“The Lord gave the word and great was the company of women who proclaimed it.” Psalms 68:11
Sandra Roberts, who was elected as president of the Southeastern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on October 27, 2013 by a wide margin (72%-28%), has served as executive secretary of the SECC since 2004. Previously, she worked as a teacher, chaplain, youth director, and pastor. She received a doctorate of Ministry from Claremont School of Theology (2006) and a Masters degree from Andrews University (1984). In her acceptance speech as president, she noted that continuing GOd's work is not a top-down endeavor and that the SECC is committed to listening to the needs and views of its constituency. "We will make mission-oriented decisions," she said, asking for "your understanding, prayers and graciousness" in the days ahead. »news
In 2009, in a landmark decision, Pastor Chris Oberg, became the first woman to be named senior pastor of the La Sierra University Adventist Church, since the church was founded in the 1920’s.
In her new role as University Church pastor, Oberg takes a lead role in ministry efforts to both the multi-generational local church congregation of more than 2600 members, and the 2000 students enrolled at La Sierra University. Both the local congregation and the university student body exhibit a rich blend of ethnic diversity. »more
The mission of the Association of Adventist Women is to foster the participation of women in varied leadership roles in Seventh-day Adventist organizations, congregations, and communities. AAW has been an advocate for women in the SDA church, strongly recommending changes to various church entities to enable women to use their gifts fully and work with equity within the structure. »website
The mission of the Women’s Ministries Department is to model Jesus Christ through meaningful relationships and effective ministries. We exist to encourage, equip, promote, and challenge Adventist women in their journey as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His Church and to bring women's unique perspectives to the issues facing the Church. »website
The Center for Women Clergy seeks to build support systems for women in ministry, foster spiritual and professional growth while at the seminary, create community among Adventist women clergy, and gather resources to assist them in their ministry. »website
The Department of Women's Ministries exists to uphold, encourage, and challenge Adventist women in their pilgrimage as disciples of Jesus Christ and members of His world church. »website
At the time of her appointment, Pastor Chris commented that, “Having the opportunity to return to my alma mater and serve in a University community is a cherished life opportunity.” President of La Sierra University, Randall Wisbey shared that, “Her appointment is particularly appropriate, as La Sierra University and the University Church have a long and proud tradition of seeking justice, including justice in ministry, providing gender inclusiveness as a model for University students, both women and men, as well as each member of this congregation.”
Chris Oberg is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born and raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Walla Walla University with a degree in Nutrition, Chris, and her husband Kerby, moved to Loma Linda, California for Kerby to pursue his education with Loma Linda University School for Medicine and Graduate Schools. Chris spent several years working at Loma Linda University Medical Center and other hospitals, eventually specializing in Maternal and Infant Nutrition.
It was several years later, after the birth of daughters Amanda and Alisa, while working as a maternal and infant nutritionist, Pastor Chris sensed God’s calling to ministry. Enrolling in La Sierra University, Oberg earned a BA degree in religion in 2000, and a MA in Religious Studies in 2005. She also served on the pastoral staff of the LSU church during that time. After completing her MA, Oberg accepted the senior pastor position at the Calimesa Adventist church, a 1200-member congregation near Loma Linda, California. She received a Rising Star Award from the La Sierra University Alumni Association in 2007.
Chris Oberg is married to Kerby Oberg, who teaches pathology and anatomy at Loma Linda University. Their two daughters both attend La Sierra University. «less
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