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.
Jonatán Tejel Subirada was the 7th Pathfinder Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church. The son of Andrés and Josefina Tejel, Jonatan is use to changes. As is common for many PKs (pastor's kid), the family frequently moved until they settled in Madrid, Spain, where he spent his adolescent years.
He was baptized by his father, Pastor Andrés Tejel, on December 26, 1981. In 1990 he began his studies in Theology at Sagunto Adventist College. He attended that institution for the first three years, and then moved on to Collonges (France) where he completed his degree in Theology in 1995. In 1992 he obtained an Official Certificate as Free Time Activity Coordinator, a title that is only granted by the Department of Education of the Spanish Government. He is married to the former Daniela Sciarabba. They are the parents of two daughters, Astrid and Édera.
Jonatán now serves as the Youth Ministries Director of the Inter-European Division.
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 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.
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 Griffin served as the Youth Director of South Central Conference for 10 years and President of BAYDA (Black Adventist Youth Director Association) for 7 years. He also served as the Director of Sabbath School/Personal Ministry and Prison Ministry of South Central Conference. Currently, Pastor Griffin serves as the Associate Youth/Young Adult Director of the North American Division—Columbia, MD. His passion is to see people on fire for the Lord, doing what he has called us all to do “be a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come Matt. 24:14.”
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!
Pastor Carlos Campitelli was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina. He studied at the Adventist University of Plata, where he graduated in Pastoral Theology, Religious Education and Social Assistance.
In 2010, he graduated in the Master in Pastoral Theology from the Adventist Faculty of Bahia. In 2016 he obtained the Master's in Leadership from Andrews University. He is married to Lislei Freire, a native of Brazil, a graduate in Psychology and Music from Adventista do Plata University.
Carlos began his pastoral ministry in Barreirinhas, Maranhão, Brazil. He was then transferred to the capital, São Luís do Maranhão, where he also worked as a district pastor. In the same field, he was called to be director of the YouthMinistry of the Maranhense Association. Subsequently, he was called to be director of the Youth Ministry of the Western Amazon Association. He then worked as director of the Youth Ministry of the Northeast Brazilian Union and the Argentine Union. Campitelli is currently the director of the Youth, Music and University Ministry of the South American Division.
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.”
Ron Genebago hails from Silang, Cavite, Philippines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from the Adventist University of the Philippines in Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite. He also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health in the same university. In 2013, Genebago pursued further studies when he took his Masters in Ministry in 2013 and Masters of Arts in Biblical Languages in 2016 in the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS). At present, he is in the process of completing his PhD in Religion Major in Old Testament with Systematic Theology in the same graduate school. Genebago served local churches in the Central Luzon Conference from 2001-2008. With much potential in leadership and compassion towards the young people, Genebago was elected in several responsibilities in the Central Luzon Conference and in the North Philippine Union Conference.
While serving in the faculty of the College of Theology in the Adventist University of the Philippines, Genebago was also active in leading young people for Voice of Youth and Master Guide training. His passion of training and leading young men and women to be involved in the Lord’s work is a commitment he stood by since he began in the ministry. Aside from his involvement in different institutions, Genebago is also affiliated with different church organizations. He is currently a member of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) in Atlanta, Georgia. He also served as the vice president for the AIIAS Asian Theological Society in 2014 to 2016 and became the president of the same organization in 2017. Known to be a multi-talented individual, Genebago’s ministry was not only focused in leading young people but also involved himself in ministries God has empowered him to be a part of. He founded several organizations like SADFREE (Smoking, Alcohol, and Drugs Free) Movement, Inc. in 2004 and MY BLOG (Ministers and Youth Biblical Languages Organization) in 2015. Genebago believes that our devotion to His words and our relationship with the Holy Spirit will lead us to a deeper understanding of His leading and providences.
“Bring both unbelievers and believers into a saving relationship with Christ, build them up in His Words and spiritual disciplines, train them how to serve the church and communities using their spiritual gifts, and send them out to fulfil the gospel commission in the power of the Holy Spirit,” Genebago said. Genebago prefers to be called "youth servant" in light of Jesus' servant leadership and in reference to Pastor Jobbie's last sermon on service. Genebago is happily married to Jeneva D. Genebago and are blessed with two sons, Konstantin Von and Harold Jon.
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.
Peter Bo Bohsen was born in Denmark and was educated as a carpenter and construction architect. He used these skills to work for ADRA for several years, building the Mazaii Clinic in Tanzania, building a school in Kenya and also working in South Sudan.
The common thread of his career is marked by his joy of working with young people and to “build up” either buildings, activities, projects or organizations. For 12 years he worked as the Pathfinder Director in Denmark before being called to the Division. Peter has been a dedicated Pathfinder all his life, and sees Pathfindering as a great opportunity for outreach in the church.
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.”