John Grys is an Associate Director of the NAD Ministerial Department for Pastoral Development. His major responsibilities involve championing, developing, streamlining, and promoting the lifelong spiritual and professional development of the pastors within NAD territory. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Seminary at Andrews University.
John grew up in the urban environment of Chicago and attended Broadview Academy, receiving his undergraduate degree in Theology from Southern Adventist University. After spending a year as a student missionary pastoring an English speaking congregation in Geneva, Switzerland, he went on to receive his Masters in Divinity at Andrews University. His multi-cultural experience continued as he met his wife, Cristina Maria Matos, in the Seminary while she studied to become a pastor as well. Cristina, from Lisbon, Portugal and raised in Angola, Africa, now serves as a chaplain for Adventist Health Systems in Bolingbrook, Illinois. And now they have two beautiful boys attending Walla Walla, Jason and Kristofer.
Years later, he received his Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University in Leadership. His project focused on transformational leadership and the development of elders in the local congregation. He has pastored in North America from ocean to ocean and loves beaches! John believes fully in the lifelong development of pastors and what God can do through a person who continues to grow in grace and knowledge.