Introducing the new director for campus ministry
On behalf of Dialogue, it is my pleasure to welcome and introduce Dr. Jiwan Stefan Moon as the newest member of Adventist Ministry to College and University Students (AMiCUS) and an advisor to Dialogue. Dr. Moon was recently appointed at the Spring Council of the General Conference as associate youth director for public campus ministries. The position is long overdue. He will direct his energy to full-time ministry for Seventh-day Adventist students on Adventist and public campuses.
Why this particular emphasis on public campuses? For one thing, there are more Seventh-day Adventist students on public campuses than there are in the church’s 113 universities and colleges around the world. For another, these men and women are vital to the mission and future of the Adventist church. The opportunities they have for work and witness call for creativity and authenticity. God has a special work for them that no one else can do. Empowered by the Holy Spirit and supported by the church, there are no limits to the good they can accomplish. To help in this ministry is Dr. Moon’s special assignment.
Dr. Moon is an ordained minister and a third-generation Adventist. His father was the first missionary sent to the Philippines by the Korean Union of Seventh-day Adventists. He grew up in the mission field; speaks Korean, English, and Tagalog; and brings with him 20 years of research and experience working with youth and young adults. Most recently, he pastored a multicultural congregation in Canada. His doctoral degree from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University focused on the importance of mentoring and discipleship. “Dr. J,” as he is affectionately known, and his wife, Jessica (a school teacher who speaks English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish), have three lovely little Moons in their orbit: Hannah, Rebecca Anna (or Becca), and Isabella Jinah (or Bella).
Dr. Moon will provide vision and strategic planning for ministry to and support for Seventh-day Adventists who attend public colleges and universities around the world. His responsibilities include planning, promoting, and supporting initiatives for discipleship – particularly in the areas of spirituality, evangelism, intellectual challenges of a secular campus, and the social integration of Adventist students on public campuses worldwide. He has already started to assemble and distribute a current list of associations of Seventh-day Adventist students on public campuses. In collaboration with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries, he will minister to students through these associations and oversee the training of those who are involved in campus chaplaincy leadership. Along with others, he will oversee the preparation of promotional and resource materials and conduct periodic assessments of needs and programs that support public campus ministries.
“If we treat our Adventist university and college students as mission fields,” says Moon, “they will continue being mission fields. Remember, we are not mentoring and discipling them to be passive with their own Christian identity. We want them to be active and proactive with their Christian identity in selfless service. They are called to be missionaries, rather than mission fields! One young adult whom I have been mentoring for the past seven years once said, ‘We have too many entertainers, appeasers, and self-serving leaders, but not enough role models, mentors, and servant leaders!’”
Dr. Moon speaks from experience. Doubts about God multiplied during his college years. His concerned parents signed him up for a short-term missionary experience. During orientation, he was surrounded by attendees who were even younger than himself and thought “How can they be missionaries? Many of them have just graduated from high school.” The next three months convinced him to “never underestimate the power of God.”1
Share your ideas for campus ministry with “Dr. J” on Facebook (iFollow – Adventist Public Campus Ministries), Twitter (Jiwan4ever), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). We also invite you to share reports and pictures of what you are doing with Dialogue readers in Campus Reports. We look forward to hearing from you!
—Lisa M. Beardsley-Hardy,
Lisa M. Beardsley-Hardy (Ph.D., University of Hawai’i at Manoa) is director of education, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. E-mail: email@example.com.
- Jiwan Moon, “Baptized by Fire,” Adventist Review (World edition), Dec. 11, 1997, 8-11.