Staff

Director, Adventist Christian Fellowship

Ron Pickell

Ron Pickell has spent most of his ministry experience working with students on public college campuses first at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN and currently at the University of California, Berkeley both as the pastor of LIFE Adventist church of Berkeley and chaplain of the BACF Adventist campus ministry group at UC Berkeley. Since 2005 Ron has been serving in the Youth Department as the North American Division Volunteer Coordinator of Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF/NAD). ACF/NAD is the official NAD organization for Adventist ministry non-Adventist college and university campuses. <p>In 2014 Ron earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary in Discipleship & Biblical Spirituality. His dissertation was on Christian Faith Development in College Students on non-Adventist College and University Campuses. Ron has coauthored the “Word on Campus: A Guide To Public College Ministry”, Quick Start Guide For Starting Public Campus Ministry”. Ron is also the author of “The Journey Bible Study: Following Jesus On Campus”. He has also published many papers and articles on college ministry and helped established campus ministry groups on college and university campuses across North America. <p>In 2015 Ron was asked to serve as the Pacific Union Conference Volunteer Coordinator for public campus ministry and continues to serve in this position to this day. <p>Ron is married to Carolyn Pickell with three adult children.

President

Bradford C. Newton

<p>In August of 2021, Pastor Newton took on the role of president of the Pacific Union Conference, which requires leadership of all church activities in a vast and diverse five-state region. Newton’s long history in church leadership in the Pacific Union makes him particularly suited to this role. </p> <p>For more than 25 years, he has served in various capacities in the union: pastor in the Southern California Conference, president for the Nevada-Utah Conference, associate director of public affairs and religious liberty for the Pacific Union, and most recently as executive secretary and ministerial director for the Pacific Union—a role he held for 13 years. </p> <p>While he is a native Californian, having grown up in Arcadia, Newton attended college and graduate school at Andrews University in Michigan, earning bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in theology and ministry. He spent the first decade of his service as a pastor and conference leader in Illinois. </p> <p>Newton sees the role of the Seventh-day Adventist Church as being potentially transformational during what he calls a “monumental time in Earth’s history.” “The way the Lord has led us in the past, and the promise of the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit, gives us confidence for the important work that lies before us.” </p> <p>He is married to Jennifer (née Christian), a certified faith-based meeting planner and consultant; they have two adult children and two granddaughters.</p>

Executive Secretary

Sandra E. Roberts

<p>Pastor Roberts was elected as the executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference in August 2021. Roberts comes to this role having previously served as president of the Southeastern California Conference, a position she held for eight years. </p> <p>She has an extensive history of service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Pacific Union, influenced by the example of her missionary parents. Her various roles have included pastor, associate youth director, school chaplain, summer camp director, religion teacher, and member of the board of trustees at La Sierra University. Before beginning her ministry in the Pacific Union, Roberts served as a dean and teacher at Cedar Lake Academy in Michigan.</p> <p>Pastor Roberts is the first female executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference, and although she has received an unusual level of attention because of her gender, she chooses to focus on the work of the church. “We have a ministry to do and things to accomplish,” she says. </p> <p>She has degrees from Loma Linda University (B.S.), Andrews University (M.A.), and Claremont School of Theology (D.Min.). </p> <p>Roberts especially enjoys the diversity of the Pacific Union Conference. An avid world traveler, she has visited more than 90 countries and intends to continue adding at least one each year. </p>

Treasurer

Stephen Mayer

<p>Mr. Mayer has served as treasurer of the Pacific Union Conference since 2019, a role that emphasizes the responsible allocation of resources within the territory as part of the leadership team. </p> <p>Mayer has extensive experience in accounting and financial management. He spent three years at Pacific Union College as a staff accountant and six years outside the church in medical management. Returning to church work, Mayer spent the last 17 years at the Pacific Union Conference as senior accountant, assistant treasurer, associate treasurer, and undertreasurer before being elected treasurer. </p> <p>He also serves in a volunteer capacity as treasurer of his local congregation, Camarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church, as academy finance chair, and until 2021 as supervisory committee chair for California Adventist Federal Credit Union.</p> <p>A native of California, Mayer is a graduate of Rio Lindo Academy and Pacific Union College, where he studied business administration with triple emphases in accounting, marketing, and management. He also received training from Andrews University in Michigan and is certified in Planned Giving and Trust Services from the North American Division. </p> <p>Mayer is married to Michelle, and they have three children.</p>

Executive Vice President

Leon B. Brown, Sr.

