|Elder Daniel Jackson
|| Elder Daniel R. 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, GA, and reelected to this position on July 6, 2015 at the 60th General Conference Session held in San Antonio, Texas. The General Conference Session is the highest governing body in the Church.
Jackson is a native Canadian and, with the exception of five years of service in the Southern Asia Division, has lived and ministered in the North American Division. He is a graduate of Canadian Union College (now Burman University) and Andrews University, from which he holds an M.A. in Religion in Systematic Theology.
During his career, Jackson has served the church as a pastor, teacher and administrator. Jackson and his wife, Donna, enjoy the three children and four grandchildren the Lord has given them.
But foremost, Jackson says that he is a fellow traveler on the same path as every Christian headed toward the Kingdom.
|Elder John Grys
|| Elder John Grys is an Associate Director of the NAD Ministerial Department for Pastoral Development. His major responsibilities involve championing, developing, streamlining, and promoting the lifelong spiritual and professional development of the pastors within NAD territory. He also currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Seminary at Andrews University.
Grys grew up in the urban environment of Chicago and attended Broadview Academy, receiving his undergraduate degree in Theology from Southern Adventist University. After spending a year as a student missionary pastoring an English speaking congregation in Geneva, Switzerland, he went on to receive his Masters in Divinity at Andrews University. His multi-cultural experience continued as he met his wife, Cristina Maria Matos, in the Seminary while she studied to become a pastor as well. Cristina, from Lisbon, Portugal and raised in Angola, Africa, now serves as a chaplain for Adventist Health Systems in Bolingbrook, Illinois. And now they have two beautiful boys attending Walla Walla, Jason and Kristofer.
Years later, he received his Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University in Leadership. His project focused on transformational leadership and the development of elders in the local congregation. He has pastored in North America from ocean to ocean and loves beaches! John believes fully in the lifelong development of pastors and what God can do through a person who continues to grow in grace and knowledge.
|Chaplain Johnnathan Ward
|| Chaplain Johnnathan R. Ward is an ordained minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He received his ordination in 1989 through the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. He has served the church in several ministry roles as pastor, evangelist, missionary, and chaplain.
He completed a BA/Theology and AS/Psychology from Oakwood University and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Seminary. He is certified as a Critical Incident Stress Management Instructor (CISM), Compassion Fatigue Educator, Advanced Bereavement Facilitator, Stress Management Consultant, and Wellness Program Coordinator. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry in Chaplaincy Ministry at Andrews University.
He holds clinical membership with: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Association of Traumatic Stress Specialist, National Wellness Institute, American Academy of Bereavement, and National Center for Crisis Management, American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Association of Professional Chaplains and Green Cross Traumatology Academy.
Chaplain Ward is the founder and senior stress management consultant of Wellness 24-Seven, LLC. Upon accepting an invitation to join the seminary faculty, he ended his 15-year employment with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he served as a Staff Chaplain, Wellness Program Coordinator, CISM Instructor, and Bioethics Committee member. While at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, he served as adjunct faculty with Emory School of Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine and Emory University School of Nursing. He has also served in the U. S. Armed Forces as an EMT/EMS Paramedic and Chaplain.
He co-authored Hope for Families of Children with Cancer, and served as a member of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Team at the VA Medical Center, Hampton, VA. Johnnathan is married and has two children.
|Dr Don Hall
|| Dr Don Hall is the founder and CEO of Wellsource, Inc. For the last twenty-five years he has provided corporate health programs to companies, hospitals, and health insurers. He has also developed major health assessment and management programs for employee wellness, coronary risk reduction, stress reduction, diabetes risk reduction, nutrition assessment, fitness assessment and other health promotion programs. He has authored several lifestyle change programs including Eight Weeks to Wellness, Fitness for Life, Lifelong Weight Management and a Prevention Series.
An active fitness and health enthusiast, Dr Hall has completed 19 marathons, including the Paris Marathon, which he ran with his daughter, and the Honolulu Marathon. He has bicycled across seven states, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He and his wife completed another biking trip across Austria in 2010 and Switzerland again in 2014. Dr Hall has also climbed to Camp 1 on Mt Everest. Skiing is also a passion of his. He enjoys hiking and backpacking. He recently completed the 200+ mile John Muir trail in the high Sierras and backpacked the Wonderland Trail around Mt. Rainier (nearly 100 miles), among others.
Dr Hall graduated from Loma Linda University in 1973 with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in nutrition and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) in preventive healthcare in 1978. He is also a registered dietitian and an Exercise Test Technologist. While attending graduate school at Loma Linda, Dr Hall founded a running club (Loma Linda Lopers) that now has more than 1,000 members.
|Elder Robert Fetrick
|| Elder Fetrick teaches Biblical Preaching, Public Evangelism, the book of Revelation, the book of Daniel, Church Leadership, Christian Beliefs, and Introduction to Ministry, while serving as chair of the Division of Religion at Union College in Lincoln, NE.
He received a Bachelor of Art in Religion from Pacific Union College, a Master of Divinity from Andrews University, and is pursuing studies toward a Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus in Christian discipleship and leadership.
Fetrick came to Union College from having pastored small and large churches in both rural and urban settings for thirteen years. His last pastorate was in Indianapolis, IN. He also served as an evangelist for seven years in the Washington Conference. Internationally he has been involved in evangelism in Russia and has taught a class in biblical interpretation to pastors in Zambia. He is now beginning his eighteenth year of teaching at Union College.
