Our vision for Personal Ministries is to empower church members to become willing disciples for Jesus Christ.
Personal Ministries is about mobilising and motivating church members to meet the spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs of the unchurched in the community.
The Bible talks about every member being a minister. That doesn't mean we all have to become evangelists. It means using our gifts to serve God within the context of a local church ministry.
Pr Joseph Talipuan
Director of Personal Ministries, Sabbath School and Stewardship
Joseph first entered into Seventh-day Adventist ministry as a volunteer missionary during his student years. In 1991, he began full-time ministry as the director of stewardship and evangelist of the Western Highlands Mission of Papua New Guinea.
Prior to his appointment to the South Pacific Division, Joseph was the Global Mission coordinator and director of Stewardship for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission. He was also the secretary for the Morobe Mission of Papua New Guinea in 2005.
Born in Papua New Guinea, this is Joseph's first overseas appointment. He has previously worked in church administration for the Papua New Guinea Union Mission and its various Missions.
Joseph holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology (Pacific Adventist University, 1990) and a Master's degree in leadership and management (Avondale College, 2002). He also has a commercial pilot license.
He is married to Fiona and they have four children aged between three and twelve.
Departmental Assistant for Personal Ministries, Sabbath School and Stewardship
She is the departmental assistant for Sabbath School/Personal Ministries and Stewardship along with Family Ministries. Jan previously worked for Children's Ministries and Adventist Health at the SPD and for Sanitarium in New Zealand. Part of her job is to help create resources for churches and lay people to reach out to the community. She enjoys being the first point of contact for enquiries relating to the departments. One of the enjoyable things about her job is the opportunity to speak with people who register for events run by the department.
Jan is a Western Australian by birth. She is married to Bob and they have three married children and two little granddaughters.