<p>Pastor Brown was elected vice president of the Pacific Union Conference in August 2021, a role that requires close cooperation with the president as a key leader in the territory. Brown brings vast and varied experience to this role, having previously served within the Pacific Union as president of the Nevada-Utah Conference and pastor of several California congregations, as well as coordinator of inner-city ministries, prison ministries, men’s ministries, and African American ministries.</p> <p>His business background complements his heart for ministry; Brown has not only worked as an accountant and payroll administrator, he has also taught accounting, math, tax, and business at the college level and served as dean of instruction at Heald College School of Business in Stockton, California.</p> <p>He has undergraduate degrees in business and religion from Oakwood University in Alabama, master’s degrees in business administration and divinity from Andrews University in Michigan, and a Doctor of Ministry from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. Brown is passionate about community and sharing Jesus with everyone he meets. He has been married to Julie F. Brown for 33 years, and they have two adult sons, Leon II and Lawrence. </p>

Vice President for Asian Pacific Ministries

VicLouis Arreola III

<p> Pastor Arreola has been coordinator of Asian-Pacific Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference since 2011, and he now serves in the newly created role of vice president. He also serves as coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Ministries for the North American Division (NAD).</p> <p>He oversees the 33 Asian-Pacific language groups in North America, with a combined membership of more than 100,000 people.</p> <p>Arreola is president of Pacific Institute of Christian Ministry, an equipping school for lay pastors and church leaders in the NAD. Arreola has a rich background as a church planter, international evangelist, senior pastor, departmental director, radio and television speaker, pastoral counselor, and adjunct professor.</p> <p>He has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Mountain View College in the Philippines, a master’s degree in religion and health from the Adventist University of the Philippines, a master’s degree in theology from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, and doctoral degrees from La Salle University and the Evangelical Theological Seminary, both located in Pennsylvania.</p> <p>Arreola is passionate about empowering local communities and congregations to expand, spreading the love of Jesus in ways that are culturally relevant.</p> <p>He is married to Dr. Imelda Arreola, a preventive health specialist, and they have one son, VicLouis Arreola V, a physician. All three members of the family speak for and operate Our Great Hope Today Ministries, heard in 65 countries.</p>

Vice President for Black Ministries

Virgil S. Childs

<p>Pastor Childs has served as the coordinator serving the Black churches of the Pacific Union since 2016. When this role was reimagined as a vice presidency in August 2021, Childs was the obvious choice to lead the ministry in accordance with his unique vision, which has been developed over decades of practical and cutting-edge experience. </p> <p>His roles within the Northern California Conference have included assistant pastor, senior pastor, director of African American ministries, inner-city ministries, men’s ministries, and prison ministries.</p> <p>Childs is a member of the Oakland Faith Advisory Council and is a recipient of the 2015 Pastor of the Year award, presented by One Thousand Mothers Against Violence, an organization based in Oakland, California.</p> <p>He has conducted numerous prophecy seminars, evangelistic meetings, and conflict resolution workshops, and enjoys teaching religion at elementary and high schools. He has degrees in theology and higher education administration from Oakwood College and Alabama A&M, respectively.</p> <p>He is married to Patricia Woods-Childs. They have three adult children and three grandchildren.</p>

Vice President for Hispanic Ministries

Alberto Ingleton

<p>Alberto Ingleton has been director of Hispanic Ministries of Pacific Union Conference since 2018, and he now serves in the newly created role of vice president. </p> <p>Ingleton became director of Hispanic Ministries of Pacific Union Conference after serving as vice president for Hispanic Ministries for Southeastern California Conference. Before assuming administrative responsibilities in 2007, Ingleton served as the senior pastor of La Sierra Spanish church and was a pastor at other congregations in Southeastern California Conference. Before coming to Southeastern California Conference, Ingleton served in the publishing department for Central California Conference.</p> <p>Ingleton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Montemorelos University, as well as a Master of Pastoral Ministry degree and Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University.</p> <p>Alberto is married to Elizabeth Roman Ingleton, who is a nurse at the VA Hospital in Long Beach. </p>

