Iki Tolu Taimi Pastor @Gardena Genesis Community Church

“As a teaching pastor I want those who attend one of our services to have an authentic experience with Jesus through bible study, sermons, illustrations, fellowship, videos & Praise, transforming them into proactive members of the body of Christ.

Dominique Wakefield M.A., CPT, CWP, Assistant Professor for Health & Exercise Science @La Sierra University

Dominique Wakefield is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at La Sierra University, Riverside, California. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and a Certified Wellness Practitioner through the National Wellness Institute (NWI).

 In addition to teaching at universities (Andrews University; California State University, Chico; University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Southern Adventist University) she has worked as a Fitness & Programs Manager, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and Wellness Coach at fitness centers, in the clinical wellness setting and in the cooperate wellness setting since 2001. Dominique is a PhD candidate in Health through the University of Bath, England. Her studies and research center on physical activity, motivation for exercise and behavior change strategies.

 Dominique is a passionate, energetic and innovative health and fitness enthusiast and regularly contributes to ‘Life and Health Network’ http://www.lifeandhealth.org

 by writing articles on issues relating to physical fitness. In October 2011, Dominique Wakefield was awarded ‘Top 11 Personal Trainers to Watch in the U.S.’ by Life Fitness and the American Council on Exercise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C81jJlyw3VU

Manuel Arteaga Pastor @Resurrection SDA Church & Lighthouse SDA Church

Manny is an alumni of La Sierra University. Upon graduating in 2007, he received a call to pastoral ministry with inner city youth in Los Angeles. A few years later, at the age of 29, he planted Resurrection SDA Church, a vibrant congregation focused on reaching the dechurched and unchurched in Southern California. In addition to this, he has recently taken on the challenge of leading a second congregation, Lighthouse SDA Church, a growing community in Glendale, California.
As passionate as he is about ministry, he considers his greatest accomplishment to be marrying Keren, the girl of his dreams, and raising two beautiful girls: Sophia Xareni and Karissa Bella.

Jared Wright Spectrum Magazine

Wright spent his first six years in Rwanda, Africa, the son of missionaries. In 1987, his family moved state-side to Loma Linda. While Southern California has been home ever since, Jared has lived in four countries on four continents, and in four states here in the U.S. He graduated in 2010 with a (now historic) Master of Pastoral Studies degree from La Sierra University, and has served as a pastor for four years in Southeastern California Conference. Last year, Jared became a dad. This year, he's undergoing a career change, becoming a full-time journalist for Spectrum Magazine.

Dewald Kritzinger Pastor for Young Adults & Media @La Sierra University Church

Pastor Devo was born and raised in the beautiful country of South Africa. He graduated from Helderberg College (an extension campus of Andrews University in SA) with a Bachelors degree in Theology. In 2000 Devo entered the full time ministry as a pastor in Johannesburg, SA, where he was associate pastor in 3 churches. In July 2001 he came to La Sierra University to do graduate studies. He worked as Assistant Chaplain at La Sierra University until he was called as Youth Pastor for La Sierra University Church in January 2002. He earned a Master of Arts in Religion in 2005.

Apart from finding fulfillment in spending quality time with people, Devo loves all kinds of sports activities, especially tennis, listening to good music (especially U2!) and enjoying the company of great friends. His favorite past time, however, is enjoying time with his wife, Leilani and children: Lia, Amelie, Levi and Kiri.

"Grace finds beauty in everything"--U2 in their song "Grace

Andrew Doan

Dr. Doan is a recognized expert in technology and video game addiction. With a doctoral degree in neuroscience, his background in molecular neuroscience adds in depth knowledge into the areas of Internet Addiction, Video Game Addiction, and Technology Addiction. He spends 80% of his time in medical research as Head of Addictions & Resilience Research for the US Navy in the Department of Mental Health. Dr. Doan is author of Hooked on Games.

Dr. Andrew Doan is a doctor, doctor, i.e. M.D. and Ph.D., meaning that he is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) medical scientist doctors. Every year the NIH provides funding for the training of medical scientists, M.D./Ph.D.'s. These medical scientists comprise of about 200 students every year out of 16,000 medical students. They get paid to go through this eight year program to teach and do research. The goal is to create medical scientists and educators to teach and do research in medical schools and public settings. These medical scientists pick a clinical discipline as well as a basic science discipline. Dr. Doan chose ophthalmology as a clinical discipline which compliments well with his interest in neuroscience. He got his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins, the premier neuroscience training program in the world. He has had over 10 years of experience doing research on learning, memory, and brain development.

