Speakers

Keynotes

Communication Director, Inter-European Division

Impact 20/20 – Media based evangelism in the 21. Century

Professor of Theology, Andrews University

The Great Communicator: God is Not Silent

Jo Ann Davidson teaches in the Andrews University Theological Seminary–the first woman to teach in the Theology department. She earned her Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL) in 2000.

Articles she has written have appeared in the Adventist Review, Signs of the Times, and the Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, along with a column, "Let's Face It," in the journal Perspective Digest. She has also authored the books Jonah: The Inside Story (Review and Herald), Toward a Theology of Beauty: A Biblical Perspective (University Press of America), and Glimpses of Our God (Pacific Press).

CEO, élogos Brasil (Spanish Consulting Firm in T&D), CCO Chief Content Officer, GM5 Communication, Education, and Technology (Life Academy)

Life Academy

Professor, Psychopedagogist and Specialist in Corporate Learning Solutions. Has a certificate from UCLA in Screenwriting and specialization in Business Strategy and Business Administration. He has been a leading project manager for Corporate Education, in such areas as: competence mapping and skill development to Sales, IT, Customer Service, Processes and Production, and R&D areas to multinational companies: Sara Lee, Claro, Telefonica and an outstanding simulation program do Disney Corporation.

He’s been in the Adventist message since birth and is passionate about evangelism and youth programs. Currently, he’s been leading innovative evangelism for young people, such as flashmobs in strategic areas in São Paulo City. He is a co-founder of the seed group for the first Youth Church in São Paulo.

Director of Strategic Development and Communication, Stimme der Hoffnung, EUD Media Center, Germany

Impact 20/20 – Media based evangelism in the 21. Century

Are We Ready for Jesus to Come?

Elise got her first taste of evangelism at the age of 5 when praying for her agnostic alcoholic father to fall in love with Jesus. She was able to be part of the process leading her father to Jesus, and he now continues by leading her to Jesus. Elise made her calling and election sure to the Lord at the age of 10 and shared her commitment publicly through baptism. She and her father were then inspired to share Jesus in Ghana in 2012 where they preached an evangelistic series together. Elise, her brother, and her parents live in northern CA. She is now 13 and likes to sing and play the guitar, along with spending time with her family and friends. Elise aspires to have an orphanage in Peru or Africa if God continues to lead in that direction.

General Manager, Stimme der Hoffnung, EUD Media Center, Germany

Impact 20/20 – Media based evangelism in the 21. Century

CEO, Golden Connection Consulting firm and GM5 Communication, Education and Technology

Life Academy

Master in Business Administration, Marketing and Advertising. He has a background in HR Management and specialization in Cinema, TV, and Project Management. He is also a co-founder of the first HR Management College in Brazil. Currently, he works as a consultant for business performance – strategy, organization, and structure; marketing; people management. At GM5, he is focused on corporate education solutions and people development. His clients include: Basf, Siemens, Owens Illinois, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson, Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Santander, Telefonica, Adams.

He is co-founder of the first Adventist Youth Church in São Paulo – Vila Olimpia Adventist Community and has developed a great number of projects for the Adventist church in Brazil and for the South American Division. These projects include: author of the first Guide for South American Division Communication Directors, Elders Handbook in video, concept and planning of the evangelistic series Hope to Live, Total Living discipleship program and Where do I go from Here With my Life. Also, he has delivered through his team more than 40 multimedia training series for distinct areas in the Adventist church. He is also in charge of the Zion Land Theme Park for the Paulistana Conference in São Paulo - Brazil.

Chief Technology Officer, BBI – Behemoth Business Intelligence, Chief Technology Officer, GM5 Communication, Education, and Technology (Life Academy)

Life Academy

Specialist in Business Intelligence and Master in Instructional Design and Gamification. As BBI CTO, he leads a business intelligence development team for large online and offline media companies, advertisers and advertising agencies in Brazil. Presently, he develops strategies and decision-making tools for the 10 largest advertising accounts in the country, such as Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Peugeot, Volkswagen. At GM5 Communication, he has been responsible for solution development for corporate strategies dissemination and training programs through gamification – business game development for huge companies such as Siemens, Owens Illinois, Nestlé, Warner Lambert, Pfizer, Santander, Telefonica.

In the Adventist Church, he has developed T&D, evangelism, and discipleship projects based on his experience in instructional design and gamification, focused on teens and young people. He also worked in the concept and planning of the Total Living discipleship program and the media center structure for the first Youth Church in São Paulo.

