The Ministerial Department provides the local congregation with pastoral resources. The department director and associate minister to the individual pastors in the role of a pastor’s pastor to help enhance their ability to serve. The department’s goals are to provide an atmosphere in which pastors may be used of God as dynamic channels for the Holy Spirit and to offer opportunities for them to improve skills through numerous seminars as well as continuing education.
The Pastor—The pastor has been appointed to be the spiritual leader of the local congregation by the conference committee. It is the pastor’s function to coordinate all the evangelism activities that present the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the community. By sermons, visitation, counseling, and earnest prayers in behalf of those in need, the pastor sets the example for church members and leads the way by inspiring the members to be a truly caring, soul-winning body of people.
The pastor’s highest work is to develop the local church into a training center for Christian service. It is important that the pastor find ways to involve each member in some phase of church activity so that everyone possible can participate in the joy of being a part of the team.
Royce Snyman is the Ministerial Department Director for the Michigan Conference. Royce has served in Michigan since 1977 after graduating from Pacific Union College, in Angwin, California, and also graduated from Andrews Seminary with an M.Div. in 1980. He has pastored in Pontiac, Plymouth and Belleville, and Kalamazoo, prior to becoming the Personal Ministries Director in 1993. He and his wife, Laurie, met at PUC. They have one daughter, Kristen Snyman Harvey, living with her husband in Hixson, Tennessee. Royce and Laurie enjoy people, traveling from time to time, and birding.
Wes Peppers currently serves as the Associate Ministerial Director and Evangelism Coordinator for the Michigan Conference. He previously served as the Personal Ministries Director. Prior to that, he served as Senior Pastor of the Lansing SDA Church as well as the Traverse City/Kalkaska churches. He has also served as Global AFCOE Director and evangelist at Amazing Facts. He became a Seventh-Day Adventist Christian at the age of 22 after being an atheist/agnostic for several years. As a two type cancer survivor while in his 20’s, he has a powerful testimony of God’s goodness and a renewed passion for His message. His greatest desire is to lead people into a deeper, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ to become faithful disciples who share Him with others. His highest ministry is being a husband to his wife Marion and father to his children Levi and Liana.
Bob Stewart serves as Associate Ministerial Director for the Michigan Conference and oversees multiethnic ministries. He had previously pastored churches in the Saginaw, Detroit, and Grand Rapids areas. It was while pastoring in Grand Rapids that his heart was drawn towards ministry to the needs of refugees. He played an instrumental role in assisting the Kinyarwanda-speaking refugees from Africa to organize and start a church.
Bob was raised in a Marine Corp family and not in a Christian environment. He was an atheist until 27 years of age, when he had a personal “Damascus Road” experience with God and was born again. Starting out in a Pentecostal church, he soon found the biblical truth shared by his Adventists friends so compelling and beautiful, that he became convinced and converted to Adventism in a week’s time. Bob earned his degree from Southwestern Adventist University.
Bob and his wife Sandi have been married for nearly 40 years and have four children and many grandchildren. Sandi has been serving the Lord for many years as a Bible worker. They currently reside in Sunfield, Michigan, just west of Lansing.
Laurie Snyman serves as an assistant to the Ministerial Director. She is also a licensed social worker and owner of a part time counseling practice in Lansing called Awakenings Family Therapy. She is a graduate of Pacific Union College and has a Master's degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Laurie enjoys writing and speaking on marriage and family topics.