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Evangelism Shark Tank - Over $120,000.00 Given Out for Innovative Evangelism Initiatives
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Over $120,000.00 were distributed to the 15 brave, innovative, passionate about outreach Pastors and Finalists of the Evangelism Shark Tank, during the CALLED Ministerial Convention in Austin. The finalists had been chosen from a very large group of applicants prior to the Convention. 

 

Each night of the convention, 5 Pastors, from across the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, presented their innovative and compassionate Transformational Evangelism initiatives to a ballroom filled with colleagues and family members, including Conference and Union Presidents, and North American Division leaders, who came to support them. 

 

They also presented to and were grilled with difficult and important questions by the five judges, also known as the Evangelism Sharks, who ultimately scored each initiative and decided on the five winners for each night. The Judges were: Kumar Dixit (British Columbia Conference), Roger Hernandez (Southern Union), Sung Kwon (North American Division), Tara VinCross (REACH, Columbia Union), and Jesse Wilson (Oakwood College).

 

On the last session of the CALLED Convention, Pastor Jose Cortes Jr., NAD Associate Ministerial Director for Evangelism, presented each one of the Finalists with a giant check, which they took back to their local churches to implement the initiatives presented during the Evangelism Shark Tank. 

 

Following is a list of the 15 Finalists and the Awards:

 

5th Place - $2,000.00 & 2 Free ACS Registrations for Non Profit Leadership Certification Program

 

Ricardo Daphnis - Southeastern Conference, Southern Union

Elim Lopez - Southern New England Conference, Atlantic Union

Tony Sandoval - Georgia Cumberland, Southern Union

 

4th Place - $3,000.00 & 2 Free ACS Registrations for Non Profit Leadership Certification Program

 

Robert Hayes - Florida Conference, Southern Union

David McCoy - Oregon Conference, North Pacific Union

Sukho Shon - Arizona Conference, Pacific Union

 

3rd Place - $5,000.00 & 2 Free ACS Registrations for Non Profit Leadership Certification Program

 

William J. Lee Sr. - Lake Region Conference, Lake Union

Taurus Montgomery - Michigan Conference, Lake Union

Wendy Witas - Northern California Conference, Pacific Union

 

2nd Place - $10,000.00 & 2 Free ACS Registrations for Non Profit Leadership Certification Program

 

Fred Batten - South Central Conference, Southern Union

Keith Hackle Jr. - Central States Conference, Mid America Union

Adam Keating - Texas Conference, Southwestern Union

 

1st Place - $20,000.00 & 2 Free ACS Registrations for Non Profit Leadership Certification Program

 

John T. Bolton - Allegheny West, Columbia Union

Mike Dauncey - British Columbia Conference, Canadian Union

MyRon P. Edmonds - Allegheny West, Columbia Union

 

In the upcoming issues of Best Practices for Adventist Evangelism we will publish each initiative and provide updates from the Pastors of their development at their local churches and communities.