Who We Are
We are part of a diverse worldwide church! Our Adventist Education Department is part of the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and is one of 13 divisions operated by the church’s General Conference.
Within our Education Department, there are two union conferences; the Australian Union Conference, and the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference; and two union missions, the Papua New Guinea Union Mission, and the Trans-Pacific Union Mission.
The four union conferences and missions are themselves divided into local conferences and missions. For more information on the four union conferences and missions and their education directors, please scroll down.
Adventist Schools Australia (AUC)
Dr Daryl Murdoch
Dr Jean Carter
Mr Jacques Calais
The Education Director of the Australian Union Conference is Dr Daryl Murdoch, Dr Jean Carter and Mr Jacques Calais are the Associate Directors. Within the Australian Union Conference there are nine regional conferences.
- Greater Sydney Conference
- North NSW Conference
- Northern Australian Conference
- South Australian Conference
- South NSW Conference
- South Queensland Conference
- Tasmanian Conference
- Victorian Conference
- Western Australian Conference
To contact your regional education director in the Australian Union Conference, visit the Adventist Schools Australia website by clicking here.
Mrs Mere Vaihola
Mr Joseph Pitakia
The Education Director of the Trans-Pacific Union Mission is Mrs Mele Viahola. The Associate Director is Mr Joseph Pitakia. Within the Trans-Pacific Union Mission there are the following regions
- Solomon Islands
To contact your regional education director in the Trans-Pacific Union Mission visit their website by clicking here.
Papua New Guinea Union Mission
Mr Jim Yawane
Mrs Serah Keliwin
Mr Jethro Rabie
The Education Director of the Papua New Guinea Union Mission is Mr Jim Yawane, and the Associate Directors are Ms Serah Keliwin and Mr Jethro Rabie. Within the Papua New Guinea Union Mission there are ten regional missions.
- Bougainville Mission
- Eastern Highlands and Simbu Mission
- Madang and Manus Mission
- Morobe Mission
- Central Papuan Conference
- New Britain and New Ireland Mission
- North East Papua and Milne Bay Mission
- Sepik Region Mission
- South West Papua Region Mission
- Western Highlands, Enga
- Southern Highlands Mission
To contact your regional education director in the Papua New Guinea Union Mission visit their website by clicking here.
Mr Dan Carrasco
Mrs Sarita Butler
The Education Director of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference is Mr Dan Carrasco, and the Associate Education Director is Mrs Sarita Butler. Within the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference there are two conferences and three missions.
- North New Zealand Conference
- South New Zealand Conference
- Cook Islands Mission
- New Caledonian Mission
- French Polynesian Mission
To contact your regional education director in the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference visit their website by clicking here.
General Conference Education Department
The General Conference Education Department is responsible for the coordination, promotion, training, and quality of the global Seventh-day Adventist educational system, which includes 9,489 schools, colleges and universities, with 111,360 teachers and 2,044,709 students.
Working in close cooperation with the Education Department directors in the 13 world divisions, the staff offers services to boards, administrators, and faculty of Adventist colleges and universities worldwide. The staff also provides support through the world divisions to educational leaders at union/ conference/ mission levels and to teachers in Adventist elementary and secondary schools to ensure that the Adventist philosophy of education and the principles of faith are integrated into the life of each institution.
In addition, the staff cooperates with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries and the Youth Ministries Department in nurturing the faith of Adventist students attending non-Adventist colleges and universities worldwide.