Vice President for Administration

Brian MungandiBrian Mungandi, pastor of Faith Church International and Light of Christ Church has accepted the call from the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to be the Vice-President for Administration starting May 1st. As part of his official duties, he will also be Communications Director and Sabbath School Director. He replaces Justin Lyons, former Vice-President who is now the President of the Minnesota Conference.

Although Brian grew up as a native of Zambia, he is a permanent resident in the United States. He has been married to his wife Evelyn for 24 years. They have three sons; Brian, who is currently attending Union College, Paul and John who are both living at home.

Mungandi has served 26 years in pastoral ministry. His service experience is both from Zambia and the United States. He has served as a district pastor, Field Church Ministries Director, Union Associate Departmental Director, and Union Youth and Stewardship Director. He also helped to start the TV ministry series “Penetration” (now Voice of Prophecy) in Zambia, and in Minnesota, the “Faith Hour.” In the United States he has been a bi-vocational pastor both in the Central States and Minnesota Conferences.

He has had opportunities to represent the Adventist church through several avenues. In Zambia he was asked to serve on the national administrative boards of the Bible Society of Zambia, African Army Chaplain Committee, and the Presidential Prayer Breakfast Committee. He was selected by the government to be a national speaker on Zambian National Youth Day, in 1990.

Mungandi is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Minnesota Conference. He is passionate about reaching people for the Kingdom. One of his guiding biblical texts comes from Matthew 28:20, “…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. (NKJV) Mungandi said, “Now is the time to show everyone around us that Jesus lives in us, and as they see Jesus in us we then have the opportunity to tell them about what a wonderful Savior He is.”

Jeff Wine, Communications Director

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Responsibilities Change in the Minnesota Conference

Doug InglishThe Minnesota Conference office is pleased to announce Elder Doug Inglish as the Gift Planning and Trust Services Director. He has been serving as the Associate Director in the Gift Planning and Trust Services Department for the past year. He remains committed to helping members with their gift planning and legacy needs. His other responsibilities, including Personal Ministries Director, Asbestos Manager and Property Manager remain unchanged.

_Jeff WinesOver the last four years the Minnesota Conference has made strategic decisions to put more resources toward our youth. To help facilitate this, the Conference hired Youth Director, Jeff Wines. While this was a step in the right direction Jeff was also assigned to be the Communications Director 20% of his time. In the last four years multiple areas of Youth Ministry have grown; North Star Camp, Youth Rallies, Mission Trips, Pathfinders, Adventurers, Young Adult Ministries etc. Brian MungandiWith a new Vice President, Elder Brian Mungandi, the Conference board made the decision to give him the Director of Communications role and allow Jeff to be solely Youth Ministries and North Star Camp Directors for the conference. Jeff is committed to fostering relationships with Jesus in young people and continued growth in Young Adult, Youth and Camping Ministries.

_Justin LyonsUpon stepping into the Presidency of the Minnesota Conference, Elder Justin Lyons has not only taken on the responsibility of the Conference President while stepping out of the Vice Presidents position, but has stepped back from some responsibilities and taken some new ones on. Formerly the Gift Planning and Trust Services Director, he now only advises in this area while still holding a Planned Giving and Trust Services Certificate for the North American Division. While he will still be a part of the planning for Camp Meeting, he will only be doing that as the Camp Meeting Committee Chair. Elder Lyons will now be the Evangelism Coordinator and ASI representative for the Minnesota Conference. Elder Lyons is excited about his new responsibilities and looks forward to seeing the conference connect to Jesus and grow people for His Kingdom.

Jeff Wines, Communications Director

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North Star Camp Has a New Caretaker

Hallman FamilyAt seven years of age, Russell Hallman moved with his family to Camp Berkshire in New York. A few years later they moved to Camp Kulaqua, in Florida. His experience growing up and working at camps, his skill sets in mechanical and construction areas, and his passion for the camping ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist church are some of the main reasons Hallman has been selected to be the next Caretaker of North Star Camp.

