General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Mario E. Ceballos, DMin, BCC

Associate Director, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries
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Dr. Mario E. Ceballos serves as Associate Director for the General Conference and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. His responsibilities include policy development, administration, endorsement and certification of chaplains, as well a chaplain training for the North American Division and the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. He oversees the areas of campus and health care chaplaincies. Dr. Ceballos also serves as an adjunct professor at Andrews University for coordinating the Doctor of Ministry Degrees Chaplaincy Concentrations programs. He is an adjunct professor at Loma Linda University School of Religion and the Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary (IATS). Dr. Mario E. Ceballos has worked for the Seventh-day Adventist church for more than 35 years, serving as pastor in Puerto Rico, Texas and Massachusetts; as youth director for the Texas Conference and Church Ministries director for the Southern New England Conference. He served as a associate director of spiritual care and adjunct professor to the medical residency program at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. He also served as the Vice-president of Spiritual Services and Missions, adjunct professor of Spirituality and Healing for the Kettering Adventist Health Care and Kettering College of Medical Arts in Ohio. Mario served in the United State Armed Forces active and reserves for 32 years, achieving the rank of Commander. He graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, then he obtained a Doctor of Ministry from Boston University. He is also a Board-certified Chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Mario E. Ceballos is married to Dr. Gloria A. Ceballos, Ph.D., they have one married son, Dr. Mario A. Ceballos, a practicing attorney in Orlando, Florida.  

Lowell Cooper, MDiv, MPH

General Vice President
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Lowell Cooper is a General Vice President at the Seventh-day Adventist World Church, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. He is the Chairman of the Board of Loma Linda Adventist Health Sciences Center, and its affiliated institutions. Prior to his employment at Adventist world church headquarters, Cooper held pastoral and departmental leadership roles in Canada followed by more than 16 years of service in Pakistan and India. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in the U.S. state of Michigan and a master's degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University in 2011. Lowell's current assignments include serving as chair for the boards at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, Adventist Health International and Pacific Press Publishing Association. He is vice-chair for the General Conference Auditing Service Board. Lowell's wife, Rae Lee, is a nurse and musician. The couple has two adult children.

Mark Finley DD, MMin

Assistant to the President
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Mark Finley is a world-renowned public speaker and evangelist who has worked globally. He has a special interest in health and he and his wife, Teenie, have taught health principles to tens of thousands of people around the world in a focused effort to prevent non-communicable diseases through adequate nutrition, rest and exercise, also emphasizing the importance of spirituality and health. He will be presenting a daily devotional emphasizing wholistic wellness with mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health and well-being.

Derek Morris, DMin

Associate Secretary, Ministerial Association
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Derek Morris, currently serves as an associate secretary in the General Conference Ministerial Association, Editor of Ministry, an international journal for pastors, co-host of MINISTRYinMOTION, and teacher for Hope Sabbath School. His favorite hobby is writing Scripture songs with his wife, Bodil.  They have recorded 8 CDs that are heard on Christian radio and television stations around the world.

Raquel Arrais

Associate Director for Women's Ministries
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Raquel Arrais presently holds the position of Associate Director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of SDA. Raquel Arrais is the wife of Pastor Jonas Arrais who is the Associate Ministerial Secretary at the General Conference and they have two sons, Tiago and Andre, two daughters' in-law, Paula and Natalia and a grandson, Benjamin. Raquel grew up in a pastoral family and is a third generation Seventh-day Adventist. Prior to coming to the General Conference Raquel was Women's Ministries and Shepherdess associate director for the South American Division (2000-2003) and Children's Ministries director (2004 – 2005). For 20 years Raquel worked as an educator and administrator in Brazil. In 1997 she received her master's Degree in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University. Raquel loves reading, walking, playing the piano, and collecting pictures of women's faces. She enjoys spending time with women, ministering to them, and learning from them. She has a desire to see more women accepting God's call and being involved with the mission of the church. Her favorite word is courage and her favorite Bible text is Joshua 1:9.  