Presenters

Associate Director, Adventist Learning Community

The Adventist Learning Community

Sharon is the Associate Director of the Adventist Learning Community. In her current role, she oversees the construction of Continuing Education and training courses for pastors, ministries, and church members and faith seekers. In addition, she is working closely with NAD Ministerial in the development and deployment of a robust professional development framework which includes annual Continuing Education requirements for pastors.

Professor, Universidad de Montemorelos

Understanding the Needs of People in Big Cities through Data Science

Dr. Alférez is a professor at the School of Engineering and Technology, Universidad de Montemorelos (Mexico). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). His research interests include Data Science, Services Computing, Model-Driven Engineering, Autonomic Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Software Product Lines. He has contributed to publications in top scientific journals, book chapters, and international conferences. Also, he has worked in universities, IT companies, and research groups on four continents.

Search Engine Optimization Manager & Web Designer, Voice of Prophesy

The 10 Commandments of Boosting Organic Web Traffic

Kevin Ames is a Search Engine Optimization evangelist who manages the Bibleinfo.com and Kidsbibleinfo.com ministries for Voice of Prophecy. While at Bibleinfo.com he increased web traffic at a rate of nearly 100% per year. Kevin is passionate about leveraging internet technologies to increase web traffic, especially for the purpose of telling others about God. He has 10 years of experience as a graphic & web designer and is addicted to telling others how to optimize their websites in order to increase traffic and sales.

Digital Media Director, Adventist Review and Adventist World

The Digital Disruption Has Already Happened

Andre Brink says that his destiny was determined by his two grandfathers - one was an entrepreneurial professional photographer and the other an avid evangelist. He has combined his passion for video and digital media with his drive to share the gospel with the world using media. After studying marketing, Andre started his own video production business and later moved into interactive digital media in his home country of South Africa. After 13 years of running his own business, he approached the Southern-Africa Indian Ocean Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and proposed a Hope Channel for the African continent. This studio still produces contextualized content weekly. Having lived on four continents (Africa, Europe, Asia and North America) he has an international perspective and cultural appreciation. Andre has worked for Hope Channel, Adventist World Radio, in communication at the Seventh-day Adventist World Headquarters and is now involved in a new chapter of his life. Andre is helping Adventist World/Adventist Review develop a highly interactive digital platform and then source and produce content. Andre is married to Penny, and they have two loving dogs.

Executive Director for Public Affairs, Loma Linda University Health

Communicating in Crisis: Response Readiness in Institutional Communication

Dr. Garrett Caldwell currently serves as Executive Director for Public Affairs for the six hospitals and eight schools that comprise Loma Linda University Health. In thirty years of church service Garrett has had the privilege of being a pastor, teacher and also to lead communication and public relations ministry that has impacted the church around the world. Garrett is a graduate of Oakwood College with majors in theology and communication. He received his Masters of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University and his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Besides preaching and teaching Garrett has enjoyed radio and television broadcasting, documentary filmmaking and journalism. His greatest joy is in spending time with his family, which includes a wife Cheryl, their son Garrett Jr. and daughter Tiffani who are both young adults.

GIS Specialist, Seventh-day Adventist Church

The Power of Geography in Mission

Jerry Chase’s passion to incorporate technology to advance the mission of the Church was born during his role as Research Project Director at Adventist Frontier Missions. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) played a central role in the ambitious undertaking of identifying and locating people groups in the world which were unreached by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Jerry served the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission as a GIS specialist, and for eight years was a pastor in the Ohio Conference. Recently he accepted the newly developed GIS Specialist position in the Adventist Membership Systems office at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. There he continues to research and share his skills looking for ways that GIS can support the mission of the Church.

Communication Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Union

Finding Kryptonite: Motivational Storytelling from the Middle East & North Africa

Chanmin Chung is the author of “Who Took My Fat” which was published by one of the major media corporations in South Korea. “Who Took my Fat” tells of his comical but spiritual weight loss journey. He is an experienced story consultant who went through professional training for TV series writing and he has been involved in several projects in the visual content industry. Chanmin, waggishly, claims that he is an ordained television & video producer as well as pastor. He has previously worked for promotion companies. He is currently the Communication Coordinator (Director) for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s Middle East and North Africa Union in Beirut, Lebanon. Chanmin is still in the battle with Middle Eastern cuisine to lose weight.

