2023 Speakers

Morning Devotional

Mark Howard

Pastor Mark Howard is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church with over twenty years of experience in pastoral ministry and evangelism. He currently serves as the associate director of the Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Department in the Michigan Conference. Pastor Howard is known for his clear, compelling presentations and his passion for the Adventist Message.

Evening Devotional

Sam Walters

Sam Walters is from Wolverhampton, UK where he works as a specialist pediatric pharmacist in a local hospital. He currently serves the Wednesfield SDA Church as the head elder, is the Co-host of the ‘Faith on Top podcast’ and sits on the British Union Conference executive committee. As a former Outreach coordinator for the PEACE Centre of Evangelism, he enjoys witnessing and teaching others to do the same. He has a passion for helping Adventist young professionals live out their faith in the workplace and to seek first the kingdom of God in all that they do. His desire is to be close to God and a blessing to others. In his spare time, Sam enjoys connecting with friends, eating good food, traveling, and listening to audiobooks.

Divine Service

Jermaine Gayle

Jermaine Gayle, a native of Jamaica, currently serves as the Senior Pastor of the University Seventh-day Adventist Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He also serves as Chaplain for the East Lansing Police and Fire Departments and continues to seek active engagement in his community. He enjoys painting, biking, and reading as many books as possible in his spare time. A current pursuit is completing his master’s degree in pastoral ministry at Andrews University. Jermaine works in ministry alongside his wife, Allie, and together they share a passion for ministry! Between ministry, school, and home-life, Jermaine loves meeting people, making new friends, and sharing God’s Word.

Seminar and Final Charge

Mark Finley

Mark Finley and his wife, Ernestine “Teenie,” have teamed up in ministry throughout the years. Teenie is known worldwide for teaching natural lifestyle cooking. Together they have been involved in Christian ministry for over 40 years-preaching, teaching and offering spiritual growth workshops, and conducting over 100 evangelistic series that have spanned the globe with sermons translated into over 50 languages. Today, Pastor Finley and Teenie continue their ministry at the Living Hope School of Evangelism Training Center in Haymarket, Virginia.


Andrew Hosford

Andrew is a mission pilot that has been serving overseas since January 2021 with a focus of serving the remote Philippine islands. He is responsible for flying over 230 medevac flights and saving countless lives. Along the journey, he has experienced significant setbacks, grief, and a deeper desire to serve God. Andrew’s life has become an inspiration to hundreds of young people who are excited about finishing God’s work in this generation.


Eric Walsh

Dr. Eric Walsh was born in Hartford, CT. He is currently the head Elder at the 3 Angel’s Church in Newington, CT. He is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Public Health where he received his masters and doctorate in public health. His most important educational experience was his time at Oakwood University. He has served 2 US presidents (George W. Bush and Barack Obama) as an advisor on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Walsh has served at several churches as an associate Pastor. He is now a practicing physician and health care administrator. He travels the globe speaking on many subjects. His wife, Jacqueline, is his partner in ministry and best friend.


Rahel Wells

Rahel Wells, PhD, is Professor of Old Testament in the Department of Religion and Biblical Languages at Andrews University (Berrien Springs, MI). She has completed graduate degrees in religion and biology, and a PhD in Biblical and Theological Studies from Wheaton College. Rahel is passionate about God’s Word and God’s world, and seeks to combine these areas in teaching, scholarship and ministry. Her current focus areas include God’s care for animals, metaphor in the Old Testament, bioethics, and the books of Deuteronomy and Habakkuk. Along with various academic presentations on these topics, her publications include various journal articles and book chapters, and three book projects in progress. She is married to Bill Wells, and they love doing youth ministry together, as well as backpacking and climbing mountains.


John Peckham

John Peckham (PhD, Andrews University) is associate editor of Adventist Review Ministries and research professor of theology and Christian philosophy at Andrews University. His numerous books include God With Us: An Introduction to Adventist Theology, Theodicy of Love: Cosmic Conflict and the Problem of Evil, Divine Attributes: Knowing the Covenantal God of Scripture, and The Love of God: A Canonical Model, a 2015 Readers’ Choice Award winner. He received educator of the year awards in 2012 (Southwestern Adventist University) and 2016 (Andrews) and loves to share about God’s love and God’s character.


Anil Kanda

Anil Kanda was born and raised in Orange Country, California but his family comes from Punjab, India. He grew up in the Hindu / Sikh religion, but while a college student and working, he encountered and experienced the powerful truths of God’s word. Anil has been a pastor and conference evangelist for several years but now serves as the Senior Youth/Young Adult Director for Central California. You’ll be blessed by his energetic and thought-provoking presentations.


Doug Batchelor

Doug Batchelor is the president and speaker for Amazing Facts International and the lead pastor of the Granite Bay Hilltop Adventist Church in California. His biblical teaching programs can be seen daily on national television cable networks and globally by satellite. For the last 30 years he also hosts Bible Answers Live call-in radio program for Bible questions heard every Sunday night across North American, and now seen live on YouTube. He is the author of numerous articles and books including, The Richest Caveman, Caveman Theology, Broken Chains, and At Jesus’ Feet. Doug is a man of vision and deep spirituality, yet his down-to-earth approach and spontaneous humor enable him to communicate with both Christian and secular audiences. He enjoys flying, scuba diving, riding quads and playing guitar. He and his wife, Karen have five grown children.


