SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST HOUSE CHURCHES
MILTON ADAMS spent 15 years pastoring Adventist churches in the secular Northwest of the US before starting the Simple Church Global Network in the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, 2009. This network has grown and now serves over 250 locations in 27 countries. His award-winning doctorate from Andrews University focused on the development of this global network. Milton enjoys working with Adventist church leaders around the world and re-empowering missionary-minded lay people who love Jesus and want to share the Everlasting Gospel with the secular and/or unchurched people who most likely will never walk into a conventional church.
MELISSA BATES will be hosting the exercise class this year.
This class will offer different exercises each day and will be modifiable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels. Day one will be a cardio day, day two will be an upper body weight training day, day three will be a flexibility/balance day, and day four will be a lower body weight training day. Please wear comfortable active wear with supportive gym shoes and bring a towel, water, and a yoga mat if you have one.
OBED MATUS currently serves as senior pastor of the Iron Range District in northeastern Minnesota.
VISITATION PRINCIPLES & PERSONAL EVANGELISM
DAVID KLINEDINST is the Evangelism and Church Growth Director for the Chesapeake Conference in Columbia, MD and speaker for the Forecasting Hope Bible prophecy series. He has served in ministry for 25 years as pastor, evangelist, and departmental director. David has shared the keys to understanding Biblical prophecy across 4 continents and takes complex Biblical revelation and simplifies it into easy-to-understand ideas.
David's messages have aired on 3ABN Proclaim, Hope Channel, and other Christian TV networks around the world. His desire is to see a passionate, mission-minded, lay driven church where each member is looking for opportunities to plant seeds for Jesus. David’s passionate style of speaking has engaged multi-cultural audiences across the world.
David has been married for 27 years to his wife, Marquita. They have two precious daughters Melaney and Emiley.
SANCTUARY MESSAGE & CLAIM YOUR CHILDREN
GRANT AGADJANIAN was born in the former Soviet Union in 1960 and was raised as an atheist.
He obtained his bachelor’s degree as an engineer by age 20 and was drafted to serve in the Soviet Army in Siberia. Upon his return to civil duty, he was seriously ill due to the harsh climate of Siberia. Grant spent 6 years in hospitals and at the end of 6 years his doctors gave up on his recovery and said that he had 1 year to live.
During what he thought was his last year of his life, Grant was given a Bible. For the first time in his life he was holding the Bible in his hands. As he read the Word of God, he came to believe there is a God. And as he began to live according to the Word of God, his health began to improve.
Grant's wife, Anne, was always searching for knowledge and implementing what she had learned in the lifestyle of the family. One day, while on vacation at the Black Sea, Anne purchased a book at a street stand titled "Family and Health" by E.G. White. (This was "The Ministry of Healing" in Russian). As they both read this book, it transformed their mind and changed their world view, and they put into practice the principles of healthy living they discovered. By living according to the Word of God and following these health principles, Grant's health was restored within 1 year. It was the revelation of the Grace of God in his life. It has been 32 years since Grant was given 1 year to live. It is by the Grace and Mercy of God and the power of God's Word that he is alive and well today!
Grant became a student of the Word of God. Today he is the President of Creative Media Ministries sharing the Gospel throughout the world. He is traveling around the US and abroad providing Revival Series and Seminars for churches. These are much needed programs that bring healing, joy and encouragement to our brothers and sisters in Christ, inspiring them to become active in our churches, as well as strengthening the prayer ministry of the congregations.
The televised programs of the ministry were obtained by TBN and have been broadcast worldwide as well as being televised by the Hope Channel, LLBN, and a number of other TV networks
SEVEN STEPS TO CHURCH REVITALIZATION
KAREN LEWIS has been in ministry for almost two decades. She has been a Bible worker, author of the “Lifting up Jesus” Bible study lessons, and director of the Bible worker program for Rocky Mountain Conference. Currently, she is the Ministerial Director for the Minnesota Cnference, as well as pastor of the Pathways Seventh-day Adventist Church. Karen's passion is to encourage others with the love of Christ.
DEBBIE COKLAS currently serves as the Prison Ministries Coordinator for the Minnesota Conference. Her seminars will include LEMUEL VEGA, the founder of Christmas Behind Bars. Their program will focus on the stories, experiences, and results of delivering the packages. Debbie Coklas will speak about the results of the distribution of Christmas Behind Bars packages here in Minnesota.
MICHAEL SIMS currently serves as the Gift Planning and Trust Services Director for the Minnesota Conference.
MICHAEL ANTHONY HARPE is the director of Stewardship Ministries for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.
Elder Harpe is an ordained minister of the gospel. He served the South Central Conference for 28 years before being called to serve the North American Division on December 1, 2019. His 28 years of conference service included 12 years in pastoral ministry, four years in education as a chaplain and high school Bible teacher for Oakwood Adventist Academy (K-12), and 13 years as a departmental director, at times, in overlapping capacities: communication (7 years); Planned Giving & Trust Services (10 years); ASI (10 years), and, finally, Stewardship Ministries (7 years).
He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and was baptized at age 12 during an evangelistic tent meeting.
Elder Harpe’s life in ministry began in 1985, serving as youth pastor under the leadership of Pastor S. T. Lewis at the Glenville Seventh-day Adventist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. Later, while matriculating at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University), he served as a church intern, assisting Pastor E. C. Ward at Oakwood Church in Huntsville, Ala. He graduated in 1991 with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees: theology with a minor in biblical languages, and mathematics with a minor in business management. In 2005, he obtained his Master of Arts in homiletics and Church growth from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.
To educate the South Central constituency in all aspects of Christian stewardship, Elder Harpe developed “Stewardship Breathe” seminars and workshops inspired by Psalm 31:6–8 (MSB): “…I’m leaping and singing in the circle of your love; you saw my pain, you disarmed my tormentors. You didn’t leave me in their clutches but gave me room to breathe.”
Harpe is happily married, since 1983, to his girlfriend Selita Atchley of Charleston, W.V. Selita is Elder Harpe’s partner in life and ministry. Her contributions to the ministry are innumerable.
Elder Harpe believes God’s generosity is revolutionary and relational. It is because of our relationship with Him that we delight to partner with Him in funding the mission—to share the everlasting gospel with the world. Our relationship between ourselves as stewards (life managers) and the Creator (Owner) is the foundation of biblical stewardship. Stewardship is not just about money. Relational generosity must be emphasized first. God (Owner) has given us dominion over His possessions, so we must remain in close relationship with Him for guidance. Faithful management of His stuff is relevant and woven into every aspect of life.