Seminars

The 2016 ASI International Convention in Phoenix, Arizona, will feature seminars on a variety of topics.

Convention seminars are designed to encourage and equip those who attend to serve others and to share Christ in their workplaces and personal spheres of influence. Topics are both spiritual and practical, with plenty of opportunities for meaningful interaction. Presenters share points of personal conviction as well as from experience and training.





Personal Spiritual Enrichment (Track 1 – Room 221)

Part 1: The Real Prayer that Gets Results (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)

ProfilePAVEL 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.



Absolute Surrender (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

What are the keys to a deeper walk with God? How can I make a complete surrender to Him in everything? How do I allow Him to direct my every step? Just how important is it to do this? Come and see just how much He longs to fill you with His Holy Spirit and how possible and powerful it will be when He does.

ProfileWES PEPPERS serves as pastor of the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Michigan Conference and formerly served as the Amazing Facts global coordinator. He became a Seventh-day Adventist at 22, after being an atheist for several years. As a survivor of two types of cancer at age 28, he has a powerful testimony of God’s goodness and a renewed passion for His message. His desire is to lead people into a deeper relationship with Jesus and teach them how to share Him with others.



Part 2: Finding the Will of God Through Prayer (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)

ProfilePAVEL 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.



Thriving Mentally: Assimilating the Mind of Christ (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

In this presentation Dan will highlight the vital importance of acquiring and maintaining a thriving mental health experience through the assimilation of the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) and the essential components of Christ’s experience that empowered Him, regardless of the character or intensity of the temptation, to remain faithful to God to the very end.

ProfileDAN GABBERT is focusing his energies upon helping others understand and apply the principles of mental and spiritual restoration found in God’s Word. He and his wife, Patsy, are working together as mental and spiritual health coaches for the Black Hills Health and Education Center. Dan is the originator of the mental/spiritual health coaching modality Biblical Response Therapy® and author of the training manual with the same name.





Personal Evangelism (Track 2 – Room 222)

Sharing a Faithful Witness with our Muslim Friends (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)

This seminar will help attendees understand Muslims and practical ways to share a faithful witness with them.

ProfileRICK MCEDWARDS is the president of the Middle East and North Africa Union. He and his family have spent years in church planting and mission service. Rick lived in the Middle East during his youth, and developed an interest in Islam.






How to use Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus Evangelistically (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

”Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus” is enjoyed around the world on television. Did you know it was designed as an evangelistic tool with beautiful printed study guides? Imagine inviting your community to your church to explore the life of Jesus and have biblical teachings like the Sabbath and death come into focus! In this seminar you will discover proven advertising materials that will bring guests to your church and see how to use it evangelistically.

ProfileTONY MOORE has been a committed follower of Jesus since 1972, when he was converted at a Rolling Stones concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as a Bible instructor, church planter, and pastor. In 2004 he launched The Biblical World, a media ministry dedicated to creating fresh witnessing materials, including “The Footsteps of Paul” and “Tracing the Footsteps of Jesus.” He enjoys teaching about the Bible lands on location and lives in Southern California with his wife, Helen.




How to Distribute 1,000,000 Tracts in 7 Days (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)

GLOW mission trip participants distributed 1,000,000 tracts during Pope Francis’ recent visit to Philadelphia. They then traveled to San Francisco and shared an additional 1,000,000 tracts during super Bowl 50. The next destination is Salt Lake City and other mission trips are being planned to various locations around the globe. Hear stories of past trips, learn how to join future ones, and, most importantly, learn how to plan and lead your own!

ProfileNELSON ERNST is the main founder and leading director of GLOW, an official GC Publishing literature distribution ministry which has spread across the globe, printing over 64 million tracts since the fall of 2007. GLOW’s aim is to get everyone to carry tracts in their pockets for daily sharing as well as to orchestrate large mission trip endeavors to distribute millions of tracts at large gatherings or in remote areas untouched by Adventism.




Apologetics for a New Generation! (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

With skepticism on the rise, how do you meet the questioning of an unbelieving world? Theodicy, atheism, LGBT identity, evolutionism, politics, and the arts are issues becoming more and more confusing and difficult to answer. How do we meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world? Come to this presentation to learn how to become apologetically equipped for the coffee shop, the church, the classroom, and the courtroom.

ProfileANIL KANDA is a former Hindu with a Sikh background. Approximately 11 years ago, someone shared end-time prophecies with him, and he was transformed by the beautiful truths of God’s Word. Anil has been involved in evangelism in many parts of the world and currently works as a pastor. You’ll love his energetic approach to the Bible and his deep, provocative insights into life’s toughest problems. Learn to share in the most precarious and challenging situations, making no apologies for what you believe!






