ACS Convention 2019 Speakers
Daniel R. Jackson, the president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was elected June 28, 2010, by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, GA, and reelected to this position on July 6, 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session held in San Antonio, Texas. The General Conference Session is the highest governing body in the Church.
Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in the North American Division. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Burman University) and Andrews University, from where he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.
During his career, Jackson has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. Jackson and his wife, Donna, enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.
But foremost, Jackson says that he is a fellow traveler on the same path as every Christian headed toward the Kingdom.
Elder Glenward Alexander (“Alex”) Bryant, DMin, serves as the executive secretary of the North American Division and associate secretary of the General Conference. He formerly served as the president of the Central States Conference. His path to this position began with a degree in Theology and Business Administration from Oakwood College in 1982.
In 1982, Elder Bryant began his ministry in Springfield, Missouri and Coffeyville and Independence Kansas. Later, in 1986, Elder Bryant was ordained to the gospel ministry and continued his education by earning a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 1988. The Central States Conference voted Elder Bryant to serve as Youth/Pathfinders/National Service Organization director, Temperance director and superintendent of Education.
Elder Bryant also served as a student missionary to Japan for one year. During his college years, Elder Bryant’s gift of administration allowed him to serve as the Adventist Youth director at Oakwood College and the Black Students Association of the Seminary (BSAS) president at Andrews University.
The General Conference Executive Committee also recognized that God had given Elder Bryant the gift of administration and elected him to serve as Executive Secretary of the North American Division in October 2008, in Manila, Philippines. He was re-elected in Atlanta at the 2010 GC Session as the Executive Secretary of the North American Division. In December 2011, Elder Bryant received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Elder Bryant is married to the former Desiree Wimbish, who served as superintendent of education for Central States Conference as well as former principal of the V. Lindsay Seventh-day Adventist School in Kansas City, Kansas. They are the parents of three children: Travis, Traven, and Terrence.
Sung Kwon has served as the executive director of the North American Division Adventist Community Services (ACS) since 2001 and is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Though he grew up in a family with Buddhist and Catholic beliefs, he became a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1991.
After becoming an Adventist, he served as the executive director of the Good Neighbor House, an ACS agency in Dayton, Ohio, for eight years. He was also the vice president and, later, president of the North American Association of Community Services Directors (NAACSD) during that time. He was recognized in the "40 Under 40 – Dayton's Brightest Young Business Leaders" by the Dayton Business Journal in 2000. He had the privilege of planting a Korean congregation as a company in Dayton, Ohio, serving as its interim pastor under the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. In addition, he has served as the administrative pastor for Miracle Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Allegheny East Conference.
Dr. Kwon serves as a Chaplain (Captain) for Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary. He has served on the boards of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (NVOAD), National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA), and National Mass Care Council.
He studied business administration at the University of Maryland, received a bachelor’s degree in theology from Washington Adventist University, earned a master’s degree in public administration from Wright State University, received a Milton Murray Fellowship for Harvard University Business School’s Executive Education program, and received a doctorate (Ph.D.) in leadership at Andrews University. Currently, he is enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) in Urban Ministry program at Andrews University.
As a licensed consultant for the Standards for Excellence Institute, he uses the “Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector” to improve leadership, management, and operations of NAD Adventist Community Services. He also is a member of Pi Lambda Theta – National Honor Society of Educators, and the Society of Certified Senior Advisors, and has published Burst the Bubble: Finding Your Passion for Community Outreach.
2018 Evangelism Impact (Jan. 2018)
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.
He currently serves as Associate Director of the North American Division Ministerial Association and leads Evangelism, Church Planting, Global Mission, Church Growth, and Mission to the Cities for the Adventist Church in North America. Jose 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.
Pastor Jose holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Andrews University, and a B.A. in Theology from Columbia Union College, now Washington Adventist University.
Tim Madding serves as lead pastor of the Beltsville Seventh-day Adventist Church since 2014. He has served in ministry over 20 years and believes that the local church is God’s primary tool for the salvation of the world. Tim, his wife, Andrea, and 18 year old son, Ethan, live in Beltsville, Maryland, just outside our nation’s capital. Tim enjoys hiking, exploring new places and creating fun videos with Ethan.
Pastor Madding holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Andrews University, and a B.A. in Pastoral Ministry from Weimar College.
