South Pacific Division

Dr Nick Kross

BA (Theology), Master of Youth Ministry, D.Min.

Youth Ministry Specialist: Adventurers, Pathfinders, Ambassadors, Tertiary Student Ministries
Follow Nick on Instagram @nickkrossofficial

Nick was born in Queensland into a large family of both Greek and English heritage. Following a powerful illustration of God’s grace in his life, Nick surrendered his heart to Christ at 19 and immediately set out to change the world. At 21, he left the building trade to study theology at Avondale College. After graduating, he pastored local churches before joining the Youth Department in South Queensland (1995), NZPUC and the SPD.

Nick has worked extensively with youth and church groups throughout the many Island nations of the SPD. Nick has directed numerous large events, including camporees, youth congresses, MWTP leadership summits, summer camps and Storm Co, as well as international mission trips, and recently, leading the ‘Following Jesus’ discipleship tour to Israel. Nick launched the first Samoan Youth Advisory in Queensland, Australia, Storm Co in NZ, and ASA (Adventist Students Association) in NZ, Samoa and Vanuatu.

Nick’s burden for biblical literacy birthed the World Changers Bible project, launching almost 250,000 Bible kits throughout the South Pacific. During 50 plus sessions he and his team inspired and trained youth to give bible studies, bring friends to Christ, and to challenge them to share Jesus with one person each year. He is now partnering with the Education department to provide another 70,000 WC bible kits for every student in the SPD. He loves to disciple young people through youth department events, equipping parents and churches and now supporting youth in juvenile detention. Nick speaks on behalf of youth and young adults and creates spaces for training, celebration and visioning in missional lifestyles.

Nick believes every young adult brings a unique gift to the world. His aim is to inspire all youth to find their cruising altitude and be all they can be for Jesus. He has devoted his life to following Jesus and sharing the gospel with all generations.

Nick’s loves spending time with his amazing family, personal soul winning, and being immersed in nature: particularly the ocean.

Departmental Assistant: Diane Samani Eke

 

Australian Union Conference

Pr Jeff Parker

Director of Youth Ministries

jparker@adventist.org.au

Jeff Parker is passionate about seeing juniors, teens and youth discover Jesus and have a life that is filled with all the joy and fulfilment that Jesus can bring. Jeff has worked with teens, youth and young adults in three different conferences and is now the youth director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia. In reality, Jeff is still a big kid and loves having fun and lots of laughs. He currently lives in Melbourne with his wife Robyn and 14-year-old son Lleyton. He also has 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.

Departmental Assistant: Elsa Cangy

 

 

New Zealand Pacific Union Conference

Pr Victor Kulakov

Director of Youth Ministries

vkulakov@adventist.org.nz

Pr Victor Kulakov services as the Director of the Family Relationships Cluster (including Youth Ministries) for the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference. He has ministered in two other countries, Russia and Greece. He has a beautiful wife, Agnessa, and two boys, Nathan and Daniel. He enjoys skiing, travelling, photography, playing with his boys and meeting new people. Victor’s greatest passion is to empower people to fall in love with life – make positive changes, enjoy the fullness of relationships and have abundance and success in all aspects of life.

Departmental Assistant: Vahiria Kei

 

 

Papua New Guinea Union Mission

Pr Lonol Winnie

Director of Youth Ministries

lwinnie@adventist.org.pg

 

Departmental Assistant: Nandang Wera

 

Trans Pacific Union Mission

Pr Charlie Jimmy

Director of Youth Ministries

cjimmy@adventist.org.fj

 

Departmental Assistant: Lia Daucakacaka