Jasmine J. Fraser is an educator, a mentor, a coach, a servant of God, and a friend to humanity. Mindful of the call to be a bond servant of Jesus Christ, her desire is to experience the ongoing life-changing power of the Spirit of God, and to be a source through which the power of God brings hope, healing, and comfort to others for the cause of Christ.
Jasmine is an alumnus of Northern Caribbean University, graduating with a BSc in Business Administration, and Andrews University where she earned an MA in Communication, and a PhD in Religious Education.
Over the years Jasmine has worked in various roles in administration and education. Currently she is engaged in doing research in family life education, and creating family-inclusive curricula to help address the spiritual-emotional needs of families in ways that will ultimately strengthen children and adolescents’ life values, faith and commitment to Christ.
Jasmine believes that in order to be an effective agent of change one should seek to understand and embrace diversity. Her approach in fulfilling her God-given life purpose is grounded in the dialectical principle of “both/and”, an approach she uses to manage conflicts and create win-win situations.
Outside of work and ministry, she enjoys, leisure reading, creative writing, aerobics, listening to music, listening/sharing with others about personal encounters with God, and birdwatching.
Her life’s creed is: “Take life as you find it, but never leave life the way you found it. Try to make life better and sweeter for those who come after you.”
Timothy P. Nixon, DMin, began pastoral ministry in 1981 and has served for 38 years in four different conferences. He came to Andrews University as Administrative Chaplain in 1998 and eventually took on the role of In-reach and Associate Chaplain, a position he held until 2014. During his chaplaincy, he served as an adjunct professor for the Andrews University Undergraduate Department of Religion and the Adventist Theological Seminary. Additionally, from 2004 to 2014, he pastored New Life Fellowship, a student-led worship service on the University campus.
Pastor Nixon served as Executive Secretary of the Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from 2014 to 2018. And he presently pastors the Niles Philadelphia and All Nations-Berrien Springs Adventist churches in the Lake Region Conference.
Pastor Nixon has been a featured speaker for camp meetings, convocations, weeks-of-prayer and revivals and has conducted evangelistic series, field schools and seminars around the United States and across the globe.
He is married since 1985 to Sandria, whom he describes as “the smartest nurse practitioner in America.” And he is the proud father of two children—Michael, Vice President of Andrews University (married to pastor Tacyana Nixon), and daughter, Camille, who works as a Behavioral Clinician for the Bowen Center. He has one granddaughter, Noa Elise, who is three years old.
Pastor Nixon writes, “I live with the assurance of knowing that I am where God wants me to be and that I am doing what God wants me to do.”
His favorite text is Micah 6:8: “He hath shewed thee O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” (KJV)
Greg Scheer (www.gregscheer.com) is a composer, author, speaker, and a music associate at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. His writings include The Art of Worship: A Musician’s Guide to Leading Modern Worship (Baker Books, 2006), Essential Worship: A Handbook for Leaders (Baker Books, 2016) and contributions to The Hymn, Worship Leader, and New Songs of Celebration Render (ed C. Michael Hawn, GIA 2013). His work has been translated into eleven languages. His music is available from GIA, Augsburg Fortress, MorningStar, in numerous hymnals, and at www.gregscheer.com.
Originally from the Dominican Republic, José Bourget grew up in a small Hispanic church in Detroit, MI. They empowered him to give all for God's Kingdom. Since then José engages others to do the same. He believes the world needs people who embrace the uniqueness that their Creator gave them to bring healing and hope.
As a student leader at Andrews University, he co-founded faith experiences involving worship and reaching the city of Chicago. Following his studies, José continued creating inspiring faith experiences through community and volunteerism in Chicago as Youth Pastor of the North Shore Church, Pastor of the Lakeview Church, and the Young Adult Ministries Coordinator for the Illinois Conference. Subsequently, he served as Assistant Director at the Center for Youth Evangelism. Drawing from Matthew 25, José's ministry is marked by practical, relevant, and meaningful strategies and outcomes. Wherever he is working His spiritual gifts encourage authenticity, innovation, and caring for the wellness of people.
