Welcome to the SPD Administrators Council 2023 website! We extend a very warm welcome to the first council in seven and a half years. An exciting week of carefully curated plenaries and insightful workshops have been prepared that aim to broaden your knowledge, deepen your understanding and foster meaningful discussions in the areas of ministry, leadership, governance, and disciple-making. We are blessed to have gathered a group of remarkable speakers, who will share their expertise, shed light on innovative ideas and provide practical solutions to challenge your perspectives and encourage the church’s growth as a disciple-making movement.

We hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to actively participate in the workshops, engage in the discussions & collaboration with your counterparts and find true inspiration in the experience in order to address the complex challenges ahead of us. We look forward to welcoming you on-site and hope you are excited too.



On Thursday 13 July, a packed lunch will be provided for the two outing options: To visit Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo or take a trip to the shopping centres. Buses will be available to transport delegates to and from the two locations. If you have your own transport, feel free to go directly as you please. This is an opportunity to relax, network and build camaraderie with your fellow counterparts.


As a member of a group of two to four people, you will be assigned to a Brisbane church where you will be requested to lead the Sabbath School session, tell a mission story or present the divine service. The church pastor or secretary will email you with details. The church will provide you with lunch and there may be an afternoon program included. Unless you have your own transport, a church representative will pick you up and drop you back at Watson Park by 4.00 pm, for a feedback session and the closing of the Sabbath.


The Council will be held at the Watson Park Convention Centre, 337 Old Gympie Road in Dakabin, Queensland. There is plenty of parking space available but please park your vehicles according to the signage provided.

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Registration commences at 2.00 pm on Tuesday 11 July. If you are staying offsite, please ensure you are registered before dinner on Tuesday.


Watson Park Convention Centre is a campsite and therefore the majority of living quarters are shared accommodation. Motel suites on the site have been assigned to our guest speakers and those with special needs. If you are based in Australia and New Zealand, you are requested to pack bedding linen, a blanket, a pillow, and a towel for your stay. We understand that this might not be convenient for some, so we recommend the following accommodation options:


Woolworths, Chemist, and Eateries:

Local Hospitals:


Steve Addison is a catalyst for movements that multiply disciples and churches, everywhere. He is an author, speaker, podcaster, and mentor to movement pioneers.

Steve began his research into Christian movements in the late 1980s while planting a church in Melbourne, Australia. He carried that interest into his Doctor of Ministry with Fuller Seminary.

He is the author of five books on movements:

Steve and Michelle lead MOVE, a mission agency dedicated to multiplying disciples and churches. Everywhere. Steve loves walking, historical novels, Shakespeare, anything written by G K Chesterton or C S Lewis, Sunday afternoon naps, watching Australia beat the Poms at cricket, and the Kiwis at Rugby, and supporting the Collingwood Football Club. (Copied from About Steve — Movements)

Elder Maurice Valentine met and married his college sweetheart at Oakwood College, Sharon Livingston Valentine whose been a tremendous support and co-laborer in ministry callings. Together they have five adult children including two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.    

After almost 25 years in pastoral ministry, he has been greatly humbled thereafter to have served at all administrative levels of the church spanning 1 conference, 2 unions, the North American Division (NAD), and now the General Conference (GC) in roles ranging from departmental director to executive secretary on two occasions, and president for three institutions having recently been graciously allowed the privilege of service to seven broadcast ministries as the President of Adventist Media Center and its 150 employees when he served at the NAD. 

Currently, he serves at the General Conference as a general vice president where he assists as chair of 10 boards within the GC, but the majority of his time is devoted to special assignments.  Ultimately, he knows he’s so underserving to have served in these roles and many others as he attempts to remind himself every day that he conducts ministry and that after all the areas of service past and present are taken into account ultimately, he’s still at best a sinner saved by grace. 

Born in Fiji to missionary parents, Dr Gary Krause is director of the General Conference Office of Adventist Mission (www.AdventistMission.org), which cares for Global Mission church planting and Mission Awareness. His wife, Bettina, is the editor of Liberty Magazine. Their daughter, Bethany, is a high school student. Gary holds a Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, focusing on wholistic urban ministry.

Dr Darius Jankiewicz serves as Field Secretary and Ministerial Secretary for the South Pacific Division of Seventh-day Adventists.  Until 2019 he served as a professor of historical theology and the chair of the Theology and Christian Philosophy department at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University, Berrien Springs. 

Following his graduation in 1989 he worked as a pastor in the Greater Sydney Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.  He then moved to the USA in 1993 to complete his Master of Divinity and Ph.D. degrees graduating in 2001.

