- Brian Mungandi, pastor of Faith Church International and Light of Christ Church, has accepted the invitation from the Minnesota Conference to become vice-president for administration starting May 1. As part of his official duties, he will also serve as communication director and Sabbath School director. He replaces Justin Lyons, former vice-president who is now president of the Minnesota Conference, and frees Jeff Wines, former communication director, to focus full time on youth ministries.Although Elder Mungandi is a native of Zambia, he is a permanent resident in the United States. He has been married to his wife Evelyn for 24 years. They have three sons; Brian, Jr. who currently attends Union College, Paul and John, who live at home.Mungandi has 26 years of experience in pastoral ministry in Zambia and the United States. He has served as a district pastor, field Church Ministries director, union associate departmental director, and union Youth and Stewardship director. He also helped to start the TV ministry series “Penetration” (now Voice of Prophecy) in Zambia, and the “Faith Hour” in Minnesota. Mungandi has been a bi-vocational pastor in both the Central States and Minnesota Conferences.The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Zambia chose Mungandi to represent them on the national administrative boards of the Bible Society of Zambia, African Army Chaplain Committee, and the Presidential Prayer Breakfast Committee. In 1990 he was selected by the government to be a national speaker for Zambian National Youth Day.
Pastor Mungandi says he is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Minnesota Conference. He is passionate about reaching people for the kingdom. One of his guiding biblical texts comes from Matthew 28:20, “…teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (NKJV). Mungandi said, “Now is the time to show everyone around us that Jesus lives in us, and as they see Jesus in us we then have the opportunity to tell them about what a wonderful Savior He is.”
News writer Jeff Wines is outgoing communication director for the Minnesota Conference.