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Celebrating 150 years of Adventist Education

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Meet our speakers!

Fredrick Russell is a spiritual mentor to many in church leadership. He is the Principal of True North Leadership Group (TNLG) based in Atlanta, GA.  His approach and dynamism in solving complex problems facing businesses and entities globally has taken him to many countries. This in turn has also given him opportunities to leverage cultural nuances in drawing people to the Love of God.

Julia O’ Carey is the executive director of ASAP Ministries overseeing and communicating with partners in the field internationally and North America. ASAP ministries (Asia Projects) is a mission organization using Christ’s method to bring hope to the poor, suffering and oppressed. She has a Master’s degree in education from Andrews University and with opportunities to serve humanity she has found her passion by sharing in the gospel.

Larry Blackmer is an educator with SDA core values at heart. Though recently retired from his role as consultant to President at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, his commitment to share God’s goodness over the years continues. During and beyond his time as the associate superintendent of Education at the Michigan Conference, Battle Creek Academy continues to enjoy strong ties. His desire to care for young people through education, bringing them to the Love of God, is relentless.

Nicole Mattson spent 12 years teaching at Battle Creek Academy and graduated 3 of her own children all the way through the high school. Her love of and dedication to the ministry of Adventist Education has resulted in her current service to the Arizona Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists as Education Director. She still enjoys time outside as a way to enjoy God as Creator and loves to share Jesus with everyone in her reach, including her seven grandchildren who remain as the apple of her eye. She may be known for saying, “The Best is Yet to Come”, a summary of her hope and faith in Jesus.

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Pastor David Yeagley has his roots in ministry with Battle Creek and has continued to be a Minister of the Gospel for the last 27 years. As the Director of Young Adult and Camp Ministries, Washington Conference, he oversees the nurturing of over 700 campers per summer at Sunset Lake, WA.  Gifted with many talents, he has used his drama and theatrical skills effectively in bringing to life Biblical narratives. His desire to reach the unreached is seen in the caring person he is. His creative approach to sharing the goodness of God will be highlighted in his presentation on “began in BCA, finished in Eternity” during this sesquicentennial  celebration.