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Pennsylvania Conference Names New Youth Director

Story by Tamyra Horst

The Pennsylvania Conference Executive Committee recently voted Pastor Leandro Robinson to serve as the new Youth and Young Adult Ministries director.

“Pastor Leo has been involved in youth ministry and church leadership for a number of years among [Seventh-day] Adventist Anglo and Hispanic populations,” states Ray Hartwell, conference president. “Currently serving as a district pastor in Alaska, he was previously part of the youth work in a local church in New Jersey and as a regional youth coordinator in the New Jersey Conference. We are very thankful for the Lord’s leading us to Pastor Robinson. His energy and enthusiasm, along with his commitment to leading youth and young adults into lives of service for Jesus will fit right in with our focus on mission here in the Pennsylvania Conference.”

Robinson is excited to be part of a team that is actively discipling youth and their leaders to reach others for the kingdom of Christ. “The Lord has given me a passion for Youth Ministries and evangelism to prepare as many youth as possible for the second coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” shares Robinson. “I envision a Christ-centered, Spirit-intoxicated, Bible-saturated army of youth [who] have been so transformed through the ministry of the Word that they fervently live out the great commandment and the great commission with all their heart, mind and strength. My hope would be that through the partnership of pastors and parents, the Lord would produce young people and ultimately entire families that, together with the church body, experience what the early church did in Acts 2:41-47.”

Robinson, his wife, Eunice, and daughters, Emely and Nathalie, are currently serving the Kenai and Homer churches in Alaska. Robinson is committed to sharing the gospel with others and has preached evangelistic series in Africa, the Dominican Republic, Texas and New Jersey and has preached and led weeks of prayer and revivals for young people. A graduate of Atlantic Union College (Mass.), Robinson is completing a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry at Andrews University (Mich.). The Robinsons will join the Pennsylvania Conference team by the beginning of June.