Join us for a special week of spiritual growth, training and fellowship. Whether you are an existing Literature Evangelist, just getting started, or want to find out more, you’ll leave feeling empowered about how you can share hope through literature.
Stories of God touching people through literature ministry.
Those who have been where you are going will share their recipes for success.
Join us in exalting Christ whose glorious love is our joy to share.
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Elder Almir Marroni was born in Brazil to a third-generation Adventist family. After finishing his studies in Theology at Brazil Adventist University he has served the church for more than 35 years, 30 of which as Publishing Department director at conference, union, division levels and now at the General Conference. Prior coming to the General Conference he served as South American Division vice president for four years. His passion is inspiring young people to accept God’s call to mission. Almir is married to Wiliane and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons.
Brenton Lowe has served in Literature Ministry for over twenty years, commencing ministry as a full time career Literature Evangelist (LE) in 2001. For many years Brenton had the highest sales in the South Pacific Division, delivering over $10,000 value of Adventist books and media into homes every month. He served as the Literature Ministry leader in the Western Australian Conference from 2009 – 2018 mentoring a successful LE team. Today he serves as the Adventist Media Literature Ministry Coordinator in Australia and New Zealand, a role he has held since February 2019. His vision is to see a thriving movement of church members, young people and a successful LE team sharing the Good News. Brenton enjoys partnering with local Conferences and innovators to fulfil God’s ordained purpose through Literature Evangelism. He is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to partner with God in mission, his family, cycling and gardening. Brenton is married to Sandi, and they live in Cooranbong with three children.
Pastor Blair Lemke is a pastor, educator, husband and father. Passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and inspiring young people with the mission and message of the Seventh-day Adventist church, Blair currently serves as the Director of Young Adult Ministries where his primary responsibilities include preaching, training, and working with around 100 churches within the Northern NSW region to more effectively retain and engage young people. Blair is married to Emma and together they have a 1-year-old daughter, Eden.
Originally from Mauritius, Gilbert migrated to Australia in 1981 and graduated from Avondale College in 1987. He served as a pastor in Melbourne before being called to be Youth Director for the Greater Sydney Conference in 1993. In 1999, he was appointed as the Director for Youth Ministries for the South Pacific Division. In 2009, he asked for a change to pastor a local church in Sydney, from where he was called to be the General Conference Youth Director in mid 2010. Gilbert returned to Australia in 2016 and pioneered the position of Pastoral Services Manager for the Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing Group. He has just been called to be the Director of the Discipleship and Evangelism Institute, a new joint project of the SPD and Avondale University. He is married to Rosemay and have two adult children, Joel & Emilie.
Pastor Erika Puni has served with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in American Samoa (pastoral ministry), New Zealand (pastoral, youth, and administration) Australia (departmental with SPD) and the United States. Presently, Erika is a theology lecturer and Ministry Practicum Director with Avondale Seminary, Avondale University. He’s the former Stewardship Ministries Director for the General Conference from 2005-2015, and a seasoned evangelist committed to God’s mission to make disciples of all people groups. He is married to Maxine, an accountant by profession, and serving with the Treasury department of the North New South Wales Conference They have two teenage children, Janae-Grace (daughter) and Jaydon (son).
Suki Goonatilleke is a freelance writer and author of Sisters in Arms. She is a scriptwriter for the TV program The Incredible Journey, which is available on free-to-air television in Australia and New Zealand, Christian channels, and online worldwide. She also writes historical content for the website of Lineage Journey, an online video series. She is based in Melbourne and has two young daughters.
Pastor Nicu Dumbrava is the Personal Ministries Director for the Australian Union Conference. Nicu has been married to Grace for over 28 years and they have two beautiful children: Roberta and Dominick. Together they have sought to impact the world for better staring their journey into ministry in 1997 when they moved to Australia. After his graduation from Avondale College in 2001, Nicu served 8 years as the pastor in the South NSW Conference and 12 years as a senior pastor and Personal Ministries Director in the WA Conference. He is convinced that if the church today is connected by the power of the Holy Spirit and is feeding on the Word of God it can have the same impact that the early church had.
Doctor Brad Kemp has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific as minister, area supervisor, family ministries director, General Secretary and communication director for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission, Leadership and Pacific Resources Director, Institute of World Mission Director and Associate General Secretary for the South Pacific Division and President of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference. Today he serves as the CEO of Adventist Media, a position he has held since August 2018. His vision for the church is to see it fulfil its missionary purpose by sharing the gospel in a loving and empowering way. Brad has gained a Bachelor of Religion degree with Avondale College, Master of Arts in Religion degree with Andrews University and a Doctor of Ministry degree with Fuller Theological Seminary. He is married to Coralee, and they live on the Central Coast. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Pastor Glenn Townend has been President, Seventh-day Adventist Church in the South Pacific Division since 2015. He has worked as a pastor, chaplain, departmental director, Conference President and Union President. His passions are disciple-making, church planting, cycling & gardening. He is married to Pamela, has three adult children and five-and-a-half grandchildren (as he puts it).
Literature Evangelist 2009-2011
Author: Food as Medicine
Author: The Man the Anzacs Revered
Author: Summer Fades & Heaven Sent
Director of Resource Development & Children’s Ministries
Adventist Media Marketing & Sales Coordinator
Associate Director of Literature Ministry Pacific Islands
Literature Evangelist, former SPD Publishing Director
Signs Publishing General Manager
Signs Publishing Distribution Manager
Signs Publishing Associate Editor
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