2013 SESSIONS


     Convention sessions feature dynamic speakers, including church and lay ministry leaders and active ASI members. Additional highlights include inspirational Members in Action testimonies from laypeople around the world who are sharing Christ in their various marketplaces. Each session also features music performed by individuals who have consecrated their hearts and talents to the Lord.

     The focus for 2013 ASi International Convention was "prophecy fulfilled," a theme also carried over into the seminars. Below are descriptions of each session presentation and speaker, as well as online video and audio links for each program.

     Visit the Convention Media page to watch, listen to, or download media from past conventions. If you have any questions about media or need assistance accessing media files, please email communications here.

     To obtain CD or DVD copies of convention seminars, contact AudioVerse. To obtain CD or DVD copies of main sessions televised during the convention, contact 3ABN.


WEDNESDAY EVENING  (7:00 p.m.) - "Look a Little Higher"
In Ellen White's first vision, she rose higher and higher toward heaven. When she tried to locate God's people, she couldn't find them anywhere. God said, "Look again, and look a little higher." It was natural for her to look down, but God's followers had risen high above the world. That is our destiny—to rise physically, mentally, and spiritually higher than any human thoughts can reach.
Featured Musicians:  Trio los Tres del Rey, Ouachita Hills College String Quartet, and Naomi Jackson.

FRANK FOURNIER is French Canadian and was born into a Roman Catholic home. He joined the Adventist Church when he was 27 years old and started working with supporting ministries in March of 1975. For five years, he served as president of Woodland Park Foundation, a supporting ministry in South River, Ontario, Canada, He then taught Bible for two years at Fountainview Academy in British Columbia. In 1987, he and his family moved to Zambia, Africa, where he served for six years as director of Riverside Farm Institute. In 1997, he and his wife, Janet, began serving with Outpost Centers International, where Frank served for five years as executive vice-president. He has been president of Eden Valley Institute since 2003 and has led ASI as president since 2011.

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MORNING DEVOTIONALS  (7:00 a.m.) - "Theme: One Move"
Adventism was born to the world for a prophetic purpose. And yet, it is a chilling historic fact, as testified to by Ellen White, that the latter rain once began to fall upon the Church, and then stopped. Jesus was about to come, and then, astoundingly, His coming was delayed. What happened? And how can we realign ourselves with the prophetic plan?

TY GIBSON is co-director/speaker of Light Bearers, an international publishing and media ministry that provides shipments of truth-filled literature to the church in developing countries. Light Bearers has put into circulation more than 400 million gospel publications in over 30 languages. Ty is seen weekly on 3ABN, leading viewers through the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation as well as other biblical books. He has authored eight books, including the bestsellers See With New Eyes, An Endless Falling in Love, and his newest release, A God Named Desire. Ty lives in Oregon with his wife, Sue. 

Thursday - "The Power"
God is up to something, and you are at the center of His agenda. He's about to empower you in a whole new way, if you're willing to move to the next level with Him.

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Friday - "The Passion"
Once upon a time, all the passion of the most beautiful love imaginable unfolded for all to see. And now it's time for that passion to embrace you at the deepest level of your heart.

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Sabbath - "The Prophecy"
Something amazing is about to happen on a global scale. Everything will change. Are you ready for the revolution?

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THURSDAY MORNING (9:00 a.m.) - "B.E. S.M.A.R.T.—It's Time to Start!"
Be blessed by Grace Daley's personal testimony about why she left professional basketball and how she has developed a winning strategy for spiritual and physical fitness.

GRACE DALEY was a leading scorer at Tulane University in basketball (male or female) and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005. She played in the WNBA and on various professional teams in Spain, France, Italy, and the Czech Republic. She led the Italian professional league in scoring, was named the French League's Most Valuable Player, and was a Euroleague All-Star selection. After her conversion, she went on to develop a winning strategy for spiritual and physical fitness. Grace currently lives, works, and reaches people for Christ in the Ocala, Florida, area. You won't want to miss this special presentation.
Featured Musicians:  Steffens Family Men's Trio, Christine Martins, and Sheldon Lee.

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THURSDAY EVENING  (7:00 p.m.) - "ASI Members in Action"

ASI MEMBERS from around the world share how God has led and blessed them in ministry as they've been willing to lay all on the line for Him. This is an evening of miracle stories. Your heart will be touched and your spirit revived as you gain a vision for what Christ can accomplish in and through you personally.
Featured Musicians:  Ouachita Hillls Academy Men's Choir, NAPS Choir, and Christian Berdahl.

