Men's Retreat Presenters


Elder Larry Priest





Larry Priest is retired from 38 years of ministry with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. 31 of those years were pastoring churches in the Oklahoma, Arkansas/Louisiana and Texas Conferences. He considers it a privilege to have spent the other seven years in the Dakota Conference, serving as executive secretary and ministerial director. Larry and Edith, his wife of forty-eight years, have four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Priest believes that God created us for relationships, which has led him to view the Bible as given not primarily for intellectual knowledge but for relational restoration and fulfillment. “He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers.” Malachi 4:6 “I will come back and take you to be with me.” John 14:3

The present condition of this world, filled with all manner of divisiveness, causes great sadness; but greater hope is found in the soon return of our brother and God’s Son, Jesus. May God draw His sons together.



Jony Hajaj





Jony Hajaj was born and raised in Middle East. He serves as the intercultural studies and discipleship director for Advent Frontier Missions (AFM). Hajaj and family have served the Lord for many years pastoring, planting churches, recording TV and radio programs, training, and teaching around the world. His passion is to lead people to Jesus Christ.

Hajaj is happily married with three children, and he is delighted to be part of AFM family.



Elder Mark Weir





Dr. Mark Weir is conference president and interim education superintendent of the Dakota Conference.

Weir graduated from Union College in 1983, married his Maplewood Academy sweetheart, Judy Kraft from Colorado, and began ministry in the Minnesota Conference. He has served in the Washington Conference and the last nine years in the Upper Columbia Conference as pastor and ministerial director since 2015. Weir also taught at Auburn Adventist Academy. 

He enjoys history, travel, bird watching and collecting old Adventist books, of which he has some first editions, and most outdoor activities.

The Weirs celebrate 38 years of marriage this summer. He and Judy have three grown children.