Despite the beauty of our physical surroundings and God’s gift of a diverse field of service, including a wonderful group of people, ministry is a tough challenge. Ethnic and political divisions threaten to split people groups apart; poverty and dead-end economic pockets are creating lasting hurt and pushing people away from God. The Pacific Union Conference ministerial team focuses on caring, innovative strategies to equip our men and women in pastoral ministry for creative labor. We tap ministers for their own success stories, encourage innovation, and creatively fund bright ideas. Our training events and flow of online resources keep our wonderful pastoral team in a state of optimistic readiness.
Bradford C. Newton has served as executive secretary of the Pacific Union Conference since 2008. He has previously served as president of Nevada-Utah Conference, government relations director and associate public affairs and religious liberty director of the Pacific Union, and as a pastor in Southern California and Illinois. In addition to his role as executive secretary, he has held the additional responsibility of Union ministerial director since 2010. Newton earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Andrews University. He is a native of Arcadia, California. His wife, Jennifer Christian Newton, is a health care management consultant, and they have two adult children, Amanda and Tyler.
Christian Newton, MBA, CFMP, is self-employed as a consultant. She teaches Christian financial seminars and also serves as the Associate Ministerial Secretary for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on a volunteer basis. In this capacity she is the event planner and provides support to pastoral spouses and families. Previously she was Assistant Vice President and Regional Audit Manager for General Motors Commercial Finance. She received her Bachelor of Science from Andrews University. She has an MBA in Project Management and is a Certified Faith-based Meeting Professional.