Festival of the Laity 2013
Featured General Session Speaker

Daniel R. Jackson
President
North American Division


Dan Jackson, the president of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, was elected June 28, 2010, by delegates of the world church at their business session in Atlanta, Georgia.

Jackson was appointed by the church's 246-member Nominating Committee and confirmed by the General Conference Session delegation, which is an international body of 2,410 appointed members and the highest governing body in the church.

He replaced Don Schneider, who has served as President since 2000.

Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in Canada. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Canadian University College) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.

During his career, Dan has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. He is currently the president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada. Dan and Donna enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.



Seminar Speakers
 
Dr. Cleveland Houser
Director
Don't Forget to Follow Me
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Dr. Cleveland Houser is an ordained minister of the gospel in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He is a graduate of Oakwood College, Andrews University, and Gulf Coast Seminary.  He has served as a pastor in the South Central Conference for ten years and as a Psychiatric Chaplain for the Tennessee Department of Corrections for sixteen years. He was Adjunct Professor of Sociology for the American Baptist Theological Seminary for five years, and Associate Professor of Social Science at Selma University and John C. Calhoun State Community College for four years.

Dr. Houser is a prolific writer having been contributing editor for the Regional Voice, and the Southern Tidings magazines, the author of The Credit Restorer, and Don’t Follow Me newsletters.  His participation in community outreach has won him numerous awards, honors, and citations from USA Today, the Philanthropic Award from Fisk University for Youth Outreach, and a Humanitarian Award for “His War on Drugs”.  Dr. Houser was cited by former Governor Ned McWherter of Tennessee, for leading the war on drugs among Tennessee youth.

Dr. Houser and his wife, Joyce, have united their efforts to continue to reach out to those who are shackled by the vices of Satan, helping them to know and to come to Jesus Christ. 

Currently, Dr. Cleveland Houser serves as the Executive Director for the Don’t Follow Me organization, and is the Prison Ministry Consultant and Trainer for the North American Division.


Pastor J. Alfred Johnson II
Director of Adult Ministries
North American Division

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Pastor J. Alfred Johnson II, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, serves as Director of Adult Ministries (Sabbath School, Personal Ministries, Personal Ministries) for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

He comes, having previously served as Mid-America Union Conference Executive Secretary, Central States Conference President, Allegheny East Conference Personal Ministries, Prison Ministries, Community and Inner City Services Director, and in Pastorates of Congregations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and Kansas -- that have ranged in membership from thirteen to thirteen-hundred.  

A 2006 Inductee into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board Of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, this exclusive product of Seventh-day Adventist Christian Education is also blessed to minister as a Published Author, Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator, and Certified Pre-Marriage Educator.  2011 marks his celebration of thirty-eight consecutive years in Seventh-day Adventist Ministry/Employment.

Under the Ministry Mission Statement, “Sharing with colleagues in the facilitation of the corporate movement of our people from Membership To Discipleship,” he lives to share the principles of God’s Kingdom, and news of His Second Coming.  

Pastor Johnson is married to Paula I. Freeman Johnson, a global Pastor’s Spouse Advocate and Consultant, who is Founder of the Association of Regional Conferences Minister’s Wives. They share the privilege of having parented four adult children; two of whom are Ordained Seventh-day Adventist Pastors; one daughter, a Youth Ministries and Television Production/Direction specialist; and a son who is concluding his college education as a Theology Major.



Kurt Johnson, DMin
Voice of Prophecy Bible School Director
Asst. Director SS/PM Department

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Voice of Prophecy Bible School Director and Asst. Director SS/PM Dept., General Conference, coordinates international Bible Schools. He has authored numerous books and small group Bible guides, with several available in multiple languages. His latest books are How to Give a Bible Study and Small Groups for the End-time.  



Pastor Minner Labrador, Jr.
Director Church Ministries/Stewardship
Southwestern Union Conference

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Pastor Minervino “Minner” Labrador Jr. serves as Director of Church Ministries of the Southwestern Union Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists in Burleson, Texas. Though he was born in Cuba he grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he met Evelyn, his wife of 26 years. They have two sons. The eldest is a firefighter in the city of Charlotte and their youngest is completing his degree in computer graphics and design.
 
Pastor Labrador previously served in the Carolina Conference as Men’s Ministries Director and Senior Pastor of the Charlotte, Sharon Church. In the Carolina’s Pastor Labrador effectively transformed the Sabbath School department into an evangelistic soul winning school of the Bible. Organization and evangelism best defines his ministry style. Before the Carolina’s he served in the Florida Conference as Men’s Ministries Director, radio talk show host in Tampa Bay and Pastor of congregations that varied in size. Churches where Pastor Labrador has ministered have caught the fire of the Holy Spirit and have grown both numerically and spiritually. Many long time members have expressed a great spiritual awakening under his leadership.
 
As Director of Church Ministries he organizes and equips, the five conferences of the union, through specialized conventions and seminars. Pastor Labrador has developed several specialty areas of ministry such as media ministries, stewardship, men’s ministries, Sabbath school and evangelism. He is the creator, producer and host of several television programs seen around the world.


  
Dr. James W. Zackrison
Editor, Voice of Prophecy Assistant
Griggs University Adjunct Professor

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Zackrison completed a B.A. in Theology from La Sierra University, followed with an M.A. in Religion and graduate work in Educational Administration from Andrews University and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (with an emphasis on multicultural ministry) and a Doctor of Missiology degree, majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Church Growth, from the Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Missions.
 
Zackrison’s career has included 20 years as an overseas missionary in the Inter-American Division with assignments in Curacao, Columbia, and Central America. Zackrison has also served as a pastor of diverse congregations in the Netherlands Antilles Mission, Inter-American Division, and North American Division. Zackrison is the former director (retired) of the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department.
 
A prolific author, Zackrison has written many articles and books. His works include How to Find and Reach Receptive People, Spiritual Gifts: Keys to Ministry, How to Set Up and Run an Evangelization & Discipleship Cycle in Your Church, and many more.

 



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