Welcome to the Office of the President
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a family of 17 million believers worldwide. The General Conference Office of the President invites you to learn more about the leadership of this growing community of faith.President
Ted N. C. Wilson
Ted N.C. Wilson was elected as president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in July 2010 during the General Conference Session in Atlanta. Born in Takoma Park, Maryland on May 10, 1950, the son of former General Conference President Neal C. Wilson and Elinor E. Wilson spent part of his childhood in Egypt.
Pastor Wilson began his church career as a pastor in 1974 in the Greater New York Conference. He married Nancy Louise Vollmer Wilson, a physical therapist, in 1975. The couple has three daughters--Emilie Louise, married to Pastor Kameron DeVasher; Elizabeth Esther, married to Pastor David Wright; and Catherine Anne, married to Dr. Robert Renck--and six wonderful grandchildren.
Pastor Wilson served as an assistant director and then director of Metropolitan Ministries in New York from 1976 to 1981. He went on to serve in the church's then Africa-Indian Ocean Division, based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, until 1990. There he served as a departmental director and later as executive secretary.
Following his post in West Africa, he served for two years at the church's world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, United States, as an associate secretary. He went on to accept the position of president of the church's Euro-Asia Division in Moscow, Russia, which he held from 1992 to 1996. Pastor Wilson returned to the United States to serve as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association in Hagerstown, Maryland, until his election as a General Conference vice president in 2000.
An ordained minister, Pastor Wilson holds a doctoral degree in religious education from New York University, a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, and a master of science degree in public health from Loma Linda University's School of Public Health. In addition to English, he speaks French and some Russian.General Vice President
Delbert Baker was elected as a general vice president for the Seventh-day Adventist world church in 2010. Prior to his election, Baker served for 16 years as president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Oakwood University, located in Huntsville, Alabama.
Baker's other church experience includes 10 years serving as a pastor in Ohio and Virginia, editor of Message magazine and special assistant to the president at Loma Linda University.
Baker is married to Susan Lee Baker, and they have three adult sons: David, Benjamin and Jonathan.
Baker is a published author and avid reader. A regular marathoner, he has competed on all seven continents and in 35 of the 50 United States. Baker has served on the White House Advisory for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.General Vice President
Canadian-born Lowell Cooper is a general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists--a position held since 1998. Prior to his employment at the Church's world headquarters, Lowell held pastoral and departmental leadership roles in Canada followed by over 16 years of service in Pakistan and India. He holds a master of divinity degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Michigan and a master's degree from Loma Linda University School of Public Health. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Loma Linda University in 2011. Lowell's current assignments include serving as chair for the boards at Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, Adventist Health International and Pacific Press Publishing Association. He is vice-chair for the General Conference Auditing Service Board. Lowell's wife, Rae Lee, is a nurse and musician. The couple has two adult children.General Vice President
Geoffrey Gabriel Mbwana was elected as a general vice president for the Seventh-day Adventist world church in 2010.
Born October 20, 1955 in Tanzania, Africa, Mbwana spent time in high school and college working as a literature evangelist in India and Sweden. Mbwana graduated from Spicer Memorial College in 1982 with bachelor's degrees in religion and psychology.
He earned a master's degree in education from Andrews University in 1984 and completed a master's in educational psychology at Poona University in 1986. He is married to Nakku Mbwana and they have two daughters: Orupa and Upendo.
Mwbana's previous church work includes serving as president for the North-East Tanzania Conference, the Tanzania Union Mission, and for the East-Central Africa Division. He speaks three languages - Kiswahili, English and his mother tongue Kipare.General Vice President
Armando Miranda was elected as a general vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church in July 2000 during the General Conference Session in Toronto, Canada.
Mexican-born, he is an ordained minister and holds a master's of religion degree from Andrews University. In more than 20 years of church service, he has worked as a pastor, evangelist and departmental director. From 1987 until 2000, he served as president of the North Mexican Union Conference.
Miranda is married to Rosa Alicia. The couple has three adult children: Liz Charnichart, Rosy Arizaga, and Armando, Jr.General Vice President
With almost 34 years of service in the church, Dr. Pardon Mwansa has served as a Literature Evangelist; District Pastor; Departmental Director at the Conference, Union and GC levels; President of Zambia Union, Eastern African Division, and Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division; Speaker and producer of the "Wait a Minute Pastor" program on Hope TV; and currently serves as a General Vice President at the General Conference - a position he has held for about 8 years now.
