Elder John Mathews, Musician




John Mathews is an ordained minister who, as a boy, dreamed of becoming a country music singer. However, God had other plans. John has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church for forty-two years in pastoral ministry, most recently as Director of Stewardship for the NAD. He is recently retired.

John is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University. His passion is sharing Jesus through his music. 

John is married to Janice Schram Mathews, MSN, a Nurse Practitioner. They have one married daughter, Angela, and are proud grandparents.

He enjoys hiking, running, playing the guitar, singing country gospel concerts, and sleeping late in the morning.


Dr. John Reeve




John W. Reeve, PhD is Assistant Professor of Church History and chair of the Church History department at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. He teaches primarily early church, middle ages and reformation history. John is also editor of Andrews University Seminary Studies and co-author of a book on The Trinity, and editor of the book Women and Ordination and the book Salvation. He is the President-elect of the Adventist Theological Society. John's doctoral dissertation focused on the theological anthropology of Theophilus of Antioch and the shift in the understanding of the human soul and judgment in late second century Christianity.

John has worked as youth pastor, camp director, and as a baker. He enjoys backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, and bird watching.

John’s wife, Teresa L. Reeve, PhD, is Associate Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament at the Seminary in Berrien Springs, MI where they live with their eighteen-year-old daughter Madeleine.


Dr. Dave Thomas


David Thomas is Professor of Practical Theology & Apologetics. He has been a member of the faculty at WWU since the summer of 2001. Prior to joining the faculty, Thomas spent some 24 years in pastoral work in New England, and in Washington. His pastoral experience ranges from multiple church districts to large, multi-staff churches. 

Thomas was born on the continent of Africa of British missionary parentage. He emigrated to the United States to attend college. He is a graduate of Atlantic Union College (BA 1975) and Andrews University (MDiv 1978). He received his doctorate in Pastoral Ministry from Andrews University in 1999. 

In 1975, Thomas married Loralee Minty, an Elementary Education major from Massachusetts who currently teaches at Rogers Adventist School. They have two adult sons, Matthew and Jonathan. One works as a structural engineer, the other as an auditor.


Ms. Carol Turk




Carol Hurley Turk is a board-certified staff chaplain at a level one trauma hospital. Prior to her work as a chaplain she was a Licensed Professional Counselor in community mental health serving adjudicated youth and their families, and specialized in grief, loss and abandonment issues.  As part of the community mental health agency’s emergency response team she provided crisis support to evacuees at the Red Cross shelter during fires, was part of the team that provided crisis/grief support to students, staff and families at Columbine High School after the school shooting and provided grief support to youth in juvenile detention after critical incidents.

Carol was commissioned to the Gospel Ministry in 2015. She previously served as a youth pastor, and currently as a chaplain for over 8 years.

Carol is married to Dan Turk.  They live in Colorado and enjoy several outdoor activities including running, hiking and camping and photography.  Carol plays the harp, has completed 8 triathlons, enjoys pottery, painting, quilting and studying scripture.


Dr. Edmundo Justino


Edmundo Justino, MD is a practicing Gastroenterologist and Hepatologist at Trinity Hospital in Minot ND and Essentia Health in Fargo, ND.

Dr. Justino was born into an Adventist family with a long line of preachers, including his father and brother. He attended Adventist Education through high school.

He attended college at the University of Texas at Arlington (BS 1999), and went on to medical school at the University Of Texas Medical Branch (MD 2004). He spent the following six years at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions as a resident and eventually a fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Justino is married to JoAnna Justino, a lawyer, who currently takes care of their daughters full time. Their eldest son, Jonathan is currently a senior at Dakota Adventist Academy. Their daughters are Jade (8) and Jewell (7). They live in Minot, ND and are members of the Minot Seventh-day Adventist church.  


Dr. Daniel Linrud




Pastor Dan Linrud was born and raised in Northwest Washington State. At a young age, he sensed God's call to pastoral ministry. He attended Canadian Union College (now Burman University) where he earned a Bachelor of Theology. During this time he met and married his college sweetheart, Verlaine Corkum. Upon completion of his Bachelor degree, Pastor Dan was hired by the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Conference in Canada and sponsored to seminary to earn his Master of Divinity at Andrews University. While at seminary, he transferred to the Washington Conference where he served as a pastor from 1988 – 1998 in the greater Seattle area.

In 1998, Pastor Dan accepted a call to serve in the Ontario Conference in Canada, first as lead pastor of a large church, and then as founding pastor of a new church plant based on small groups, that God blessed with growth from 16 to nearly 200. In 2005, he earned a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis on discipleship in small group ministry. In 2009, Pastor Dan was called to serve as Executive Secretary (VP for Administration) for the Ontario Conference. And in 2013, Pastor Dan accepted the invitation to return to the Northwest to serve as Assistant to the President in the Oregon Conference before being voted President.

Family is dear to Pastor Dan and he and Verlaine enjoy many activities with their two grown daughters. Favorite interests include outdoor activities, travel, reading, sports, good food and fellowship.


Elder Gary Thurber




Thurber began in ministry as a teacher at Redwood Academy in the Northern California Conference. From there, he served as an associate pastor and assistant director of Northwest Ministries Training Center at the Kent Church in the Washington Conference. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Southern Adventist University, and earned his master’s degree in religion at Andrews University. He is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Leadership program at Andrews University.

Ordained in 1987, Thurber has served as a pastor in the Kansas-Nebraska, Florida and Michigan conferences. His assignments in the Michigan Conference also included director of Youth, Camp and Family ministries and, later, assistant to the president for administration. He has also served as president of the Rocky Mountain, Indiana and Northern New England conferences. Prior to coming to the Mid-America Union Conference, Thurber was executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference.

Thurber is married to the former Diane Wynn. They have two adult sons, Ryan and Justin.


Elder Gil Webb


Elder Gil Webb has been in ministry since 1976. He and his wife Patricia, of 37 years, have pastored in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. They have two adult children, Gil the second and Chalonda, and one grandson, Gil the third.

Elder Webb has served the Lord’s church as a pastor and departmental director. He is presently serving as Vice President of Administration for Mid-America Union.

He is a graduate of Oakwood College, now Oakwood University. He likes to read, raise African cichlids, bowl, play tennis, racquet ball, golf, and do Sudoku puzzles. He loves people, the preaching of the Word and helping people make a decision for Jesus.



Gary Way


Gary Way was born into Adventist education in Bozeman, Montana where his father was the music teacher at Mt. Ellis Academy. He is the youngest of three sons. Is a graduate of Gem State Academy, holds a B.A. from the College of Idaho in art, elementary certification through Walla Walla University, M.S. from Southern Oregon State University in writing. He taught elementary for the Seventh-day Adventist church for seventeen years in four different states, and currently teaches English and art at Dakota Adventist Academy in Bismarck, North Dakota where he has been for seventeen years.

He is married to Janet Kreuder, head cook at D.A.A, and they have four grown sons.