Jonas Arrais

Editor, Elder's Digest; Associate Ministerial Secretary


Jonas Arrais is Associate Secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association for Elders, Deacons, Deaconesses, Retirees, and Ministerial Resources. He serves as the editor of Elder’s Digest, a journal for church leaders that is translated into 15 languages, reaching more than 220,000 local church leaders worldwide.

A native of Brazil, Jonas brings with him a breadth of experience in pastoral and administrative ministries. Over a career that has spanned more than thirty years, Jonas has served some of the largest churches in Brazil, including five years as Associate Ministerial Secretary of the South American Division. He holds a Bachelors degree in Theology, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University.

Jonas conducts training seminars for pastors, elders, deacons, and deaconesses worldwide. He is the author of the books A Positive Church in a Negative World and Wanted: A Good Pastor, translated into various languages. Jonas is married to Raquel, who serves as Associate Director of the General Conference Women’s Ministries Department. They have two married children—Tiago and Andre—who are also pastors. Jonas speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

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