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.

Steve LaingStory by Tiffany Doss

This past July, Stephen Laing joined the Potomac Conference as vice president for education.

Since 2013 Laing served as principal of the Newbury Park Adventist Academy (Calif.). “Steve has more than 20 years of experience as a teacher and administrator,” says Bill Miller, president. “He has a passion for strengthening academics, enhancing the learning experience, creating environments for healthy spiritual growth and moving Adventist education forward.”

Victor Brown, decano de admisión de Kettering College en Kettering, Ohio, repartiendo premios en el salón de exposiciones.

Historia de V. Michelle Bernard

Justo antes del comienzo de clases, unos 6.000 educadores adventistas se reunieron en Chicago para la Convención de Maestros de la División Norteamericana 2018, con el tema "Encuentra a Jesús, vive la excelencia". Vinieron a perfeccionar sus habilidades, a disfrutar del compañerismo y, después de tres días de inspiradores oradores y 420 opciones de talleres, quedaron más comprometidos que nunca para cultivar una cultura de excelencia e introducir a los estudiantes al mejor maestro que haya existido: Jesucristo.

Anaynsi and David Nino join Highland View Academy faculty as school secretary and music instructor, respectively.

Story by Lori Zerne

As the 2018-19 school year opens, Chesapeake Conference's Highland View Academy (HVA) welcomes new faculty members and a few changes in responsibilities for returning staff.

The administration has hired David Nino to teach music, and his wife, Anaynsi, as school secretary. Andrew Lay, HVA’s previous music teacher, is now focusing his roles as the academy’s advancement director and alumni coordinator. 

Editorial by Diane Gregg

One Sabbath Grandma dropped off her five grandchildren at church. She was familiar with the Seventh-day Adventist Church—and the Grafton (W.Va.) church, in particular—from visiting their food pantry and letting the children attend Vacation Bible School (VBS).

In addition to attending church services each week, the grandchildren participated in the summer Community Picnic and the Christmas program. One of the younger boys joined Adventurers. Whenever there was a social gathering, they were there, mainly because they were hungry. Each Sabbath they stayed for fellowship lunch and took a plate home for Grandma to eat.