Faculty of Religion professor honored
Johnny Ramirez-Johnson, EdD (center), professor, Faculty of Religion, receives an award for his dedication to ministry and research. Presenting the award are R. Ernest Castillo, MTh (left), general vice president, NAD, and José Vicente Rojas, MA, director of the office of young adult ministries, NAD.
In recognition for his contributions to the well being of the North American Seventh-day Adventist Church via ministry and research, Johnny Ramirez-Johnson, EdD, professor, Faculty of Religion, received an award while in Silver Spring, Maryland, in late September.
The award was given to Dr. Ramirez-Johnson by R. Ernest Castillo, MTh, general vice president, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists (NAD), and José Vicente Rojas, MA, director of the office of young adult ministries, NAD.
Dr. Ramirez-Johnson was presented with the award after delivering the morning devotionals at the world headquarters of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Dr. Ramirez-Johnson presented four devotionals from September 12 to 15, 2006.
The devotionals covered the results of the AVANCE research project, along with parallels based on the life and ministry of the women serving Jesus, particularly focusing on Mary Magdalene and her relationship with Jesus as a minister and the one who “ordained” or annointed him as Messiah (from Luke 8:1-3).
The AVANCE study was conducted as a follow-up to the Valuegenesis study, which served as a megastudy of Adventist youth conducted by the Church.
Edwin I. Hernández, PhD, MDiv, principal investigator for the study, focused on the unique needs and challenges facing the Hispanic Adventist community in North America. The research involved more than 70 churches and more than 3,000 respondents.
Dr. Ramirez-Johnson and Dr. Hernández published their findings in the book AVANCE: A Vision for a New Mañana.
According to Dr. Ramirez-Johnson, presenting his research to the NAD was an unexpected honor.
“This invitation is a very exclusive club for preachers of the Church,” he says. “With so many talented speakers in this Church, opportunities for addressing the Church’s world headquarters are very rare.”
By Dustin Jones, MA