Health & Family (Track 3 – Room 224)

Mentoring Godly Men (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)

In an age of widespread gender confusion, passive men and absent fathers, there is a desperate need for godly mentorship to disciple boys and men into Christ-like manhood.This seminar will paint a portrait of a godly man and outline the disciplines that build such character. Principles of effective mentoring will be discussed, highlighting the crucial aspects of giving and receiving mentorship. Illustrations will be shared from Scripture, history and personal experience in raising sons.

ProfileMaria & Edwin Nebblett began to experience God’s transforming power in their lives after making some life-changing decisions 24 years ago. While homeschooling their sons and daughters, the family began traveling widely in 2004, sharing their testimony and speaking on the subjects of practical Christianity and marriage and the family. In 2010 they founded Pathway of Promise and today they continue finding their greatest joy in partnering in ministry with their adult children and growing families.




Panel - Juggling Work, Home, Family, & Ministry--Finding the Balance (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

ProfileDONNA MCNEILUS and her husband Denzil are owners of Minnesota-based Sterling State Bank. They reside in Dodge Center, MN and are actively involved as board members and several ministries that are non-profit organizations. Both Denzil and Donna have served as past Presidents of ASI. Donna currently serves on Eden Valley Institute board. They are blessed with three children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren who are a constant source of joy in their lives! Together their entire family shares the same dedication and commitment to sharing Christ’s love with others all over the world.




ProfileNEIL NEDLEY is President of Weimar Institute, and is a practicing physician, and author of Proof Positive, the Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program, The Lost Art of Thinking and Optimize Your Brain. He has been married 31 years to his wife Erica, and they have four sons, age 24, 23,19, and 13. Dr. Nedley has published research with over 30 studies published in the peer reviewed scientific literature, including studies on the role of sex, marriage, and emotional intelligence. Neil and Erica Nedley have consistently rated their marriage as happy, blissful and productive as they not only work on pleasing each other, but also work together on pleasing and being a blessing to others. Dr. Nedley and Erica attribute their success to a brain optimization lifestyle that includes habitual prayers of faith. Find out how to achieve balance in your personal life, marriage, family life, ministry, and career without sacrificing true success and fulfillment.




ProfileANGELINE DAVID is the Health Ministries Director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2016. She holds a Doctor of Public Health degree in Nutrition from Loma Linda University School of Public Health and a Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her passion is to make nutrition and healthy living practical, understandable, and enjoyable for everyone. She believes that comprehensive health work includes physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing and that all can be part of a community that seeks to nurture hope and wholeness.




ProfileDON MACINTOSH 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.



ProfileDEBBIE YOUNG While developing a career as a Registered Nurse, Debbie has used her communication skills, media knowledge, musical and dramatic talents in ministry to impact people here and abroad. A former ASI National President, she was the first woman and first African American to be elected to that post. Debbie and her husband, Ray, live in Ypsilanti, Michigan, where they founded their media ministry, Quiet Moment Ministries.




ProfileDEBBIE BAKER (Moderator) is the president of Heritage Academy, the wife of the principal of Heritage Academy, the mother of three young men, and the Vice President for Logistics for ASI Southern Union. She has extensive experience understanding the struggle to achieve balance in her personal and professional roles and strives to implement Biblical principles to this struggle.




Helping Hypertension, Healing Communities (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)

High blood pressure: as many as three-quarters of us will have to contend with the diagnosis sooner or later. Yet the steady march of this silent killer provides unique evangelism opportunities. In this seminar, Dr. DeRose provides insights from his new book, 30 Days to Natural Blood Pressure Control, offering cutting-edge natural remedies along with a simple, inexpensive plan to help your community address high blood pressure and get better acquainted with our Savior.

ProfileDAVID DEROSE ,Syndicated radio show host and practicing physician, MD, MPH, has been helping people address disease processes with natural therapies for over three decades. Known for his engaging and practical presentations, Dr. DeRose draws from his background as a published researcher to communicate cutting-edge medical science and from his experience as an Adventist pastor to keep his presentations evangelically and spiritually relevant.




The Thought Life & Its Relation to Disease (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

The first need of man is LOVE. What is love in regard to the brain? Can the opposite of love (selfishness and pride) in certain circumstances destroy the brain and other physical organs that are controlled through the nerves? How does that work? In this seminar you will learn the role of thoughts in the physical function of the body and gain an understanding of why nine out of 10 physical diseases come from the mind of man. You will learn about the relationship of the mind to the brain and the impulse that it gives to the nerves and body. We will define love according to the needs of the body.

ProfileHORST MUELLER is an otolaryngologist who studied medicine at the University at Freiburg, Germany. In 2004, Dr. Mueller opened up a private practice in the town of Weinheim, Germany, to help people with the aid of natural medicine. Over the past 12 years, Dr Mueller has extensively studied the relationship between the mind and body, noting the impact of thoughts on physical health. His findings have raised awareness and questions, creating numerous opportunities to speak around the world. Dr. Mueller and his wife have six adult foster children.







