After working seven years on his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University, while raising a family and pastoring full-time, Elder Yulian Tinoco marched with the other graduates, May 1-4, 2014.
In 1998, Elder Tinoco moved to the Minnesota Conference from the Michigan Conference. He also served one year as a pastor in Venezuela, South America. Over the last 16 years Elder Tinoco has served the Minnesota Conference, helping to grow the Hispanic ministry. As the Hispanic Coordinator for the last seven years, Elder Tinoco has continued to lead his colleagues in growing and starting church after church. We want to celebrate and commend Elder Yulian Tinoco for reaching this educational mile stone.
Elder Conrad Vine also received his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University at the May graduation. Dr. Vine is currently serving as the President of Adventist Frontier Missions, with headquarters in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
Of his dissertation Dr. Vine wrote: “My focus of study was on what the Spirit of Prophecy and the Bible teach about meditation. We live in an era where many models of meditation are urged on Christians by those who claim to be spiritual rather than religious, and there are many deceptive practices being urged on Christians. However, in our Fundamental Beliefs (e.g. 10, Growing in Christ), we reference spiritual growth as coming through prayer, Bible study and meditation. Yet, nowhere do we actually teach a biblically-based model of meditation. My study was to develop such a model of meditation that is built on the Spirit of Prophecy and the Scriptures.”
Dr. Vine is finalizing his dissertation for publication by the Review and Herald. Plans are for its publication in the spring of 2015, prior to the General Conference session.
Jeff Wines, Youth Director
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