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FRIDAY MORNING (9:00 a.m.) - "Love in Action"
Be filled with wonder at God’s love in action as Pavel Goia shares miraculous stories of answered prayers. Learn to commune with God and know His real and constant presence in your life. Discover how to understand God’s will and how to be more efficient in serving Him. Experience for yourself the transforming power of a walk with God.
Featured Musicians:  Nicole Toledo & Karine Sanchez, and Ron Woolsey.

PAVEL GOIA knew at a young age that God had called him to ministry. Born and raised in communist Romania, he didn't find it easy to follow that calling. After drifting during his teenage years, his life took a proverbial turn, and he promised to serve God and fulfill his original calling. His promise was tested almost immediately. The events that ensued are chronicled in the book One Miracle After Another: The Pavel Goia Story, by Gregg Budd. Pavel pursued careers in engineering, private business, and law before finally settling into his calling as a minister. Today he pastors the Lexington Seventh-day Adventist Church in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the North American Division, as well as a doctoral candidate at Andrews University. His life continues to be one miracle after another.

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FRIDAY EVENING (7:00 p.m.) - "To Jesus by Night"
What makes a prominent, educated, prosperous individual give all to the cause of Christ? The Gospel of John records three encounters that one man had with Christ, which transformed that man from a reluctant, cautious introvert into a radical revolutionary. A juxtaposed experience with both the Hebrew Scriptures and the humble Savior caused a spiritual recalibration in his heart, ultimately resulting in the beginning of the early Christian movement.
Featured Musicians:  Youth For Jesus Choir, and Marlene & Dave Colburn.

JUSTIN KIM serves as the communication and Sabbath school director and associate director for Public Campus Ministries for the Michigan Conference.  He graduated from a Catholic high school and the Jewish-sponsored Brandeis University with degrees in sociology and biology before working in medical research at Harvard Medical School. Having received graduate training in Christian philosophy and theology at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, he has served as a missionary, a pastor of several churches, and a co-founder of the GYC movement.

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SABBATH SCHOOL (9:00 a.m.) - "Confession and Repentance: The Conditions of Revival"
In this week's lesson, we will trace the importance of true repentance in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as it is revealed in the book of Acts. We will also contrast true repentance with false repentance. Most of all, we will discover that repentance is a gift that the Holy Spirit gives in order to help us reflect Jesus' love to those around us.
Featured Musicians:  Restoration Singers and NAPS.

MARK FINLEY is a former speaker/director for It Is Written, a retired General Conference vice president, and a still-active evangelist who has presented more than 150 evangelistic series in more than 80 countries, as well 17 NET series broadcast throughout the world. He presents regularly at conventions, field schools, and evangelism institutes, and appears on the Hope Channel series Experience Hope. He has written more than 70 books, writes Bible studies for Adventist World magazine, and is the author of Revival and Reformation (Quarter 3, 2013, lesson quarterly). He and his wife, Ernestine "Teenie," have three grown children: Deborah, Rebecca, and Mark Jr.

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SABBATH WORSHIP (10:45 a.m.) - "The Enablers"
God has a plan to finish the work, and we're part of that plan. Be inspired and uplifted by one of the Adventist church's most beloved and legendary speakers. His greatest desire in life is to be prepared to meet Jesus when He comes. He's coming soon!
Featured Musicians:  Advent Brass and Restoration Singers.

C.D. BROOKS is a well-known evangelist and founder of the Breath of Life television ministry. He held his first evangelistic campaign in the early 1950s. In the summer of 1964, he led a major tent campaign in Philadelphia during the “long, hot summer” of urban rioting, defying a plea from the mayor to shut down, and baptizing nearly 300 people. While serving as associate secretary for the General Conference Ministerial Association, he fearlessly preached the Adventist message around the globe. Since retiring in 1996, Elder Brooks has been serving as a part-time chaplain for the North American Division. He has been married for 60 years to his wife, Walterene. They have two children and three grandchildren.

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SABBATH AFTERNOON (4:00 p.m.) - "ASI Presents: Panel on End-Time Events
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The news is filled with reports of unprecedented natural disasters and atrocities. Is God really in control? Join church leaders and ASI members in exploring answers to this and many other questions regarding the final scenes of earth’s history. Submit your end-time questions for consideration by the panelists to end.times.question@gmail.com.
Featured Musicians:  Ouachita Hills Choir, Neville Peter, Jennifer LaMountain, and ASI Choir.

