Seth Gaskin was ordained to the gospel ministry on March 18, 2023, at New Haven Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Overland Park, Kansas where he has served since returning from seminary. The ordination message was given by Dr. Joseph Kidder, a seminary professor at the Andrews University Theological Seminary, and a special friend to both Seth and his wife Mary.
The Kansas-Nebraska Conference administration was there to conduct the ceremony and a special charge was given by conference president Ron Carlson. In his response, Pastor Seth shared his appreciation for all those who had attended and especially to his spouse, Mary. Seth’s story is a testament to God’s leading in his life and the calling that he has received to pastoral ministry.
Seth was born in Missoula, Montana, Oct. 26, 1990. It was in Montana that his parents first heard the Adventist message. Eventually moving to Texas to be closer to family, they found and attended a local Adventist church where Seth could go to Sabbath school and learn about Jesus for the first time. Seth attended a public elementary school where he learned to share his faith while his friends challenged his beliefs and lifestyle. In 2002 Seth and his family moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where he attended and graduated from College View Academy. Although Seth had promised to follow Jesus in his heart years before, at 16 he committed his life to Him through baptism.
He enrolled at Union College where he initially planned to go through the accounting program. After his sophomore year, Seth took a year off from school to be a student missionary in the Philippines and served at a mission school in the jungle on the island of Mindanao. These experiences and interactions helped change the course of his life, and he changed his major to Religion once returning to Union. Back at Union, Seth met his future wife, Mary Erickson.
After graduating in 2015, Seth accepted the call to serve in the Kansas-Nebraska Conference. His first district was the Iola, Chanute, Thayer, Coffeyville, and Independence churches, where Seth and Mary served for two years before going to the seminary at Andrews University, completing his MDiv degree in December 2019. Seth is grateful to now serve the New Haven Church as the young adult pastor. Seth and Mary are also proud parents of two wonderful children, Layla and Barrett.