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Dr. Philip Baptiste

Philip is the Departmental Director of Adventist-Laymen Services and Industries (ASI) for the North American Division (NAD) and the Secretary/Treasurer of ASI.

Before serving at the NAD, Philip was a General Conference missionary for four years serving as the Special Assistant to the President for the East-Central Africa Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He coordinated Strategic Planning, Leadership Development, Assessment, Media, Communications, and ASI in eleven countries in this role. Philip Baptiste also served as the Communication Director for the Central States Conference and Associate Youth Director for the Rocky Mountain and Washington Conferences.

Philip graduated from Andrews University, obtaining an Associate of Science in Business Administration, a BA in Religion, and a Master’s degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. Also, he holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Communication and Leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. Philip will be graduating this year with a second Master’s degree in Strategic Communications from American University in Washington, DC.


Dr. Paulo Macena

Paulo has been serving the church for more than 20 years in Canada and in the United States. Currently, he is the Lead Pastor for Ellicott City Church, and he is leading a church plant and Center of Influence in Baltimore called Urban Life Center ( in the Chesapeake Conference. He is also the founder and Director of the Adventist Leadership Institute (, and the Revelation Project ( He holds an M.A. in Youth Ministry, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership, both from Andrews University. He is also an independent certified coach, teacher, trainer, and speaker with the John Maxwell Team. He is the author of the book, ‘The Missing Power’, published by the General Conference Ministerial Association.