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Episode 10: On the Ground

The local church is the foundation of everything the Adventist church does, but sometimes we think that local church ministry is a one-size fits all approach.

If we've learned anything from this podcast series it's that context matters.

So for this episode, instead of looking at the larger institutional church, we're zooming back into the local setting: four "churches", four different communities, four approaches to ministry.


Pastor Todd Stout

Manhattan, NYC

Located on the Upper East Side, Church of the Advent Hope services a diverse community of New Yorkers from all backgrounds.

Todd has been living, serving and being a part of New York City for thirteen years.

Pastor Ken Norton

South Pacific

Up until recently, Ken served as the president of the Guam-Micronesia Mission, which serves islands in the South Pacific. The Adventist presence there includes churches, schools, and is supported by a robust student missionary program.

Ken now serves as the President for the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Matthew Kirk now serves as the President of Guam-Micronesia Mission.

Pastor Sean Lee

Minneapolis, MN

Sean is the lead pastor at Southview and also volunteers as a police chaplain in Minneapolis.

The relationships he and the Southview church have established over the years have put them in a unique position to serve the community of Minneapolis during even the most tumultuous times.

Pastor Darnisha Thomas

Minneapolis, MN

Pastor Darnisha is the Associate Pastor at Southview, and focuses on serving the children and youth of the surrounding community. She has cultivated a ministry of presence and relational discipleship with kids and families both inside and outside the church.

She is also the Children's MInistries Director at the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Listen to Darnisha's podcast: The Sister Pastor Speaks

Pastor Chad Angasan

Nome, Alaska

Chad serves at two churches in Alaska - Kotzebue and Nome.

As a pastor who is also half Alaska-native, he has a unique perspective and calling that is able to reach native communities in Alaska in ways that traditional methods never could.


Dive Deeper

Adventist Community Services is the official community outreach ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church in the North American Division territories which comprises of the United States, Canada, Guam and Micronesia, and Bermuda. ACS serves the whole person, a concept known as holistic ministry whose mission is “Serving Communities in Christ’s Name.”

The Adventist Peace Fellowship (APF) is a non-profit lay organization that seeks to raise consciousness about the centrality of peacemaking to the beliefs and heritage of Seventh-day Adventists. The APF is not officially affiliated, funded, or controlled by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in any way and does not speak on the Church's behalf. We welcome Adventists and friends of Adventists to join our network and to add their voices and their talents to the work of peace education and advocacy informed by the values of the Adventist tradition.


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