Business & Management (Track 4 – Room 225)

Now or Never. The Beginning of Business (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)

What is the business of eternity? Can it be modeled in our world today? Can we expect to engage in the business of eternity without engaging in business here and now? Can mission be the focus of our business rather than an appendage? If so, what does it look like and how can we begin? This seminar will focus on an often underutilized and misunderstood gift in mission circles. The gift of business.

ProfileKELLY COFFIN became a committed Seventh-day Adventist Christian through interaction with several Adventist businessmen. He is a husband, father, and founder/CEO of several companies including, WayFare Inc., a plant-based, natural food manufacturer in Bozeman, Montana. Kelly believes that mission and business cannot be separated and that true economic success is measured only in Heaven’s currency – people.





Panel - What We've Learned in Business (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

ProfileDENZIL MCNEILUS and her wife Donna are owners of Minnesota-based Sterling State Bank. They reside in Dodge Center, MN and are actively involved as board members and several ministries that are non-profit organizations. Both Denzil and Donna have served as past Presidents of ASI. Donna currently serves on Eden Valley Institute board. They are blessed with three children, a daughter-in-law, son-in-law and five beautiful grandchildren who are a constant source of joy in their lives! Together their entire family shares the same dedication and commitment to sharing Christ’s love with others all over the world.





ProfileRADIM PASSER was born in 1963. In 1991, he went into business and set up PASSERINVEST GROUP, which has ranked among the most recognized development companies on the Czech market. Radim Passer is grateful to God for his success in business, having embraced Him after his first-born son died in 1998. He is behind a number of missionary and charity projects, along with founding Maranatha Civic Association. Radim Passer is married and has 3 sons.





ProfileE. 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.




Profile

STEVE DICKMAN has served in the capacity of president and general business manager at Harbert Hills Academy in Savannah, Tennessee for the past 25 years. Steve also serves as the ASI president and enjoys assisting nonprofits with developing strategies for effectiveness. Steve and his wife, Brenda, are parents to two grown and married daughters and have the joy of two grandsons. Encouraging supporting ministries, evangelism, and mission work are some of Steve’s favorite activities.




Race for the Crown (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)

What is the goal of our business? Is it compatible with God’s mission? At the end of our lives, we want to say, “I have glorified You on Earth, I have finished the work which You have given me to do,” and “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Finally, “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day.” (John 17:4 and 2 Timothy 4:7-8)

ProfileJOHN CHUNG is a successful dermatologist. He measures his success not by financial gain, but by the number of souls won to Christ.







The Marriage of Business and Religion (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

In this workshop, we will discuss this disruptive concept and what it means for Adventism in the next five years. “You have felt that business is business, religion is religion, but I tell you that these cannot be divorced....You are not to put asunder that which God has joined—business and religion” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 19, p. 17).

ProfileJARED THURMON is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for inspiring innovation. He is currently the director of strategic partnerships for the Adventist Review. His favorite quote from Victor Hugo is, “There is nothing so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”







Non-profit Leadership (Track 5 – Room 226)

Pros & Cons, How-to's and Personal Experiences with Non-Profits in Ministry (Thursday, 10:45 a.m.)

If you have wondered about whether starting a nonprofit would be helpful to your ministry, this may be just the seminar you need. The how-to’s and why-not’s will be reviewed and explained using actual nonprofits the presenters have worked with. A variety of concerns will be discussed, from excessive government control to the expense of filing and receiving tax-exempt status. Multiple examples from the presenters’ personal experience will be reviewed as illustrations. Actual filing forms will be reviewed. Financial considerations will be discussed, including the advantages and disadvantages. The differences between nonprofits and tax exemption will be reviewed. This seminar will help you decide whether a nonprofit is right for your ministry, and equip you to establish one if you decide it is.

ProfileJOHN & SALLY KELLY John Kelly, MD, MPH, is a graduate of the Loma Linda School of Medicine and the Loma Linda School of Public Health. He specializes in Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine. Sally Kelly, BA, is a graduate of Radford University. She does accounting and is known as a superb vegetarian cook. Dr. Kelly serves as medical director and Sally serves as treasurer for the Black Hills Health and Education Center in Hermosa, South Dakota.



Human Resources Issues in Light of Current Laws (Thursday, 3:30 p.m.)

With laws and regulations in constant flux, Human Resources (HR) has become a vital and essential component of any organization or ministry. Matters such as proper hiring procedures, employee development, legal compliance, and liability protection are examples of crucial items that need to be handled intentionally and prudently. Join us as we explore several key HR guidelines that all organizations should implement to maximize protection of their ministries and place the focus back on winning souls to Christ.

