Passionate People

We are a people who are passionately in love with God and strive to live for Him and for others in the best way we know how. We are enthusiastic about studying the Bible, for in its pages we come to know God better, and gain counsel on how to have a happy and fulfilling life. We meet together every week on the seventh-day Sabbath (hence the first part of our name) to worship and fellowship, and we love it when new folk come and join with us. We are excited because we believe that Jesus is soon going to come back to earth and take us up to Heaven to live with Him (hence the second part of our name). While we eagerly anticipate that event, we want to share this great news with as many people as possible, to give them hope and encouragement amid the doom and gloom around us.

We feel really privileged to have the promises of the Bible and so it is our vision to continue “experiencing and sharing hope in Jesus Christ” until He comes!

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President

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and make Him known know Jesus,
and make Him known

Darren Slade

President / Ministry for Ministers

Pr Darren Slade been in this role since his appointment at the beginning of 2016.

Darren grew up on a farm in Esperance (Western Australia), and commenced an auto-electrical apprenticeship after finishing Yr 12. After getting his trade, he went off to Avondale College and earned a degree in Theology. He was then accepted into pastoral ministry where he served for eight years in various churches in and around Adelaide (South Australia), three years in Melbourne and two years in Mildura (Victoria). He was then called to be the President in Tasmania where he worked for five years.

Darren brings experience to this role having pastored large and small churches, engaged in chaplaincy, youth work, Pathfinders (similar to Scouts, but with a religious component), public evangelism, intern supervision, discipleship and administration. He is passionate about working for God and his personal motto is “to know Jesus, and make Him known.

Secretary/Treasurer

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Rob Ellison

Chief Financial Officer

Mr Rob Ellison has been the Chief Financial Officer and General Secretary for the Northern Australian Conference since April 2009.
Rob commenced working with Sanitarium in their head office in Auckland NZ, then proceeded to Avondale College and obtained a Bachelor of Business degree and recommenced working again with Sanitarium after graduating. From Sanitarium it was onto many and varied financial positions throughout the South Pacific Division, gaining valuable experiences and knowledge of the Church operation.
Rob is married to Annette, and they have two married children, and to date four wonderful grandchildren, who all unfortunately live a long distance away from Townsville. Family is very important to Rob and he misses them greatly.
Rob loves his family, sunshine, beach and snorkelling when he gets the time. Another interest is watching motor racing, especially the Super V8 racing in Australia.
It is always good to be challenged and the varied positions of the church have brought that to Rob’s life which he has enjoyed and thanked God for. Rob is now enjoying the varied challenges that this vast Conference brings, the great people that are in it, and working as God’s servant.

Education

Do your best in everything Do your best in everything

Clinton Bond

Education Director

Mr. Clinton Bond commenced his teaching career in 2001 at Northpine Christian College on Brisbane’s northside. He taught the upper primary years levels for seven years before moving to Cairns as the Principal of Cairns Adventist College. He continued teaching upper primary and teacher release for eight years before becoming the Director of Education in 2016. Clinton currently serves as both Principal of Cairns Adventist College and as Director of Education for Adventist Schools (Northern Australia) Ltd., which includes Cairns Adventist College (Cairns), Riverside Adventist Christian School (Townsville) and Carlisle Adventist Christian College (Mackay).

Relocating Cairns Adventist College in 2014 was a highlight of Clinton’s career and he has (and still is) learning to “wait on the LORD” (Psalm 37:7, 34). He enjoys working with such a dedicated team of professional Adventist educators in the Conference and is passionate about the “special character” of our Seventh-day Adventist schools.

ADRA

"For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?"
Deuteronomy 4:7
"For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?"
Deuteronomy 4:7

Charlene Luzuk

ADRA Director

Charlene Luzuk has been working for ADRA since 2007 in international programming in New Zealand, Vietnam and the Solomon Islands, which has taken her to many countries across Asia and the Pacific. In 2015, she took a couple of years break from ADRA and spent time in Japan doing evangelism and living out a personal dream of bringing the gospel to the people of Japan through friendships and local programs. Now, having returned to her home country, she is excited to be working with churches to increase engagement with their local communities, and to see the important work of ADRA continue and grow in the Northern Australian Conference. She is passionate about telling others about God, being a part of ADRA, playing sports and enjoying life with friends and family.

