Jonathan Kuntaraf, PhD

Director, Personal Ministries and Sabbath School

Jonathan Kuntaraf, born into a Buddhist family in Indonesia, was baptized when he was 17. During the past 42 years he has served as a pastor, college professor and administrator, and division Church Ministries director. He earned his doctorate degree in ministry from Andrews University in 1979. He is Director of the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and adjunct professor of Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies.

In his eighteen years of service for the General Conference he has visited 152 countries to conduct seminars in the area of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries.

Jonathan and Kathleen are partners in preaching, teaching, presenting seminars, and writing, and have seen more than 4,000 precious children of God lead into His kingdom. They have written five books and numerous publications, including Sabbath School Bible Study Guides.

The Lord has blessed them with two children. Until his death on April 6, 2013, their son Andrew, an MBA degree holder from Southern Adventist University, was Director of the Membership Software Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Their daughter, Andrea, is a graduate of Loma Linda School of Medicine. She is a certified OBGYN and a fellow of Urogyn Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in North Carolina and her husband Patrick is a physician serving at a military hospital in North Carolina. They have one daughter, Chelsea.