2018 Congress - Imagine
Indiana Conference Youth Director
Pastor Charlie is the proud father of three daughters, and devoted husband to Trish.
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Indiana Conference President
Beginning ministry in 1974 Steven Poenitz has worked as pastor in several state fields, and most recently (2008) ministerial secretary and president (2015 forward) in the Indiana Conference. He enjoys engaging with people and networking with them to build relationships for empowering ministry. He and his wife Erney have been married for 31 years and enjoy the company of their harrier puppy dog, Happy.
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Illinois Conference Youth Director
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Illinois Conference Ministerial Director
He has a heart for the generations of our church and to see leaders grow in their capacity and competency to lead. John is originally from Chicago, hailing from North Shore SDA School and a graduate of Broadview Academy. Beyond serving here locally, John serves as an adjunct professor for the Christian Ministry Department in the Seminary at Andrews University, where he teaches graduate level leadership courses. "It is a joy to see our younger generations sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to discover congregations who have a heart and passion for our young people,” he writes.
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Pastor Jason C. North is happily married to the former Angie Coddington of Devonshire, Bermuda and have three children, Dijae(Deejay), Jadae(Jaday), and Jason Jr.
Pastor North has served in various capacities from Physical Education teacher in Bermuda to Academy Chaplain, Religion Teacher, and Associate and Youth Pastor Michigan before accepting a call into full time Pastoral ministry in the Lake Region Conference. He served as Pastor in Central Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana and now serves as the Youth, Young Adult, Camp Director for the Lake Region Conference of Seventh- day Adventist.
Pastor North enjoys hanging with family and friends, laughing, theological discussions, sports, and video games. Pastor North has a passion for authentically sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowering, equipping, and igniting young people to pursue their God given passion. His goal is to reach the world, reclaim the lost, and restore the image of Jesus Christ through the transformational power of the Holy Spirit.
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Lake Region Conference Ministerial Director
Michael Horton is married to Dr. Ruth Horton of Lake Union Conference. They have 3 sons, Michael, Elijah, and Isaiah. He loves people, and enjoys and is excited to hear the thoughts, views, and visions of youth and young adults. He believes everyone has a story to tell.
He also loves the Bible and history, and is an avid reader in many fields. Righteousness by faith, the prophetic scriptures of Daniel and Revelation, and understanding God’s movements in history are of special interest to him. Believing we should stay abreast of current events to understand the signs of the times, he reads the New York Times everyday. He holds degrees from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University.
Evangelistically he focuses on reaching the secular mind in the 21st Century with the everlasting gospel. Pastor Horton believes as the Apostle Paul wrote, “Christ is ALL!”
Contact Michael Horton.
A former high-rise construction welder, volunteer ambulance driver, high school teacher, coach, youth leader, Pastor and Conference Youth Director.
He began his ministry as a pastor in a local church in rural Michigan. Ken was married to Tammy in 1980. They are proud of their two grown children and daughter-in-law all living in Tennessee: Crystal is working as a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, Jeremy is finishing a Physicians Assistant degree from Kettering, and Daughter-in-Law Natasha is finishing a Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Southern. Ken's hobbies include being outdoors biking, camping, hiking, backpacking, tennis, golf and fishing.
Ken loves Jesus and has a passion to see young people be empowered in leadership and active in advancing the kingdom of God. His enthusiasm for Christ is contagious!
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Michigan Conference Ministerial Director
Royce has served in Michigan since 1977 after graduating from Pacific Union College, in Angwin, California, and also graduated from Andrews Seminary with an M.Div. in 1980. He has pastored in Pontiac, Plymouth and Belleville, and Kalamazoo, prior to becoming the Personal Ministries Director in 1993. He and his wife, Laurie, met at PUC. They have one daughter, Kristen Snyman Harvey, living with her husband in Hixson, Tennessee. Royce and Laurie enjoy people, traveling from time to time, and birding.
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Wisconsin Conference Youth Director
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Wisconsin Conference Ministerial Director
James Fox has served as Personal Ministries Director since 1998. Previously, James has served as Church Ministries director and evangelist in Ontario, and pastor in British Columbia Conference. He graduated with his M. Div. from Andrews University Theological Seminary. James is married to Judy Fox and they have two sons, James and Jonathan. James has two small dogs and enjoys playing guitar, exploring the digital universe, and investing.
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