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Pennsylvania Conference Names Leadership, Spiritual Growth Director

Story by Tamyra Horst

The Pennsylvania Conference recently named Pastor Tim Madding their new director for Leadership and Spiritual Growth. The position was created in place of the former Ministerial director position. Madding’s responsibilities will include training and equipping the pastoral team, lay pastors and church leaders.

Madding is committed to living and preparing others to live the mission commitment of the Pennsylvania Conference, which is “Revealing Jesus, Making Disciples.”

He says, “The Lord has given me a clear passion to prepare as many people as possible for the second coming of Jesus. I see this most effectively accomplished by leading the church in positively impacting the lives of people in the community with God’s love and developing dedicated followers of Christ. While maintaining a conservative Seventh-day Adventist theology, this is clearly achieved by focusing the church toward culturally relevant ministry efforts in evangelism and discipleship.”

Madding began his pastoral ministry at the Lacey church in Washington state. He pastored several churches in Washington before moving to the Louisville First church in Kentucky where he has served since 2006. He is a graduate of Weimar College (Calif.) and Andrews University (Mich.) where he is enrolled in a doctoral program.

“After much prayer, I believe that God has led our conference in this process, as we have discerned that Elder Madding is passionate about mission, the Adventist faith and being effective in ministry,” shares Ray Hartwell, conference president. “God has used him to grow struggling churches, to help plant a new church and to lead existing churches to better fulfill their mission potential in reaching the lost. He frequently conducts evangelism series, incorporating them into a wholistic approach to evangelism through the whole life of the church. I believe that he will be a wonderful addition to our pastoral team here in Pennsylvania.”

Madding and his wife, Andrea, and their 11 year-old son, Ethan, will be moving to Pennsylvania sometime this spring.