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JOSE CORTES

Jose Cortes Jr. treasures and loves Joanne Cortes, his wife and companion in ministry. Together, they are blessed with two boys, Jose III and Joel Benjamin. Next to God and family, his greatest joy and passion come from ministry, and about 25 years of pastoring, youth and young adult ministries, soul winning, church planting, and leadership as a conference and union departmental director.

 

Cortes currently serves as Associate Director of the North American Division Ministerial Association. He leads in the association's areas of Evangelism, Church Planting, Global Mission, Church Growth, and Mission to the Cities for the Adventist Church in North America. Cortes recognizes the importance of this task and continually asks the Holy Spirit for a double portion of love, vision, courage, grace, wisdom, power, and compassion to reach, retain, and reclaim others for Christ, along with the great team of about 5,000 pastors, leaders, and volunteer lay pastors across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the islands of Guam and Micronesia.

"Pastor Jose" holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, and a B.A. in Theology from Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University, in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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RAY VALENZUELA

Ray Valenzuela currently serves as Pastor of the South St. Paul Hispanic District for the Minnesota Conference. He graduated from Union College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology, and in 2016 from Andrews University with a Master of Divinity. He was ordained in 2019 while serving in the Texas Conference. He is married to the lovely Alyssa and has two handsome young boys.

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MACKENZIE KAMBIZI

MacKenzie Kambizi is the Senior Pastor of the Minneapolis First and The Edge Christian Worship Center Adventist Churches, in the Minnesota Conference. Not only is he the speaker and found of Truth For These Times Broadcast, but is also a published author. He has held many evangelism events both in the States and overseas. He has a lovely wife, Carol, and four elegant children, Madison, Morgan, Unathi and MacKenzie Jr.

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DR. THOMAS TOEWS

Thomas Toews is professor of religion at Union College where he has taught for the last five years. He received his undergraduate degree from Pacific Union College, and an MDiv and a PhD in Historical Theology from Andrews University. He teaches a variety of classes in the areas of theology and Old Testament but he most enjoys encouraging students to think like an Adventist. He wrote several articles for the recently published Ellen White Encyclopedia (2013) and is currently writing a book on Christian doctrines for use in Adventist colleges. With experience both in the classroom and as an ordained minister, he enjoys bringing Adventist theology alive to both new believers and seasoned Christians. Tom and his wife, Lena, along with their two boys, reside in Lincoln, Nebraska.