Donors Give $14 Million for
Mission Projects in 2006
“These projects wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our donors,” says Gary Krause, director of Adventist Mission.
Hospital officials say they will work with communities surrounding the current campus to discuss future uses, including keeping health-care services at the current Takoma Park site.
Adventist Review/ Adventist World assistant editor Bonita Joyner Shields has accepted the invitation of the General Conference Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department to serve as editor of the Junior, Earliteen, and Youth Bible study guides. She fills the vacancy left by Kathy Beagles, who plans to pursue her doctoral studies full-time at Andrews University.
Shields joined the editorial staff of Adventist Review in February 2002. Prior to this she served fo rmore than six years as an associate pastor of the Spencerville Adventist church in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her varied responsibilities at the Review office included coordinating the CrossWalk edition fo the publication; overseeing varous segments of both Adventist Review and Adventist World such as Lifestyle and Ask the Doctors; and working with the many prayer requests sent daily to the office.
Shields began serving in her new position May 1.
Sandra Blackmer, who has served as news editor of Adventist Review for three years and of Adventist World since its first issue in September 2005, has now assumed the responsibilites held by Shields.
Before joining the Review staff, Blackmer was Communication Director for the Michigan Conference and editorial assistant for the Adult Bible Study Guide. As an assistant editor, among other duties, Blackmer will now coordinate the Review's CrossWalk edition.
"Sandra has done an outstanding job in building our large network of contributors and correspondents," says Adventist Review/Adventist World editor Bill Knott. "The development of an international newsgathering network for Adventist World has provided credibility and confidence for the millions of Adventists worldwide for whom this magazine is a major source of information about their church. Her new role will allow her to use her significant skills as a feature writer, reporter, and editor in ways that will benefit many other aspects of both journals."
New to the Review office as of May 1, Mark A. Kellner succeeds Blackmer as news editor of Adventist Review and Adventist World.
Kellner is a veteran of print publication with 24 years of experience writing about computers, telecommunications, and technology. He served as assistant director of news and information for Adventist News Network for more than three years; was a staff writer at Defense News, a professional news source for the world's defense decision-makers based in the Washington, D.C., area; was a weekly columnist for the Washington Times and the Los Angeles Times, and regularly writes news articles, news features, and book reviews for Christianity Today.
“I’m delighted that Mark is joining our team,” Knott says. “His long experience and proven track record as a journalist will help us build even greater strengths into our news operation. For more than 150 years, believers have looked to the Review as their primary source of accurate, responsible news about their church. Adding Mark’s impressive skills to our editorial team will ensure that readers of both Adventist Review and Adventist World may continue to have confidence in our fairness and professionalism as journalists serving the global church.”
Kellner has also written three books: WordPerfect 3.5 For Macs for Dummies, God on the Internet, and Y2K: Apocalypse or Opportunity?.