Erik VanDenburgh Director, Youth Ministries @Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

At age 25 Erik VanDenburgh become one of the youngest conference youth directors within the North American Division. He has served in the Arizona Conference just shy of 11 years and most recently accepted a call to become youth director for the Hawaii Conference. Erik attended Andrews University and volunteered as a missionary Pilot/Mechanic in Venezuela prior to working for the Arizona Conference.

One of His greatest ministry victories was creating the revolutionary “$100 Camp” where any camper could spend a week getting to know Jesus at summer camp for just a $100 bucks! VanDenburgh thrives in the summer camp environment and loves seeing the lives of both campers and staff changed when they encounter our almighty God in nature. 

Erik is married to Jana they have three children, Jacob (age 6), Joel (age 3), and Jaben (age 1). 

David Anthony Johnson Motivational Speaker

David’s solo career began in his teenage years where he won numerous awards in music throughout the St. Louis area. As a child growing up, music was not David’s only love, inspired by his great-grandmother David developed a passion for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his oratory. David has shared the stage with; Rosa Parks, Johnnie Cochran, Maya Angelou, Take 6, Brian McKnight, and Julian Bond.

David is an alumni of Oakwood University where he majored in Music and History. He has performed professionally all over the country for more than 30 years. In January of 2008, David opened for Ms. Maya Angelou at Virginia Technical University. In 2010, he performed on the Fox 5 and the CW 6 morning news stations in San Diego, CA. He was interviewed by Arthel Neville. David continues to share his abilities in music; oratory; historical storytelling; comedy and more to a broad range of audiences.

David released a CD entitled, “The More” in 1995 and a DVD was released of his music and recitations of some of Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches in 2012. In 2008, David established the nonprofit organization 5 Talents More, Inc. It is a mentorship organization that helps troubled youth realize both their talents and abilities to make better life choices.



Paul K. Chappell Author, "The Road to Peace" Series

Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty in November 2009 as a Captain.

He is the author of the Road to Peace series, a seven-book series about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. The first four published books in this series are Will War Ever End?The End of WarPeaceful Revolution, and The Art of Waging Peace.

Chappell serves as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Lecturing across the country and internationally, he also teaches college courses and workshops on Peace Leadership, including a graduate-level course at the University of San Diego.

He grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Growing up in a violent household, Chappell has sought answers to the issues of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is www.peacefulrevolution.com.

Sean Evans Chair, Psychology Department @La Sierra University

Dr. Evans is a recognized expert in violence and mental illness.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist with a Ph.D. and M.A. from Loma Linda University, as well as a B.A. in Psychology from La Sierra University.   Dr. Evans completed his clinical internship at Patton State Hospital (the nation’s largest maximum-security forensic psychiatric hospital) with a concentration in neuropsychology and received additional training and supervision in forensic psychology. He is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at La Sierra University.  Prior to coming to La Sierra University, Dr. Evans provided a variety of forensic psychological services including violence risk assessment, sex offender recidivism risk assessment and treatment, as well as competency to stand trial, criminal insanity, and mentally disordered offender (MDO) evaluations.  His research interests include examining the nexus of violence and mental illness, contextual (environmental) variables associated with violence, psychopathy and the psychology of evil.  

 Dr. Evans is a huge fan of the outdoors and regularly listens to Pearl Jam.

Sasha Ross Director of the Women's Resource Center @La Sierra University

Sasha Ross is a La Sierra alum (’00) who currently serves as the director of the Women's Resource Center as well as an Assistant Professor of Global Studies in the History, Politics and Society (HPS) department, where she teaches courses on gender, comparative politics, and international relations. Prior to joining La Sierra University in 2013, she worked for nearly ten years in Washington, DC in the fields of international development and humanitarian action for various non-governmental organizations, including ADRA International, World Vision-US, International Medical Corps (IMC), and the Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

In addition to the United States, she has lived in France, India and Afghanistan and has traveled extensively to more than 35 countries. She has assisted in writing, negotiating and managing several United Nations, European Commission, and U.S. federally-funded programs implemented in Central and South America, sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. These programs focused on emergency preparedness, youth mobilization, maternal-child health, child protection, and the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse as well as human trafficking. She holds a M.A. in Church-State Studies from Baylor University and double B.A. (Honors) in History/Political Science and French from La Sierra University.

