Plenary Speakers

Keynote Address
Moise Ratsara

Moise Ratsara serves as the President of GYC and is a pastor in the Michigan Conference. He grew up as a missionary-kid, refugee, and now he gets to do what he enjoys most–help others know Christ better! There are three things he is passionate about: the Word of God, people, and life in general. He and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of a little boy. 

Sabbath School
Panel Discussion

To be announced…

Divine Service
Gary Blanchard

Pastor Gary is the proud father of three young adults -Gary, Ben and Sierra – and is fortunate to be married out of his league to Erica Blanchard his wife of over twenty years! Pastor Gary has served in youth ministry for many years and now works at the General Conference as World Youth Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Sabbath Afternoon Plenary
Tara Vang

Tara Vang is a child of Hmong refugees. She grew up as the 7th of 8 children and spent half of her young adult life in Sacramento and Washington DC working in legislative advocacy for refugees and immigrants. The Lord called her during this time, led her to Loma Linda University and asked her to “advocate for Me.” She remembers the very time a friend taught her the Sanctuary Message and she has never been the same again. After graduate school, Tara worked in public health for several years, translated GLOW tracts into Hmong and then she went on a GLOW mission trip. And. It. Changed. Her. Life. Since that time, Tara has been the Project Manager for the GLOW tract ministry and currently serves as the VP of Evangelism for GYC. Her prayer for every young person is “…to so relate yourself to society and to life that you may answer the purpose of God in your creation.” FE 82.3. She speaks, reads and writes in Hmong, and has a passion for evangelism and to reach her own people in America and around the world. On her free time, she likes to fish, hike and spend time in nature.

Morning Devotionals
Michael Goetz

​Micheal Goetz is lead pastor at the Campion Adventist Church. He began ministry serving as a police chaplain and pastoral ministry in Pennsylvania before joining the team as an associate pastor on the campus of Andrews University. Micheal has his degree in theology from Montemorelos University in Mexico. Graduate studies include a Master of Divinity (MDiv.) and a Doctorate in Ministry (DMin.) in Homiletics from Andrews University. Oregon is his home state and enjoys running, mountain climbing, and reading. His musically gifted wife Melanie, also a runner, is a dental hygienist. Daughter, Cana, and son, Micahl, bring more energy and delight then ever thought possible.

Evening Devotionals
Steven Conway

Steven Conway has spent the last half of his life working with and for young people in different capacities. He’s been a colporteur leader, a teacher, a dean, a youth pastor, mentor, and friend. Originally from Cleveland OH, where he met and married his wife Tamara, they now live and minister in the Metro Detroit area. Steven and Tamara have four children: Israel, Abigail, Gabriel, and Angel. His passion is introducing people to Jesus and encouraging them to walk with Him.

Monday Afternoon Plenary
Dr. Phodidas Ndamyumugabe

Phodidas Ndamyumugabe, PhD is a professor of applied theology and biblical languages at Weimar Institute, in California. He has a wide experience in church planting and preaching in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Dr. Phodidas’ heart is in missions. He has organized and conducted more than 100 evangelistic campaigns.
He survived one of the most tragic events that took away the lives of more than a million people in the east-central African nation of Rwanda. He also worked in the same region as a preacher and a counselor, dealing with the aftermath of the genocide.
Dr. Phodidas is married to Jacqueline Basime and they have three sons.

Final Charge
Taj Pacleb

Taj Pacleb is the Speaker/Director of Revelation of Hope Ministries. Born and raised in the islands of Hawaii with no Christian background, Taj got involved in a reckless life of drugs & partying. But his life was completely transformed at age 16 when he attended a Bible Prophecy Seminar. Since then, God has taken Taj around the world as an international evangelist and revivalist, conducting seminars in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and in many locations of the United States. Taj enjoys motocross, scuba diving, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing, and nature photography. But his supreme passion is traveling the world with his wife Wati, sharing God’s end time message of hope with others.


Seminars

Adventist Mission: Six Ways You Can Get Involved

Seminar Synopsis

If you are at GYC, then you probably do not need to be convinced to be involved in mission. The question you may be asking is HOW? The Adventist Church’s Office of Global Mission has several ways you can participate in mission from “tentmaking,” to church planting, to Urban Centers of Influence, to cross-cultural mission, and more. Come learn how you can join the movement to finish the work.

