About Us

Pr Trafford Fischer

Director of Family Ministries

Trafford was born in Wagga, NSW and married Caryl in 1974.  They have a daughter, Kelly, a son, Jathan, and a granddaughter, Emily.

Since entering into the Seventh-day Adventist ministry in 1976, Trafford has served as a youth pastor, a director of youth ministries for the church in two states of Australia, Director of Student Services at Avondale College, and Senior Chaplain at an SDA School.  He was appointed as Director of Family Ministries in January 2008.

Trafford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology (Avondale College 1975), a Masters degree in Religion (Andrews University 1986) and a Masters degree in Family Life Education (Loma Linda University 1991). 

Among his areas of specialty are:

  1. Leadership training and resource development in family ministries
  2. Premarital counselling, marriage enrichment and relationship education
  3. Parenting education
  4. Adolescent development and parent-teen relationships.

Trafford conducts seminars and workshops on marriage, relationships, parenting and family life issues.  He ministers in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.


He has authored a number of articles for denominational journals on marriage, teens, and parenting.


His major interests include running, cycling, and restoration projects.


Jan Bolst

Departmental Assistant

Jan is the departmental assistant for Family, Church Planting and Women's Ministries. Previously, she has worked in secretarial positions in Children's Ministries and Adventist Health at the SPD, and Sanitarium in New Zealand.

As part of her job, Jan is involved in creating new resources for churches to use, as well as locating resources and being the first point of contact for enquiries relating to Family, Church Planting and Women.

Jan says one of the most enjoyable things about her job is the opportunity to speak with people who register for the departments’ events and conventions, as well as receiving their feedback.