Elder Mic Thurber
Currently ministerial director for the Mid-American Union, Pastor Mic Thurber has served as the senior pastor at the Keene Adventist Church on the campus of Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, TX, Pacific Union College Adventist Church, the Calimesa Adventist Church near Loma Linda, CA, and the San Diego Central Adventist Church (Now named the Tierrasanta Seventh-day Adventist Church).
Thurber has also served as conference ministerial director in the Southeastern California Conference, as well as Bible and music teacher at Sunnydale Adventist Academy, Centralia, MO, and at his alma mater, Mt. Pisgah Adventist Academy in Candler, NC.
In addition to preaching Jesus and His marvelous grace, Pastor Thurber's passions are encouraging and supporting other pastors, photography, reading, and his family. He is married to Jana, "best friend of 40 years." She worked with him on staff as an associate pastor at the Keene Church.
Elder Thurber and Jana have three grown children: Gina (Jay) Dettore, living in Akron, OH; Darrin (Cristine Orillosa) Thurber, a pastor in the Ohio Conference; and Kaylin, who just graduated from Union College. The Thurber's have three grandchildren.
Bonita Shields joined North American Division Stewardship Ministries on February 21, 2016. She has served as a local church pastor, assistant editor of the Adventist Review and Adventist World magazines, assistant director of discipleship in the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference, and as an editor of several Sabbath School publications. Most recently, she served as editor of the Collegiate Quarterly for the world church.
Pastor Shields brings with her experience in speaking and training in local churches, camp meetings, women's retreats, and in the world field. Her unique perspective on stewardship will be very helpful in developing practical skills for daily living. She received her undergraduate degree in theology from Columbia Union College (now known as Washington Adventist University) and her Masters in pastoral ministry from Andrews University.
She enjoys reading, writing and taking walks with her husband Roy of 32 years. She plays racquetball, creates culinary "experiments," and, along with her sanguine husband, enjoys opening their home to family and friends to celebrate life together.
Sherri has served as Children's Ministries director for the Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists since 2000, where she has also helped coordinate and support North Pacific Union's Children's Ministry initiatives. She has worked in various areas of children's ministries for our 30 years, including daycare administrator and writing for faith-based preschool curricula. Most recently she has worked with the North American Division Early Childhood Education and Care Team writing faith-based Daycare/Preschool curriculum.
Sherri has a heart for mission, serving in Guam and Palau with her pastor husband, Bob, developing curricula for the children's outreach program, "Kids in the Park," as well as child evangelism programs for use in Nicaragua and the Philippines.
Sherri and Bob are proud parents of two children and six grandchildren.
Dr. Eduard Schmidt
Eduard and Sonia Schmidt work for the NAD Evangelism Institute. Currently he is the director. During the last two decades, they have developed and taught Master’s and Doctoral level classes in the areas of equipping and mobilizing for evangelistic ministry, church growth, personal and friendship evangelism, and pastoral ministries. They have been involved in personal and public evangelism for the last twenty-three years. Conducting reaping meetings and visiting interests.
They find their greatest joy in personally leading people to experience the joy of salvation found in Christ; equipping them to become disciples who live up to their full God given potential; empowering members to be ministers in the community, reaching the North American Division and the world with the distinctive, Christ-centered, Seventh-day Adventist message of hope and wholeness. They live in Southwestern Michigan.
Dr. Roger Walter
Dr. Walter enjoys leading groups of people toward a mission, reaching the community for Christ and preaching by using his top three gifts: leadership, preaching and evangelism. He loves to preach and engage his audiences with a practical, grace-filled gospel message and has seen his church grow significantly.
Dr. Walter enjoys biking, running, hiking, traveling with his family, as well as a variety of other things. He has spent time formally coaching other pastors, speaking at church planting events and teaching leadership around the country. His personal mission statement is: Lead others to Christ through listening relationships.
His wife, Gail, is a native of ermine Springs, MI., and is a strong partner in ministry and a homemaker. They have eight children, five of which are living at home.
Dr. Stanley Patterson
Dr. Patterson currently serves the educational needs of ministry professionals engaged in graduate studies at the Seminary. His primary focus within the Christian Ministries Department, apart from serving as department chair, is teaching master and doctoral level classes in leadership and administration. In addition he serves as the executive director of the Christian Leadership Center of Andrews University, which is dedicated to providing Christian Leadership development and guidance to organizations and ministry teams around the world.
He, and his wife Glenda, live in Berrien Springs, Michigan. They have four children and six grandchildren. He says, “The love given me by my family is a constant strength and a reminder of my humanity. The joy of cabinet and furniture making, tinkering with computers, genealogy research and birding are my hedge against imbalance.”