Chief Information Security Officer, Seventh-day Adventist World Church

Digital Storytelling: Keeping it Safe

Mabio Coelho is the General Conference Chief Information Security Officer. Coming from both a pastoral and technical backgrounds he strives to align technology with mission while promoting a safe environment. Prior to the General Conference he was the author of several publication and was pastor of English and Portuguese speaking churches in US and Brazil. He also has experience working as Director of Urban Ministries at his last conference.  On the secular side, he is the former owner of a telecom company and a security consultancy, having also served as VP and COO of two international banks, and Director of Security for the New York Stock Exchange.

Senior Content Manager, ADRA International

Digital Campaigns in the Nonprofit World

A lifelong storyteller, Ashley spent 10 years in entertainment before becoming a humanitarian. Her role at ADRA encompasses digital and print writing, editing, and strategy, addressing the unique (but often overlapping) functions of Marketing and Fundraising. She will talk your ear off about refugees, the power of women in the world, and selfies. Ashley previously worked with National Geographic Channel in both DC and Sydney, learned to panic with a smile in production houses, and spent a glamorous year with celebrities. She was born in Tennessee, but snagged an Australian citizenship, so she answers to both “howdy” and “g’day.”

Professional Musician

Social Media, People and the SDA Church

Associate General Counsel, Seventh-day Adventist World Church

Copyright Infringement: What is it and How to Avoid it

Ms. Gray joined the Office of General Counsel in October 2015 as an Associate General Counsel where she focuses on the areas of trademark, copyright, and other intellectual property issues.  Before joining the Office of General Counsel, Ms. Gray worked in Washington D.C. at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs' Office of General Counsel where her focus was legal issues concerning health operations and health administration.  Previously, she worked in Los Angeles, California at a law firm specializing in health care law. Ms. Gray received her B.S. (Biology) from Oakwood College in 2002, her J.D. from Harvard University in 2005, and her M.P.H from Johns Hopkins in 2007. She is a member of the Illinois and California bars and the American Bar Association. She is also a registered patent attorney and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Global Distribution Manager + R&D Engineer, Adventist World Radio

Emerging Technology: VR Full Immersive 360 Videos

Having grown in Africa as the son of a missionary, Daryl has a passion for cultural anthropology in relation to technology, and he loves to hunt for & develop new technologies that can be of use in hastening the spreading of the Gospel. He has been an R&D Engineer for Adventist World Radio for 20 years, and studied engineering technology / software engineering from Andrews University & audio engineering from MIT. Daryl is married to Johannie, a molecular biologist, and they have two children, Anoushka, and Noah, and is currently based in London, England.

Bible School Director, Voice of Prophecy

The Evolvement of Web-Based Bible Studies

Kurt Johnson, DMin, has been involved with online Bible study websites for the past 17 years. These include the development of such sites as biblestudies.com, kidsbibleinfo.com and hopetalk.org for the “Sow One Billion” initiative. His current project is developing a video-based Bible study website. Some of the books and Bible study guides Kurt has written include: How to Give a Bible Study, Successful Small Groups, PrayerWorks, and Face to Face with Jesus. Kurt serves as Bible School & Evangelism Director for The Voice of Prophecy, North America, as well as coordinating Bible correspondence schools for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Office of Adventist Mission, Seventh-day Adventist Church

Should I Not Be Concerned About That Great City?

Associate Dean, Online Higher Education, Andrews University

SpiritStrong: The Experience of Collaboration

Creative Director, Superfriendly

Go Therefore and Reach All IP Addresses

Dan Mall is a creative director and advisor from Philly. He’s the director of SuperFriendly, a design collaborative that brings exquisite creative direction & design to world’s most important and interesting organizations. Dan is an enthralled husband & dad and co-founder of Typedia (an encyclopedia for typefaces) and Businessology (a podcast and workshop series teaching designers how to run better businesses). He writes about design and other issues onTwitter and on his industry-recognized site, danielmall.com.

Associate Director of Communication, Seventh-day Adventist Church

Experience is King

Sam has recently joined the Communication Team at the General Conference. His main responsibilities are to discover, create and manage projects which leverage the power of the internet and mobile technologies in advancing the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has been a church pastor for the last 10 years and believes deeply that the local church is at the center of this mission. He has been a speaker in many GAIN events in the past and looks forward to the learning and connections fostered by this unique conference.

