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Kyoshin Ahn
Under Secretary
Carolyn R. Forrest
Associate Secretary
Melissa Gottlieb
Executive Assistant

Valerie Robbins
Sr. Administrative
Office Assistant
Angel McLaren
Recording Secretary


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Ashley DeShay
Administrative Assistant
Sharri Davenport
NAD Appointee Coordinator/
Departmental Secretary
Ana Guerrero

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Our mission
To help Adventist leaders within North America reach throughout the territories of the Division in fulfilling the vision and mission of the Seventh-day Adventist® Church effectively, with integrity and in adherence to the organization’s strategic business objectives, standards, and Christian principles.

How we serve
The Office of NAD Secretariat oversees and provides services in the following six key areas to support its mission:
  • Church Policies
    • Develop, implement, and interpret church policies
    • Advise and inform division leaders on policy questions/issues as appropriate, to advance the cohesive and orderly operations of our ministry efforts
  • Missions
    • Oversee the Office of Volunteer Ministries, which brings together unions, conferences, schools, churches, and other supportive organizations whose goal is to reach communities through volunteer ministries, community outreach projects, literacy, evangelism, Bible work, and other outreach activities
  • Human Relations
    • Address personnel and member relationship issues, including but not limited to human relations policies and procedures, sexual ethics, diversity relations, conciliation, and dispute resolution
  • Administrative Operations
    • Record, coordinate, and archive minutes for various NAD committees, the NAD Year-end and other designated meetings
    • Issue and maintain records of employee credentials and licenses
    • Compile and manage membership data for statistical reports
    • Facilitate human resources for the NAD
    • Process and oversee the authorization of interdivision travel; process transfers, interdivision calls, independent transfers and division status; coordinate annual leave for missionaries (IDEs), compile data for the SDA Yearbook, maintain the NAD calendar, process denominational status applications, process service requests for denominational workers
  • Special Projects/Initiatives
    • Secretariat also handles special projects/assignments as directed by the NAD President
Contact Information
T: (443) 391 7111


North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
9705 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046-1565 USA
Telephone: 443-391-7200
Fax: 443-391-
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