Passing of Bruce Moyer

This is one of the most difficult news for me to share. My good friend and mentor, Dr. Bruce Campbell Moyer, passed away on Sabbath morning, May 11, and is resting in God's hands until the soon coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dr. Moyer was a significant part of the NAD ACS ministry, especially with the Nonprofit Leadership Certification Program initiative since 2003. He was also the instructor and advisor for the Urban Mission and Ministry modules. He provided substantial technical support and lectureship for numerous urban mission and ministry symposiums, ACS conventions, and ACS leadership development programs throughout NAD.

Dr. Moyer was not only an intellectual scholar but also a compassionate minister. He served as a teacher, pastor, and administrator. More importantly, he was my mentor for my personal and professional life, and also my spiritual guide on earth.

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In March 1991, shortly after my baptism in January, my wife and I decided to pursue pastoral ministry by enrolling in the Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) Theology degree program. It was in my "Christian Church Ministry" class on the first day of school when Dr. Moyer walked into the classroom and said with a commanding voice like that of a soldier, "Who has the NRA sticker on their car?" When I heard the voice and saw the seriousness and imperial look of Dr. Moyer, I thought I was in big trouble and asked myself, "Why is this happening in my life on the first day of school and first encounter with my teacher?" Before I was converted, I was a cadet of the US Air Force ROTC program at the University of Maryland, hence had the NRA sticker on my car. After an agonizing mental struggle, I raised my hand slowly and cautiously; then an unbelievable thing happened. Dr. Moyer walked toward me and stretched out his hand and shook my hand and said, "I like you." WOW - what just happened! I could not understand what was happening. Dr. Moyer had served as a Marine; not ex-Marine, but Marine. He said that, "there is no such thing as a ex-Marine; once you are a Marine, you are always a Marine." He was proud of being a Marine.

Among many, Dr. Moyer taught homiletics, how to write and preach sermons. He infused in our minds that pastors should not preach from the head but from the heart; not transferring information from head to head but connecting heart to heart. He stressed the importance of a preacher's responsibility of the spiritual aspect of life.

As the director for the Center for Global Urban Mission at CUC, Dr. Moyer hired me to work as an assistant. Mentoring under him on urban mission and ministry changed my life and besides God’s will, Dr. Moyer is the reason why I am who I am today. His teachings and love for God and His people influenced me to follow in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I am eternally grateful for Dr. Moyer; for his love, friendship, and mentorship. We will miss him but will not forget him. We will meet him again in the new Jerusalem, and I can't wait to say, "Dr. Moyer, I like you, Sir."

Please keep Mrs. Moyer and family in your thoughts and prayers.

— Sung K. Kwon
Executive Director, NAD ACS

To read the obituary for Dr. Moyer, please click here.



ACS DR Update Around the Division

1. Northern California Conference - W. Derrick Lea, NAD ACS Disaster Response director, and our new NCC ACS director James Lim, visited four churches within the conference this week, that were situated in proximity to the Camp Fire that occurred in November 2018. Each night they offered insight into how members can get connected and engaged in work that takes place after a crisis event. It was encouraging and heartening to see the positive response of the church members in willing to respond to disasters affecting their community by partnering with the local conference.

2. South Central Conference - The Conference ACS DR Co-director Barbara Barnes, toured the Hunters Mountain Estate Mobile Park in Troy, Alabama where a tornado hit on Sunday, April 14. Several homes were completely demolished. The devastation of the city was evident by pockets of areas with uprooted trees and other tornado aftermaths. Barbara talked and prayed with survivors who were digging and sorting out personal belongings. She also reached out to the wife of Pr. Marion Johnson, senior pastor of Troy SDA Church located in the area. A local Baptist church has started collecting and distributing goods. The North MS ACS Federation will be in coordination with MEMA and/or MS VOAD to see if ACS can partner with them.

3. Southwestern Union - The Southwestern Union ACS has been busy assisting their community, as well.

  • ACS directors, Marshall and his wife Julieta, responded to a help request from a local agency to help migrants at the Border crossing into Texas. They drove their ACS box truck carrying seven pallets of clothes, blankets, and hygiene kits that they had collected, to Eagle Pass. For the last eight years, Methodist churches in the Texas Hill Country have been organizing a clothing drive during Lent and donating them to ACS. After Marshall and Julie dropped off the items in Eagle Pass, they picked up donated clothes from six of the 15 churches. The Union’s transportation department will pick up clothes from the rest of the churches. In Johnson City, the members of the Methodist church had heard about what our ACS leaders had done in Eagle Pass and thanked them for their assistance, and also prayed for them.

  • On April 12, six tornados ripped through Central and East Texas destroying the communities of Franklin and Alto. The officials in Franklin are still assessing the situation and will get in touch with ACS if need be. In Alto, a Warehouse has been set up under the leadership of Mario Escobar. On Monday, Mario and Marshall distributed 216 cleaning buckets with contents, 1200 hygiene kits, and a pallet of sanitary paper to the affected community.

  • Southwestern ACS continues to work with the Volunteer Center in Refugio in response to Hurricane Harvey. They have had two homes re-roofed so far, and will work on more homes in the future. The supplies and materials utilized for this Rebuild Program is funded by ACS.