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Panelists:
DON MACKINTOSH is the health evangelism leadership program director and campus chaplain at Weimar Institute. Don’s wide experience in the health field and his commitment to evangelism informs him as he instruct students how to use health as the entering wedge for the gospel. A former emergency room nurse and pastor, he helped to develop and host a half-hour program, “Health for a Lifetime,” that aired on 3ABN. He also developed the “From Health to Him” seminar, and authored the “What’s the Connection?” DVD series. He has also developed a new series of studies on Daniel and Revelation, and the sanctuary, as well as putting together "Gospel Workers" training course. Don’s enthusiasm for ministry endears him to his students. His wife, Luminitsa, is originally from Romania, and they have four children: Elizabeth, Katherine, Donald, and James.

C.D. BROOKS is a well-known evangelist and founder of the Breath of Life television ministry. He held his first evangelistic campaign in the early 1950s. In the summer of 1964, he led a major tent campaign in Philadelphia during the “long, hot summer” of urban rioting, defying a plea from the mayor to shut down, and baptizing nearly 300 people. While serving as associate secretary for the General Conference Ministerial Association, he fearlessly preached the Adventist message around the globe. Since retiring in 1996, Elder Brooks has been serving as a part-time chaplain for the North American Division. He has been married for 60 years to his wife, Walterene. They have two children and three grandchildren.

MARK FINLEY is a former speaker/director for It Is Written, a retired General Conference vice president, and a still-active evangelist who has presented more than 150 evangelistic series in more than 80 countries, as well 17 NET series broadcast throughout the world. He presents regularly at conventions, field schools, and evangelism institutes, and appears on the Hope Channel series Experience Hope. He has written more than 70 books, writes Bible studies for Adventist World magazine, and is the author of Revival and Reformation (Quarter 3, 2013, lesson quarterly). He and his wife, Ernestine "Teenie," have three grown children: Deborah, Rebecca, and Mark Jr.

G. EDWARD REID is assistant to the president for Planned Giving for Adventist World Radio. He is the former stewardship director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He is also an ordained minister and licensed attorney. Ed has done considerable study on the topics of Christian money management and eschatology, and has written and taught extensively on these subjects. His books, It’s Your Money, Isn’t It?, Even At The Door, Sunday’s Coming, and Ready or Not have all been best-sellers at Adventist Book Center stores and outlets. He has also been the general editor for the new “Faith and Finance” materials. Elder Reid and his wife, Kathy Randolph Reid, have two grown children, Andrew and Melissa.

ANDI HUNSAKER and her husband, Bob, are both physicians and graduates of Loma Linda University School of Medicine. They make their home in Sudbury, Massachusetts. Andi practices medicine full-time at a major teaching hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a regular Sabbath school teacher in her home church in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and has a passion for the Word of God.


TED N.C. WILSON was elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church in July 2010. Pastor Wilson began his church career in 1974 as a pastor in the Greater New York Conference. He served as assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981, then went on to serve in the church's African-Indian Ocean Division as departmental director and later as executive secretary. Subsequent posts included associate secretary at the church's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland; president of the Euro-Asia Division in Moscow, Russia; president of the Review & Herald Publishing Association; and vice president for the General Conference. He holds a doctoral degree in religious education, a master of divinity degree, and a master of science degree in public health. He is married to Nancy Louise Vollmer Wilson, a physical therapist. He and Nancy have three daughters—Emilie, Elizabeth, and Catherine—and five grandchildren.


SABBATH VESPERS (8:00 p.m.) - "Our Father's Business: Profits or Prophets?"

Failing to follow sound strategy can lead to the utter demise of a business. Might we be in danger of lacking sound strategy when going  about our Father's business in these latter days?
Featured Musicians:  Paco Rodriguez, David & Marlene Colburn, and the ASI Octet.

ZENO CHARLES-MARCEL is a medical missionary physician, health educator, and academic and hospital administrator. His research interests include lifestyle medicine and the connection between spirituality and health.  He studied physics and physiology at McGill University, and zoology (with honors) and medicine at Howard University. He specialized in internal medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine. He is currently the vice president for medical affairs at Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital, and holds academic appointments at Montemorelos and Loma Linda Universities. He and his wife, Anita, have three sons.

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