Magulilo Mwakalonge, Director
East Central Africa Division
Pastor Magulilo Mwakalonge was born in Kigoma Tanzania and raised in a Seventh-day Adventist family. He has served the Church as a Bible Instructor; District Pastor; Departmental Director of a Conference, Union and Division; and as a Union President. He did Ministerial Training and attained BA in Theology from University of Eastern Africa Baraton (Tanzania Adventist College Campus), and MA in Theology (New Testament) at Newbold College, UK Campus. Pastor Mwakalonge has deep love for Youth Ministries, and he strongly believes that the Youth Ministries has greatly contributed to who he is. He is married to Winnie, and they have two lovely children- Grace and Gladness.
Roman M. Chisakov , Director
Roman M. Chisakov was born on November 30, 1984, in the south of Moldova. Together with his wife Tatiana, he is raising three daughters: Vlada, Eva, and Eliana. After graduating from the Theological Institute in Romania, he began his active pastoral ministry, continuing his studies in the master’s (2012) and doctoral programs (2020). Roman values education and the Church, and believes that the Adventist worldview is a vector of hope intended by God for modern man.
Jonatan Tejel, Director
Jonatán Tejel Subirada was the 7th Pathfinder Director of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church. The son of Andrés and Josefina Tejel, Jonatan is use 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 and Édera.
Jonatán now serves as the Youth Ministries Director of the Inter-European Division.
Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division
Busi Khumalo has had 23 blissful and enjoyable years of pastoral life, seven of which were spent at the Southern Africa Union Conference as Youth Director. Since July 2010, he is humbled to serve at the Southern Africa Indian-Ocean Division as Director for Youth Ministries and Chaplaincy Ministries.
His academic achievements include a Bachelor degree in Theology and Masters in Religion. He also enjoys reading, running, and travelling. In the future Khumalo and his wife Maipato wish to be missionaries overseas. They have been married for 22 years and have two lovely children, a son Sihe (20-years-old) and daughter Side (18-years-old). “I love young people and nothing brings me more happiness than seeing youth embracing Jesus Christ and forsaking their evil ways.”
Al Powell, Director
Pastor Al Powell was elected to serve as the Youth Ministries Director of the Inter-America Division of Seventh-Day Adventists on July 9, 2015. Pastor Powell will now be responsible for supervising the youth activities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the 42 countries that comprise the Inter-American Division, which has 3.7 million members. Pastor Al Powell was born in the beautiful Cayman Islands. He is a third generation Seventh-Day Adventist. He has been married for over 20 happy years to nurse and teacher, the former Zoraida Giraldo, who greatly supports his ministry, especially in the areas of health and evangelism. The Lord has blessed this union with two sons, Daniel and Felipe.
Pastor Powell attended Northern Caribbean University located in Mandeville, Jamaica for three years and studied Business Administration. However, he responded to the call of gospel ministry and shortly after transferred to the Central American Adventist University located in Alajuela, Costa Rica. There he learned Spanish and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology. He went on to earn an MBA with an emphasis in Leadership from the University of Liverpool in England. He is currently a candidate for the Master’s in Science Degree with an emphasis in Family Therapy from the Adventist University in Peru.
Tracy Wood, Director
North American Division
Pastor Tracy has a passion for helping young people become leaders for Jesus. Over the years he has served as a pastor, a lay-youth leader, a conference youth and young adult ministries director. He now serves as an Associate Director for Youth & Young Adult Ministries, Public Campus Ministries, and Teen Leadership Training at the North American Division. Pastor Tracy is married to Angelina and they have young adult children with grandchildren.
Armando Miranda, Associate Director
North American Division
Armando Miranda Jr. currently serves as the Youth director for Club Ministries of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He was born and raised in Mexico, but has lived half of his life here in the United States. He finished his BA in Theology in Southwestern Adventist University in 2003 and his Masters in Divinity in 2007 at Andrews University. He pastored in Texas for nine years before serving as Associate Youth Director at the Texas Conference for over two years. He loves to work with leaders and more specifically with youth! He enjoys a good soccer game and recently has picked up mountain biking. His vision is to see many young people in the kingdom of Heaven.
Vandeon Griffin, Associate Director
North American Division
Pastor Vandeon Griffin is the Associate Youth and Young Adult Director of the North American Division. Prior to this he served as the Youth Director of South Central Conference for 10 years and President of BAYDA (Black Adventist Youth Director Association) for 7 years. A native of the south, his education includes BA in Theology from Oakwood University, MDiv and DMin Degree from Andrews University. He started the Touch 10k initiative. He is married to the former Kimberly Tinson, and together they are the proud parents of a daughter, Kalin.
