Pastor Magulilo Mwakalonge was born in Kigoma Tanzania and raised in a Seventh-day Adventist family. He has served the Church as a Bible Instructor; District Pastor; Departmental Director of a Conference, Union and Division; and as a Union President. He did Ministerial Training and attained BA in Theology from University of Eastern Africa Baraton (Tanzania Adventist College Campus), and MA in Theology (New Testament) at Newbold College, UK Campus. Pastor Mwakalonge has deep love for Youth Ministries, and he strongly believes that the Youth Ministries has greatly contributed to who he is. He is married to Winnie, and they have two lovely children- Grace and Gladness.
Gennady born February 8, 1974 into a pastor's family. In 1992 he was invited to minister and since then he worked with youth at the conference and union levels. He was elected as the Euro-Asia Division Youth Director in 2010. He is married and has a wonderful wife and two daughters. All his family love Jesus and love each other. Gennady G. Kasap loves our Lord and our youth. He dreams to meet Jesus with young people and praise Him in the New Jerusalem.
Stephan was born in the German-speaking region of Switzerland. EVen though he was raised as a non-Adventist, Stephan was still active in the Adventist Pathfinder movement, and was also a member of the YMCA. He studied Adventist theology at Bogenhofen Seminary, Marienhoehe, and Newbold College, and he is currently completing his doctoral studies in Youth Ministries through Andrews University.
He served in Switzerland as a pastor for four years and as youth director for 10 years. During his time in the Youth department, he has focused on training courses for pathfinder and youth leaders as a means of providing tools to young people. He stated in an interview: “Youth evangelism is a crucial part of my work.”
Busi Khumalo has had 23 blissful and enjoyable years of pastoral life, seven of which were spent at the Southern Africa Union Conference as Youth Director. Since July 2010, he is humbled to serve at the Southern Africa Indian-Ocean Division as Director for Youth Ministries and Chaplaincy Ministries.
His academic achievements include a Bachelor degree in Theology and Masters in Religion. He also enjoys reading, running, and travelling. In the future Khumalo and his wife Maipato wish to be missionaries overseas. They have been married for 22 years and have two lovely children, a son Sihe (20-years-old) and daughter Side (18-years-old). “I love young people and nothing brings me more happiness than seeing youth embracing Jesus Christ and forsaking their evil ways.”
Pastor Al Powell was elected to serve as the Youth Ministries Director of the Inter-America Division of Seventh-Day Adventists on July 9, 2015. Pastor Powell will now be responsible for supervising the youth activities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the 42 countries that comprise the Inter-American Division, which has 3.7 million members. Pastor Al Powell was born in the beautiful Cayman Islands. He is a third generation Seventh-Day Adventist. He has been married for over 20 happy years to nurse and teacher, the former Zoraida Giraldo, who greatly supports his ministry, especially in the areas of health and evangelism. The Lord has blessed this union with two sons, Daniel and Felipe.
Pastor Powell attended Northern Caribbean University located in Mandeville, Jamaica for three years and studied Business Administration. However, he responded to the call of gospel ministry and shortly after transferred to the Central American Adventist University located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. There he learned Spanish and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. He went on to earn an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Liverpool in England. He is currently a candidate for the Master's in Science Degree with an emphasis in Family Therapy from the Adventist University in Peru.
Pastor Powell is an ordained minister of the gospel and is the first Caymanian-born pastor to begin his ministry in the Cayman Islands. There, he served as a district pastor and at the Cayman Islands Conference as Associate Youth and Personal Ministries Director. He was then called to the Atlantic Caribbean Union located in Nassau, Bahamas. There he served as Youth, Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Director. Later, he was called to serve as Executive Secretary for the Cayman Islands Conference and at the same time he was reappointed as Personal Ministries Director for the Atlantic Caribbean Union. Prior to being elected to serve at the Inter-American Division as Youth Director, Pastor Powell served as President for the Colombian Islands Mission, a territory belonging to the North Colombian Union.
Pastor Powell, an international speaker, loves the Lord and has a passion for preaching and teaching others to be active in ministry. He loves to see young people active in witnessing and has led hundreds to Christ during his ministry.
Lousie is a Bible worker who has been serving in the IAD for 30 years. She worked in her home conference, the Guadeloupe Conference, for more than 19 years as a Bible worker, teacher, a principal of primary schools, and a Conference Youth and Personal Ministries Director. Over the following 11 years, she worked at the French Antilles Union as a Children and Youth Director. As of June 2010, she became an employee of the IAD headquarters.
She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Theology at the Seventh-Day University of Haiti and a Master’s degree in Youth Ministry at Andrews University. Now she is working on a doctorate in Youth Ministry at Andrews University. She enjoys going to the beach, walking, reading, and organizing big events. She would like to have more time to practice clarinet. Herdream is to see the church catch the vision to become an open place of worship for everyone, where every individual is trained to become an agent of transformation for society.
"God gave me a passion for the youth. I like their love for God, their strength, their spirit of adventure, their spontaneity, their desire to follow a guide, and the fact that you can trust them."