It was a little over 18 years ago that both Russell and Kristen met at Camp Winnekeag in Massachusetts. Three years later they where married. Today they have one son, Sean, who is 9 years old.

The Hallmans will be moving from Southern Adventist University where Russell has been a Lead Automotive Technician. He has helped to run a business for the University and at the same time, trained students to be mechanics. Over the last few years Russell has had various jobs dealing with maintenance, grounds management, construction and mechanical work.

The Hallmans are excited to be moving back into the camping ministry and to the Minnesota Conference. “While mission is different to different people,” Russell said, “to me, mission is showing God’s love by helping people out with the gifts God has given to us. Camp was always the place where I felt like I was doing the most meaningful mission work.”

Jeff Wine, Communications Director

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In Memory of Bill Wilson

Wilson, BillWilliam James Wilson,76, of Punta Gorda, Florida, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 17, 2014. He had bravely confronted and fought Parkinson’s disease and metastatic melanoma that had spread to his lungs. Bill was born in Clinton, Massachusetts and spent his growing up years in Maine and Florida. He was a graduate of Union College, Lincoln, Nebraska and the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Berrien Springs, Michigan. He also earned a Master’s degree in Public Health from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California.

Bill was an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day-Adventist church. He worked in West Virginia, Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota. He came to Pastor the Minneapolis Southview Church in 1987. After six years as pastor for Southview, he became the Trust director for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day-Adventists. As Trust director, he became well known around the conference for his dedication and integrity.

When Bill retired from the position of Trust director in 2005, he and his wife, Frances relocated to Punta Gorda Florida where he volunteered as an administrative pastor at the Port Charlotte SDA church.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Votava Wilson; daughter Tralese Wilson Syvertson (Paul) of Anoka, Minnesota; son, James Wilson (Darcie) of Cambridge, Wisconsin; grandsons Jamie Syvertson, Chad Wilson, and Conner Wilson; granddaughters Morgan Wilson and Melissa Syvertson; nephews, Leland Y Wilson Jr. and Kifford L Wilson; and nieces Janice Wilson Clark and Laurie L Wilson. He was preceded in death by his father, Leland C Wilson; mother, Edith Yelland Wilson; brother, Leland Y Wilson; and grandson, Ian Paul Syvertson.

Memorial donations may be made to the Port Charlotte Adventist School. (PCAS), 2100 Loveland Boulevard, Port Charlotte, Florida 33980.

Phil Lane, Southview SDA Church

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In Memory of Larry Lashier

Larry LashierLawrence Dale Lashier, who served as Assistant Treasurer of the Minnesota Conference from 1996 to 2005 passed away on March 19 at the age of 71. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlene; daughters, Michelle Lashier Rosas and Nadine Lashier; grandson, Nathan Rosas; sister, Lorraine Spady; and many relatives and friends.

Larry was a pastor’s kid and fourth-generation Adventist. He graduated from Walla Walla College with a degree in business. During his army service in the mid 1960s, he participated in Operation White Coat and worked at the Walter Reed Hospital. Throughout his career in finance, Larry was employed by various government, medical and nonprofit institutions in Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, California, and Minnesota.

Larry was an active member of the Minnetonka Seventh-day Adventist church for 17 years. He ran the PA, worked on church building projects, and enjoyed interacting with kids. He was a loving family man who leaves his family with the hope of the second coming of Jesus and the resurrection.

Michelle Lashier Rosas

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Announcing the Maple Grove ABC Grand Re-Opening

ABC logoAnnouncing the Maple Grove ABC Grand Re-Opening – May 4th 11:00AM-3:00PM.

The Maple Grove ABC invites you to join them as they officially open the store under new management. Plan to come and meet the entire staff.

There will be drawings, food and book specials to celebrate the event.

The new operating hours are Monday – Thursday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Friday/Sunday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.