T. Lynn Caldwell Associate Professor of Communication @La Sierra University

T. Lynn Caldwell is an Associate Professor of Communication at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. Caldwell completed a bachelor of science in communication with a minor in religion from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI. After working in health care and higher education, Caldwell earned a master of arts in communication from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. After completing the master’s degree, she worked as an intern at LCWA, a medium-size public relations firm in Chicago, IL. Most recently, Caldwell has earned more than sixty credits toward a doctor of philosophy degree in sociology with an emphasis in race, class, and gender. During her tenure as a PhD student at Virginia Tech, Caldwell served as graduate assistant for public relations to the Dean and Vice President of Graduate Education.

Caldwell served as director of public relations at Andrews University, and associate director of communication for the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters, Silver Spring, MD. In these positions she has managed international media relations programs, corporate image changes, and advertising campaign development.

Dilys Brooks MDiv, MS, MA, Associate Chaplain @Loma Linda University

Dilys Brooks, MDiv, MS, MA is the Associate Chaplain of Loma Linda University. The focus of her ministry at the university is to provide spiritual care for the students, coordinate and develop the weekly worship service, as well as meet the spiritual needs of the women within the university community.  

Dilys is passionate and enthusiastic about sharing the gospel as well, as equipping youth and young adults to know Christ personally and accept His call to  become change agents in the world for the kingdom of God.  She is happiest when she is preaching, teaching or singing about Jesus.

She is happily married to  Delroy Brooks, the Youth and Young Adult Pastor at the Valley Fellowship Seventh-day Adventist Church in Rialto, California.  They are the proud parents of their children Micah and Matea.

Rusty Bailey Mayor, City of Riverside

Since graduating from West Point with a degree in political science in 1994, Rusty has worked in a variety of public service positions and has earned a Master's Degree in Public Policy from UCLA.

Among his many accomplishments, Rusty has served as a helicopter pilot, Platoon Leader and Company Executive Officer in the U.S. Army, and has served as a Legislative Aide for County Supervisor John F. Tavaglione. In addition, Rusty has worked for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Executive Office of the President as a Presidential Management Fellow, as well as for the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. Mayor Bailey enjoys time with his two daughters, Elizabeth and Julia and his wife, Judy.

Andy Lampkin PhD - Associate Scholar, Center for Christian Bioethics, School of Religion @Loma Linda University

Andy Lampkin, Ph.D., is a native of Chicago and has taught theology and bioethics for nearly two decades. Currently he is an associate professor of social ethics in the School of Religion at Loma Linda University. He has earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Vanderbilt University in Ethics and Society.  He has focused much of his academic career on the intersections of Christian faith, health care, and social justice. He currently engages in health disparities research and explores the intersection of race, class, health care. Dr. Lampkin has given numerous papers and engaged in several panel discussions where issues of religion and society intersect. Dr. Lampkin has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to better understand the Barriers to Health Research Among African American Seventh-day Adventists. Additionally, he has served as an advisor and consultant to Adventist health Study II, a nationwide longitudinal study.

Dr. Lampkin is a churchman who loves his church and wants to see his church make significant contributions in the communities they are called to serve. As such he is active in his local church and serves the larger church community as well. As part of his professional commitment, he mentors and assists those preparing for careers in ministry and the helping professions to appropriate their faith commitments within the context of their chosen profession. He mentors them to make faith real in the world that they are called to serve. Dr. Lampkin enjoys spending time reading, writing, traveling and most of all with his family, wife Sharleen and son Darius.

Craig Hadley Pastor for Young Adults @Redlands Church

Craig Hadley is the Young Adult Pastor at Redlands Church, and the pastor for Shadow Ministries. He believes in the gospel of equality, beauty, truth, and love as expressed perfectly through the life of Jesus Christ. One of his favorite quotes is by Dallas Willard, “There is nothing more meaningful than beauty.”