Adam Ramdin

Adam Ramdin was born and raised in England in a Adventist home. He went to the USA to study at the age of 19 and later worked for several years as an evangelist with Amazing Facts. In 2007 he accepted a call to return to England where he has had the privilege of serving the church in a variety of capacities including Youth Director, Personal Ministries Director and PEACE evangelism school Director. He is presently the Executive Producer for the Lineage Journey, a ministry he co-founded five years ago. He is married to his beautiful wife, Aiko Ramdin and together they live near Nottingham in England with their son Enoch and daughter Eden. In their spare time, they enjoy bike riding, kayaking, snowboarding, and visiting historical sites of importance to the Christian church.


Aron Crews

Aron Crews currently serves as the youth and young adult pastor at the Granite Bay Hilltop Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prior to this, Aron ministered in Michigan for nearly seven years as a pastor, academy chaplain, and Bible teacher. He enjoys studying the Bible with others, outdoor activities, photography, playing basketball, and doing anything and everything with the love of his life, his wife, K’dee Crews.


Callie Buruchara

Callie Buruchara is a Software Engineer, international speaker, and writer. She loves sharing alongside her husband David on their podcast, Down to Earth with the Burucharas, where they discuss how to create and maintain meaningful and fulfilling relationships. She used to be a High School English teacher, and she still enjoys reading, writing, teaching, and realizing she fell behind in what words mean. She enjoys looong walks, problem solving, good Thai food, and journalling. Her favorite thing is watching people fall in love with Jesus as they behold His love for them, and being a part of that as much as she can.


Sebastien Braxton

Sebastien Braxton is a UX Designer, international speaker and a serial entrepreneur. He is the CEO and co-founder for Luminate World, a mobile app curating an immersive audio journey through Christian teachings to cultivate Christian values. He is the founder of Fiat Lux, a creative design agency that consults with faith-based organizations to leverage technology for the gospel. His recent passion project has been The New Life Challenge, a mobile app that helps communities pursue their health goals together in a fun way. He resides in North Carolina with his wife Candis and their four children.


Jay Gallimore

Jay Gallimore is a retired minister. Previously he served 47 years ministry. Along with many articles, he has two workbooks one on Romans and the other on Galatians published by Remnant Publications. He and his late wife have two grown children, a daughter and a son and a grand daughter.


K'dee Crews

Dr. K’dee Crews graduated from Loma Linda University with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and currently works as a licensed clinical psychologist at Beautiful Minds Medical. She is an international speaker, podcast host, running enthusiast, and wife to the love of her life and partner in ministry, Aron Crews. Her ultimate joy is sharing how the truth of a compassionate God can heal our broken world, lives and hearts.


Steve & Tamara Conway

Steven and Tamara Conway have been married for over 22 years. Both were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Together, they have 4 children between the ages of 21 and 12. They have traveled in the US and abroad sharing what God teaches them in the area of relationships. They felt God’s call to start a ministry sharing tools for healing called Stamena4life. Tamara is also a certified Grief Recovery Specialist and a mental health coach.


Joakim Hjortland

International speaker, director of AFCOE Europe (Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism Europe), and author of “A Prophet for This Generation” and “What If There’s More? Discovering a Life of Radical Purpose.” At the age of 17, God drastically changed the highest goal in Joakim’s life from becoming a professional soccer player and winning soccer games to working for God and winning souls for His kingdom. Since then, he has experienced a series of fantastic adventures In trusting him. In addition to preaching and teaching the gospel where God opens the doors, Joakim has authored two books, co-founded ASI Scandinavia and IMPACT generation – a dynamic youth movement that has organized mission trips in ten European countries for more than a decade. Joakim loves to see God transform lives and firmly believes that He has great and exciting plans for His church, and its youth today. Currently, he serves as a local church elder, the president of ASI Scandinavia, and the director of Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism Europe.


Matthew Parra

Matt Parra is currently the senior pastor at Chehalis Seventh Day Adventist Church in Chehalis, Washington. Before moving to Washington state Matt Parra served as the Evangelism Director of the local conference of North New South Whales Australia as well as the director for ARISE Australia. The loves of his life are his wife Sherise and his three sons Max, Benji, and Desmond.


GYC Music Committee

What does the Bible tell us about music? God ordained the making of music to be a major component of the Old Testament worship service. Much of Scripture is written in poetry that could’ve been sung, and there is even a whole book dedicated to the art. It was a part of the consecration of the temple, soothing the soul of a king, even the last supper, and scenes of the throne room of God. God created music and created us to also create it. GYC Music Committee will share a Biblical survey of music from an Adventist, music professional-informed perspective, focusing on the positive views of music given in Scripture.


Cody Francis

Cody Francis is currently serving as the Ministerial Director for the Michigan Conference. Before this he served as Academic Dean at Hartland College and as a pastor in Northern Michigan. In their free time Cody, his wife Mandy, and their three daughters, Karise, Serena, and Hosanna enjoy many outdoor activities.


Joe Reeves

Joe Reeves serves the assistant director of the Sabbath School Personal Ministries Department at the General Conference and is the editor for inVerse young adult Sabbath School Bible study guide.