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Firsts in 2021

Chaplain Wanda Acevedo – first Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist woman to be promoted to lieutenant colonel in United States Army Reserve, Puerto Rico. She is also the first Seventh-day Adventist woman to serve as chaplain in a combat war zone in Iraq.


Pastor Kimberly Bulgin – first woman ordained in Mid-America Union as senior pastor of New Beginnings Church, Wichita, Kansas.


Pastor Elina Camarena – first Hispanic woman globally ordained and pastoring at Paradise Valley Hispanic Church, Spring Valley, California.


Pastor Melissa Cooke – first women elected as Executive Secretary of Maritime Conference in New Brunswick, Canada.


Pastor Darriel Hoy – first communication director of the Office of Regional Conference Ministries and the Regional Conference Retirement Plan (ORCM/RCRP) in Huntsville, Alabama.


Dr. Paula Olivier – first woman Youth Director of Northeastern Conference, New York.


Dr. Edyta Jankiewicz - first woman appointed Associate Ministerial Secretary for women in ministry in the South Pacific Division.


Pastor Lola Moore-Johnston – first woman lead pastor at Restoration Praise Center in Bowie Maryland, Potomac Conference, Virginia.


Dr. Paula Olivier – first woman Youth Director of Northeastern Conference, New York.


Pastor Ana Patterson – first woman and first Latina to serve as Southwestern University’s 26th president, Keene, Texas.


Pastor Lyndelle Peterson – first woman appointed as part-time Ministerial Association associate secretary in Australian Union Conference, South Pacific Division.


Sandra E. Roberts – first woman elected to serve as executive secretary in the administration of Pacific Union Conference, California, as well as in the North American Division.


Celeste Ryan Blyden – first woman elected to serve as executive secretary in the administration of Columbia Union Conference, Maryland .


Karen Senecal – first woman vice-president for finance for Potomac Conference, Virginia.


TEAM is aware that there are more firsts that are not listed, and we congratulate all these women as well!