Craig got his Bachelor of Arts degree from Montana State University in the Environmental Design (which is just a fancy name for architecture), and received his Master of Divinity Degree from La Sierra University in 2011.

At Montana State University, Craig found that even those who did not believe in God and even those who ridiculed God responded to a passionate and personal faith. This has become Craig’s chief concern in ministry, to help others enter into a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ.

After moving back to Loma Linda from Montana in 2008, Craig began a high school ministry with Dustin Aho at the University Church known as The Fall. After serving there for nearly a year, Craig was hired by Crosswalk Church and began Compassion with Brandon Herrmann in October of 2009. in February 2012, Craig accepted a call to be the Young Adult Pastor at Redlands Church.

Craig is married to his wife, Kimi, who is way too good for him, and they have a Labrador Retriever named Bella, who doesn’t retrieve anything. When he is not doing ministry, Craig can be found snow skiing, wake boarding, or hiking with Kimi. 

Benjamin Lundquist Director for Young Adult Ministries @Arizona Conference

Lundquist is a pastor, youth worker, communicator, husband & father. He has served as the youth pastor at the Camelback Seventh-day Adventist Church in Phoenix, Arizona for the last nine years. Recently he accepted a call to the Arizona conference office where he is the director for young adult ministries. Benjamin did his undergraduate studies at Southern Adventist University and graduate studies at Andrews University. He has a huge heart and passion to reach high school students and young adults with message of Jesus.

Over the past few years he has shared the love of Jesus though creative ministries like Christian wakeboard tournaments, extreme home makeover projects, community triathlons, Christian surf camps, and student-preached evangelistic campaigns, and international and domestic mission projects. Benjamin loves Thai food, surfing, fly fishing, and spending as much time as he can with his wife Kim, son Koa, and daughter Remi. 

Dr. Ricardo J. Whyte M.D. M.D, Medical Director Chemical Dependency @Loma Linda University

Dr. Ricardo J. Whyte did his Undergraduate training at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster Massachusetts where he graduated Cum Laude with Departmental Honors in Biochemistry.  Dr. Whyte earned his Medical Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington Connecticut.  Dr. Whyte obtained training in Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry in Loma Linda University’s Department of Psychiatry.  He obtained further training in Addiction Psychiatry and  graduated from a one year Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California Los Angeles.  

Dr. Whyte now serves as the Medical Director of the Chemical Dependency Unit at the Behavioral Medicine Center of  Loma Linda University. Dr. Whyte very much enjoys attending Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church where he serves as Head Elder.  Dr. Whyte is married to the beautiful Florence V. Whyte and they have a lovely daughter Alexi G. Whyte.  In addition to a passion for helping people overcome addictions, Dr. Whyte enjoys Biblical Integration into practice, and helping couples relate and communicate more effectively.

Donavan Childs Assistant Chaplain @La Sierra University

Donavan Childs is the assistant chaplain for campus ministry here at La Sierra University.  He likes writing, acting, and Food. He has a beautiful family complete with lovely wife Angela, Awesome children Shawn & Shannon, and Summer. His goal is to live life in response to the God of grace who will do any and everything to be with us!

Suzanne Spence

"I was born and raised here in riverside CA, attending the academy from kindergarten through highschool. I began to find interest in philosophy and religions in highschool, which eventually led me to studying Religious Studies here at La Sierra. Although I haven't pinned down exactly how I'd like my future to play out, I have an interest in people, their histories, and what my role can be in helping those stories flourish. In my spare time, I love to catch up on my hobbies, including writing poems or short stories, reading anything interesting, playing and listening to music, various athletic activities, and, when possible, traveling."

"I fell in love with traveling when I spent one year in Sagunto, Spain, learning Spanish and traveling around Europe."

Barbara Franklin

Known as "the girl who is always smiling", Barbara was born in Los Angeles, CA on December 3rd, 1992. She was raised in Apple Valley, CA where she attended grade school. She is the middle child of three children, and enjoys cooking, singing, and modeling. She loves God, teeth, and people and aspires to inspire everywhere she goes.