Presenter: Jeff Scoggins

Jeff Scoggins has served more than 25 years as a pastor, administrator, and missionary. He has lived on four different continents as a missionary and is currently in charge of strategic planning and project coordination for the Office of Adventist Mission at the General Conference. His ministry is devoted to helping everyday Christians discover extraordinary insights into God’s word.

Cosmic Conflict

Seminar Synopsis

From practical questions about dress and dating to philosophical musings on free will and determinism, the Great Controversy metanarrative offers clarity. Explore how the story of this cosmic drama resolves personal and interpersonal conflict.

Presenter: Sikhu Daco

Sikhu Daco is the Senior Editorial Assistant for the Collegiate Quarterly in the GC Sabbath School Department. For over a decade, she worked in secular campus ministry after receiving her BA in Biochemistry and French. She is currently completing her MA in Religion with an emphasis in Systematic Theology at Andrews University. As a panelist on the inVerse Bible discussion show on Hope Channel, she gets to engage in her two passions for Bible study and ministry to young adults. Sikhu and her husband, Archie, have two boys who are one and two years old.

Every Wind of Doctrine

Seminar Synopsis

We are living in a time at the end of the world in which the Seventh-day Adventist Church is under attack by every wind of doctrine. We are admonished to not be “carried about with every wind of doctrine.” Many Seventh-day Adventists are falling into traps such as anti-trinitarianism, the 2520 movement, feast-keeping and other heretical doctrines. There is even confusion about the gospel. We are warned that these heresies are evidence of the work of the flesh. This seminar will address many of these doctrinal heresies and challenges that have come into the Church with the goal of creating an awakening to the truth that will prepare us to stand in the day of God.

Presenter: Dr. Norman McNulty

Norman McNulty, MD, is a board-certified neurologist practicing in Lawrenceburg, TN. Prior to starting his neurology practice in Lawrenceburg, he served for two years as a missionary at the Adventist hospital in Trinidad. He served in senior leadership capacities of Advent HOPE Sabbath School and Southwest Youth Conference (now GYC Southwest) while in Loma Linda. He enjoys studying and speaking about Adventism’s prophetic message and mission in his free time and travels throughout the world to share on these topics. He is married to Joelle, and they have three daughters, Saralyn, Anneke, and Madeline.

The Art of End Time Preaching

Seminar Synopsis

The Art of End Time Preaching is a powerful course, calculated to equip a new generation of preachers to captivate, convince, and convict the minds of a desensitized, media-saturated, and post-modern world. Created for the inexperienced introvert, the lay preacher, and the seasoned speaker alike, this course will take all to the next level in their witness for Christ.

Presenter: Taj Pacleb

Taj Pacleb is the Speaker/Director of Revelation of Hope Ministries. Born and raised in the islands of Hawaii with no Christian background, Taj got involved in a reckless life of drugs & partying. But his life was completely transformed at age 16 when he attended a Bible Prophecy Seminar. Since then, God has taken Taj around the world as an international evangelist and revivalist, conducting seminars in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and in many locations of the United States. Taj enjoys motocross, scuba diving, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing, and nature photography. But his supreme passion is traveling the world with his wife Wati, sharing God’s end time message of hope with others.

How to Read The Bible

Seminar Synopsis

The Bible is the most read book in all of history! Yet how often that reading is superficial, surface-level and stale. In this seminar, we will look at what Education says about the importance of a diligent and deep reading of the Word of God, and how the old stories that we’ve heard countless times contain the brightest gems if we would just dig in the correct manner.

Presenter: Dean Cullinane

Dean Cullinane is currently a theology student at Weimar Institute, where he lives with his wife. He has spent most of his life in London, England, where he found the Lord at 19 years old. Since then, he attended PEACE School of Evangelism and worked for 2 years as a Bible Worker. Dean has held evangelistic series and revivals all over the world. He currently works as Bible teacher at Weimar Academy and is also the host of the “Why They Did That” podcast.

So…What Would it Take?