Kathleen Kuntaraf, MD, MPH

Associate Director for Prevention
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Kathleen Kiem Hoa Oey Kuntaraf MD, MPH, works at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as an Associate Director for Prevention since the year 1995. She has promoted, coordinated, trained and provided various lifestyle training seminars including C.H.A.R.T.E.R.S. (Comprehensive Health and Rehabilitation Through Evidence-based Research Strategies), C.E.L.E.B.R.A.T.I.O.N.S. (Choice, Exercise, Liquids, Environment, Belief, Rest, Air, Temperance, Integrity, Optimism, Nutrition, Social Support and Service), Rural Health, Health Expos, Youth Alive reducing at-risk behaviors, in various places including Antigua, Abidjan, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bermuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Canada, Cambodia, China, Chili, England, France, Gambia, Haiti, Indonesia, India, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Laos, Madagascar, Mali, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Paraguay, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Russia, Santa Domingo, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Spain, Santa Domingo, South Africa, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, Uruguay, Vietnam, US, Yugoslavia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Being the only lady in the GC Health Ministries main office, she has accepted numerous invitations to the Women’s Ministries conferences at the General Conference level, various division levels, union levels, and local churches presenting the women’s Healthy Lifestyle Prescriptions. She and her husband, Jonathan Kuntaraf, D. Min, GC SS/PM Director have conducted more than 20 Evangelistic Campaigns in various places using the integrated method that they have both developed, so listeners could be approached in a balanced wholistic way.  Their daughter, Andrea Kuntaraf-Crane MD, is in her last year of subspecialty training in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery at the University of North Carolina. They have one granddaughter, Chelsea Crane. Prior to her current position, Kathleen has worked in Medan Adventist Hospital and Bandung Adventist hospital in Indonesia, and was the ADRA (Adventist Development and Relief Agency) Child Health project director in Bandung and then later became the projects coordinator for the West Indonesian Union Mission and East Indonesian Union Conference until the year 1988. She then was called to serve as Assistant Director for ADRA in the Far Eastern Division till 1989 and then became the Director of the Health department for the Far Eastern Division located in Singapore.

Heather-Dawn Small

Director for Women's Ministries
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She Heather-Dawn Small presently holds the position of director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of SDA. Heather-Dawn is the wife of Pastor Joseph Small and the mother of a daughter Dalonne and a son Jerard. Prior to coming to the General Conference in 2001 she held the position of Children's and Women's Ministries Director for the Caribbean Union Conference located on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago for five years. Heather-Dawn loves air travel, reading, embroidery, scrapbooking, and stamp collecting and she enjoys ministry to women. As she travels the world she has three passions - to see more women involved in evangelism, to encourage women to be involved in ministry to others – especially young women, and to share the joy that God has given her in spite of life's many challenges. Her favorite word is "JOY" and her favorite saying is "Don't let anyone steal your joy."  

Eugenia Giordano

Associate Director of the HIV-AIDS International Ministry
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Eugenia Giordano is a medical missionary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and the Associate Director of the HIV-AIDS International Ministry, Tri-Divisional Africa Office. Dr. Eugenia has treated patients with AIDS as early as 1991 in the region of Kibuye, Rwanda. At that time, she was in charge of the outpatient clinic of Mugonero Adventist Hospital, and later director of the Antananarivo Medical Clinic in Madagascar. Eugenia has a vast experience in academic teaching and community health education. She has organized and implemented several Health Expos in Africa.

Oscar Giordano

Executive Director of the HIV-AIDS International Ministry
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Dr. Giordano is a medical missionary for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Specialized in Surgery, his background includes health ministries, health administration, public health with a special focus on HIV/AIDS, and academic teaching. Together with his wife Eugenia, they have been serving as missionaries in Africa for the last 24 years. They have four daughters. Oscar and Eugenia pioneered the HIV/AIDS ministry for the church.


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