His interests outside of the classroom include hiking, canoeing, bird watching, gardening, traveling, learning about other cultures, and reading history. He and his wife Ann have two children. Stephanie, and her husband Ken live in the Orlando Florida area. They have two children, Jack age 6 and Stephen age 4. Jonathan, and his wife Michelle, lives in Port Angeles, Washington where Jonathan pastors a two-church district and Michelle works as a physical therapist. They have an 18-month old boy, Caleb, and are expecting a second child in November.
Fetrick has been married to Ann for 42 years. Ann has a Ph.D. in Nursing Science and currently works for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, School of Public Health, as a project director for health initiatives. She is involved with the greeting ministry at the College View Church. Ann's favorite pastime is her three grandchildren and reading.
|Pastor Luke Self
|| Luke Self served as an academy chaplain and Bible teacher for four years, as a youth pastor for three years, and as a district pastor for the last four years.
He currently pastors churches in Woodburn and Molalla in the Oregon Conference.
He is married to his best friend, Keri. They have three young children: Aeden, Elie and Micah.
|The Emmanuel Quartet|
|Gary Sewell - Lead
|| Gary Sewell was born in Loma Linda, California in 1971. His life seemed to revolve around music. He and his brother sang in church choirs and boys choirs for many years. His parents always made sure they were involved in some musical event, “probably just to keep us out of trouble,” says Sewell.
He began playing the guitar in 7th grade but then quickly fell in love with the bass guitar. His parents made many sacrifices to get him instruments to learn. Music has been a love he has pass along on to his children.
Sewell currently works at Southern Adventist University in the Information Systems Department. In his spare time he enjoys automotive repairs with his son Hunter, construction projects and singing with his wife and kids.
Sewell has been married to wife Karlin for over twenty years and they have five children: Zachary, Hunter, Mason, Madison and Charlie. They currently live in Ooltewah, TN.
Sewell has been with The Emmanuel Quartet for five years. “It’s amazing how God can use ordinary people in such a mighty way. I pray you are blessed by this ministry,” says Sewell.
|Phillip White - Tenor
|| Phillip White was born in 1973 and grew up hearing the theme songs to such TV shows as “Good Times,” “Happy Days,” and “Welcome Back, Kotter.” He was fascinated at a young age with those songs and with all types of music. Some of his earliest memories are of singing with his mother in church for special music.
Later on, he joined choirs and other groups in academy and enjoyed singing duets with his friend Ken Pichulo, who is an excellent guitar player. He gives Pichulo much of the credit for steering him in the right direction musically and helping him work through stage fright. It was during those years that White realized God had given him a gift and that he needed to share it in whatever way he could. At Southern Adventist University he sang for four years with the Die Meistersinger male chorus, and in 1994 traveled with the group to the Middle East. They toured Israel, Jordan and Greece, singing at many churches and historic sites such as Petra, Athens and Jerusalem.
White graduated from the university in 1996 and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education. He taught Bible classes and computer literacy at Laurelbrook Academy for two years and has worked as an information technology manager for several years. He currently works as a booking agent for three music ministries. He and wife, Charity, live in a rural area near McMinnville, TN with their dogs Ruby and Choco and cat Bucci.
“Joining The Emmanuel Quartet in 1993 was a turning point for me,” says White. “After touring for only a few months with the guys, I began to see the true impact that music can have on the soul. The greatest reward a musician can receive comes when someone is moved to tears at a concert or has a smile on their face after hearing a song they hadn’t heard in many years.” White says that the comments they receive from people after a concert make all the hours of practice worthwhile.
“I can see God’s hand preparing me for music ministry. I hope you are as blessed by The Emmanuel Quartet as I have been,” says White.
|Tim Reutebuch - Baritone
|| Tim Reutebuch was born in Anderson, Indiana in 1973. His family was musical and he loved to sing with his sister and brother. He still enjoys singing with them whenever he can. Growing up, he sang in choirs and always tried out for the solos. When he was about fifteen his family moved to Portland, Tennessee so he could attend Highland Academy. While there, he met Joey Davis. They discovered a love for quartet music and decided to form a quartet at the school. They learned much about creating harmony and blend while singing together.
After high school, Reutebuch married Rebekah and moved to the Ooltewah, TN area. They have been married for 15 years and have three children: a daughter Nikki; a son Zachary; and a younger daughter, Kayla. They all share a love for music.
When not singing, Reutebuch works at McKee Foods Co. or with the Boy Scouts of America, an organization to which he and his son have belonged since Zachary was old enough to join as a Tiger Cub.
“My greatest desire as a member of the Emmanuel Quartet is to present God's love through the power of music… God is so good. It is an honor to be used in such a ministry,” says Reutebuch.
|Ryan Pierce - Bass
|| Ryan Pierce was born in central Illinois in 1970, and has been around music his whole life. His father is a piano tuner, and he remembers feeling like he was always surrounded by pianos growing up. He started piano lessons at a very young age, and although his current instrument of choice is the guitar, his early piano training instilled a lifelong love of music that continues to this day.
Pierce began singing and playing music in his home church in Danville, IL as a child, and continued his musical journey as a member of pretty much every musical group available throughout high school.
He currently works for Southern Adventist University as a graphic designer. In his spare time he likes to fly-fish, play the guitar, go camping with his kids and stay involved with music at his local church.
“My experience with the quartet has added a rich dimension to my life over the years, and I'm forever grateful for the opportunity to serve God in this wonderful way. I am humbled and amazed that God can continually find ways to use me to share the gospel, and I'm blessed to have the chance to sing for Him with this group,” says Pierce
He has been married to JoElle for 25 years and they have three children: Jordan; Tyler; and Madison. They currently live in Ooltewah, TN.