SOULS West is blessed to have the support of the conferences within the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The Pacific Union Conference is one of nine unions that makes up the North American Divisions of Seventh-day Adventists.Pacific Union consists of seven conferences nurturing 217,370 members in 696 churches. Nearly 42 million individuals of European, Hispanic, African, Asian/Pacific, and American Indian ancestry live int he five southwestern states comprising the Pacific Union. For more information on the Pacific Union Conference please visit their website at www.puconline.comThe mission of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is to bring leadership, coordination, and guidance to the work of the local conferences. With this mission in mind, the Pacific Union Conference provided the support necessary to launch SOULS West.Below are letters from some of the officers of the Pacific Union Conference specifically regarding SOULS West.
Thomas Mostert – “The Pacific Union Conference started this evangelistic training school with the express purpose of filling an unmet need in the lives of most youth. Where do you go for training in sharing Christ with others along with learning how to be a Christian leader? We have wonderful colleges and universities, but other than weekend activities and opportunities for student missionary service, they don’t have in-depth programs to teach people how to do personal evangelism unless you are a theology major.
“We envision this school as a place where high school or academy graduates can take one or two years out of their college or university program and concentrate on an area of life that will help them in Christian service whatever career they pursue. To learn the art of sharing your faith effectively means first mastering what Adventist Christianity really means in everyday living, then how interact with others. In the process, a person finds their own world view is permanently changed. Life is more than just doing things to help you personally get ahead. It turns out it is more about others and less about me.
“If you want a campus and program dedicated to inspiring and motivating you for service, SOULS West is just what you are looking for. Staffed by dedicated and successful professionals, you can mix learning with working to support your education. After one or two years on campus, as you choose, I can guarantee you will never be the same. Leading people to Jesus and an understanding of truth will no longer be a frightening experience. In fact, it will become so rewarding you may even want to make it your life’s work. May God guide you as you make this important decision.”
Thomas Mostert, Retired President Pacific Union Conference
Arnold Trujillo – “It is a pleasure for me to recommend SOULS West to young people in the Pacific Union who want to learn how to be a literature evangelist and a Bible Worker in a local church. The social and leadership skills developed in SOULS West will be invaluable to the young people throughout their lives in whatever career they choose to follow.”
Elder Arnold Trujillo, Vice President Pacific Union Conference
Brad Newton ”The ministry of door-to-door evangelism conducted by SOULS West students results in thousands of families throughout Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah having life-changing literature placed in their hands each year. But the blessing only begins there, because every contact made is an opportunity for SOULS West students to experience first-hand the impact of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of others. Their thrilling stories provide abundant evidence of God’s wonder-working power. We are thankful for the faithful ministry of the students and leadership of SOULS West.” Brad Newton, Executive Secretary Pacific Union Conference
Jerry Page ”SOULS West is one of the most exciting training school in the entire North American Division. Here in the Central California Conference we long to see a multiplication of the type of students that are produced at SOULS West. They exhibit such strong qualities of leadership, spirituality, abilities to work with people, and a vision for reaching those that don’t know Christ. They have been a tremendous asset in reviving our churches and motivating our people to further service for Jesus.”As leaders involved in the formation of SOULS West here in the Pacific Union, our officers team in the Central California Conference gives its full endorsement to SOULS West. We hope that a much larger number of our young people take this training program as preparation for all the other types of ministry service the Lord may be preparing them for in His church in the days ahead.”We will be happy to visit verbally with anyone who desires further recommendation or information regarding this excellent spiritual and academic training program.”Your brother in Christ, Jerry N. Page, Former President Central California Conference, Ministerial Association Secretary General Conference
Duane McKey ”Rarely does one find the type of dedication to Christ’s service as is found on the campus of SOULS West. Each student is there with a purpose. A calling. And life-changing transformations are happening as they embrace the Scriptures, study together, then go out into the fields of labor for the Master. Surely they will never be the same.”Often we have the privilege of having them make a presentation at our morning worship services here at the Arizona Conference offices. Each student is eager to give a personal testimony of how God is working in them, through them, to reach some one in need. Then they cap their testimony with a favorite text that means so much to them.”And they leave singing a glorious anthem to the Savior. … Our hearts are filled with God’s blessings from their visit. … We believe that SOULS West is one of the finest schools of evangelism in existence today!”Duane McKey, Vice President for Evangelism Southwestern Union Conference, Former President Arizona Conference