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Meshach Soli

Associate Pastor, Beaumont Seventh-day Adventist Church in Beaumont, California

Pastor Meshach Soli has worked in youth and young adult ministries for over 10 years. He is passionate about preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping young people to be leaders in their generation. He is the proud father of five boys and is happily married to his high-school sweet heart Linda Soli. He is currently the associate pastor of the Beaumont SDA Church in Southern California. He received a BA in religious studies at La Sierra University and is currently finishing his Masters of Pastoral Ministry at Andrews University.

Ron Whitehead

Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, Andrews University

Executive Director, Center for Youth Evangelism (CYE)

Ron White has served in four North American Division unions as a local pastor, conference youth, and church ministries director. He has also served the NAD as associate youth director and directed five International Pathfinder Camporees. At Andrews University, Ron has served as assistant to the president for Spiritual Life and currently serves the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary as assistant professor for youth ministry and executive director for the Center for Youth Evangelism. Since 1996, Ron has been honored to serve the Lake Union Conference as youth director.

Some of Ron's most recent ministry projects include an International Camporee for over 50,000 participants and the development of COR (Church of Refuge) congregations that support senior youth/young adults with their walk with Christ and their local church.

Ron is married to an amazing woman, the former Betty Lou Becker. Together, they have three young adult children: Stacy, Heidi, and Ryan. Ron's hobbies include - but are not limited to - high-tech toys, classic cars, boats, and large events like Passion Plays.

His favorite Bible text is John 14:1-3 because it reminds him not to "sweat the small stuff." Jesus is coming again!

Armando Miranda Jr.

Youth Director for Club Ministries, North American Division

Miranda was born and raised in Mexico, but has lived half of his life here in the United States. He finished his BA in Theology in Southwestern Adventist University in 2003 and his masters in Divinity in 2007 at Andrews University. He pastored in Texas for nine years before serving as associate youth director at the Texas Conference for over two years. He loves to work with leaders and more specifically with youth! He enjoys a good soccer game and recently has picked up mountain biking. His vision is to see many young people in the kingdom of Heaven.

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