Xavier Watson

Xavier Watson is one of the coolest guys to just sit and have a conversation with. He is a member at Mt. Rubidoux SDA church. He has served in many ministries there such as Youth Ministries, Young Adult Ministries, Men’s Ministries, Prayer Ministries, Media, Choir, and Praise Team. Also, he was the youngest Deacon in that church from the age of 19. Singing has been a lifelong passion of his. He has had the opportunity to sing at many venues, such as Disneyland. He taught himself how to play the piano by watching videos on YouTube. He was even able to win a scholarship singing and playing the first song he ever learned from the videos he watched on the internet. 

Another passion of his is touching people’s lives through the art of Spoken Word. He has only been doing spoken word since October 2013, but he has been able to impact many though this ministry. He joined La Sierra’s Enactus team and was selected to participate in the 2015 National Enactus Presentation Competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Winners from this competition go on to compete in the World Cup, which will include schools form 36 different countries. Judges for this competition are usually CEOs of major companies such as Home Depot, Clorox, Wal-Mart, and many others.

Obed Olivarria Associate Dean of Men @La Sierra University

Born and raised in Mexicali, Mexico. He has worked as a youth and young adult pastor, as a freelance graphic designer, as a session musician, and currently serves as Associate Dean of Men at La Sierra University, where he was educated both at the undergraduate and graduate level. He has a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Counseling. Obed has a dynamic love of life and ministry and is a deep thinker and an honest intellectual to the Gospel of Jesus. He does not believe in simply telling others about Jesus, but rather, in showing them who He is. He has a passion for composing music, playing sports, reading books, the culinary arts, and traveling the world.

Obed is married to the beautiful Zaidy and is father to a lively 3-year-old boy, Ojani, and a soon-to-be-born girl, Zowie.

Craig Gross

Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when he founded the website XXXchurch.com as a response to the hurting he saw both in those addicted to pornography and those who made their living in the porn industry. The XXXchurch website mixes the seedy with the sacred in an effort to raise the often taboo subject of pornography as a problem that needed to be dealt with. In the 10 years since it began, XXXchurch.com has had over 70 million visitors to the website and his ministry is the subject of an award winning documentary.

Craig also spearheaded the development of X3watch, an internet accountability system that is used by over 1 million people. Craig is the author of nine books and has been featured in GQ magazine, Newsweek, Time, Wired, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, Fox News, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He currently resides in Los Angeles CA with his wife Jeanette and their two children Nolan and Elise.

Randal R. Wisbey D.Min., President @La Sierra University

Randal R. Wisbey has served as La Sierra University’s third president since 2007.  In collaboration with the Board of Trustees and campus leadership, he has led the university through a time of significant growth with a focus on student success, institutional development and strategic planning, and a commitment to seeing the mission of the university fulfilled through partnership with campus, church, and community leaders.

Dr. Wisbey earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC in 1990.  He also earned a Master of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in 1984, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from Walla Walla College in 1980.  While enrolled at Walla Walla, he spent a year as a student missionary in East Jerusalem and Ramallah, teaching English to Palestinian high school students.

Dr. Wisbey is currently the president of the Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities and serves as a member of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities and of Adventist Colleges Abroad.  He is active in the Riverside community as a member of the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce Board, the Raincross Group, the City of Riverside’s Workforce Advisory Panel/Council of Economic Development Advisors, and the Mayor’s Higher Education Business Council.  He is a graduate of the 2008 Leadership Riverside program. Dr. Wisbey also serves the Adventist Church as a member of the La Sierra University Church Board, the Pacific Union Conference Executive Committee, and the North American Division Executive Committee.

Chris Oberg Senior Pastor @La Sierra University

My name is Chris Oberg, and church matters to me! It seems like we have a couple of options when thinking about organized religion in 2009. We can complain and grumble and jump ship. Or we can roll up our sleeves and attempt to make it better. I’m of the latter conviction and this is why I’m serving at La Sierra University Church.

I first joined the Pastoral Team in 2000 as Pastor for Children and Families. Five years later my family moved to the Calimesa Church so I could take the responsibility of Senior Pastor. And in 2009, we are back at La Sierra. What brought us back? Largely the opportunity to work among the next generations with a conviction that the Christian life expressed through Adventist grace-driven priorities is worth pursuing and living.

