General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Hiskia I. Missah, DMin

Associate Director, Youth Ministries
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Hiskia IDr. Hiskia Israil Missah is the Associate Youth Director of General Conference of SDA Church. During his 39 years of services, he served at different positions and responsibilities as West Indonesia Union Mission Youth Director, President of East Java Conference, Youth and PARL Director of Southern Asia-Pacific Division. 26 years of services in the Youth Department, WIUM (8 years), SSD (10 years) and General Conference (8 years). A native of Indonesia, married to Dr. Ellen Sudjiman Missah. They are blessed with four daughters: Laura, Edith, Sheryl, and Ellen, and eight grandchildren: Rachel, Hiskia, Matthew, Joshua, Alaina, Angela, Kylie and MJ.

Gilbert R. Cangy, MA

Youth Ministries Director
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Gilbert was born of missionary parents in the Seychelles Islands. He grew up in Mauritius with his six brothers and sisters and joined the Merchant Navy as a cadet officer after his high school years. He gave his heart to Jesus while still at sea in December 1975 and came back home to Mauritius where he got involved in his local church as the youth leader. Gilbert followed his childhood sweetheart Rosemay to Australia in 1981 where they were married. They have two children: Joel (28) and Emilie (23). Gilbert graduated from Avondale College in 1987 and pastored in the state of Victoria for six years before being called to be Youth Director in Sydney in 1993. In 1999, he was appointed as the Director for Youth Ministries for the South Pacific Division. In 2009, he asked for a change to pastor a local church in Sydney, from where he was called to be the General Conference Youth Director in 2010. Gilbert obtained a Masters in Youth Ministry from La Sierra University in 1997 and is currently working on a Doctoral program. He has an interest in all sports, particularly soccer, and loves music. His dream is to see youth take hold of the mission of the church and stand up as a global movement for Jesus to bring hope and meaning to our hopeless world. One of Gilbert’s favorite Bible verses is “And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanors, by love, by faith, by integrity.”

Gary Swanson, MA

Associate Director Sabbath School & Personal Ministries Department
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Elder Gary B. Swanson has served for nine years as associate director of the Department of Sabbath School and Personal Ministries of the General Conference. Prior to this he worked 15 years as editor of CQ, formerly Collegiate Quarterly, the official Sabbath School publication for Seventh-day Adventist young adults worldwide. In the past 25 years, Swanson has conducted workshops around the world in creative writing and techniques to improve Sabbath School learning. With nine years’ classroom experience as a high school teacher, he has a master’s degree in education. He has had more than 1,300 articles, stories, and poems published in 150 Christian periodicals. A winner of 12 international writing awards, he has authored six books.

Jonathan Kuntaraf, PhD

Director, Personal Ministries and Sabbath School
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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.

Jerry Page, [node:field-degrees]

Ministerial Association Secretary
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Jerry Page is the ministerial secretary for the world church.  He has served as a pastor, conference administrator in Colorado and Pennsylvania and as conference president in Pennsylvania and Central California in North America.  He is passionate about Jesus and sharing what God can do through the united prayers of His people, having learned first-hand the power of reading and believing God’s word both privately and with others.  He and his wife Janet have shared their experiences at retreats, camp meetings, leadership meetings, and religious television programs in North America and around the world.  He is the father of two grown sons who are both married and the grandfather of two young boys and a baby girl.   

Janet Page, [node:field-degrees]

Associate Secretary, Editor, Shepherdess Journal
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Janet Page, General Conference Ministerial Associate for Prayer and Ministry Families, is passionate about knowing Jesus, prayer, and reaching people for Him.  As Prayer, Shepherdess and Women’s Ministries Coordinator for the Pennsylvania and Central California Conferences in North America, Janet has seen God work to change lives in miraculous ways when His people come together in prayer.  Often a speaker for weekend retreats, she loves sharing her favorite subject – Jesus and spending time with Him.  She also travels with her husband Jerry, speaking at leadership events around the world.  She has two married sons and two young grandsons and a baby girl.

