastor of the Joplin Seventh-day Adventist Church in Joplin, MO. He says, “I have never been in the midst of a disaster like this before but the emotional twister that followed the F5 tornado was mind numbing. So I thought it might be helpful for pastors and anyone else who finds themselves in like circumstances, to journal my thoughts, feelings and experiences.” Click Here
Listen to pastors from the Mid-America and Canadian Unions click here
Calendar Highlights
Pacific Union Ministerial Council
Aug. 29-31, 2011, Ontario, CA

Festival of the Laity
Sept. 7-10, 2011, Dallas, TX

Prophecies DECODED
Sept. 30 – Nov. 12

Emotional Healing & Wellness
Oct. 12-15, 2011, Loma Linda, CA

Summit on Abuse
Oct. 15-17, 2011, Loma Linda, CA

NAD Ministerial Pastor Advisory
Oct. 25, 26, 2011, Silver Spring, MD

Oakwood Evangelism Council
Dec. 4-6, 2011, Huntsville, AL 
Ministerial Quote
"True success in any line of work is not the result of chance or accident or destiny. It is the outworking of God’s providences, the reward of faith and discretion, of virtue and perseverance."
Prophets & Kings" p. 486.