Associate Youth Director
Jonatán Tejel Subirada is the 7th Pathfinder Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church. The son of Andrés and Josefina Tejel, Jonatan is used to changes. As is common for many PKs (pastor's kid), the family frequently moved until they settled in Madrid, Spain, where he spent his adolescent years.
He was baptized by his father, Pastor Andrés Tejel, on December 26, 1981. In 1990 he began his studies in Theology at Sagunto Adventist College. He attended that institution for the first three years, and then moved on to Collonges (France) where he completed his degree in Theology in 1995. 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. He is married to the former Daniela Sciarabba. They are the parents of two daughters; Astrid, born in 1999 and Édera, born in 2001.
Jonatán Tejel has over 18 years' experience as a youth ministries director, speaks four languages (Spanish, Italian, English and French), and was the creator and the editor of Conexión, a youth ministries magazine for the Adventist Church in Spain. Jonatán enjoys sports like football, rock climbing, 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.