From the Field

From the Field-Issue 2 2018

Ministerial spouse news from around the world.

Editor's Note: See the PDF for the accompanying pictures

East-Central Africa Division

PASTORS’ KIDS CONFERENCE Pastors’ children (PKs) recently gathered at the University of Arusha in Northern Tanzania for a conference themed “Rekindling PKs’ Identity.” The PKs held an evangelism campaign in the city of Arusha immediately following the congress.

Inter-American Division

Over 200 Jamaican Union pastoral spouses recently gathered in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a special meeting with Pattiejean Brown, author and pastor’s wife,
who presented “The M&Ms of a Pastoral Spouse.”

Thirty-two pastors’ kids (PKs) gathered at Northern Caribbean University in Jamaica for a one-day conference entitled “Dealing with Transition.” Jeffrey Brown, associate secretary for the General Conference Ministerial Association and associate editor of Ministry, was the guest presenter. Brown gave each participant a copy of the May 2017 edition of Ministry magazine, featuring an article by Elaine Oliver, associate director of the General Conference Family Ministries Department, entitled “Nurturing the Faith of Pastors’ Kids: Reflections on a Pastoral Family Stress Study.” Lena Brown, director, Jamaica Union Shepherdesses, gave a closing charge to the PKs, who proudly displayed the first issue of The PK Book, published by the East Jamaica Conference.

Inter-European Division

EUD ministerial secretaries and Shepherdess coordinators joined together for the division ministerial advisory in Prague, Czech Republic.

North American Division
The Mountain View Conference Shepherdess Club met for a light evening meal during the 2017 camp meeting at Valley Vista Adventist Center in Huttonsville, West Virginia. Ernestine (Teenie) Finley gave an inspiring talk about the woman of Proverbs 31 and how to implement these same tools in the lives of pastors’ wives.

South American Division

Pastors’ spouses met in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to discuss the importance of prayer and Bible study and caring for the family and mission. The same themes were presented at meetings with AFAM in Santa Cruz de La Sierra, Bolivia.

Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division
South-Western Angola Union Shepherdesses organized a retreat and invited their husbands to join them. The weekend included worship, seminars, and a special foot-washing ceremony.

Recently Shepherdesses met in Angola for meetings, fellowship, and prayer. New pastoral spouses received scarves and pins in a special ceremony.

Southern Asia Division

Western India Union officially launched its Shepherdess International Income Generating Tailoring Project in a special ceremony at the union office. Sewing machines, purchased through contributions by private donors, will be used not only to help individual Shepherdesses earn income but also to train other women to learn the tailoring trade. Sofia Wilson, SUD Shepherdess coordinator, and Shakuntala Chandanshive, WIU Shepherdess coordinator, hope the ministry will be instrumental in introducing others to Jesus.


Recently Northeast India Union held a Shepherdess advisory in Juwai, India. Forty-three shepherdesses attended this advisory, themed “You Are Powerful.”


West-Central Africa Division

Pastors and spouses from Sahel, West Africa, recently met for a ministerial couples prayer conference.


Over 250 pastors’ children (PKs) from the Eastern Nigeria Conference attended a PK Convention. They resolved to reclaim those who had left the church and to remain focused for God.