HoYoung Choi , Director
Northern Asia-Pacific Division
HoYoung Choi started his ministry in 1995 at the Middle West Korean Conference in Korea where he pastored several churches. He also served as Middle West Korean Conference Youth Director, then Director of National Service Organization, and Director of Spirit of Prophecy over two sessions, from 2007-2011. After that he served at the Korean Union Conference as Youth Director for four years. He is married Myung Hwa Cho and they have two sons, Yire and Yisaem. He currently runs the YouTube ministry channel, Covenant Keepers. He is a minister who loves the Word of God and is known for having long studies and deep insight into the Covenant. In particular, he influences many Adventist youth in Korea through various ministries of the Word, such as the Bible Reading camps that he developed and operated.
Carlos Campitelli, Director
South American Division
Pastor Carlos Campitelli was born in Paraná, Entre Ríos, Argentina. He studied at the Adventist University of Plata, where he graduated in Pastoral Theology, Religious Education and Social Assistance.
In 2010, he graduated in the Master in Pastoral Theology from the Adventist Faculty of Bahia. In 2016 he obtained the Master’s in Leadership from Andrews University. He is married to Lislei Freire, a native of Brazil, a graduate in Psychology and Music from Adventista do Plata University.
Carlos began his pastoral ministry in Barreirinhas, Maranhão, Brazil. He was then transferred to the capital, São Luís do Maranhão, where he also worked as a district pastor. In the same field, he was called to be director of the YouthMinistry of the Maranhense Association. Subsequently, he was called to be director of the Youth Ministry of the Western Amazon Association. He then worked as director of the Youth Ministry of the Northeast Brazilian Union and the Argentine Union. Campitelli is currently the director of the Youth, Music and University Ministry of the South American Division.
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Udolcy Zukowski, Director
South American Division
Udolcy Zukowski holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in theology from UNASP-EC and a master’s degree in leadership from UNASP/Andrews. He has been dedicated to working with Youth, Pathfinders and Adventurers since 1990. He was a department director at a Mission field and three Conference Unions. Since 2012 he has been serving as Pathfinder and Adventurer Director of the South American Division. He has been married to Sonia Zukowski for the past 34 years, and together they have a son, two daughters, and two grandchildren.
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Nick Kross, Specialist
South Pacific Division
Dr. Nick Kross is the South Pacific Division Youth Specialist. He received his D Min from Fuller Theological Seminary. In ministry for 34 years with the last 26 years in youth ministry. He is the husband of Andrea Kross, and has three children, Nicholas and Caitlin are both in ministry, and Joshua who is currently studying Theology. Nick’s hobbies include surfing, mountain biking, and living a missional life with Christ and seeing souls saved.
Ron Genebago, Director
Southern Asia-Pacific Division
Petronio M. Genebago, MPH, MMin, MAR, is a Ph.D. candidate at AIIAS, and serves as the Youth/PCM Director of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division. Prior to this position, he served as an instructor at the Adventist University of the Philippines, and a youth director at the conference and union levels. He has published many articles and a book, Voice of Youth: Empowering the Youth for Evangelism. He and his wife, Jeneva, are the parents of two sons, Von and Harold.
Benoy Tirkey, Director
Southern Asia Division
Benoy Daniel Tirkey, is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, presently he is serving as a Youth Director for the Southern Asia Division. Prior to this, he has served as a principal in two different boarding schools at SUD. He loves to be with young people. His hobbies are reading, swimming, and exploring the jungle. He is happily married to Rushila and they are blessed with a daughter Sandhya and a son Bryan Nelson.
Ravindra Shankar, PCM Director
Southern Asia Division
Ravindra Shankar has a passion for the Lord and youth ministry. Having served the church in various capacities for 42 years, he joins the youth ministries team as the Public Campus Ministry Coordinator of the Southern Asia Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Master of Science (MSc)
Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Doctor of Letter (D. Lit) (Hon.)
Ravindra is married to Deborah who worked as an Assistant College Professor. Together they are the parents of two adult sons, who both work as computer engineers.
Dejan Stojkovic was born in Kragujevac, Serbia. He finished his primary and secondary education in post-communist Serbia, interrupted a few times with the ugliness of wars that struck this region. He migrated to England in 2001 to study theology and completed his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Newbold College, where he started a student-led worship service ‘Experience’. Dejan served as a youth pastor at Stanborough Park Church, where he established the Parallel Service as an outreach and reclamation ministry for youth and young adults. Before being called to serve as youth director of the Trans-European Division he was served as a Director for Teen’s Ministry, AVS and Chaplaincy at the South England Conference and the Youth and Pathfinder Director of the British Union Conference. Dejan got married to Deana in 2010. Dejan’s mission in life is very simple and that is preparing young people for the second coming of Jesus.
Ugochukwu Elems, Director
West Central Africa Division
Pastor Elems is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from Nigeria. He brings leadership experiences in youth ministries from Africa and North America where he has mentored and enjoyed working with young people. He believes God is already at work among the youths and still enlisting young people for a special global assignment which begins from a local context. It is great to be young!