Presently, José Bourget works with the creative and passionate emerging adults on the campus of Andrews University as a Campus Chaplain and Executive Pastor of Pioneer Memorial Church. Joining him in this journey is his wife, Christine Ramirez, and two beautiful young children, Sophia and Jonah. As a family they enjoy taking adventures at the park, laughing at silly things and sunsets on Lake Michigan.
Michelle Odinma is a Christian singer/songwriter from Michigan, whose melodic compositions and heartfelt messages encourage all listeners to begin and continue their walk with God.
Michelle has recently completed her second album, Hymns Volume l Redeemed, which was released on January 30, 2016.
With the latest album release, Michelle seeks to revive, embrace, and share songs that have so long been an integral part of her Christian experience and mean so much to many others. She is currently working on a third album entitled Stories to Tell, which is set to be released in 2020, and is completing her MDiv at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.
Adriana Perera is the Chair of the Department of Music at Andrews University, where she also serves as an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the Universidad Catolica de Argentina, where she is a D.M.A. candidate in Music Composition. She is a prolific composer, pianist, and recording artist.
Adriana has been a Music and Worship professor at Seminario Adventista de Sagunto, Spain, Northern Caribbean University, Jamaica, and Oakwood University, Alabama, where she also served as a Music Theory and Composition Associate Professor for 11 years. As a lecturer on Music and Worship, she has toured Europe, South America, Central America, Canada and the United States, giving conferences and workshops on the topic. Some of her sacred pieces are included in "Bienvenidos a adorar", the SDA Hymnal Book, and "Louvor e Adoraçao", the Portuguese Youth Hymnal Book.
She has published several articles and two books on the topic of music and worship: “En espíritu y en verdad” (Pacific Press Publishing Association, 2013); and “More than Music: Worship” (Biblio Publishing, 2017). Her research interests include the African American music legacy and its influence on contemporary choral works.
Adriana is married to Francisco Burgos, a Spanish and Literature Professor. They have two children: Laia, who plays the violin and Marcos, who plays drums and guitar.
Michael A. Polite is a man striving to see God face-to-face. This pursuit has brought him into the service of students across the globe. From South Africa to
South-East Asia, Pastor Polite has shared his relevant interpretation of the scriptures.
A graduate of Union College (Lincoln, NE), and La Universidad de Sagunto (Valencia, Spain), Michael Polite maintained a double major,
specializing in Language and Linguistics. He went on to complete his Masters in Church
Development at Oakwood University and is currently serving as the Associate Chaplain of Faith Development at Andrews University where he is leading the campus in creating authentic God encounters for both the Millennial and Internet generations.
Michael Polite also serves as the Lead Pastor of the New Life Fellowship in Berrien Springs, MI—a congregation that is committed to introducing Young Professionals to the abundant new life promised by Jesus in John 10:10. He has made an international impact as well. His work in the area of youth advocacy has been chronicled by media outlets such as The Associated Press, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Yahoo News, The Sydney Morning Herald, and the China Times.
Pastor Michael Polite is happily married, passionately driven, and genuinely dedicated to improving the world through social action. His daily wish is that when God calls for a messenger, he will consistently have the courage to respond, “Here am I; send me.”
Jamila Sylvester has a bold passion for combining artistic talent with a calling to ministry. Using her creativity and entrepreneurial skills, Ms. Sylvester has already formed several organizations and initiatives. Jamila is the founder of Imagine Greater Inc., a non-profit organization formed for the benefit and development of music ministry. At Imagine Greater, Inc., she co-founded and serves as director of Outreach Gospel Cry, an international music evangelistic program focused on sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ through the teaching and sharing of African-American worship history and experience. Jamila is also the co-founder and director of the Hymneo Collaborative, a ministry providing new platforms for aspiring Seventh-day Adventist artists, in addition to other Christian artists committed to the creation of new music for use in worship or in the mainstream Christian music market. As a solo singer active in music ministry, Jamila has frequently served churches on the West Coast (USA), is a regular worship leader at Pioneer Memorial Church on the campus of Andrews University, and has toured as a singing evangelist and music minister with Pastor Hyveth Williams in Fiji.
Jamila is a student at Andrews University where she is pursuing a Masters in Divinity and Masters in Music Ministry. Ms. Sylvester has served as an assistant editor for the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership.