Health / Personal Ministries

Minimise maintenance, Maximise ministry Minimise maintenance, Maximise ministry

Gration Perera

Health Ministries/Personal Ministries Director

Pastor Gration Perera is a native of Sri Lanka, a citizen of Singapore, and obtained his Master of Health Ministries from AIIAS, Philippines. He served as Thailand Mission Health Director for seven years and Southeast Asia Union Health Director for another seven years, then Personal Ministries Director for three years in Singapore Conference, and served in the same capacity for five years in Southeast Asia Union. He is married to Sherine and blessed with three grown-up daughters – Dinu, Rochael, & Lakshi (also son-in-law, David Lawrence Gustafson II, and grandson David Lawrence Gustafson III).

Gration is the founder of WELLNESS Expo & Education Program – a unique personal ministry blend with an holistic approach to health and wellbeing. He aims to create a small group culture and to mobilise Adventist members in the Northern Australian Conference on the path of “Christ’s method” in reaching people.

Youth

“We say to our children, 'Act like grown-ups,' but Jesus said to the grown-ups, 'Be like children.'
Billy Graham “We say to our children, 'Act like grown-ups,' but Jesus said to the grown-ups, 'Be like children.'
Billy Graham

Christos Spero

Youth Ministries/JCU Chaplain

Christos Spero has been part of the NAC Youth Department since mid-2015. While Townsville is his home town, he started ministry in Tasmania for the Launceston and Scottsdale Seventh-day Adventist Churches after graduating from Avondale College in 2012. Christos believes with all his heart that Jesus seeks all people, and never rejects anyone who comes to Him; offering all who thirst the free gift of the water of life.

Accountant

I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer. – Douglas Adams I refuse to answer that question on the grounds that I don't know the answer. – Douglas Adams

Paul White

Accountant/Adventist Book Shop Manager

Paul White began full-time employment with the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1984 and has served in offices in Newcastle, Sydney, Solomon Islands and Townsville. His current role is that of Accountant, as well as Adventist Book Centre Manager. Paul is married to Jenny, with two grown sons living in Brisbane and Melbourne

Paul counts his major interests in life as learning new things and travelling, with the occasional expedition into the kitchen to try his hand at cooking.

ATSIM

“We have nothing to fear for the future, unless we forget where God has lead us in the past” “We have nothing to fear for the future, unless we forget where God has lead us in the past”

Luke Stuart

ATSIM Director

Luke is a Wiradjuri Man from NSW and is married with 5 children. Family and family time is very important to him. Luke enjoys playing touch football, fishing and water sports. He is enthusiastic about being in ministry promoting the soon coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Women’s Ministries

"It is good that the heart is established by Grace" Hebrews 13:9 "It is good that the heart is established by Grace" Hebrews 13:9

Va Osborne

Women’s Ministries Coordinator/Partners in Ministry Coordinator

Va was born into an Adventist family in Fiji. Her dad was a Pastor and mum a school teacher. She graduated at Fulton College with a Secondary Teaching Diploma and later completed a Bachelor of Education at UPNG and was awarded a Masters in Education at Avondale College in 2004. Tom and Va served in Fiji before they came to Australia where they served in Mackay for just over 9 years. At the beginning of 2016 Va and Tom moved to Townsville and are enjoying the ministry that God has called them to. They have 6 adult children who who have left home and now they are foster parents.

Schools Bursar

Margaret Watkins

Schools Bursar/Personal Assistant to Rob Ellison/Conference Church Clerk

Youth Personal Assistant / Receptionist

Candace Meyles

Youth PA/Receptionist/Top News/Communications PA

Tithes & Offerings Support

Jenny White

Tithes & Offerings Support/ Personal Assistant to President/ADRA Liaison/Personal Assistant to Health and Personal Ministries

Accounts Clerk

Kerrilyn Smith

Cashier/Clerk/Payroll/Bookshop Assistant

Bookshop Sales Clerk

Tracy Peterson

Bookshop Sales Clerk

Ministerial Staff