Meet Our Team

Pastor Larry Evans

Larry is currently the Assistant to the General Conference President for the Deaf and Special Needs Ministries. He has served in a number of capacities including church pastor, church planter, a pastor for pastors, a multicultural director, a conference secretary and conference president. Prior to his current ministry in the General Conference he served as the Assistant to the President for the North America Division and then as General Conference Undersecretary and Associate Stewardship Director. He helped organize what is now known as Adventist Deaf Ministries International. He received his Doctor of Ministry from Andrews University.

He is married to Carolyn (Bigger) who works at the General Conference as an interdivision specialist in support of missionaries. They have 2 sons and five grandsons.

Larry cares deeply for those who have been marginalized by society and who do not claim Jesus as their special Friend and Savior. His emphasis is all about what a person can do and become—rather than what they once were or cannot do.

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Pastor Jeffrey Jordan

Pastor Jeff is the Deaf Pastor of Southern Deaf Fellowship near Collegedale, Tennessee. He was born deaf from an unknown cause, and American Sign Language (ASL) is his first language. He received his M.Div. degree from Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in 1996.

In 2016, Jeff was appointed to serve as the Honorary (volunteer) Associate Coordinator for Deaf Ministry for the General Conference while he continues to pastor full time in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Jeff is married to Melissa, who interprets for "It Is Written" and "Every Word in ASL", and they have four sons.

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Amanda Colgan

Amanda graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in packaging engineering. She worked as a Packaging Engineer at Medtronic in Minnesota. Currently, she is a homemaker raising two young children. She has been married to her husband, Kevin, for ten years and they live in Massachusetts, USA.

Amanda, who is deaf, is very active in the Deaf Ministry and is involved with several organizations. She has been the secretary and is now currently secretary for the Deaf Young Adults for Christ organization. She has been on the Deaf Ministry Committee for North American Division for a number of years. Amanda was on the Board for the Three Angels Deaf Ministries.

Amanda was hired as the website content manager of two websites for the Adventist Deaf Ministries International and Hope Channel Deaf, working closely with Dr. Larry Evans.

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Colin Preston

Colin is the Community Manager for Hope Channel-Deaf on Amara, a web-based platform for creating subtitles, and is also the webmaster for the Adventist Special Needs Ministries website. He is a native of South Africa, born in East London. He earned a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and later also earned a Systems Analyst degree from the River Plate Adventist University. He has worked for the Voice of Prophecy Bible Correspondence School in Cape Town, South Africa, providing IT support and maintaining their website. Colin is married to Noelle, who is completing her medical studies.

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Stella Thomas

Stella Thomas has worked in the GC since March 1980 in various departments, and since 2005, she has been an Administrative Assistant in the Presidential department. She is married and has two grown-up, married children, and one three-year-old grandson. Stella grew up in an Adventist home in India with three brothers—two older and one younger. She enjoys her work and family, especially her grandson, Maxwell. She has a passion to share God’s love with the world!

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