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3-23-15 Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries Transitions with NAD Director Appointed
Silver Spring, Maryland –March 5, 2015 – “Since its inception in 1985 as a department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries (ACM) has overseen the ministry of chaplains in the North American Division and the world field,” says Dr. Mario Ceballos, Director, Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries–General Conference. “To better serve the world church, ACM is reorganizing. As a part of the reorganization, Dr. Paul S. Anderson has been appointed as the ACM director for the North American Division.”
According to Ceballos, chaplaincy, as an expression of ministry, is expanding rapidly around the world. “With Dr. Anderson’s appointment, each of the 13 world divisions of the Adventist Church has now established ACM departments and appointed directors,” says Ceballos. “In North America alone, there are more than 430 endorsed Adventist chaplains. With this growth, the appointment of a North American Division director has become necessary.”
Dr. Anderson served for 19 years as a U.S. Navy chaplain. His last assignment before retirement from the Navy was as the Deputy Chaplain for Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capitol Region at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. His portfolio includes Joint Plans and Operations for Religious Support for ceremonies and circumstances that might overwhelm the capacity of civil authorities. He also served as the Chief of the Department of Pastoral Care and Clinical Ethicist at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital on Fort Belvoir.
Prior to his Naval career, Chaplain Anderson pastored in the Allegheny East and Potomac Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists. He completed his undergraduate work in Theology at Columbia Union College (WAU) in Takoma Park, Maryland. He earned four graduate degrees–a Master of Divinity from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, a Master of Education in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and a Masters of Sacred Theology in Religion and Culture from Boston University. His Doctor of Ministry degree was conferred by Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Anderson also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Anderson also holds certifications in Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Civil Mediation, Alternative Workplace Dispute Resolution, Temperament Analysis, Marriage Enrichment, Workforce Diversity, and is a certified Life Coach.