In Personnel Shifts, Maier to Lead ADRA,
Morris Selected as Ministry Editor
Trim tapped for Archives; Costa, Hucks now Ministerial associates
BY ANSEL OLIVER, Adventist News Network
The Seventh-day Adventist Church has brought in several new executives, including a new leader of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and appointed a new editor for Ministry magazine.
The ADRA International board of directors appointed Rudi Maier as the agency’s new president and executive director during the board’s regular autumn meeting, a statement from the organization said. His appointment became effective October 12.

New Leaders: Rudi Maier, a veteran international development expert and teacher, will now lead the Adventist Development and Relief Agency.
Maier, a former ADRA employee who currently serves as a professor of international development at church-owned Andrews University, becomes the fourth president since the 1984 founding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s global humanitarian agency.

“We are pleased to announce Dr. 
Maier’s appointment to this vital position,” said Ella Simmons, vice chair of the ADRA board of directors. “We congratulate him and wish him success in this new leadership.”

Maier replaces Charles Sandefur, who served as ADRA president since 2001.

Pastor Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, praised Sandefur “for his untiring promotion of ADRA,” according to the statement. Wilson added that ADRA’s work on behalf of the world’s vulnerable continues to be an integral part of the mission of the church.

Maier is the former chair of the International Development Program at Andrews. The graduate program specializes in community and intercultural development. He has served as a professor in the department for 20 years. He previously worked for ADRA in the 1980s, building the agency’s monitoring and evaluation capacity.

Maier has consulted for nongovernmental organizations in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. He holds a doctorate in sociology and international development from American University and a Master of Arts in South Asian Languages and Culture from the University of Chicago.

Separately on October 12, the denom-ination’s Executive Committee asked 
Florida pastor Derek Morris to serve as 
editor of Ministry magazine, the church’s international journal for clergy of all faiths. Morris, who subsequently accepted the position, succeeds Nikolaus Satelmajer, who served in the position since 2005 and last month announced his retirement.

Morris currently serves as senior pastor of Forest Lake Adventist Church in Apopka, Florida, and holds a Doctorate of Ministry in practical theology from Andrews University and a Doctorate of Ministry in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Ministry has previously published his articles, many focusing on effective biblical preaching.

Derek Morris has been named editor of Ministry.
The Executive Committee also elected David Trim to serve as director of the Office of Archives and Statistics. The 12-year Adventist educator will replace archivist Bert Haloviak, who previously announced his retirement.

Trim is a former professor at the church’s Newbold College in England and holds a doctorate in European religious warfare from King’s College London. He is widely published in books, academic journals, and religious magazines and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The committee also appointed Robert Costa as an associate secretary of the church’s Ministerial Association. Costa currently serves as a Hispanic speaker and evangelist for It Is Written, a television ministry based at an Adventist media center in Simi Valley, California. He re-places Peter Prime, a longtime veteran of the Ministerial Association team. Willie E. Hucks II, associate editor of Ministry, was also appointed an associate secretary of the Ministerial Association. Anthony Kent and Jonas Arrais were both reelected as associate secretaries in the department. Hiskia Missah was returned as an associate director of the Youth Department.

Also reappointed were Clifford Goldstein, editor of the Adult Bible Study Guide (ABSG); Soraya Parish, ABSG associate editor; Lyndelle Chiomenti, Collegiate Quarterly editor; Bonita J. Shields, editor of Cornerstone Connections and PowerPoints; and Falvo Fowler, editor of beginner, kindergarten, and primary Sabbath school materials.

Also reappointed were Lincoln Steed, editor of Liberty magazine, and Beverly Rumble, editor of the Journal of Adventist Education.

In a separate action, the board of Adventist World Radio on October 11 elected Kent Sharpe as the organization’s new vice president for finance. He replaces Dowell Chow, who became AWR’s president this summer after serving in the finance position for the past five years; the Executive Committee also reaffirmed Chow’s appointment. Sharpe previously served as treasurer for the Adventist Church in Arizona.
                                                                                                     —With additional reporting by Adventist Review staff

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