David Williams is Assistant Professor of Christian Ministry in Liturgy, Worship, and Sacred Music at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He is a PhD Candidate in Church History, Sacred Music History, and Theology Studies at Andrews University. His dissertation is entitled, "Worship Music as Spiritual Identity: An Examination of Black and White Adventist Worship Music in the United States from 1894 to 1944."
David is also a professional musician, having received a Master of Sacred Music in 2010 from the University of Notre Dame in liturgical history, sacred music history, and organ performance. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and a Bachelor of Science in Organ Performance from Southern Adventist University in 2005. He has studied extensively in Europe with leading artists in organ, additionally spending a year in the Netherlands receiving instruction from Sietze de Vries in improvisation. He performs regularly, seeking to engage audiences through historical literature, improvisation, and congregational singing.
Before graduate studies, David ministered as a pastor in the Rocky Mountain Conference. At the Colorado Springs Central church, he worked as Worship Director and Youth Pastor. He lead the Colorado Springs South and Pueblo churches as Senior Pastor. He has been called upon as speaker for youth meetings in Colorado and The Netherlands, and lecturer on worship and music in California, Canada, Maryland, Michigan, Texas, and Washington.
David is the Pastor for Worship and Music for the South Bend First Seventh-day Adventist Church, South Bend, Indiana. He is the Worship Coordinator and organist for the Seminary Tuesday Worship program. He also conducts the Seminary Chorus.
His wife, Lorelei, is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner in South Bend. They are blessed to enjoy their daughter, Lily, who is two. David also enjoys running, and is an avid Denver Broncos fan.
Steve Yeagley is the Assistant Vice President for Campus and Student Life and Director of Co-Curricular Education at Andrews University. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. As a pastor, Steve has worked with youth and young adults for nearly 30 years in pastoral and educational settings. His interest in the relationship between faith and culture is shared each year in the course Youth and Young Adults in Contemporary Culture.
Nicholas Zork is a singer-songwriter, composer, liturgical musician, guitarist and lecturer on topics in theology, worship and the arts. He leads worship, teaches, and performs at conferences and music venues around the United States and abroad. Nicholas serves as director of the Andrews University Music and Worship Conference, which he helped found in 2004. He is the editor of Best Practices for Adventist Worship, an email newsletter published by the North American Division. And he is the minister for worship and the arts at Church of the Advent Hope in Manhattan.
Nicholas has a BA in Music and Religion from Andrews University (2003) and an MA (2009) and a PhD (2018) in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In his spare time, Nicholas enjoys playing soccer and discovering new restaurants (and he hopes these two activities will offset one another).
Susan Zork is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Andrews University. Her areas of specialization are Christian Spirituality and Discipleship as well as teaching general education theology courses to hundreds of Andrews’ undergrads each year. Her love of the classroom is reflected in being awarded the Daniel A. Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award as well “AUSA Teacher of the Year” on two separate occasions. In addition to her busy schedule as a professor, Susan is a “teaching Pastor” at the One Place Worship Fellowship on campus. She is also a published composer and recording artist. Susan maintains that her greatest claim to accomplishment are her four grown children; Nicholas (Noelia), Benjamin (Mirka), Timothy (Cindy) and Jasmine (Ben) along with a bevy of exceptional and beautiful grandchildren and her husband, Stephen.
Stephen Zork, Professor of Music, has served as Director of Choral Studies at Andrews University since 1991. He holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Pacific Lutheran University. In addition to his conducting responsibilities with the Andrews University Department of Music choirs, he maintains a studio of choral conducting students and oversees the graduate choral conducting degree. The University Singers under his direction tour internationally and throughout the United States.
In addition, Mr. Zork maintains a parallel schedule conducting choral festivals and lecture workshops in academic settings and in church ministries and presenting and performing at International Music Festivals and at conferences of the America Choral Director’s Association (ACDA). Selected from over 12 recorded albums of sacred vocal and choral music, his music is played on numerous nationally syndicated radio programs including “Sing for Joy” As a member of Southwest Michigan’s Council for the Christian Arts from 1997 to 2002, Mr. Zork was conductor of the Christian Arts Chorale. He was an adjunct faculty at Indiana University serving as primary conductor of the South Bend Symphonic Choir from 2003 to 2008. He is in his 23nd year as Director of Music for the First Congregational Church UCC in St. Joseph, Michigan.