The Ministerial Department provides the local congregation with pastoral resources. The department director and associate minister to the individual pastors in the role of a pastor’s pastor to help enhance their ability to serve. The department’s goals are to provide an atmosphere in which pastors may be used of God as dynamic channels for the Holy Spirit and to offer opportunities for them to improve skills through numerous seminars as well as continuing education.
The Pastor—The pastor has been appointed to be the spiritual leader of the local congregation by the conference committee. It is the pastor’s function to coordinate all the evangelism activities that present the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the community. By sermons, visitation, counseling, and earnest prayers in behalf of those in need, the pastor sets the example for church members and leads the way by inspiring the members to be a truly caring, soul-winning body of people.
The pastor’s highest work is to develop the local church into a training center for Christian service. It is important that the pastor find ways to involve each member in some phase of church activity so that everyone possible can participate in the joy of being a part of the team.
Royce Snyman is the Ministerial Department Director for the Michigan Conference. Royce has served in Michigan since 1977 after graduating from Pacific Union College, in Angwin, California, and also graduated from Andrews Seminary with an M.Div. in 1980. He has pastored in Pontiac, Plymouth and Belleville, and Kalamazoo, prior to becoming the Personal Ministries Director in 1993. He and his wife, Laurie, met at PUC. They have one daughter, Kristen Snyman Harvey, living with her husband in Hixson, Tennessee. Royce and Laurie enjoy people, traveling from time to time, and birding.
Daniel Scarone is an ordained pastor from an Italian-South American background with graduate training in theology and education. He has been a pastor, an editor, and a theology professor. Daniel has been working for South American Division, Inter-American Division, and currently in the North American Division. In the Michigan Conference, he has been a district pastor and assistant ministerial director. He is the author of many books and articles written in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Also he has hosted a TV broadcast for 3ABN Latino entitled Respuestas Bíblicas (Biblical Answers). He is married to Lira Peverini Scarone and they have two adult children.
David García-Marenko graduated from the Central America Adventist University, Costa Rica, and the Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University. After serving nine years in Central America, he was called in 1985 to the Michigan Conference to serve as church pastor at the Holland Spanish Church. He has also served as church pastor at Berrien Springs, Detroit, Grand Rapids Maranatha, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lawrence, and Pullman Spanish churches before accepting the call to serve as a district superintendent / Hispanic coordinator. David was ordained to the Gospel ministry on July 4, 1981 and enjoys serving the Lord in all the facets of ministry. He is married to Giannina García and they have five adult children.
David García-Marenko es graduado de la Universidad Adventista de Centro América en Costa Rica y del Seminario Teológico Adventista de la Universidad de Andrews. Después de servir nueve años en América Central, en 1985 fue llamado a la Asociación de Michigan para servir como pastor de la Iglesia Hispana de Holland. Él también ha servido como pastor de las iglesias hispanas de Berrien Springs, Detroit, Grand Rapids Maranatha, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lawrence y Pullman, antes de aceptar el llamado de servir como superintendente de distrito / coordinador de la obra hispana. David fue ordenado al ministerio evangélico el 4 de julio de 1981 y disfruta sirviendo al Señor en todas las facetas del ministerio. Él es casado con Giannina García y ellos tienen cinco hijos adultos.
Laurie Snyman serves as an assistant to the Ministerial Director. She is also a licensed social worker and owner of a part time counseling practice in Lansing called Awakenings Family Therapy. She is a graduate of Pacific Union College and has a Master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Laurie enjoys writing and speaking on marriage and family topics.