We are so excited to introduce to you our Keynote Speakers and Presenters
Since 1983, Dr. Dwight Nelson has served as lead pastor of the Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University. He preaches on the New Perceptions telecast, and teaches at Andrews Theological Seminary. Born in Tokyo, Japan to missionary parents, Dr. Nelson can converse in Japanese. He attended the former Far Eastern Academy in Singapore, and graduated from Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) in Collegedale, Tennessee, where he received his Bachelor's in 1973. Dr. Nelson earned a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) in 1976, and completed a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min) in 1986 from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He is the author of several published articles and books including Outrageous Grace, Countdown to the Showdown and Built to Last.
Dr. Richard H. Hart, MD, DrPH, serves as the president of Loma Linda University. His vision extends to the farthest reaches of the globe. His early involvement in student missionary work was key in the development of Students for International Mission Service and Social Action Community Health System--a local low-cost health-care system for the medically under-served. He is also president of Adventist Health International, an organization created to manage health services in developing countries. In 1977, Dr. Hart received his doctor of public health degree from Johns Hopkins University and became board-certified in preventive medicine. Dr. Hart has served Loma Linda University since 1972, including as chair of the Department of Health Sciences, director of the Center for Health Promotion, chair of the School of Medicine Department of Preventive Medicine, and, since 1990, dean of the School of Public Health.
Dr. Randy Roberts serves as the senior pastor at the Loma Linda Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was born in South America to missionary parents, Bob and Betty Roberts. Pastor Randy's passion for missions has been an inspiration to those he has ministered to in speaking to a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally. He has written articles for various publications, and has authored one book published by Pacific Press entitled, The End is Near (Again).
Dr. Leslie Nelson Pollard serves as the 11th President of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. During his ministerial career, he has served as an evangelist, professor, ministerial educator, and leadership development consultant. He is editor and contributing author to the groundbreaking volume on leadership and cultural competence entitled, Embracing Diversity: How to Reach People of all Cultures.
Jonathan Duffy is the President of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International. Prior to his current appointment, he served as the CEO of ADRA Australia. He came to ADRA after having worked for 28 years in the public health sector, where he gained experience and expertise in community development, health services management, and health promotion. He has a passion for helping young people, and has conducted research and implemented programs relating to youth resilience. A champion for social justice, Duffy uses his position to advocate for action on social justice issues, and for a human-rights based approach to development.
Pastor Gary Krause serves as an Associate Secretary and the Director of Adventist Mission for the Seventh-day Adventist world church. In these roles he oversees the Global Mission initiative, the Global Mission study centers, and mission promotion. Prior to joining the world church leadership, Pastor Krause was the Creative Director for the South Pacific Media Center in Australia. Pastor Krause was born to Australian missionary parents in Fiji. He is the author of hundreds of published articles and the book, God’s Great Missionaries. He is a doctoral candidate at the University of Queensland, focusing on urban mission outreach.
Elder G. Alexander Bryant is the Executive Secretary of the North American Division and an Associate Secretary of the General Conference. He formerly served as the President of the Central States Conference. His path to this position began with a degree in Theology and Business Administration from Oakwood College in 1982. In December 2011, Bryant received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. His love and passion for mission service began when he served as a student missionary in Japan. Since then, his commitment to advocate on behalf of missions has been a priority in every facet of his ministry.
Dr. Carlton P. Byrd is the Senior Pastor of the Oakwood University Church, and the Speaker/Director of the Breath of Life Television Broadcast, which airs on four international television networks.
A very active leader in his community, Dr. Byrd founded the Berean Outreach Ministry Center in Atlanta, GA, which is a community-based ministry that houses a youth activity center, barber shop, beauty salon, health/fitness center, vegetarian sandwich shop, clothes closet, and food pantry.
On July 1, 2016, Dr. Andrea Luxton began serving as the sixth president of Andrews University (and 24th president since Andrews University first began as Battle Creek College). Dr. Luxton continues the legacy of leadership that is a hallmark of Andrews University. Prior to becoming President-elect, Dr. Luxton served as Provost of Andrews University, beginning in 2010. Before coming to Andrews, she served as President and Vice-President for Academic Administration at Burman University, and as an Associate Director of Education at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Dr. Luxton also served as Principal/President of Newbold College in England. She holds a PhD in English from Catholic University of America. in Washington, D.C., and a post-graduate diploma in Institutional Management and Change in Higher Education from University of Twente, Netherlands.
Elden Ramirez serves as the Director of the Office of Volunteer Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. In the early 90s, Pastor Elden worked as a Youth Civic Leader in San Francisco City Hall, developing public policies for children and youth. He was part of city-wide youth leadership programs that provided ideas on youth issues and worked with city gangs to stop youth violence. He has served as an academy chaplain, youth pastor, senior pastor, church planter, and departmental director in the areas of family life, camp ministries, health and temperance, national servicemen organization, and youth ministries. He is the author of published articles in the area of missions, church planting, and youth ministries.
Dr. Steve Case is a professor and coordinator of the Youth and Young Adult Ministry concentration in Doctor of Ministry program at the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University . Dr. Case is the President of "Involve Youth," a para-church organization that energizes young people for service. He loves God and he loves people. He considers these two ingredients to be the basic qualifications for ministry. Steve is an international speaker, trainer, and author. For more than 30 years he has served in various capacities, such as a youth pastor, seminary professor, and consultant.
Dr. Yami Bazan serves as the Vice-President for student life at La Sierra University. She is known as a pastor’s daughter, an athlete, a sister, cousin, wife, mother, teacher, and pastor--but she prefers the label: “child of God.” Dr. Bazan feels “indebted to the lives of the men and women who took the time to grow my faith, my intellect, and ultimately my love for God.” Early in her marriage, she dedicated her life to serve as a missionary. When she completed her God-given mission assignment, she was convicted that her "missions experience" did not end there, but rather was just the beginning of her life of mission service.
Sam Leonor serves as Chaplain at La Sierra University. He loves his work as pastor to the students and faculty of La Sierra University. He is passionate about spiritual awakening among young adults, especially college students. Pastor Sam loves to see them bloom into missional faith that is growing and full of love. His ministry is marked by a call to radical faith that engages culture deeply and emphasizes justice. Pastor Sam was raised in Central America where his parents were part of developing church and health care missions. He has degrees from Southern Adventist University and Andrews University, and is a doctoral candidate at George Fox University.
Elder Daniel R. Jackson is the President of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He was elected on June 28, 2010, by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, Georgia, and re-elected to this position on July 6, 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session held in San Antonio, Texas. During his career, Elder Jackson has served as a pastor, teacher, and conference and union administrator. Jackson has also served overseas as a missionary in the Southern Asia Division. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Burman University) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.