Seminar Synopsis

This seminar is designed to engage, challenge, encourage, and inspire young professionals (especially in healthcare but not exclusively so) to seriously examine their hearts and take the plunge into “wherever-you-are” ministry in light of the scriptures, the counsels of Ellen White and the legacy of our pioneers.

Presenter: Zeno L. Charles-Marcel, MD

Medical Missionary husband, father, physician, teacher, mentor, researcher, administrator, inventor, speaker, health evangelist, and seeker of SHALOM who is moved to respond positively (even imperfectly) the call of God daily.

Launching Innovation: A Workshop for Those Interested in Innovating Their Business, Their Education, or Their Life

Seminar Synopsis

Dr. Siebold teaches the idea that human creativity and innovation reflects God’s image so we can better serve humanity in imaginative, engaging, and effective ways—a concept he calls “faithful innovation.” These sessions will lead participants through interactive experiences to apply the principles of design thinking. These experiences will provide tools to help solve difficult problems in every social context.
It is recommended for participants to either attend the first two sessions or all six.

Presenter: Dr. Randy Siebold

Randy Siebold is an Associate Professor of Leadership at Andrews University. He earned his PhD from Indiana University and holds a Masters degree in Art as well as undergraduate degrees in Industrial Education and Mechanical Engineering Technology. Dr. Siebold has served as a faculty member at Andrews University for more than 15 years and has also served as an academy principal, associate superintendent, and academic vice-president. He has published, consulted and presented across the United States and internationally on innovation and technology as well as education reform, leadership, and strategic planning.

Atheism, Apatheism, or Adventism: Worldviews In Tension

Seminar Synopsis

Can Adventism stand up to the religious skepticism and spiritual apathy of the world? In this interactive seminar we will engage with intellectual barriers to faith, including time for your questions. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the Biblical worldview and be equipped to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Presenter: Dr. Anthony Bosman

Anthony Bosman, PhD, serves as an assistant professor of mathematics at Andrews University, researching the topological structure of knots and links. Since becoming involved in campus ministry as a student at Stanford, His greatest joy has been helping others come to know Christ as “the center and circumference of all truth.”

Credibility and Influence in an Age of Consumer Religion

Seminar Synopsis

How credible is your profession of Christ? Do you leave a lingering impact? Would you like to find greater freedom and power in your Christian walk and witness? Discover the keys to a life of respect and influence in a skeptical age.

Presenter: Pastor Ron Kelly

Although not raised as a Christian, Ron’s mother required him to attend Peoria Junior Academy as a young teenager. This encounter put his feet on the path of life. Through Adventist schools, God gave him his life calling, a wonderful friendship in his wife, and the joy of being a part of the family of God. He is eternally gratefully to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the myriad of dedicated members who believe that everybody ought to know who Jesus is. He believes in a cross-generational approach to ministry, the power of the out-of-doors to shape lives, and the freedom of obedience to God’s law. Pastor Kelly is married to Collene and the father of four. He is the lead pastor at the Village Church in Berrien Springs. He enjoys camping, canoeing and mission travel.

For Crying Out Now!

Seminar Synopsis

Transparency and willingness to converse openly with those who think differently about complex issues is needed in today’s church climate. Can unity in diversity be legitimately achieved? What are the specific areas where diversity is permissible, or not? Join us in our conversation and expect to be challenged, blessed, and enriched.

Moderator: Andy Im

Andy Im has a vibrant interest in theology, society, and politics. He received his degree in political science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Religion from Southern Adventist University. He has served as a pastor, teacher, and currently works in the Michigan Conference as Communication Director. His interests include photography, camping, cooking, and spending time with wife Laura and daughters Olivia and Karis.

Panelists include:

Mikelle Wille, Adam Ramdin, Steve Allred, Jeremy Hall, Steven Conway, and Callie Williams.

Keys to Growing a Powerful and Vibrant Prayer Ministry

Seminar Synopsis

This seminar is designed to train and equip youth with the tools to grow a powerful, Holy Spirit led prayer ministry. Through personal stories, illustrations, and practical lessons from the Word of God and Spirit of Prophecy, Gem Castor and Melody Mason will share what makes a prayer ministry truly effective and successful for the glory God.