Undertreasurer

Tim Stubbert

<p>Tim has served as Undertreasurer at the Pacific Union Conference since May 2019.</p> <p>Previously, starting in 2006, he worked at the Pacific Union Conference in the Treasury Department. He holds undergraduate degrees in healthcare management and accounting and finance, as well as his Executive Juris Doctorate. </p> <p>Stubbert is a native of California. He is married to Kimberly Stubbert, who serves as the administrative assistant to the director of education for Pacific Union Conference. Tim and Kim have two children, Rachel and Kaitlyn. </p> <p>Tim enjoys architecture, mountain biking, and hiking in the beautiful outdoors that our God has created. </p>

Vice President of Education

Berit von Pohle

<p>Berit von Pohle has served as director of education at the Pacific Union Conference since June 2011. </p> <p>She previously worked as a teacher and academy principal in the Southeastern California Conference, an academy principal in the Oregon Conference, and superintendent in Northern California Conference.</p> <p>She has a B.S. from Loma Linda University–La Sierra in business education, an M.A. in counseling and guidance from Loma Linda University–Riverside, an Ed.S. in educational administration from La Sierra University, and an Ed.D. in educational administration from La Sierra University. </p> <p>Von Pohle is a native of Denmark. She has one daughter, who is a teacher in the Southeastern California Conference, a son-in-law, and two granddaughters. </p>

Director

James H. Brown CSPG, MBA

<p>In addition to being the Pacific Union Conference Trust Services director, Jim is the president of Western Adventist Foundation (WAF). </p> <p>He has a long history in financial management, with his past positions including vice president of WAF, associate manager of the Loma Linda University Foundation, treasurer-controller/associate director of the Northern California Association of Seventh-day Adventists, and associate controller for the Central California Conference Association of Seventh-day Adventists. </p> <p>He notes that “the measure of our success is donor and client satisfaction. We work relentlessly for those who put their trust in us.” </p>

Director

Rich DuBose

<p>Rich DuBose has served as a resource developer and provider for the Pacific Union Conference since 1994. As director of Church Support Services, which functions as the research and development entity for ministry in the Pacific Union Conference, he develops new sharing brochures, online study guides, and web outreach tools; publishes a quarterly idea newsletter; and produces a series of story videos that focus on creative ministries. DuBose has previously served as a pastor in California, Colorado, and Florida and as a chaplain and Bible teacher in Colorado.</p> <p>He has a bachelor’s degree from Andrews University and a master’s degree in religion (church and ministry) from Loma Linda University. His writing has been published in Ministry magazine and on various websites and other Adventist journals, and he is an accomplished musician and artist. Rich is a native of Tampa, Florida. </p> <p>He is married to Linda Erickson-DuBose, a freelance publisher, and they have two adult children, Benjamin and Erika (Gladden). </p>

Director

Bill Krick

<p>Bill Krick has served as director of Literature Ministries for the Pacific Union Conference since 2018. </p> <p>Krick previously worked for 19 years as the director of Literature Ministries for the Central California Conference, the cradle of California Youth Rush, GLOW, and CROSS Training. From 1997-1998 he served as the student program director for Pacific Press Publishing. Every summer since 1990 he has dedicated to soul-winning work, and he has published articles in <i>Ministry Magazine</i>, <i>Adventist World</i>, and <i>Adventist Review</i>. </p> <p>Krick grew up in various parts of the country, notably Virginia and Oregon. He enjoys bird watching and spending time with his wife, Heather, and two daughters, Savannah and Heidi. </p>

Director

Alan J. Reinach Esq.

<p>Alan J. Reinach, Esq., has been executive director of the Church State Council, the religious liberty educational and advocacy arm of the Pacific Union Conference, since 1994. He is a member of both the New York and California state bar associations. His legal practice emphasizes First Amendment religious freedom cases and religious accommodation cases under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as related state civil rights laws. Reinach previously practiced law in White Plains, New York, and in New York City.</p> <p> He has a degree in history from State University of New York at New Paltz and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill School of Law. Reinach is also an Adventist minister who speaks regularly on religious freedom topics and is the host of a nationally syndicated weekly radio broadcast, “Freedom’s Ring,” devoted to religious liberty issues. He is the principal author and editor of <i>Politics & Prophecy: The Battle for Religious Liberty and the Authentic Gospel.</i></p>