Enterprise System Architect, Seventh-day Adventist Church

Upgrading Our Way to Mission

Italo has 25 years of experience serving Seventh-day Adventist institutions around the world, by developing and implementing enterprise systems. He believes that “software doesn’t solve problems” but rather, the understanding of enterprise strategies. He likes to test technology to its boundaries, and has created his own developing frame work called SILK as a result of his experience with technological changes. He holds a degree in computer science and accounting, and a postgraduate degree in education. He has been a higher education professor and enjoys challenging students. When he is not working on a new project, he enjoys photography, graphic design, and playing musical instruments.

Principal Software Design Engineer, Microsoft

Productivity, Collaboration and Software Development: A Tour Around Microsoft Software & Services

Fabio Pintos studied Computer Engineering at the University of Campinas (Unicamp), in Brazil. He works as a Principal Software Engineer for Microsoft and has 18+ years of experience in the design and development of various components of Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.

Pastor, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Cultural Intelligence and Social Media

Dr Miroslav Pujic believes in discipleship through authentic relationships in using social media. He began his pastoral education at Newbold College, England, and continued with a master's degree in Missiology and Intercultural studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. He then obtained a Doctor of Ministry degree at at Andrews University, specializing in the impact of postmodernism on society and its effect on evangelism. He pastored for 15 years, planting three churches and serving as a consultant to congregations and planters in 40 countries. He worked at the Trans-European Division as a communication and media director for 20 years. He developed social media in evangelism, known as LIFEconnect where over the last 5 years 8 million people have visited the website. Currently, Dr Pujić is pastoring Cambridge Church, UK, and is working as a social media consultant to many churches and unions.

Retired, United States Marine Corps

Combat Systems and Tactical Application

Howard joined the United States Marine Corps in March, 1968. While in the Cryptologic Telecommunications field he served at various US and overseas locations working with Tactical and Strategic digital and analog systems, large and small. After his service in the Marine Corps, Howard worked in the Telecommunications Industry for such companies as Computer Science Corporation (CSC) providing Technical Lead support to the planning, design, and the selection and testing of new telecom equipment in support of the Pentagon Renovation effort. He went on to work for AT&T Government Solutions as a Senior Systems Engineer, Systems Integration Consultant and Program Manager. Howard retired from AT&T on 1 July, 2015.

Digital Strategist, ADRA International

Digital Campaigns in the Nonprofit World

As the digital strategist for ADRA International, Erykah leads the growth and management of the agency’s digital assets. Leveraging her background in graphic design and communications, she dreams up new ways to improve the online experience. With a big passion for global humanitarian work, she is constantly thinking about how design and digital can help create a better world. She is part techie, part creative and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. When she’s not solving creative digital problems, she is listening to a TED Talk or stalking her favorite brands on Instagram.

Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Adventist Risk Management, Inc.

Paperless Office

Carol Tamai is responsible for the administration of all strategic development and implementation of technology and systems for ARM. Previously, she worked as Underwriter in charge of ARM’s reinsurance programs for its affiliated captive insurer, Gencon Insurance Company of Vermont and as Assistant to the President for Processes and Systems Management. Although her team led ARM’s initiative to become a paperless office, she does admit to hanging a few paper prints of her daughter in her office. Tamai is a native of Brazil and speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish. 

Communication, Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spain

Evangelism 3.0

Pedro Torres says communicating the gospel is his passion. Pedro serves as director at AWR-Spain, Hope Channel Spain, and supervises the Hope Media Center in Spain, as well as being the editor of Revista Adventista. He manages the corporative communications department, ANN-Spain and the Public Affairs department at the Union of Churches of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Spain. He also serves as Executive Secretary at the Religious Liberty Association in Spain. Another passion is teaching communication to future pastors in the Adventist Theological College in Sagunto, Spain.

Communication Director, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Visual Communication and Storytelling

Daniel became the Communication Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America in January 2014. He oversees the operation of a team of communication professionals that provide the North American Division (NAD) with Public Relations, Graphic Design, Video Production and Editorial services. Daniel joined the NAD Communication team in July of 2012 as the Associate Director and prior to that worked in the Office of Adventist Mission at General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, a position he held for eight years. Daniel is a 1991 graduate of Andrews University with a degree in commercial photography. He has worked in the corporate communication field since 1998, after operating his own business for 7 years. His work has taken him to more than 120 countries for a variety of organizations.

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