Conference Welcomes New Administrators

In the spring of 2016, the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Executive Committee, in dialog with conference administration, gave unanimous support to strengthening ministry to the youth and young adult segments of the conference. While recognizing the traditional and vitally important role that the conference youth department contributes, several additional areas of prioritized need were identified:

  1. Provide support and strategies for churches that have a desire to do better at attracting and retaining youth and young adults.
  2. Provide support and create strategies to engage and minister to public school and public university SDA students.
  3. Provide conference level support and ministry opportunities for the rapidly growing Hispanic youth population.

In order to implement these additional priorities, the Executive Committee, acting on administration’s recommendation, created a new position, that of Associate Youth Director. With the transition of the previous outstanding conference Youth Director, Ken Wetmore, to his new assignment as Senior Pastor of Madison Campus Church, Kentucky-Tennessee Conference is pleased to welcome two new directors to the youth department.

Greg Taylor, MA (Religious Education) is the newly appointed Youth Director and together with his wife Kim, served most recently as the Youth Director for the Wisconsin Conference. Taylor brings an extensive background in youth ministry to this position including having served as a classroom teacher in two conferences, as well as a congregational pastor in Indiana. His passion for youth ministry includes not only providing leadership for the summer camp program, Pathfinders, and traditional conference programs, but he also has significant experience in creating connections with SDA youth who are attending public schools and universities.

Nelson Silva, D. Min. joins Taylor in the youth department as Associate Director after having served as a bi-vocational, bilingual pastor and church planter in the Indiana Conference for the last thirteen years. Together with his wife April, Silva is committed and experienced in helping make Christ relevant and central in the lives of youth. His past experience as a public school counselor, camp pastor, and his doctoral focus in youth ministry reflect his desire to value and involve youth in ministry.

With the realignment of the youth department under the leadership of Taylor and Silva, an exciting new enhanced ministry in this area is certain to be a reality.

—BY STEVE HALEY, President

The POWER Mission

According to the New York Times*, Clay County Kentucky ranks as the worst county in the country to live in due to the persistent poverty and hardships. The needs in Clay County are greater than the needs in any other county in the United States. The Kentucky-Tennessee Youth Department led by Greg Taylor, along with Madison and Highland Academies, led by chaplains Andrew Jamieson and Kaleigh Benge respectively, realize that need and have a desire to serve.

On September 21-24, 75 students, teachers, and parents converged in Manchester, Ky., the heart of Clay County, to serve the community. The POWER Mission team, as they are called, refurbished and renovated five homes throughout the county. These teams built wheelchair ramps, repaired floors that had gaping holes, painted walls, installed doors, built porches, fixed gutters and roofs along with other various tasks and projects around the homes. The impact the students made on each of these homes was dramatic! However, that was not the most powerful or most impactful part of the trip. It’s all about relationships!

Lots of hammering, sawing, and drilling took place on this trip to the Appalachian Mountains, but the real building took place in the hearts of the participants and the homeowners. On the first day, one of the residents became a grandmother. The team decided to purchase gifts and baby items for the family and surprise them with the presents. At another project, George Moyo, a senior at Highland Academy, took time away from the physical building to build a relationship with one elderly resident by watching ‘The Price is Right’ with him. These students understood that porches, ramps, and floors could be built, but what really mattered was building a loving relationship with the individuals encountered. The love and time that was shared will last much longer than any structure that was erected.

Fortunately, sometimes the impact from previous years can be seen and felt. On the way to Manchester, a stop was made at Taco Bell in London, Ky. Christina Mercado, a senior at Madison Academy, began talking to the cashier about the trip. His eyes lit up when he realized this group built a wheelchair ramp for his grandmother a year earlier.

This ministry has been actively working in the Appalachian Region for 27 years, touching countless lives and this year was no exception! It, not only reaches the residents in Clay County, it blesses the participants as well!




Give Light to Our World

Jesus gave a mission to His church in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” One very effective method of Giving Light to Our World (GLOW) is a worldwide project of literature distribution where millions of pieces of literature, in various forms, are given away or sold to share the Bible’s message of hope. In April 2015, the Adventist Review magazine reported that GLOW, the pocket-sized tracts with titles such as “Can Dead People Talk?” and “Secrets of Mental Health,” had reached a milestone with the publication of 45 million copies in seven years. These little tracts are one way of distributing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a large number of people in an attractive and very affordable package.

How do you get started? Order your GLOW tracks or pocket literature today. Organize all your materials for evangelism in a plastic, durable, water proof container. Keep this box in your car and use the resources throughout the day to bless many people. Wherever you go, keep these resources in mind and listen as the Holy Spirit impresses you to share them.

Mrs. White shares the following story, which is fascinating and to the point: “The Duke of Wellington was once present where a party of Christian men were discussing the possibility of success in missionary effort among the heathen. They appealed to the duke to say whether in his judgment such efforts were likely to prove a success commensurate to the cost. The old soldier replied: Gentlemen, what are your marching orders? Success is not the question for you to discuss. If I read your orders aright, they run thus, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.’ Gentlemen, obey your marching orders.” (The Faith I Live By page 147)


ALL IN – Annual Young Adult Retreat April 21-23, 2017

Early bird registration is now open. Further retreat details to be posted.

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2016 Kentucky-Tennessee Conference Music Festival

Theme:  With the Voice of Singing

Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Sacred Concert – Raphan Ley Auditorium (Highland Gym)

Sabbath afternoon, March 19 at 3:00 p.m. Sacred Chamber Concert – Highland Church

Sabbath Vespers, 6:20 p.m. – Highland Church

Saturday evening, Secular Concert at 7:30 p.m. – Raphan Ley Auditorium


Young Adult Retreat April 22-24, 2016

Our society is full of excuses. How many times have we heard: I don’t have time, I’m too busy, I don’t know how, no one asked me, no one showed me? How many times have we said these things ourselves? Well enough with the excuses! As young adults, the opportunity to involve ourselves with our churches and our communities is waiting! Join us at Indian Creek Camp on April 22-24th as we strive to overcome our excuses and step up in Christ through worship, breakout sessions and fellowship together.

Registration extended! It will re-open April 17 at 12PM NOON for 12 hours (until midnight)
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Memphis Festival of Faith

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Eastern Kentucky Camp Meeting


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