My primary responsibilities at LSUC are Preaching/Teaching Ministry, Crisis Visitation, Strategic Visioning, and Leadership Development. I must say that the Preaching Ministry is a sacred and treasured priority. The sacred scriptures are clear and comforting, yet also confusing and challenging. Hearing a Word on target for our lives today is what I hope for each time we open the Bible together.

It is especially rewarding to serve at the campus church of my alma mater. I’m a double alumnus of La Sierra University, and daily live in a grateful awareness of how this University shapes my life. My husband, Kerby, is a Physician-Scientist at Loma Linda University, where he teaches, runs a research laboratory, and collaborates on all sorts of projects interested in congenital anomalies and birth defects. Amanda and Alisa are both college-age. Amanda is studying Business, and Alisa is studying Psychology. We are the kind of parents who intend on following our daughters around along time saying, “Those are our kids!” Yes, we apologize to our children regularly that they got us for parents…

I expect you to email or phone when in crisis or to report someone else in crisis. I expect you will communicate openly and regularly. I expect to learn from you as we attempt to be a church on the corner God recognizes and uses. Oh, and I expect we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

Dr. Timothy Gillespie Lead Pastor @Crosswalk Church, Regional Chaplain for Azusa Pacific University

Dr. Timothy Gillespie is Senior Pastor of Crosswalk church in Redlands, CA. He also serves as the Regional Chaplain for Azusa Pacific University's regional center in San Bernardino and in the High Desert Regional Center. He is an adjunct Professor both at APU, La Sierra University and Assistant professor at Loma Linda University school of public health. His latest printed work is a book with his father, Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie entitled "Love Them and They Will Come.

He is married to Sara and has three kids.

Kermit Alexander

Kermit Joseph Alexander (born January 4, 1941 in New Iberia, Louisiana) was a former American football defensive back in the National Football League. He was on the Board of Directors for the Lott IMPACT Trophy, which is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, and is awarded annually to college football's Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.

Alexander was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the eighth pick in the first round of the 1963 NFL Draft. He was also drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League with the fifth overall pick, but chose to sign with San Francisco. Alexander played alongside Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Jimmy Johnson. Alexander was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1968, after a season in which he had a career-high nine interceptions, including an interception he returned 66 yards for a touchdown. Alexander played for the 49ers from 1963 to 1969.

On August 31, 1984, Alexander’s mother, sister and two nephews, ages 8 and 13, were murdered in South Central Los Angeles during a home invasion by members of the Rollin 60’s Neighborhood Crips, whose intended victims lived two doors away.

Alexander was initially planning on adopting one child from Haiti, but after meeting the child's four siblings, he ended up adopting all five. The five were in Haiti at the time of the earthquake in 2010, but survived and now live with Alexander and his wife, Tami.

Maury Jackson Dmin, Associate Professor of Practical Theology @HMS Richards Divinity School

Maury Jackson is the Associate Professor of Practical Theology for the HMS Richards Divinity School at La Sierra University and an Adjunct Instructor of Ethics at Loma Linda University School of Religion.  He completed a Master of Arts in philosophy from California State University, Los Angeles and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Claremont School of Theology. His publications include articles entitled, Moral Education and the Adventist Print Media (2014 Adventist Today); When Anger Heals: a Christian Response to the Global Healthcare Debate (2013 Adventist Today); The Heresy Tertullian Overlooked: On Prescription against the Apologist’s Use of Rhetoric (2012 Spes Christiana); Delivering Salvation: Pregnancy and Childbirth (2012 Spectrum Magazine); Sketching an Adventist Vision for Global Mission (2012 Adventist Today); and Answering the Call for a Sacred Conversation on Race (2008 Spectrum Magazine). Dr. Jackson has traveled Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Central and North America and the South Pacific Islands as an Adventist World Radio pastor, evangelist, and a contemporary Christian music recording artist with The Jackson family: led by his eldest brother Monty Jackson. Dr. Maury Jackson resides in Riverside, CA.

