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Changes in Education and Family Life

Story by Celeste Ryan Blyden | Photo by Bryant Taylor

Willie Oliver, PhD, was elected director of Family Ministries for the world church. For the last 15 years, he has served in the same position for the North American Division. His wife, Elaine, associate vice president for Enrollment Management at Washington Adventist University (Maryland), was elected associate director. 

Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, MBA, associate director of Education for the world church, was elected director. She replaces C. Garland Dulan who retired. The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates one of the largest religious school systems in the world. 

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