Many Seventh-day Adventist churches worldwide receive their primary pastoral leadership from local church elders in place of employed ministers. Therefore, the General Conference Ministerial Association is responsible for encouraging and training this vital group of laity leaders.
The Ministerial Association is providing pastors and leaders of our church with the necessary resources for training and empowering of officers at the local congregation level where they serve as volunteers. The Elder’s Digest magazine, one of the three journals published by the Association, is printed quarterly with a collection of relevant articles with leadership strategies, didactic tools, health tips for elders, official Church statements, world news, sermon outlines, global initiatives of our Church, questions and answers, and other biblicly-sound topics for leaders.
Jonas came to the GC from Brazil in 2005. He holds a bachelor's in Theology, a Master of Divinity Degree, and a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Andrews University. He has more than 30 years of experience as a minister and has served for 5 years as Associate Ministerial Secretary for the South American Division of SDA. He currently is the editor of the Elder's Digest magazine and also conducts Elder's Training Seminars to pastor's and elder's worldwide. He is the author of "A Positive Church in a Negative World" and "Wanted:A Good Pastor". He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.