Brennan Kirstein D.Min, Chaplain @Southern Adventist University

Pastor Brennon Kirstein was born and raised in Orlando, FL.  His academic road took him through Highland View Academy; Southern College, (BA Theology, 1994) and Andrews University (M.Div., 1998). More recently, he finished a D.Min. in Youth Ministry from Andrews University (2012).  He has served as a youth pastor in Calhoun, GA, collegiate/young adult pastor in Orlando, FL and currently serves as chaplain at Southern Adventist University.  

Happily married to his wife, Brandy-- together they have the incredible blessing of raising their 4-yr old son, Jax, and 2-year old daughter, Scarlett--the unquestioned joy of their lives.

As an avid Miami Dolphin fan, he loves Sunday afternoons from September through February (hope springs eternal). Early morning basketball, football, piano, violin, guitar, and hanging out with students--these are just a few of his favorite things.

Brennon has a passion for youth and young adults, thoroughly sold out to the belief that the same Jesus who powerfully called young adult disciples and young adult SDA pioneers--still calls young adults today to radically change this planet!  His desire is to invite others to follow a simple vision: Jesus....obsessively, dangerously, undeniably Jesus.

Jocelyn White West Coast Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission

Jocelyn White serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. This role affords her the opportunity to equip churches and communities by sharing the biblical call to seek justice, introducing them to IJM’s work, and mobilizing them to engage in both local and global ministry.

Prior to joining IJM, Jocelyn worked as the Operations and Ministry Director for Westside Shepherd of the Hills, and as the Ministry Director and Pastoral Assistant for The Vine at Shepherd of the Hills in Los Angeles, California. Jocelyn and her husband co-founded Slavery No More, a non-profit organization working with law enforcement and the public to fight both domestic and international human trafficking. Jocelyn is also an active member of the Los Angeles Metro Task Force on Human Trafficking Outreach Committee and has worked with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST) survivors now living in an aftercare home in Southern California.

Through her role at IJM, Jocelyn has spoken at churches, anti-human trafficking organizations, youth groups, conferences, and other speaking engagementsJocelyn lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband, Peter, and son, Simeon.

Scott Nelson MD, Faculty & Surgeon @Loma Linda University

Dr. Scott Nelson graduated with honors from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in 1996. He continued his training at Loma Linda University for his five years of orthopaedic surgery residency. After completing residency he practiced as an orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. During this time he completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at UCSD/San Diego Children’s Hospital.

With inspiration from his grandfather who served as a surgeon in Africa for many years, Scott decided to answer a call to serve as the medical director of the Cure International Children’s Orthopaedic Hospital in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Scott, his wife Marni and their two boys lived in inner city Santo Domingo for more than five years while Scott developed a teaching program that brought cutting edge orthopaedic surgery techniques to those without resources. During this time he developed extensive experience in complex limb deformity and lengthening procedures as well as furthering his education with world renowned limb reconstruction surgeons at the International Center for Limb Lengthening in Baltimore, MD. He also developed a scoliosis treatment center at the Cure hospital which offers advanced surgical options for patients with spinal deformity.

An unplanned diversion in his transition back to a full time faculty position at Loma Linda University found him in Port au Prince, Haiti after the January 12, 2010 earthquake. While working for 6 months at the Adventist Hospital of Haiti he developed a national referral center for orthopaedic surgery which continues to serve as a teaching program and provides services not offered at other medical institutions on the island.

In September 2010 Dr. Nelson joined the Loma Linda University as a full time clinical faculty member and surgeon. His experience strengthens the university’s focus on whole person care and training physicians for international medical service. With his clinical expertise in limb deformity surgery, pediatric orthopaedics and spine surgery Loma Linda University continues to grow as a referral center for advanced orthopaedic procedures. 

Dr. Sandra Roberts, President Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists

Dr. Sandra Roberts, President 

Sam Leonor Chaplain @La Sierra University

Leonor 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. He loves to see them bloom into faith that is missional, growing and full of love. He devotes much of his ministry to exploring contemporary Biblical spirituality in the context of community. His ministry is marked by a call to radical faith that engages culture deeply and emphasizes justice. His other interests include making music, traveling, history and good food.

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, Andrews University, and is a doctoral candidate at George Fox University.

He is married to Shelley Campbell. They have two children, Alexandra (born in 2000), and a son, Micah (born in 2003).