Saipan Rebuild Program

Our first program in partnership with FEMA on the island of Saipan has started this week. We had been in discussion with FEMA over the past few months on a Rebuild program post Typhoon Yutu that struck Saipan and Tinian last October. The Greater New York and Northeastern ACS DR teams who assisted with the Rebuild programs in Florida and North Carolina after hurricanes Michael and Florence touched down in those areas last year, has volunteered to assist on Saipan. A group of around 30 individuals will be involved in this 4-week Rebuild program which will run through April 26th.

Our volunteers will be divided into three teams. The Assessment Team which will consist of eight members will be deployed in the first week. They will outline the areas on the island where they need to concentrate their efforts, in consultation with FEMA. In the second week, another ten-member Team will join the Assessment Team to begin working onsite replacing roofs, windows, doors, and other repairs. The third Team will join in the last phase of the Program to continue the needed work. Our Hawaii ACS Director, Gerry Mota, is working with the local ACS DR Team to get them better prepared to serve the affected community. Currently, we have about 30 individuals who are certified in Emotional and Spiritual Care who we hope to connect with the local community to provide care and counseling.

ACS Responds to Historic Flooding in Midwest

Historic flooding over the past few days caused by torrential rain and snowmelt have ravaged communities in the Midwest. This record-breaking disaster resulting in four deaths and mass destruction has forced thousands to evacuate. A state of emergency has been declared in Nebraska, Iowa, and Wisconsin. In Nebraska alone, 89 cities have issued declarations which cover more than 80 percent of the State.

Our Nebraska ACS Director, Rick Young, has partnered with Salvation Army to operate the State Distribution Warehouse in Lincoln that will serve the affected communities. ACS is handling the donations tracking, while Salvation Army is running the warehouse. The State is asking all those who want to offer assistance in cleanup to go through Salvation Army by calling 402-898-6050 or visiting www.salarmyomaha.org. You can also contact the SDA churches in the affected areas to provide help. Our Missouri ACS DR Team worked in coordination with the Missouri Emergency Management Agency to provide aid to the city of St. Joseph. They joined hands with AmeriCorps St. Louis, Missouri Baptist Disaster Relief, and the Missouri Department of Corrections on the sandbagging operations.

Deadly Tornado Outbreak Hits the South

Update - March 20, 2019

The local Emergency Management in Lee County, Alabama, was able to secure a 80,000 square foot Warehouse for us to lead and operate. Ray Elsberry, Gulf States ACS Director, is leading in this Effort and is being assisted by Lillie Buckingham and Barbara Barnes, South Central ACS DR Directors. They are working hard to open this facility which will run seven days a week. Forklifts and vital equipment were obtained over the weekend. Other supplies are being delivered and a team is being formed presently. It appears that the doors will be open to receive donations in one or two days. We have created a Needs List for those who would like to assist by donating supplies through Amazon, for the Warehouse.

In addition to Alabama, Georgia was struck by a series of Tornadoes on the same day. Our Georgia-Cumberland ACS DR Team led by Rhonda Haight and John Vauldurzen was managing a Warehouse in Talbotton. Since the damage in Georgia was less severe than Alabama, we had to close operations after a week.


Update - March 11, 2019

It has now been over a week since the series of tornadoes struck the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Michigan. The local conferences continue to be engaged in the Recovery Efforts. Our DR Team from the Georgia-Cumberland Conference, led by Rhonda Haight, is presently operating a Multi-Agency Warehouse in Georgia. In Michigan, the local NGOs have set up Distribution sites to serve the community. We have been in communication with the South Atlantic and Gulf States conferences, discussing efforts focusing on creating a flow of goods that can be distributed to those affected. A church in each of the two conferences has been found viable to serve as a Distribution site or housing for volunteers.

We are also serving in Lee County, Alabama, by providing assistance in the Warehouse that is being run by United Cajun Navy, a local NGO. We informed them of our willingness to work within the structure they desired and of the resources at our disposal like workers, facilities, and knowledge. They were extremely appreciative and requested if we would assess the functionality of the Warehouse. ACS Directors Ray Elsberry of Gulf States and Derrick Lane of South Central were identified as the contact people for these efforts.

Each of these efforts is being managed by local ACS DR teams. The NAD offers support and stays in communication as much as possible. Sometimes we are able to work onsite directly with our teams and other times we contact them via phone calls. In either case, our intent is to encourage their tremendous efforts. This fact was highlighted by South Central holding a new pilot class at Oakwood University in Collections and Emergency Distribution Sites, led by Lillie Buckingham and Barbara Barnes. Derrick Lea, NAD ACS DR Director, joined them to co-teach this new course to over 200 people from four different conferences (Kentucky Tennessee, Georgia Cumberland, Southeastern, and South Central). The session ended with a gala on Sabbath evening where Derrick expressed his gratitude and deep appreciation for the effective work of our local ACS DR teams in serving their community.


A tornado that touched down in Alabama this past Sunday, March 3, has been declared as the deadliest one in the State since 2013. Georgia, the Panhandle area in Florida, and parts of South Carolina were also affected by this violent storm. At least 23 deaths have been reported in Lee County, Alabama.

We have reached out to our local Conferences, South Central and Gulf States, to discuss ways on how we can collaborate to serve the needs of the survivors. The North American Division stands at the ready to help as appropriate and both Conferences have indicated a willingness to work together for the good of the community. The South Central and Gulf States conferences currently have their Disaster Response Teams on the ground conducting field assessments to ascertain how much damage has taken place. Based on these initial reports, we will determine how ACS DR can be of assistance.