Chesapeake Conference churches added 545 new members in 2022 through baptism or profession of faith.
Andrade will serve as the primary pastor of the South Carroll church and as a Bible worker at the Atholton church.
Two churches in Chesapeake Conference welcomed a new face to their congregations last Sabbath.
Valter Andrade was installed as pastor of the South Carroll (Md.) church and as a Bible worker at the Atholton church in Columbia, Md., during worship services at both congregations on Oct. 16. He will divide his time evenly between the two roles.
“I met Valter a few years back, and I’ve seen him grow in his theological training and passion for ministry,” says Eli Rojas, Chesapeake Conference ministerial director. “He loves people and wants to connect with them, and I know God will use him as he serves in pastoral ministry.”
Andrade holds a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Washington Adventist University (Takoma Park, Md.) and is currently completing a Master’s of Divinity degree from the Washington University of Virginia in Annandale.
“We are excited to have Valter join our staff and give leadership to our Bible studies outreach into the community,” says Franke Zollman, senior pastor of the Atholton church. “When you speak with Valter, you are struck with his obvious desire to share Jesus with those he contacts.”
Andrade is joined in ministry by his wife, Sueli, and their children, Lucas and Esther.
“I do not take this job lightly,” says Andrade. “It is a great privilege and also a great responsibility. I’m excited to have the chance to help guide people to God and to be a powerful and positive influence in their lives.”