Director for Community Services

Charlene Sargent

<p>Charlene Sargent has served as director for Community Services at the Pacific Union Conference since 2004.</p> <p>She previously worked as a cardiovascular technologist at Adventist Health St. Helena and Adventist Health Bakersfield.</p> <p>Although Charlene has lived all of her life in California, she has served as a subject matter expert for disaster response, recovery, and planning in 40 U.S. states and territories and Canada.</p> <p>She has two married sons and five grandchildren.</p>

Director

Ray Tetz

<p>Ray Tetz has served as director of Communication and Community Engagement for the Pacific Union Conference since 2015. Tetz has a long history in Adventist communication, and he served as vice president for strategic communication and corporate development at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) from 1986 to 1995. For two decades, he successfully operated a consulting and media production company that served dozens of Adventist organizations and ministries in the North American Division and the General Conference. </p> <p>He has worked with the Pacific Union Conference as a media consultant since early 2012. Tetz began his ministry in the Southern California Conference, initially serving as a pastor, Bible teacher, and youth director. </p> <p>Tetz is married to RosAnne, a writer and editor, and they have two adult children, Andrew and Catherine. </p>

Associate Director Elementary Education

Martha Havens

<p>Martha Havens has been associate director of elementary education at the Pacific Union Conference since 2006. </p> <p>She previously spent 11 years as associate superintendent in the Southeastern California Conference Office of Education. </p> <p>Havens earned a Master of Arts degree in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in French, both from Loma Linda University. Besides English and French, Havens in fluent in her first language, Spanish. She has taught in the Alvord Unified School District and at La Sierra Elementary School, both in Riverside, California, and served as a school principal in the Potomac and Southeastern California Conferences.</p> <p>Havens is married to Doug Havens, director of EXSEED at Loma Linda University. </p>

Associate Director Secondary Education

Teryl Loeffler

<p>Teryl Loeffler has served as associate director of education at the Pacific Union Conference since 2012. </p> <p>He previously worked as superintendent of education for the Hawaii Conference. He has a master’s degree from the United States International University.</p> <p>Loeffler is a native of California and is married to Olivia. They have four children—two boys and two girls—and four grandchildren.</p>

Associate Ministerial Secretary

Jennifer Newton MBA, CFMP

<p>Jennifer Christian Newton is self-employed as a consultant. She teaches Christian financial seminars and also serves as the associate ministerial secretary for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on a volunteer basis. In this capacity, she is the event planner and provides support to pastoral spouses and families.</p> <p>Previously she was assistant vice president and regional audit manager for General Motors Commercial Finance.</p> <p>She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Andrews University. She has an MBA in Project Management and is a Certified Faith-based Meeting Professional.</p>

Associate Treasurer

Christiana Parris

<p>Christiana Parris has served as associate treasurer of the Pacific Union Conference since 2017. <p>Previously the assistant treasurer, she has worked in the Pacific Union Treasury Department in various roles since 2012. </p> <p>She graduated from Pacific Union College with a bachelor’s in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She also received a master’s degree in accounting from Golden Gate University with a concentration in forensic accounting. </p> <p>Christiana is a native of Nigeria.</p>

Associate Director

Dennis Seaton

<p>Dennis Seaton has served for 20 years in the administration of Central California Conference, troubleshooting issues and handling human resource functions and pastoral placement, as well as a variety of other administration duties. He is excited about the opportunity to represent Christ in the legislative and interfaith communities and to help members with their Sabbath/religious problems.</p>

Associate Director

Alberto Valenzuela

<p>Alberto Valenzuela has served as associate communication director and editor of the <i>Recorder</i> since 2017.</p> <p>He was previously communication director for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference, director of video production and training at the General Conference, and assistant vice president for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). Alberto has also been a pastor, an academy teacher, and a media and communication consultant for Hope for Humanity, Loma Linda University, and Adventist HealthCare. </p> <p>He attended Montemorelos University, has a bachelor’s degree in theology from Southern Adventist University, and a master’s degree in church history from Loma Linda University. </p>