Presenters: 

Gem Castor, is an itinerant missionary whose passion is to share Christ everywhere, anywhere, in every way possible. He has been leading out united prayer in General Conference Sessions, Divisions, Unions and Conferences during their annual and constituency meetings. He has also coordinated the prayer sessions for ASI, GYC and various youth conferences in Asia. Inspired by the life of George Mueller he has been to multiple mission trips internationally and locally, depending entirely on the Lord’s providence. His vibrant friendliness reflects the all-encompassing love of Christ towards His children.

Melody Mason, is passionate about Jesus and about helping people develop a vibrant walk with Him. She is author of the book Daring to Ask for More: Divine Keys to Answered Prayer, and currently coordinates the United in Prayer initiative for the General Conference in Silver Spring Maryland.

Living Dangerously: God’s Call to Mission Service and How to Get Involved!

Seminar Synopsis

Young people are designed by God to live dangerously for Him! Like arrows they are to be sent into the most dangerous places of the earth (Psalms 127:4). Young people attending these seminars will learn about One Year in Mission, Global Youth Day, Public Campus Ministries and how to get involved in these great initiatives. They will also learn how to exercise discernment when it comes to social Justice issues and how to utilize them as springboards for the Gospel!

Presenter: Pastor Gary Blanchard

Pastor Gary is the proud father of three young adults (Gary, Ben and Sierra) and is fortunate to be married out of his league to Erica Blanchard his wife of over twenty years! Pastor Gary has served in youth ministry for many years and now works at the General Conference as World Youth Director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

You are Needed!

Seminar Synopsis

What will it take? Are you and your church on the 500 year plan or the 10 year plan to take the Adventist message to everyone in your territory and beyond?

Presenter: Pastor Dan Serns

Dan Serns has travelled the world teaching and preaching about Jesus, Bible truth and God’s final movement on earth. Thousands who have heard him speak say they appreciate how he is able to make complex Bible subjects clear, understandable and practical and mobilize people in God’s mission. Wherever he goes there is renewal, revival and numerical multiplication of God’s kingdom. He serves as Evangelism Coordinator for the Texas Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. He has been published in numerous magazines, including Ministry Magazine and Adventist Review. He and his wife Lois have raised three children who are currently serving the Lord with their families in Texas, Washington & California.

The Wheel of Faith

Seminar Synopsis

The wheel of faith is a presentation of the fundamental points of the everlasting gospel. It is the matrix from which the loud cry is given. It is the message that calls people out of Babylon. It prepares the 144,000 to go through Jacob’s time of trouble. It is the message given to the Laodicean church. In short, it is the message of the gospel that God’s people must experience if they are to be able to stand on that day.

Presenter: Pastor C. Damon Snead

Pastor Snead is the speaker for Wheel of faith Ministries as well as the chaplain for the Newstart program at Weimar Institute in Weimar, California. He graduated with a Batchelor in Theology from Southwestern Adventist University and earned a Masters in pastoral ministry from Andrews. He and his wife Mary have seven wonderful children. His single passion in this life is to preach the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14.

Seminar Synopsis:

If you are at GYC, then you probably do not need to be convinced to be involved in mission. The question you may be asking is HOW? The Adventist Church’s Office of Global Mission has several ways you can participate in mission from “tentmaking,” to church planting, to Urban Centers of Influence, to cross-cultural mission, and more. Come learn how you can join the movement to finish the work.

Presenter: Jeff Scoggins

Pastor Jeff Scoggins has lived on four different continents as a missionary and is currently in charge of strategic planning and project coordination for the Office of Adventist Mission at the General Conference.

Seminar Synopsis:

Can Adventism stand up to the religious skepticism and spiritual apathy of the world? In this interactive seminar we will engage with intellectual barriers to faith, including time for your questions. You’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the Biblical worldview and be equipped to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.”

Presenter: Dr. Anthony Bosman

Dr. Bosman serves as an assistant professor of mathematics at Andrews University, researching the topological structure of knots and links. Since becoming involved in campus ministry as a student at Stanford, his greatest joy has been helping others come to know Christ as “the center and circumference of all truth”.