Following his graduation he returned to Australia where he served as the senior pastor of three churches in Tasmania.  In 2003 he was ordained to the Gospel ministry.  In 2004, he was called to serve as a professor of theology at the Adventist-owned Fulton College in Fiji.  In 2008 he was called back to the USA to serve as a professor of theology at the Seminary.  In 2019 he and his family returned to Australia to serve the church within his home division. Jankiewicz is married to Edyta and has two daughters, Caitlin (21) and Ashley (19).

Pastor Malachi Yani is a pastor and administrator who has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the New Britain Island, Highlands Region, and PNG UNION Mission prior to his current role as the president of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission. President. Malachi has worked as a local church Pastor, Department Director, Mission Secretary, Mission President, and Church Planter for nearly 20 years. Prior to his appointment to this current role, he was the Mission President of Western Highlands Mission in the Upper Highlands Provinces.  When not at work, Malachi enjoys mechanical work, exercise, and eating healthy food.


Elder Dwain Neilson Esmond, Ph.D. (Student), is a writer, editor, and ordained minister. For more than 27 years this graduate of Oakwood and Pittsburg State Universities has answered God’s call to ministry. From 2010 to 2014, Dwain served as Vice-President of Editorial Services for the Review and Herald Publishing Association before joining the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc. as Associate Director/Editor in 2015.   

From 1998 to 2002 Elder Esmond served as Associate Editor of Message Magazine, before his passion for youth and young adults led him to Insight Magazine where he worked for 11 years (2002-2013). While at Insight, Dwain authored three best-selling young adult devotionals and has more than 350 publications to his credit. He currently supervises the preparation and publication of White Estate-related content, such as The Gift of Prophecy in Scripture and History, an academic text on the work of the Holy Spirit through the gift of prophecy; Principles for Christian Leaders, a recent compilation of Ellen White’s writings on Christian leadership; The 2021 Ellen White devotional titled Jesus: Name Above All Names which includes 365 of the names and appellations by which Ellen White referred to Jesus; and the brand new compilation of Ellen White’s writings on God’s final warning to the world, The Three Angels Messages, God’s Proclamation for the Last Days.  

Elder Esmond helps to lead strategic planning and development for the White Estate and is the lead evangelist for the Back to the Altar worship initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Elder Esmond is joined in ministry by his lovely wife, Kemba, and their precious son, Dwain Jr.  

Pastor Glenn Townend loves sharing the Gospel with others, especially through disciple-making and church planting. He has served in various roles such as a pastor, chaplain, departmental director, conference president, and union president before his current appointment as South Pacific Division president (since 2015).

Born in South Australia, and as the son of Adventist missionaries, he lived in various parts of Australia including spending his formative years in Papua New Guinea where he learned to speak pidgin. With over 30 years of service dedicated to ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist church, Pastor Glenn feels a deep connection to people. His tenure includes serving as president of the Trans Pacific Union Mission based in Fiji which extended his appreciation for the Pacific. With wife Pamela, they give thanks for their three children and seven grandchildren. Pastor Glenn enjoys cycling and gardening, activities that align with his strong interest in health and overall well-being.

Prior to joining the Avondale Business School (ABS) in 2013, Dr Warrick Long spent 27 years in the SDA Church system in a variety of treasury, Chief Financial Officer, and General Secretary roles, serving on committees and boards at all levels of the organisation. This included living in four different countries and working at various times in leadership roles in Conferences, Unions, Education, Aged Care, and ADRA. Along the way, Warrick also collected a Master of Arts degree in Leadership & Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance, and graduated from the prestigious Australian Institute of Company Directors Course. Since joining ABS Warrick has also completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), graduating in 2018. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Governance Institute of Australia, and the Institute of Managers and Leaders ANZ, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In his current role at the Avondale Business School, Warrick oversees the MBA program and other postgraduate programs in Leadership and keeps current on workplace and industry issues through providing professional development opportunities, consulting services, undertaking applied research, and sitting on a number of boards of directors and committees.

Pastor Wendell Mandolang has been in ministry for more than 41 years and has served in several capacities as a church and district pastor, departmental director, conference executive secretary, Union Mission president, Stewardship Director, and Ministerial Association Secretary. He now serves as the Southern Asia-Pacific Divison General Secretary.

He is married to Etty Simanjuntak and has two children, a son and a daughter, who are now both medical doctors.

Wendell enjoys making disciples and preparing more future leaders in the church, and doing evangelism activities. When not at work, he loves outdoor activities with the family and the church.