SCI-Greene inmates donate boots to homeless men as a result of the influence of members from the Bridges Community Outreach Ministries.

Story by Yvette Peterson

Jeffrey Baskin, former pastor of Allegheny West Conference's Hillcrest church in Pittsburgh, made a life-changing decision to leave the safety of full-time conference employment to respond to the needs of those languishing on the highways and byways of life.

Tim Hurley  by Ashley Schwartz

Story by Shannon Kelly

For more than 22 years, Tim Harley has been serving Potomac Conference’s Shenandoah Valley Academy (SVA) in New Market, Va., including as head chaplain since 2004, and as the associate chaplain eight years before that.

Harley juggles many responsibilities in his job. He teaches Bible classes to sophomores and seniors; leads baptismal Bible studies; attends regular admin- istration committee meetings; plans mission trips, weekend programs and activities; and helps supervise them on campus.

Story by Shannon Kelly / Images by Brad Barnwell

For 30 years, Claudio Consuegra has been a volunteer law enforcement chaplain. Consuegra, a member of Potomac Conference’s Beltsville (Md.) church, and the director of Family Ministries for the North American Division, has served as a chaplain in six states.

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In his latest book, Perfect Grace, Tom Hughes, pastor of Ohio Conference’s Newark and Lancaster churches, shares about discouragement that came from his endless pursuit of perfection. 
In the book, Hughes provides the remedy.

Read our interview with him below:

Visitor: How has the acceptance of resting in Jesus’ grace on our behalf made an impact in your life?

Hughes: I’ve learned that we can’t add anything to God’s perfect grace, we just accept his glorious gift of salvation full and free!

Washington Adventist University

Story by Doug Walker

Washington Adventist University President Weymouth Spence announced his appointment of Ms. Amy Ortiz-Moretta as Vice President for Student Life. Adventist University President Weymouth Spence announced his appointment of Amy Ortiz-Moretta as Vice President for Student Life. Ortiz-Moretta commenced her duties on Monday, July 2.

Reaching Everyone Everywhere

Editorial by Gary Gibbs

"Everyone, Everywhere” is the essence of Jesus’ command to “Go and make disciples of all nations.” Pennsylvania is included in the everywhere, but just who is everyone? The answer gets to the heart of our mission.

Story by Heidi Wetmore

The Chesapeke Conference Spencerville Adventist Academy (SAA) family is excited to introduce new staff members for the 2018–19 school year.

With more than 40 years of experience in teaching, staff development and training and education administration, Jim Martz is interim principal this academic year. Martz is a graduate of Andrews University (Mich.), and holds dual bachelor’s in Behavioral Science and secondary education. He received a master’s in reading instruction from Michigan State University. He is qualified to lead SAA during the upcoming year of transition while SAA searches for a permanent replacement.

Enmanuel A. Freites Perez (in back), assistant pastor of the Vandalia church plant, baptizes (left to right) Marcia Hernandez, her son Christian and husband, Aslih.

Story by Heidi Shoemaker

A small group, originally based in the Springfield Spanish church, met every week in private homes until they grew to about 14 baptized members. They then decided to plant the Vandalia church last December.

A strong vision of growth and a huge dependence upon prayer stabilized members. They started this project with a prayer program for 30 days, then decided to keep praying for 50 more days. After the 50 days, they decided to pray indefinitely every day at 5 a.m.

Conference lay pastor coordinator Lance Moncrieffe, flanked by President Gary Gibbs (left) and Stewart Pepper (right), introduce the Lay Leadership Training graduating Class of 2018.

Story by Tamyra Horst

Pennsylvania Conference’s 10-month Lay Leadership Training program has expanded once again. Twenty-seven individuals recently graduated from the training, led by volunteer lay pastor Lance Moncrieffe, and are now further prepared for service in the Lord’s work.