Associate Youth Director
Jonatán Tejel Subirada is the seventh Pathfinder Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. A PK (pastor’s kid), Jonatán is accustomed to changes. As is common for pastoral families, his family moved frequently until they settled in Madrid, Spain, where Jonatán spent his adolescent years.
He was baptized by his father, Pastor Andrés Tejel, on December 26, 1981. He studied at Sagunto Adventist College before completing his degree in Theology at Collonges in France. In 1992 he obtained an official certificate as Free Time Activity Coordinator, a title that is only granted by the Department of Education of the Spanish Government. Jonatán and his wife Daniela are the proud parents of two daughters, Astrid and Édera.
Jonatán has over 20 years of experience as a youth ministries director, speaks four languages (Spanish, Italian, English, and French), and was the creator and editor of Conexión, a youth ministries magazine for the Adventist church in Spain. Jonatán enjoys sports such as football, rock climbing, and scuba diving and likes working with computers and doing puzzles. One of his favorite Bible verses is Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”