Associate Director Early Childhood Education

Julie Yamada

<p> Julie Yamada has served as the early childhood associate director at the Pacific Union Conference since 2014.</p> <p>She previously worked as the director of the Pacific Union College Discoveryland Children’s Center in St. Helena, California.</p> <p>She has a master’s degree from Walden University in early childhood studies, with an emphasis in teaching adults in the early childhood field, and bachelor’s degrees in early childhood education and Spanish from Pacific Union College. </p> <p>Yamada is a native of Lemoore, California, and is married to Gregory Yamada. They have two sons: Calvin, 14, and Logan, 10. </p>

Associate Director

Connie Vandeman Jeffery

<p>Connie Vandeman Jeffery has served as associate director of Communication and Community Engagement for the Pacific Union Conference since 2019. She has been the host of All God’s People, a weekly short video series highlighting the people and ministries of the Pacific Union Conference, since 2017.</p> <p>Jeffery has had a long career in media, working as a radio announcer, co-host, associate speaker, television host, producer, and singer for several media ministries. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from La Sierra University. </p> <p>She has one son, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters. </p>

IT Director and Associate Treasurer

Bill Liers

<p>Bill Liers has served as director of Information Technology for more than 20 years. He also consults with the North American Division regarding its accounting software needs. Liers is responsible for the design, programming, implementation, and production of all new computer technology systems and for the production and maintenance of existing systems.</p> <p>He previously served the union as a treasurer and technology director for the Home Health Education Service. </p> <p>He is a graduate of Columbia Union College.</p>

Assistant Director

Yara Enamorado

<p>Yara joined the Pacific Union Conference in December 2021. Previously worked at Adventist Health. </p>

Accountant

Leanne Garrison

<p>Leanne Garrison has been on the accounting staff at the Pacific Union Conference since 1993, holding the accounts receivable/cashier position. Her responsibilities include working with payroll processing and plant assets while continuing to work with the Pacific Union Conference loan funds and overseeing the A/R processes. </p> <p>Leanne is a native of Maryland; she moved to California in 1985 with her husband, who pastored in the Southern California Conference. She has two adult daughters, Michelle and Amy.</p>

Accounts Receivable Clerk/Cashier

Debra Goldsmith

<p>Debra works in Treasury as accounts receivable clerk/cashier. </p> <p>Detailed, kind, and efficient, Debra possesses a strong work ethic and determination to complete tasks in a timely manner. </p> <p>She recently returned to her hometown of Simi Valley and enjoys spending time with her extended family and friends. Debra feels blessed to be given the opportunity to serve the Lord working at the Pacific Union Conference, and she is looking forward to becoming more involved at her new church through volunteering at the Food Connect and serving those in need within the community. </p>

Accounts Payable Clerk

Judy Videla

Accountant and Public Notary

Etelia Warden

<p>Etelia Warden moved from Northern California to Ventura County early in 2016 to work at the Pacific Union Conference. She is currently serving as an accountant and public notary. Besides notarizing documents for the office, she also reconciles bank and investor accounts. Additional duties include validating auditor verifications, processing remittance reports from conferences, as well as assisting the process of many reports. </p> <p>Etelia is a graduate of Southern Adventist University in Tennessee. </p>

Associate IT Director

Rico Mundy

<p>Rico Mundy has served as associate director of Information Technology at the Pacific Union Conference since August 2018. Previously he served as IT support at Pacific Union College.</p> <p>He is a graduate of Pacific Union College with a B.A. in Religion. </p> <p>Mundy is native of Angwin, California. He is married to Cherith, and they have three children, Alethia, Zoe, and Derek.</p>

Associate IT Director

Jim Griggs

<p>Jim (Marion James Griggs Jr.) began his service with the Pacific Union Conference in 2011.</p> <p>Previously serving at Southeastern California Conference, he started his accounting work at Pacific Union College, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. After serving as the chief financial officer for governmental, healthcare, and community college institutions, Jim now uses his multi-industry experience to support users of the Adventist Accounting Systems International and Adventist Payroll System software. </p> <p>Jim earned a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from La Sierra University, as did his wife, Andrea, who currently serves as the chief administrative officer at Quiet Hour Ministries.</p> <p>Jim is proud of his two daughters: Nicole, who is pursuing graduate studies at Washington State University after graduating summa cum laude from Walla Walla University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics; and Samantha, who has served as a student missionary in the Marshall Islands and is currently attending Walla Walla University’s school of engineering. </p>