2014 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 2014 ASI International Convention is "Lift Him Up," this theme will be carried over into the seminars. Below are descriptions of each session presentation and speaker.

WEDNESDAY EVENING (7:00 PM) “Why Adventist? Why Now?” (Hall B)
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In a world that seems to be spiraling out of control, is Adventism still relevant? This presentation will warm your heart with encouragement as we examine answers to that question from the Bible.

CHRIS HOLLAND is the speaker/director of It Is Written Canada which can be viewed on 3ABN, Hope Channel, and nationwide in Canada on CTV. Chris, a man of faith and of the Word, is passionate about sharing the message he loves. He is committed to training, learning from, and working with lay people, so unitedly God’s work may be finished. He and his wife Debbie, of 18 years, enjoy ministering together, traveling, and spending time in the outdoors.

MORNING DEVOTIONALS (7:00 AM) “God’s Last Message: Christ our Righteousness” (Hall B)
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Soon, “The message of Christ’s righteousness is to sound from one end of the earth to the other to prepare the way of the Lord. This is the glory of God, which closes the work of the third angel” (6T, 19). Discover from the Bible how “the message of Christ’s righteousness” is the channel for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon God’s people. During earth’s final crisis, “He [God Himself] will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth” (Romans 9:28, KJV).

STEVE WOHLBERG, a Jewish convert from Los Angeles, is the Speaker/Director of White Horse Media and the host of all His Voice Today radio and television broadcasts. A gifted writer and speaker, he is the author of over 30 books, including “God’s Last Message: Christ our Righteousness." His passion is to exalt his Savior, be a faithful husband and father, and prepare others for Jesus Christ’s soon return.
 

THURSDAY MORNING (9:00 AM) “Lessons on Loss” (Hall B)
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Loss is a part of life—the hardest part—and it starts early. “Lessons on Loss” explores how faith can grow and find hope, meaning, and strength while navigating through intractable problems, pain, and perplexity.

VICKI GRIFFIN is the director of the Lifestyle Matters Health Intervention series and the Fit & Free! Building Brain and Body Health series; the director of Health Ministries for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists; and the editor of Balance magazine and the Balanced Living tract series. As an author, speaker, teacher, and program developer, Vicki lectures and travels worldwide sharing the lifestyle link to better mental, physical, and spiritual health.
 

THURSDAY EVENING (7:00 PM) “ASI Members in Action” (Hall B)
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ASI MEMBERS share how they are using their God-given talents to witness to others. Come and listen to professionals and business members who have committed their lives to the Master and who are using their jobs, businesses, hobbies, vacations, and travel opportunities to reach those who come their way. Get ready to be inspired as your heart is touched. Gain a vision for what Christ can accomplish in and through you!

FRIDAY MORNING (9:00 AM) “Genes, Health and Spirituality : What’s the Connection?” (Hall B)
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The Seventh-day Adventist health message is not a burden but a gift. It shares “Good News” about how we can change the expression of our genes. We can actually turn good genes on and bad genes off! Our actions, thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs have powerful epigenetic effects that transform the very function of our genes. The Ministry of Healing model for personal wellness and health evangelism highlights for us the principles of mastering genetic risk—physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

WES YOUNGBERG earned a doctorate in clinical preventive care and a master’s degree in nutrition from Loma Linda University. He has served as clinical assistant professor at LLU, is a certified nutrition specialist, and is a founding director for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. From 1994 to 2008, he served as a medical missionary in the Western Pacific where he was director of the Guam Seventh-day Adventist Clinic Wellness Center. Currently, he is director of the Lifestyle Medicine Clinic & Wellness Center for the Rancho Family Medical Group. Youngberg has 20 years of clinical experience using integrative therapies for diabetes control, depression recovery, cardiovascular disease reversal, and effective management of many chronic health conditions. Youngberg and his wife, Betsy, have three children and live in Temecula, California.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON (2:00 PM) - "Town Hall" (Hall B)
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There are many issues that our church is facing today, and there are also many questions and concerns in church members’ minds. This is an historical event where ASI Convention attendees have an opportunity to ask church leaders those questions. Email your questions to questions@asiministries.org, text them to 301-844-6035 or leave your questions in the box at Registration before Friday at 7:00 AM. Come to this session and hear your questions answered live. 

TED N.C. WILSON was elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church in July 2010. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in religious education, a master of divinity degree, and a master of science degree in public health. He and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters—Emilie, Elizabeth, and Catherine—and five grandchildren.

DANIEL JACKSONthe 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, Georgia. Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered primarily in Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, from which he holds a master’s in religion in systematic theology. Dan and Donna enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.

FRIDAY EVENING (7:00 PM) “This Testimony” (Hall B)
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The Bible is replete with examples of men and women who served God in remarkable ways, but there is one life that deserves special attention. As we reflect on this life, we will find that it is possible for us to draw warmth from the coldness of others, and courage from their cowardice. If we want to lift Jesus up in a world that desires nothing more than to put Him down, then this is a study that is not only valuable—it is necessary.

CHARISSA FONG is a passionate preacher who loves to speak about Jesus. She conducted her first evangelistic campaign as a high school student, resulting in more than 30 decisions for baptism in Sydney, Australia. From her earliest years, Charissa has dreamed of being able to speak for God. Based in Sydney, Charissa has spoken to audiences across Australia and around the world. She is also studying theology as a graduate student at Avondale College.

