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Washington Adventist University Names New Vice President for Ministry

By Angie Abraham

Baraka Muganda, EdD, recently accepted a call to serve as the first full-time vice president for Ministry at Washington Adventist University (WAU) in Takoma Park, Md. He comes to WAU from the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., where, since 1995 he served as the world church’s Youth Ministries director. He starts this new role at WAU on September 27.

Muganda is an accomplished Youth Ministries professional, an international motivational speaker and a lecturer on Youth Ministries leadership. He has organized and directed multiple youth leadership training programs, assisted in organizing an international conference on AIDS, advised the world church president on youth matters and managed departmental publications on youth development. Muganda demonstrates a passion for the Christian development of young adults and has extensive professional experience in relationship building, strategic planning, community service and leadership.

“I am so excited for this opportunity to serve on the campus of Washington Adventist University in the leading role of promoting a positive spiritual presence on campus and program leadership—nurturing spiritual awareness, building community and promoting the spirit of service to others,” Muganda says. “My heart bubbles with joy to have a part in shaping the minds and spiritual lives of these students as their mentor!”

Familiar with academic communities, Muganda has served on the faculty of the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya and as president of Tanzania Adventist University. He is currently an advisor in the Doctor of Ministry dissertation program at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Mich.).

He holds a bachelor’s in theology from Solusi University in Zimbabwe and from Andrews University a master’s in religion and a Doctor of Religious Education.

Muganda enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, their three daughters, Anita, Tanya and Diana, his son-in-law, Lanssana Perry, and his two granddaughters, Diana Anne and Angelina.

He replaces Gary Wimbish, who was working half time as the first vice president for ministry at WAU. Muganda is a member of the Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church.