The Minnesota Conference family is showing signs of significant growth as the conference Board voted to fill several positions in our work force. As we welcome the new workers to join the Minnesota Team, we ask that they keep their “EYES” on eternity. The conference strategy uses the acronym “EYES on Eternity”, with the letters E. Y. E. S representing Evangelism, Youth, Education and Spirituality. It’s the Board’s hope that every church worker and every church member in the conference will fix their EYES on eternity. We pray that every local Church will develop strategic goals to keep EYES on eternity as we move towards 2016. It is exciting to see the growth of our work, in groups, companies, churches and in the entire conference. Our membership stands at 9,450 (Third quarter 2015). We are seeing men and women, boys and girls being added to the kingdom.
We welcome the following workers to our team:
Karen Lewis was invited to serve as the Pastor of Hinckley and Stillwater. She has been and will continue to be Minnesota Conference’s Bible worker trainer. The Board of Trustees voted to hire her as a full-time pastor effective September.
Karen Lewis has a lot of ‘fire’ in her bones, which she uses to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. For the last two years, she was not only training Bible workers, but she was also the Assistant Pastor at our Stillwater Church. Karen is married to Steve, and together they work as a strong ministerial team doing home visits and attending to people’s spiritual needs.
Karen Lewis says “I long to share the gospel with others that their lives may be transformed. The most glorious thing about ministry is to see changed lives. It is such a blessing to be used by God to touch another life for Him; that is the greatest joy!”
NOEL ROSABAL PEREZ
Noel Rosabal Perez is hired as Pastor of the Southeast Hispanic district. He will cover four churches, namely Rochester Hispanic, Redwing, Northfield, and Winona Hispanic groups. Pastor Rosabal comes with experience. He is an ordained minister, beginning his ministry in Cuba in 1995 and has pastored numerous churches throughout Cuba before moving to the United States of America. We welcome Rosabal Perez and his wife Lidia Esther Perez to Minnesota. Pastor Rosabal will start his pastoral work October 1, 2015.
Jared Little was invited to serve as a Church Planter for The Way congregation. He was in Minnesota doing his pastoral practicum with the St Cloud district under Pastor Bill Nixon. Jared just finished his studies with Ouachita Hills College – Amity, Arkansas. He comes to church planting work with an AFCOE – (Amazing Facts College of Evangelism) background. Jared worked as a Bible worker in Kentucky and Texas. He has given Bible studies, and has worked with and in evangelistic meetings. Jared was involved with personal ministry work in a church in Virginia, so he comes to The Way with an understanding of how important home visitation is to building a church community. We want to welcome Jared and his wife Sarah to the Minnesota team. He started his work in Minnesota as a church planter in September.
David Jahn was invited by the Board to pastor the Northwest District. The Northwest is multi-church district. Jahn says he finds a multi-church district to be an ideal place to work “I can be a trainer, equipper, and mentor to the local congregations. I want to help lead more of our people to live Christianity rather than simply being Christians.”
David has work as a missionary in South Korea. We welcome him and his wife Eunice to Minnesota. Eunice is a certified elementary teacher and also Natural Hygiene coach. They started their ministry in the Northwest district in August.
Jim is always looking for ways to win souls for the Kingdom. He is a faithful proclaimer of the everlasting gospel. We are looking forward to having the Martins joining our team, as we work together to engage members in advancing the work of the kingdom of Christ. We welcome Jim, His wife Melissa, and their two kids, Seth and Adeline.
SE HYUN LEE (Sean Lee)
Pastor Se Hyun Lee accepted the conference call to be Associate Pastor at Southview church and work as Assistant Conference Youth Director. Lee has been involved in ministry the last six years, working in music ministry and youth ministry. He has worked in Korea as a youth pastor and chaplain. In the United State he has worked in the Central California Conference as a pastor in the St Maria Korean church, which is a bilingual church. He also worked as a youth pastor in the Chesapeake Conference.
Lee is married to his wife Helen and they are blessed with two sons, Nathan and Joseph. They moved here in August from Michigan.
D. BRIAN BEAVERS
The Minnesota Conference welcomes D. Brian Beavers as a Bible Worker / Evangelist for the River Bluff district. Brian comes to us with a very strong passion for spreading God’s word. He has worked with people doing evangelism, preaching, and doing outreach activities. He has also done missionary work, travelling to South Africa as a volunteer to participate in a twenty day evangelistic series, where he helped with lifestyle counseling, leading people toward the attainment of a better quality life. Brian has been a speaker at camp meetings in Pune, India, and Kisii, Kenya. He has also conducted evangelism and church revival meetings in Mombasa, Kenya.
More recently Brian has been participating in church and the community evangelism, conducting over twenty active Bible studies of various kinds across the Fredericksburg Region, while also participating in Prison Ministries in the Potomac Conference. Brian is skilled in American Sign Language. We are pleased to welcome D Brian, his wife Tania, along with their daughter Danielle Candace Beavers, to the Minnesota Conference and to the River Bluff district in particular.
JUST GOT MARRIED
We want to let you know that we have a new ministerial family and we want to share their wedding bliss with the conference family. Pastor Enock O. Bigigo pastor of Faith Church International and Serah N. Misesi, of Cambridge SDA church, were married on August 30th, 2015, 1:30 PM at Faith Church International in Brooklyn Park Mn 55428. The officiating minister was elder Justin Lyons the president of the Minnesota Conference. The couple is aware that it is possible that many in the conference family did not attend the ceremony or didn’t even get an invitation to the wedding. But because you are family and you have shared in their lives by your friendship and love, we are very proud to share the happy news. We wish the new couple a blessed life together.
Pastor Jeff Scoggins informed the officers of the Conference that he has accepted a call to join the Adventist Mission team. Jeff and Becky have been part of our team here for the last 12 years. We, as a conference have enjoyed their ministry here in Minnesota. Jeff says “I loved my stay here, and a great deal of thought and prayer went into the decision making process to reach this decision.”
We have appreciated Jeff’s work at camp meeting, on the website, his musical abilities at workers meetings. It has been a blessing working with Jeff. May the good Lord who calls, bless the Scoggins family in their new role at Adventist Mission. The plan is that the Scoggins will be in Maryland by October 1, 2015. Farewell Jeff “Keep your EYES on eternity.”
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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