Leadership

The Secretariat leadership is made up of (left to right) Karen J. Porter, Claude J. Richli, Gerson P. Santos, G. T. Ng, Elbert Kuhn, Hensley M. Moorooven, Gary D. Krause, G. Alexander Bryant, and John H. Thomas. Learn more about each one below.

G. T. Ng

G. T. Ng was elected Secretary of the General Conference in July 2010. He is one of the three Executive Officers of the Church (the other two being the President and the Treasurer). He serves as an advisor to the Office of Adventist Mission, the Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research, the Institute of World…

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Hensley M. Moorooven

Hensley Moorooven was elected as Undersecretary of the General Conference in April 2018. He serves as liaison officer to the South Pacific Division and his major responsibilities include oversight of the General Conference Constitution and Bylaws and General Conference Working Policy; and agendas and minutes for General Conference Session, Annual Council, Spring Meeting, and other officer meetings.…

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G. Alexander Bryant

Alex Bryant was elected as Secretary of the North American Division and Associate Secretary of the General Conference in October 2008. He serves as liaison officer to the North American Division and his major responsibilities include oversight of credentials and licenses for General Conference employees. Bryant holds bachelor’s degree in Theology and Business Administration from…

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Gary D. Krause

Gary Krause was elected as Associate Secretary of the General Conference in July 2010. He serves as the Director of Adventist Mission, which oversees the Global Mission Study Centers, church planting, and mission promotion. Krause holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Avondale College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Newcastle in Australia.…

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Elbert Kuhn

Elbert Kuhn was elected Associate Secretary of the General Conference in June 2018. He serves as liaison officer to the Northern Asia-Pacific Division. He serves as the Director of the Adventist Volunteer Service. Kuhn holds a BA in Theology and Master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from São Paulo Adventist University. He served in Brazil and Mongolia, prior…

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Karen J. Porter

Karen Porter was elected as Associate Secretary of the General Conference in July 2014. She serves as liaison officer to the Euro-Asia Division. She serves as Co-Director of International Personnel Resources and Services (IPRS), and as the liaison for the Deferred Mission Appointment (DMA) Program. Porter holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Washington Adventist University in…

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Claude J. Richli

Claude Richli was elected as Associate Secretary of the General Conference in July 2015. He serves as liaison officer to the Inter-European Division, the Southern-Asia Pacific Division, the Trans-European Division, the Middle East and North Africa Union Mission, Israel Field, and the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies. Richli holds a bachelor’s equivalent from Newbold…

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Gerson P. Santos

Gerson Santos was elected as Associate Secretary of the General Conference in July 2015. He serves as liaison officer to the Inter-American Division, the South American Division, and the Southern Asia Division. His major responsibilities include oversight of the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, and Nurture and Retention. Santos holds a BA in Theology from the Adventist College of Theology…

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John H. Thomas

John Thomas was elected Associate Secretary of the General Conference in July 2010. He serves as liaison officer to the East-Central Africa Division, the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, the West-Central Africa Division, as well as the Adventist University of Africa. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Religious Education from Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Massachusetts, and a Masters in…

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Lissy Park

Lissy Park was appointed Assistant Secretary of the General Conference in October 2015. She is responsible for International Service Employee service records and international service employee budgets; and serves as controller of the minutes for General Conference Session, Annual Council, and Spring Meeting. Park holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from Andrews University in…

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