Elaine Oliver, MA

Family Ministries Director
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Willie and Elaine Oliver are directors of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters. An ordained minister, Willie Oliver holds a PhD in Family Sociology; a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling; a masters degree in Sociology; and a bachelors degree in Theology. He is the former Director of Family Ministries for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Atlantic Union Conference, and the Greater New York Conference. He also served as a senior pastor and youth pastor in New York City, and is an adjunct professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Elaine Oliver holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology; a masters degree in Higher and Adult Education; and a bachelors degree in business management and accounting. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Prior to her current position she served as a university administrator and as a marriage and family consultant for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Olivers have conducted marriage conferences, retreats, and relationship seminars around the world. They are founders of From This Day Forward marriage conferences, Journey Toward Intimacy marriage conferences, authors of the Relationship RX column in Message magazine and the Real Relationships column in Adventist World online, as well as many other articles and book chapters. They are editors of the annual Family Ministries Planbook, and host marriage and family strengthening programs on Hope TV and 3ABN. The Olivers produce and host an award-winning weekly family program on the Hope Channel called Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver. Willie and Elaine Oliver have been married for 29 years and are the parents of two young adults--Jessica and Julian. In their spare time they enjoy taking long walks, beach vacations, gardening, exotic cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.  

Willie Oliver, PhD, MA

Family Ministries Director
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Willie and Elaine Oliver are directors of the Department of Family Ministries for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters. An ordained minister, Willie Oliver holds a PhD in Family Sociology; a masters degree in Pastoral Counseling; a masters degree in Sociology; and a bachelors degree in Theology. He is the former Director of Family Ministries for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Atlantic Union Conference, and the Greater New York Conference. He also served as a senior pastor and youth pastor in New York City, and is an adjunct professor at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. Elaine Oliver holds a masters degree in Counseling Psychology; a masters degree in Higher and Adult Education; and a bachelors degree in business management and accounting. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Prior to her current position she served as a university administrator and as a marriage and family consultant for the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Olivers have conducted marriage conferences, retreats, and relationship seminars around the world. They are founders of From This Day Forward marriage conferences, Journey Toward Intimacy marriage conferences, authors of the Relationship RX column in Message magazine and the Real Relationships column in Adventist World online, as well as many other articles and book chapters. They are editors of the annual Family Ministries Planbook, and host marriage and family strengthening programs on Hope TV and 3ABN. The Olivers produce and host an award-winning weekly family program on the Hope Channel called Real Family Talk with Willie and Elaine Oliver. Willie and Elaine Oliver have been married for 29 years and are the parents of two young adults--Jessica and Julian. In their spare time they enjoy taking long walks, beach vacations, gardening, exotic cuisines, and spending time with family and friends.  

Linda Koh, EdD

Director Children's Ministries Department
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Linda was born and raised in Singapore. Prior to her appointment to the General Conference Children’s Ministries Department, Linda served for nine years as director of Children’s, Family, and Women’s Ministries of the Southern Asia Pacific Division, based in the Philippines. She obtained her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Andrews University, Michigan, USA, and has 24 years of teaching experience behind her, ranging from elementary to the college level. She is happily married to Oliver Koh, former Associate Education Director of the Southern Asia Pacific Division. They have two grown sons, Terrence and Marvin, and five grandchildren. She enjoys working with children and people from all walks of life. She has served as a resource person for the Singapore government, giving talks and conducting seminars on child development, parenting, and family life relationships. She enjoys writing and has co-authored the book, God Loves Me 28 Ways with Charles Mills. She has also contributed numerous articles for several magazines in Singapore, such as Motherhood, Teens, and Families Today. She also writes for the Adventist Review, Adventist World, Elder’s Digest, Vibrant Life, Kids Ministry Ideas, and other church publications.  

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