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Growing Young Certified Speakers to Help Local Adventist Churches Love Next Generations Well

This spring, more than 30 Adventist church members, leaders, and innovators from across the North American Division (NAD) of the Seventh-day Adventist Church convened at Fuller Youth Institute in Pasadena, California, to complete the Growing Young certified speaker training and participate in the Growing Young Adventists (#GYA) cohort summit.


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Television Ministry It Is Written Wins Six Telly Awards

The media evangelism ministry It Is Written received six Telly Awards last month. The awards honor excellence in video on all screens and devices, including social media videos, promotional videos, commercials, television programming, and more.


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Long-Time Religious Liberty Advocate, Author, and Editor Passes Away

Roland R. Hegstad, an Adventist minister, public speaker, author, and editor, passed to his rest on June 17, 2018. He was 92. Hegstad, a graduate of Walla Walla University, became an expert in international religious liberty. His work took him around the globe, to the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, beginning in the mid-1960s. In 1959, at age 32, Hegstad accepted a call to the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as associate editor of Liberty magazine. Within months, he was promoted to editor. Hegstad edited Liberty for 35 years until his retirement in 1995.


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NAD Leader Becomes Highest Ranking Seventh-day Adventist Chaplain in U.S. Navy Reserve

The associate director of the North American Division Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) was recently selected for promotion to captain for the United States Navy Reserve. Furthermore, Johnson is now the third African-American Seventh-day Adventist to hold the rank in the United States Navy Chaplain Corp, following Captain Herman Kibble and Admiral Barry Black.


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La Sierra University Wind Ensemble Debuts at Carnegie Hall

On the evening of March 15, La Sierra University’s Wind Ensemble led by conductor Giovanni Santos walked onto one of the world’s most eminent stages where many of music’s greatest talents have dazzled audiences with their skill. The ensemble of more than 40 La Sierra musicians made their debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall performing published pieces as well as new works written by Santos, adjunct music professor and Emmy-winner Gary Kuo, and tenor Anthony Léon, an award-winning music major at La Sierra.


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Third “Is This Thing On?” Conversation with Young Adults and Adventist Church leaders in North America Held at Walla Walla University

NAD leaders engaged in conversation with college students on May 12, 2018, during the third “Is This Thing On?” video live stream. The two-hour broadcast took place on the campus of Walla Walla University, where more than 200 gathered in the Winter Educational Complex to ask questions on many topics. Thousands more watched online.


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Rocky Mountain Conference Pastor Honored for Public Service by U.S. Congressman

Rex Bell, an Adventist pastor, was recognized on May 1, 2018, for “many years of extraordinary work and dedication to the City of Brighton” throughout the two terms he served as city councilman.


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Adventist Educator V. Bailey Gillespie, Passes to His Rest

It is with great sadness that La Sierra University shares the news that Dr. V. Bailey Gillespie, 75, passed to his rest on Monday, May 7, 2018. Gillespie, tireless in his efforts to help the Adventist Church reach young people for Christ and support their faith development, spearheaded the Valuegenesis research project.