Embracing Vocation in The City
Senior Fellow Amy L. Sherman, Ph.D., directs Sagamore Institute’s Center on Faith in Communities (CFIC). CFIC provides training, technical assistance, and consulting to faith-based and community based social service providers and to religious congregations desiring to invest more effectively in their neighborhoods. The author of six books and over 80 articles and essays, Sherman is founder and former executive director of Charlottesville Abundant life Ministries, a holistic, cross-cultural, whole-family, church-based outreach in an urban neighborhood of approximately 380 lower-income, single-parent families. Sherman’s most recent book, Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good, won recent honors as Christianity Today’s choice as Book of the Year in the Christian Living category. She is the author of various resource guides for community development practitioners, including The Charitable Choice Handbook for Ministry Leaders, The ABCS of Community Ministry: A Curriculum for Congregations; and Establishing a Church-based, Welfare-to-Work Mentoring Ministry: A Practical “How-to” Guide. Her articles and essays have also appeared in such magazines as The Public Interest, Policy Review, First Things, Christianity Today, Philanthropy, The American Enterprise, Reason, and Books & Culture. Sherman has led several major Sagamore research projects including the first major study of faith-based intermediary organizations; the largest national survey of Hispanic church-based community ministries in the U.S.; evaluations of the Christian Community Development Association and the Urban Youth Workers Institute; the largest survey ever of Christian women on their giving and volunteering patterns; and the development of FASTEN, the web’s largest clearinghouse of practical, educational materials and tools for organizations seeking the revitalization of their communities. Sherman earned her BA in Political Science at Messiah College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia. She volunteers as a Senior Fellow with the International Justice Mission and is a longtime member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA.
Lola Moore Johnston is a motivational speaker who specializes in helping women chart the course toward discovering their life’s purpose. A charismatic and multi-talented leader, speaker, author and performance artist, she is dedicated to her personal mission of impacting lives for the better, each time she takes the stage.
At the age of 20, Lola embarked on a solo journey across country from New Jersey to California, to attend college at a small, private university. Suddenly thrust into life as a first-generation college student completely on her own, Lola tapped into a well of discipline and leadership she never knew was in her. After completing her BA in Religious Studies and later a Master of Divinity, she has earned over a decade of experience teaching, training, and inspiring audiences across the United States and abroad.
Lola’s platform is designed around inspiring women to be brave enough to believe in themselves and build the lives they not only dream of, but deserve. Equally passionate and approachable, her work is soaked in a desire to be of service to others by giving them the tools they need to discover their destinies and thrive.
David B. Franklin was born in Northern California. He has attended church as long as he can remember but it was late in high school when he surrendered his life to Jesus.
Surrendered to Jesus but not surrendered to His call, Pastor Franklin entered and completed Oakwood University with a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. Sensing God had something else in mind besides marketing for a Fortune 500, Pastor Franklin spent a year doing missionary work in Zambia, Africa and all over the US. It was during that year, that Pastor Franklin clearly heard and surrendered to God’s call to enter pastoral ministry. Later that year, He returned to his home church to become Youth Pastor.
In 2006, Pastor Franklin entered the Theological Seminary at Andrews University to purse his Masters of Divinity. While at the seminary Pastor Franklin interned at Straford Memorial Church in Chicago, led FUSION (a multi-cultural campus ministry), and married the woman of his dreams the former Cynthia W. Ichoya. They are happily married and the proud parents of a new baby boy Malachi Paxton Franklin.
After leaving the seminary Pastor Franklin was assigned to be the Associate Pastor of Berea Temple Church in Baltimore, MD. He served faithfully in that capacity for nearly 6 years. During which time he was selected to be the co-host of Let’s Pray! a live show on the Hope Channel which is committed to connecting people to Jesus through prayer. The ministry reaches thousands each week.
As of January 1, 2015 Pastor Franklin is new Lead Pastor of Miracle City Church. He takes on this new role believing God is up to “something” and is excited about what the future holds.
Frank Bondurant was born at Washington Adventist Hospital, and raised in the Takoma Park, Md., community, Frank has deep roots in the Columbia Union. He attended John Nevins Andrews elementary school, Takoma Academy, Shenandoah Valley Academy, and graduated from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. In 1985 he earned his Master of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich.
He was a pastor for 11 years in the Chesapeake Conference and then served an additional 10 years as a member of the conference staff. During his service in Chesapeake’s office, he provided leadership in the Adult Ministries, Adventist Community Services, Evangelism, and Communication departments. He also served as the assistant to the President. Frank considers himself both a beneficiary and a product of our union’s institutions and ministries and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the very union that has invested so much in him.
Frank is the proud father of two incredible young adults, Grace and Grant.