SABBATH SCHOOL (9:00 AM) “Growing Up In Christ” (Hall B)
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Although we should always remember how the Lord called us and converted us, our challenge is to steadfastly abide in Him daily so that He can transform us more and more into His image.

DAN HOUGHTON and his wife, Karen, live in Fallbrook, California. Dan is president of Hart Research Center. He and Karen are dedicated to creating moments where the Holy Spirit has maximum opportunity to work in the lives of people. Graduates of Andrews University, Dan and Karen have been a part of Hart Research Center for ten years. Prior to that, Dan served in various administrative roles in the Midwest for Adventist Health System. Dan is a past president of ASI.

SABBATH DIVINE SERVICE (10:45 AM) “End Time Hope” (Hall B)
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Seventh-day Adventists are a people of hope. For more than 150 years, we have preached, “Jesus is coming soon.” Generations of Adventists have gone to their graves believing Jesus would come in their lifetimes. How can we keep the hope of the Advent burning alive in our hearts in light of our Lord’s delayed return? Are we dependent on the uncertainty of world events to motivate us, or is there something much stronger that will be the impetus for God’s people to passionately share Christ’s last-day message with the world?

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 broadcasts 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 the Revival and Reformation lesson quarterly (Quarter 3, 2013). He and his wife, Ernestine “Teenie,” have three grown children: Deborah, Rebecca, and Mark Jr.

SABBATH AFTERNOON (4:00 PM) - Panel Discussion "Living and Sharing the Three Angels’ Message" (Hall B)
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It is urgent! Make the Three Angels’ Message a reality in your personal life, and be encouraged to share your experience with others. Join us to hear participants in this panel discussion share personal testimonies and perspectives on “Living and Sharing the Three Angels’ Message.” Panel Members: Don Mackintosh (moderator), Ted Wilson, Mark Finley, Gerard Damsteegt, James Rafferty, Lyndi Schwartz, and Ed Zinke.

TED N.C. WILSON was elected president of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church in July 2010. 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. He holds a doctoral degree in religious education, a master of divinity degree, and a master of science degree in public health. He and his wife, Nancy, have three daughters—Emilie, Elizabeth, and Catherine—and five 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 broadcasts 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 the Revival and Reformation lesson quarterly (Quarter 3, 2013). He and his wife, Ernestine “Teenie,” have three grown children: Deborah, Rebecca, and Mark Jr.

LYNDI SCHWARTS, MD is a graduate of Loma Linda University's School of Medicine. She is the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. While she is a physician her first love is Theology. She teaches the word every opportunity she gets including teaching a large Sabbath School class most weeks at her church in Centerville, Ohio. She is married to Brian Schwartz for the last nearly 25 years. Together they are active in several supporting ministries and have spoken nationally and internationally on topics of both health and theology.    

 GERARD DAMSTEEGT  was born in The Netherlands. He was an aeronautical engineer when he became a Christian. He served as pastor-evangelist, missionary, chaplain, health educator, editor, writer, and teacher. He authored Foundations of the Seventh-day Adventist Message and Mission, The Great Controversy Experience multimedia DVD-ROM, and was principle author of Seventh-day Adventist Believe…. He is married to Laurel Nelson Damsteegt and has a daughter, Joelle McNulty and a son, Pieter.

JAMES RAFFERTY became a follower of Jesus Christ at 21, and sensed early on God’s call to preach the good news of a crucified and risen Savior. Since that initial urging the Holy Spirit has opened doors for James to share God’s incomparable love in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and all over America. In addition to his preaching ministry, he also conducts seminars on the books of Daniel and Revelation for pastors and laity alike. James and his wife, Risë, have two wonderful children, Jeiel and Kierra.

E. EDWARD ZINKE is an active Adventist theologian and businessman who has published numerous articles and books including the first quarter 2010 Sabbath School quarterly and its accompanying book, The Certainty of the Second Coming. He's a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at the Catholic University of America. He served for almost two decades as the associate director for the Biblical Research Institute at the General Conference. He also served as president of Ann's House of Nuts, an international food company, until 2008, when he and his wife sold the company. He's on the Board of Trustees for Andrews and Oakwood Universities, and serves on numerous committees for a variety of Adventist entities and institutions. He is on the Executive Committee of the General Conference and Vice-chairman of the White Estate Board of Directors. He is co-founder, past president and current treasurer for the Adventist Theological Society. He's active in the Spencerville, MD Seventh-day Adventist Church, where he teaches an adult Sabbath school class. He and his wife, Ann, have two sons and seven grandchildren.

(Moderator) DON MACKINTOSH is the health evangelism leadership program director and campus chaplain at Weimar Institute. A pastor and former emergency room nurse, 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 the Gospel Workers training course.  He and his wife, Luminitsa, have four chlldren: Elizabeth, Katherine, Donald, and James.

SATURDAY NIGHT VESPERS (8:00 PM)  “Facing Fire” (Hall B)
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We all know that a time of trouble is coming. What we may not know is that in some ways it has already begun. This testimony will inspire, inform, and speak to how professionals respond when they face fire for their faith.

ERIC WALSH is the former director of public health and health officer for the city of Pasadena, California. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he attended Oakwood University as an undergraduate and has received two doctoral degrees, one in medicine from the University of Miami and one in public health from Loma Linda University. He is also the associate pastor at the Altadena Seventh-day Adventist Church in Altadena, California. He is married and has three children.