As Vice President, among other things, he serves as Chancellor and Board Chair of Adventist University of Africa, Chairman of Hope Channel Board, Chairman of the GC Session Planning Committee, Chairman of Family Ministries and Children's Ministries, and Chairman of Committee on the Seventh-day Adventist Response to Advocacy and/or Legislation Concerning Alternative Sexual Practices. Pastor Mwansa also serves as Vice Chairman and member on other Boards and committees.
Pardon Mwansa has a passion for evangelism and Christian education. Annually he conducts at least one evangelistic campaign; teaches at Rusangu University and Adventist University of Africa; and conducts leadership development seminars and workshops.
An ordained Gospel Minister with a Bachelor degree in Theology, Master of Divinity and Doctoral degree in Missiology from Andrews University, Mwansa's passion is that the church will experience spiritual revival and reformation when Christ is lifted up and in bringing souls into the Kingdom of God. He is also a Registered Financial Planner (RP).
Pardon Mwansa was born in Luapula Province in the country of Zambia, married to Judith and they have four children: Paul (married to Pearl), Maggie, Hellen and David. In his free time, he enjoys playing badminton, exercise and balancing his personal finances.General Vice President
Michael Lee Ryan was born in Ridgecrest, California, United States. Prior to his election in October 2003 as a general vice president for the world church headquarters, he served as a general field secretary for Global Mission. He holds a doctorate degree in education from the University of Missouri and is an ordained minister. For the past 30 years, Ryan has served the church in various positions, including teacher and dean of Far Eastern Academy in Singapore, administrative consultant for Central Philippine Adventist College in the Philippines, education director/Global Mission coordinator for the Far Eastern Division, and Global Mission coordinator at the world church headquarters.
Ryan is married to Laura Jean Haas. The couple has two daughters: Gina Marie Wyatt and Heidi Jo.General Vice President
Benjamin Schoun was elected as a general vice president for the Seventh-day Adventist world church at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta.
Prior to this appointment, Schoun served as the president of Adventist World Radio -- the mission radio arm of the world church -- for nearly nine years. During that time, AWR outreach to the world nearly doubled.
In addition, Schoun previously served as president of the Atlantic Union Conference and the Northern New England Conference.
Schoun spent 13 years at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University as a professor, program director, and associate dean. He specializes in church leadership, administration, and conflict management.
Schoun also worked as a pastor in Illinois and British Columbia, youth director in Oregon and teacher at Canadian University College.
His publications include "Helping Pastors Cope," and numerous articles.
Schoun holds a doctor of ministry degree from Andrews University. He is married to Carol Freuchtel and they have one adult child.General Vice President
Ella Simmons holds the distinction of becoming the first woman to serve as a vice president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. Simmons was elected at the 2005 General Conference Session, held in St. Louis.
An educator throughout her career, Simmons has served as chair for departments of education (Kentucky State University), associate dean (University of Louisville), and professor (Oakwood University, La Sierra University).
She has also added administrative experience as academic vice president of Oakwood University and provost and academic vice president for La Sierra University.
Simmons has been a prominent member of accreditation and corporate boards within the church and in the community. She holds a master's degrees from Andrews University and a doctorate from the University of Louisville.
Simmons and her husband, Nord, a retired high school teacher, have two adult sons who are also educators: Darryl and Christopher.General Vice President
Artur A. Stele was elected as a general vice president for the Seventh-day Adventist world church at the 2010 General Conference Session in Atlanta. He was born January 30, 1961 in Kaskelen, a city in southern Kazakhstan.
He graduated from Almaty Medical College in Kazakhstan in 1979 with a pharmacy degree, and served in the German military from 1979 to 1981.
In 1986, Stele received a bachelor's degree in theology from Fridensau University in Germany. That same year Stele married his wife Galina, who is the first woman to graduate from Andrews University with doctorate degree in Ministry.
The couple has a son named Alexander, who currently works for Hope Channel and the treasury department in the Euro-Asia Division. Stele earned his master's and doctorate degrees in theology from Andrews University in 1993 and 1996.
Stele's denominational service includes time spent as academic dean and president for Zaokski Theological Seminary, as well as president of the Euro-Asia Division. Stele is fluent in Russian, German and English.