La Sierra University (LSU) is mourning the passing of LSU alum and sports medicine legend Dr. Frank Jobe
, who died March 6 at the age of 88. Jobe was the creator of the famed "Tommy John" surgery which prolonged or saved the careers of countless baseball players at all levels and changed baseball forever. He graduated from LSU
in 1949 with a BA, and then studied medicine at Loma Linda's College of Medical Evangelists, now Loma Linda University School of Medicine
. LSU honored him as Alumnus of the Year in April, 2013. MORE
Julio Muñoz has accepted the position as the new Associate Director for the Office of Communication
as of March 30, as voted by the NAD Executive Committee. He replaces Dan Weber who became the director when George Johnson transitioned to a new position at Oakwood University. Julio will oversee public relations and marketing and assist with media production as a producer, writer and on-camera talent. He recently served as the Manager Client Care for Adventist Risk Management. From 2007 - 2012 he was Bureau Chief for Marketing and Development at ADRA.
Columbia Union has named their first female vice-president.
Celeste Ryan Blyden was promoted from editor of theVisitor
magazine and assistant to the president for communication to be vice president for strategic communication and public relations. Other promotions include Rubén Ramos, from assistant to the president for Multicultural Ministries to vice president for Multicultural Ministries; Beth Michaels, from managing editor of the Visitor
to editor in chief and associate director of communication; and Tabitha Martinez, from assistant treasurer to associate treasurer;
In addition, the union voted to have Cindy Tutsch, DMin, recently retired from her post as associate director at the Ellen G. White Estate to serve as a consultant to help launch their planned evangelistic school for young adults in the Columbia Union. MORE
The SONscreen Film Festival has announced its selections for consideration for this year's SONscreen awards. This year there were more than 50 entries to the festival to be held March 20-22 on the campus of Southern Adventist University. Some of the categories are Dramatic Short; Documentary Short; Animation; and My Church, My Mission. See the list and schedule
Eight million Adventist youth worldwide, including NAD youth, will "exit the church and enter the world" on Global Youth Day, Sabbath, March 15. They plan to "live the sermon" by joining in acts of kindness, donating blood, serving at shelters, and much more.
Please inform your youth that they can publish directly to the Global Youth Day website which will show exactly where they are on a world map, or via the iOS App, or Android App. They can also upload photos and videos to the Global Youth Day Facebook page and can use the Smartphone App to contribute.
Hope Channel Broadcast for NAD time slots for young people to tell their stories are listed on the NAD website. Watch live stream. MORE
“The Paradise Valley Church is one of the most unusual Seventh-day Adventist Churches that I have had the privilege of being in. The whole focus of the church is upon the needs of men, women, and children who have come to the shores of America in need.” - Dan Jackson
Watch a video
about the Paradise Valley Church (PVC) in the San Diego, Calif. area, and its Refugee Assimilation Project (RAP). PVC has over 51 nationalities attending and are translating into Spanish, French, Swahili, Arabic, Laotian, Napalese on Sabbath mornings as a result of their RAP food program which now serves about 500 people a week. San Diego is the "refugee capitol of America," with 90 thousand lonely refugees who have left their families behind. PVC Pastor Will James says that, "They don't know anyone when they arrive, and they need someone to love and care about them. The church has become that loving, caring, compassionate society that they crave."
[Photo: Dan and Donna Jackson- left center back; Paradise Valley Church Pastor Will James right center back; posing with some church members]