ProfileLAURA IM is the director of human resources for the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She previously served in the Planned Giving Department of Amazing Facts, Inc. Laura completed her bachelor’s degree in English/French Studies from Andrews University. She then obtained her law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in her native Canada. Laura worked mainly in criminal and real estate law before turning her attention to ministry full-time. Laura’s interests include ministering to students and young professionals, reading, traveling, and finding new adventures with her husband, Andy, and daughter, Olivia.



Relationship Between Supporting Ministries & the Church: Working Towards Unity, Excellency & a Christ-filled Model (Friday, 10:45 a.m.)

Church members are passionate about sharing Christ through the talents God has given them. This often leads to the creation of ministries/organizations that are not managed by the church but share the common purpose of preaching the Gospel in deed and word. God´s purpose for His church is that all may be united in ministry, recognizing the diversity of talents but united in Spirit, ministry, and purpose. Come and be part of a seminar where principles, testimonies and practical clues will be presented to help you respond to God´s calling and work in unity with the Church.

ProfileVIRIATO FERREIRA served as a missionary doctor in Africa. He was the health ministries director at the Inter-European Division from 2006 to 2014, when he became an associate director of health ministries at the General Conference. He held this position until July 2015 and continues to serve in an honorary capacity. He now lives in Portugal and is the president of the Portuguese Association of Preventive Medicine - VitaSalus, a supporting ministry that operates a lifestyle center and two outpatient medical clinics. Viriato and his wife, Marianne, share a passion for a blended ministry involving lay members, supporting ministries, and the church organization. He has served as the president of ASI Europe since 2015.



The Joyous Response to Annoyance (Friday, 3:30 p.m.)

Smart ministries and businesses recognize that people are their greatest resource. Yet what do you do with that person that is just impossible to get along with? Or that co-worker who is continually contrary? Or that partner, board member, or fellow church member who is decidedly difficult to work with? Join us to learn practical tips in working with difficult people, drawn from life experiences that have taught both Craig and Steven important lessons.

ProfileSTEVEN GRABINER is president of Outpost Centers International, a global network of over 120 supporting ministries. He travels extensively, conducting seminars on topics such as leadership principles, apologetics and the book of Revelation. He has a wide experience in working with a variety of personalities in many different cultural settings. He lives with his wife, Vivian, in Tennessee, while their three children are serving in different parts of the world.



ProfileCRAIG HARDING is passionate about innovation, industry, strategic planning, and interfacing these concepts into ministry in harmony with the gospel. Raised in Alaska, Craig attended ARISE Institute’s evangelism training program in Michigan. He married his lovely wife, Alicia, in 2008, and they have three children, ages 6, 3, and 1 1⁄2. Craig has served as vice president of business and development at OCI since 2011. He enjoys traveling, canoeing, camping, woodworking, and gardening.



Total Member Involvement – Phoenix Convention Center North Building (Room 229 B)

Young Professionals moved to the Phoenix Convention Center North Building (Room 132 A-C)

Total Member Involvement (Friday 2:00 p.m.)

The goal of TMI is “Each One, Reach One. Lose None, Disciple All.” Gain practical strategies and proven resources that can be easily implemented at your local church. Whether you’re a lay member or a church leader, this session will provide relevant information that will lead to total member involvement.

ProfileHEIDI CARPENTER began a real relationship with Jesus at the age of 16 and chose to dedicate her life to sharing the gospel with others. After getting involved in ministry, she went to SOULS West, Pacific Union’s School of Evangelism. Since graduation, she has worked as a Bible worker and the associate director of Literature Ministries for the Central California Conference. Currently, Heidi serves as the Student Literature Ministries director for the Southern California Conference.



ProfileRANELA KALIGITHI has served for the past 10 years in ministry of various kinds, including literature ministry, preaching overseas, teaching and training church members in evangelism. Since graduating from SOULS West Bible college in 2010, Ranela has been working in the Literature Ministries Department of the Central California Conference. Her main responsibilities include organizing California Youth Rush, a literature evangelism program during the summer, and overseeing Bible Workers in her conference. She enjoys heart-pumping exercise, reading, or vegan cooking during her down time.



ProfileDUANE MCKEY is assistant to Elder Ted Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, for Total Member Involvement. He is also the director of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries for the General Conference. Duane holds a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on missions from Andrews University. His passion is sharing Jesus and helping others to share their love for Jesus through evangelistic activities. He is married to Kathy, who works at the General Conference out of the president’s office for outreach and social media. They have two children, Bracken McKey and Denae Brodis, and three wonderful grandsons, Grant and Lance McKey and Michael Brodis.