Church leaders this week officially voted Andres Peralta to serve as the new associate director of Adventist Youth Ministries. Peralta is coming from his role as Youth Director for the Church's Atlantic region, which includes six states and the Island of Bermuda. He is the youngest to have that role within the Church's North American territory.
Peralta is a native of the Dominican Republic. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Theology from the Antillean Adventist University in Puerto Rico. After completing his studies at Antillean, he enrolled at Andrews University where he earned his Master of Divinity. He also earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University in Teamwork and Urban Youth Ministry. In addition to serving the church as an ordained pastor, he is also a United States Navy Lieutenant Reserve Chaplain.
Peralta is passionate about empowering children, youth, and young adults to grow in Christ and look to Jesus as their ultimate example. He has mobilized thousands of youth to serve in hundreds of community projects and dozens of mission trips locally and internationally. He and his wife of 16 years, Martha have a daughter named Melany. As Associate Director, Peralta will oversee the Church's Junior Youth ministries, which include Pathfinders and Adventurers programs. [photo: Adventist Youth Ministries]