ACF Outstanding Student Leaders
Award currently named in honor of Ron Pickell, founder and longtime supporter of Adventist Christian Fellowship
Marcela Guilombo and Oscar Galvis
Native to Mexico, Marcela and Oscar have a long history at the University of Texas at Austin, from which both have received masters degrees, she in mathematics and he in civil engineering. Currently, Oscar is completing a doctorate in civil engineering. Over the past five years, this husband and wife team has promoted and supported public campus ministry extensively, not only on their own campus in Austin, Texas, but also throughout the Southwestern Union and the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. In 2019, they helped implement a public campus ministry training program, which occurred at the General Conference, in Silver Spring, Maryland. One year later, Oscar bore major responsibility as vice president of programming for organizing the first virtual Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute.
A nursing student, Pamela received ARC’s Outstanding Student Leader Award for her work while attending North Dakota State University. In 2018, she and other members of her group organized a mission trip to Northern Uganda, the country of her birth. Working with fifteen students from Kampala Adventist Campus Ministries, they dug a well for students at Rock View Adventist School, planted a new garden, ran a clinic that served more than one hundred people, and conducted numerous health seminars. At the end of the trip, Pamela and her friends saw twenty-nine people baptized.
Michele Sun Lee
Michele has been active in public campus ministry since her undergraduate days as a student at Stanford University. For two years, she bore major responsibility for organizing the Adventist Christian Fellowship Institute, a training workshop offered each year for campus ministry leaders throughout North America. She recently completed a Ph.D. in religion in the Americas from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation focuses on Sabbath-keeping in Alta California and the state of California between 1848 and 1920.
Alex has a passion for public campus ministry. For years, he worked with CAMPUS, a Seventh-day Adventist student program, at Michigan State University, and has served as coordinator of networking for the Adventist Christian Fellowship Student Association. Since 2019, positions he has held as deacon and elder at the East Lansing University SDA Church have enabled him to minister to young people and college students. He recently graduated from Lansing Community College with an associate degree in business and economics, got married, and gained employment with Blue Sky Business Resources, a firm that handles company mergers and acquisition transactions.
Lucien Nana Yobo
Lucien hails from Cameroon. Moving to the United States in 2008, he completed a bachelors degree in geology at California State University, Fresno, and afterward received a masters in the same discipline from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Lucien is a passionate supporter of public campus ministry and has volunteered for and served in many related capacities, most recently as founding president of the Adventist Christian Fellowship Student Association. He is currently completing doctoral studies in geology at the University of Houston.
ARC Extends a Helping Hand During COVID-19 Pandemic
As the 2020 pandemic forced travel cancellations, Advancing Resources for Campus Ministry (ARC) decided to redirect funds allocated to support college students traveling to an annual public campus ministry training event, ACFI (Adventist Campus Fellowship Institute). The Board voted to provide emergency financial assistance to students experiencing hardships due to life and work disruptions caused by the pandemic.
Applications were accepted from Adventist students attending any public college or university in the United States. After completing a brief application on ARC’s website and providing their pastor’s contact information for verification, students received a gift card of up to $200 to help cover costs for daily essentials such as food, gas, utilities, and phone bills. God blessed this outreach tremendously. All verifiable applications were funded. To date, ARC has assisted 28 students and disbursed $5600. We will continue to accept applications until allocated funds are exhausted.
During this season of thanks and giving, please consider extending your helping hand to support ARC’s mission. Together we can give more!