- Vandeon Griffin hi-res photo (JPG 9.02 MB)
Dr. Vandeon Griffin was born in Greenville, Miss. He served as the Youth Pastor of the Ephesus Seventh-day Adventist Church in Greenville, Miss., for four years. He was then extended an invitation to serve as a pastoral intern at the New Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn. Griffin earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala. Upon graduation from Oakwood University he was extended a call to the South Central Conference in May of 2001.
He matriculated to Andrews University Theological Seminary of Seventh-day Adventist in Berrien Springs, Mich., where he completed the requirements for the Master of Divinity degree in July 2003. He completed the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Organizational Leadership from Andrews University in December of 2020.
Griffin served as a pastoral intern while at Andrews University, at the Highland Avenue Seventh-day Adventist Church in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Upon completion of Andrews University, he was assigned to the Ebenezer and Mt. Olive Seventh-day Adventist churches in Gadsden and Anniston, Ala.
He served as the Youth Director of South Central Conference for 10 years and President of BAYDA (Black Adventist Youth Director Association) for 7.5 years.
He also served as the Director of Sabbath School/Personal Ministry and Prison Ministry of South Central Conference for two years and the Lord allowed him to start the Touch 10k initiative that is now being promoted in the nine regional conferences.
Currently, Griffin serves as the Associate Youth and Young Adult Director of the North American Division, with headquarters in Columbia, Md. He covets the prayers of the saints in this assignment.
He has not made this journey in life by himself; he is married to the former Kimberly Tinson, who is an accounting graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Miss. The Griffin’s have one amazing daughter, Kalin K. Griffin, a student at Oakwood University.
Griffin has a passion to see people on fire for the Lord, doing what He has called us all to do: “be a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come (Matt. 24:14).”