Armando Miranda Jr. currently serves as the Youth director for Club Ministries of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He was born and raised in Mexico, but has lived half of his life here in the United States. He finished his BA in Theology in Southwestern Adventist University in 2003 and his Masters in Divinity in 2007 at Andrews University. He pastored in Texas for nine years before serving as Associate Youth Director at the Texas Conference for over two years. He loves to work with leaders and more specifically with youth! He enjoys a good soccer game and recently has picked up mountain biking. His vision is to see many young people in the kingdom of Heaven.
Pastor Tracy has a passion for helping young people become leaders for Jesus. Over the years he has served as a pastor, a lay-youth leader, a conference youth and young adult ministries director. He now serves as an Associate Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Public Campus Ministries, and Teen Leadership Training at the North American Division. Pastor Tracy is married to Angelina and they have young adult children with grandchildren.
Nak Hyung Kim was born in 1960 in Korea and began his pastoral ministry in 1986. He served as the Youth Director and SS/PM Director of a local conference and was the Youth Director of Korea Union Conference last session. He and his lovely wife Nanhee have a son, Jinwoo, and a daughter, Yejin.
He hopes that the youth in NSD may be the heroes of modern Acts so that our sons and daughters will prophesy, and our young people will see visions (Acts 2:17), and they will be the witness of God to the ends of the world. Youth Care! Youth Share! Youth Dare!
Udolcy Zukowski was born in Joaçaba, a city in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil. He holds a master’s degree in theology from UNASP-EC. He is married to Sônia Romy, with whom he has three children: Udson, Kelly Dolcy and Keith Ellen. He enjoys volleyball, basketball, swimming, music, eating pizza, climbing mountains, camping and reading.
At the beginning of his career, he was a pastor in the cities of Varginha and Juiz de Fora, in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. Later he was director of the following departments: youth, music, communication, education, family, religious freedom and health.
For 20 years he was the youth director of the Adventist Church in South America. He served the following institutions: South Brazil Union (1994 -2000), Brazil Central Union (2000 - 2007), and East Brazil Union (2007 – 2010). He was the Central Union Secretary from 2010 to 2012. He currently serves at the South America Division as the Pathfinder and Adventurer director.
Young people have a passion for life that's contagious, and it's while we are young that Jesus wants us to devote our lives to His service. Nick Says, “There is no greater joy than to see young people cross the line for Christ, and live out His plan for them.”
Youth Ministries is very important to Pastor Yabut because the future of our church lies within our youth. He believes that if we love, care, mold, and train them we will surely have a bright tomorrow, the church will indeed be lively, working for the salvation of many souls.
Pastor Bhatti was born July 5, 1965 and is married to Balwinder Bhatti, a teacher by profession. They have two sons, Lawrence Bhatti who 19 years old and studying B. Tech. in Biotechnology, as well as Clarence Bhatti, who is 17 years old and doing B. Tech. in Electronics and Communication. Pastor Bhatti holds a Master of Arts in Religion from Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India and completed his undergraduate studies at Punjab University. Since May 1987 Pastor Bhatti has served the church as a teacher, principal, church pastor, and AWR speaker. He comes to us from the Northern Indian Union, where he has served as the Director of Youth Ministries, Special Ministries, Global Mission, and Communication Departments.
Alastair was a student at Newbold and graduated with an MA in Theology 2011. Upon completion, Alastair was an Associate Youth director for the Norwegian Union. Now chaplain (75%) at Newbold and part time Teens and Community services director TED (25%). Alastair is very passionate, energetic about teens, youth and young adult ministries and wants to ensure that this important age group is supported, involved in mission and empowered to be leaders. Some of the ideas Alastair would like to implement are: a teens mentoring discipleship program, leadership training resources, Teens Summit, Global Youth Day teen focused projects throughout year, and Community Champion Evangelism. Before coming to Newbold, Alastair spent 5 years as a missionary, project accountant and church leader working for the Japan Union. His eldest daughter was born in Yokohama (the second largest City in Japan). Before Japan, Alastair worked for many years in London as a project accountant. Alastair enjoys running, reading and spending time chilling-out with his family.
Pastor Elems is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from Nigeria. He brings leadership experiences in youth ministries from Africa and North America where he has mentored and enjoyed working with young people. He believes God is already at work among the youths and still enlisting young people for a special global assignment which begins from a local context. It is great to be young!
Zlatko Musija was born in 1975 in Croatia, and grew up in a small church where young people were very active and involved. He studied Adventist Theology and Biblical Studies at Adriatic Union College in Croatia and Newbold College in the UK. Prior to his appointment as the Youth Director in charge of Senior Youth ministry in the Trans-European region he served in the Adriatic Union Conference as a Pastor, Youth Director, Associate Dean of Seminary, Conference President and Union President.
“My own blessed experience of being involved and active in church life from my childhood, and the opportunity I have had to serve in different leadership responsibilities despite being relatively young, gives me a passion to see our many young people involved in the mission of the church. I want them to experience the blessings of being active for Jesus, not out of pressure or fear but out of love for our beautiful Savior.”
“I have a big reason to recognize the importance of youth ministry –it provided me with a wife.”
While serving as a Union Youth director, he attended a youth congress in Albania and met the young lady, Sonila, who was to later become his wife. Together they are now the proud parents of five-year-old Nathanael and two-year-old Barbara. Pastor Musija enjoys reading and outdoor recreation, especially hiking.