SDB World Federation 2017 Sessions    
Curitiba - PR - Brazil
Jan 22-28, 2017

The travel information you need to know...

Our Venue

Is located in Quatro Barras -PR near Curitiba in Brazil. During summertime (between December and April), the average temperature is around 25 °C (77 °F) at daytime, but it can get above 32 °C (90 °F) on the hottest days and it can get below 17ºC (62ºF) at night on the coldest days.

Airport and Car Rental

At the Afonso Pena International Airport (code CWB) there are a number of Car Rental companies. If you need someone to pick you up, please contact us 30 days in advance with your flight information.

Visitors Visa

Brazil maintains a reciprocal visa policy whereby a visa is required by any citizen of any country requiring Brazilian citizens to obtain a visa. People coming from those countries will require a Visitors visa

Meet the Speakers

Rev. Dr. Dale Thorngate

Rev. Dr. Dale Thorngate

President

Dale Thorngate is President of the SDB World Federation (WF), elected 2008, and a member of the General Council, USA & Canada Conference. He previously served as WF General Secretary (1981-2003) and Executive Director of the USA & Canada Conference (1981-1990). An ordained minister for 40 years, he pastored SDB churches following retirement as a personnel officer in the US Army. He is married to Janet Thorngate and they have three children, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. His college degrees are in administration and counseling plus Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Dale shares his ministry vision statement for the World Federation: “That God’s Holy Spirit will work through us to bring the Sabbath message along with forgiveness and salvation through Jesus Christ, our Lord. That as we share that message, Seventh Day Baptists will become world leaders in the growth of God’s kingdom here on earth.”

Janet Thorngate

Janet Thorngate

President of the Seventh Day Baptist Council on History

Janet Thorngate is President of the Seventh Day Baptist Council on History, USA & Canada Conference, and former Librarian of the Seventh Day Baptist Historical Library and Archives. She is editor of Seventh Day Baptist World, 2009-present and 1984-2002. Active in SDB churches since her baptism at age 12, she is currently a member in Salem, West Virginia, USA. She has has taught Church History at the SDB School of Ministry and English at several different colleges. Her book containing history and records of the Newport, Rhode Island, SDB Church will be published in January 2017. She is married to Dale Thorngate and shares the joy of their three children, nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Andrew O. Samuels

Andrew O. Samuels

General Secretary

Born on the island of Jamaica in the Caribbean, he grew up as a third-generation Seventh Day Baptist and migrated to the United States when he was 20 years old. Pastor Andrew Samuels has been serving as the Pastor of the Miami Seventh Day Baptist Church in Florida in the United States since June, 1988.

Pastor Jonas Sommer

Pastor Jonas Sommer

Vice-President for South America

Pastor Jonas Sommer was born into an evangelical home on August 28, 1975 in the small town of Dois Vizinhos/Parana state, Brazil. His conversion took place in January 1994 during a Youth Meeting in the town of Porto União/Santa Catarina state and he was baptized the following year. In 1996 he felt called to the ministry.

Clinton R. Brown

Clinton R. Brown

Executive Director of the Seventh Day Baptist Missionary Society

Clinton R. Brown took on the duties as the Executive Director of the Seventh Day Baptist Missionary Society in 2011. Prior to this appointment, he received graduate and undergraduate degrees in business administration and history. His previous experiences included service overseas as a medical NCO in the US military, and US work place employment in marketing, communications technology, finance, and asset control and logistics. He is licensed to preach and an ordained Deacon of his local SDB church in Ashaway, Rhode Island and served for more than a decade as the youth minister of the Texarkana SDB Church in Arkansas. Including his time in this position, Director Brown has worked, visited, or ministered in over 45 countries accumulating more than 5 years of direct cross-cultural interactions with people groups all around the globe.

Claudir Oliveira

Claudir Oliveira

Former Youth leader and Director of the Music Department of the Brazilian Conference

Claudir Oliveira is married to Ivina Katherine Vieira Rocha with whom he has two daughters: Heloisa and Isabela. His wife introduce the gospel to him and his conversion took place in 1998. He was baptized on November 25, 2000 and became a member of Seventh Day Baptist Church in Bocaiúva-PR. He graduated in Theology from Brazilian T.I.M.E Program in 2014 and was the national youth leader from 2011 to 2014. He is currently senior pastor in Bocaiúva do sul-PR and Director of the Music Department of the Brazilian Seventh-day Baptist Conference.

Canaan Phiri

Canaan Phiri

Canaan Phiri was born to an SDB Preacher, he went to church almost every Sabbath. However he made a personal decision to follow Jesus at his first Youth Camp in 1974 in response to a sermon by Pastor David Clement Pearson then a missionary to Malawi. He was then baptized on 31st August 1974 by Pastor Absalom K Harawa. In 1979, he accepted the Lord’s calling to serve as a pastor and he started serving as an Associate Pastor for the Blantyre Churches.

AL B. Paypa

AL B. Paypa

Vice President for Asia

Al B. Paypa, was born in a Christian family in the Philippines. His father was a pioneering pastor of the SDB ministry there. At the age of 17 he accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and was baptized through immersion. After feeling God’s call to ministry, he attended and graduated from Baptist Theological College (BTC). Following his father’s death (1997) in a car accident, he assumed his father’s leadership as the president of the SDB Philippine Convention. He pastors the Lapu Lapu City SDB Church in Cebu and for a long period of time served as Director of the Philippines TIME training program.

Luciano Moura

Luciano Moura

“I was captivated by Christ in 1992 and was baptized in Salvador, Bahia. I attended a Presbyterian church for some years and after moving to Brasília, the Bethel Brazilian church. In 1999, I discovered the Seventh Day Baptist Church on the Fortaleza SDB church website and began to lead a small group in the home of a Seventh Day Baptist brother in Sobradinho, Federal District. I was ordained as a pastor in 2006. Since then, I have been pastor of the First Seventh Day Baptist Church of Brasília, a small group that met in my home until August of 2014 when we began renting a room in Brasília.”

Devon A. Levy

Devon A. Levy

President of the Jamaica SDB Conference,

Devon A. Levy, a Christian and a member of the Kingston, Jamaica SDB Church, is currently president of the Jamaica SDB Conference, Pastor of the Font Hill Church (since 2010) and Assistant Pastor of the Kingston Church (since 2006). His many roles in his home church in Kingston have particularly included work with young people leading to eight years as National Youth President and sixteen as National Senior Camp Director.

Naval Harley

Naval Harley

He was a delegate from Jamaica to the Council of World Conferences (CoWoCo) at Salem, West Virginia in 1964, thus one of those who signed the proposed SDB World Federation Constitution which they had drafted there.

Bernardino de Vargas

Bernardino de Vargas

Bernardino de Vargas Sobrinho, was born in September 12, 1954. He is married to Línia Linéia Loureiro Vargas and they have two children and three grandchildren. He is currently Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Seventh-day of São Paulo, Brazil. He is Chairman of the Disciplinary Chamber of Seventh-Day Baptist Brazilian Conference. Has a Bachelor's degree in theology from UNASP (formerly the Adventist Institute of Education), specializing in Biblical Hermeneutics. He is also a T.I.M.E teacher. Bernadino also holds a degree in Law, a graduate degree in Constitutional Law, Electoral Law and the Electoral Procedure. Professionally, exercises Counsel role at the Court of the State of São Paulo.

Claudia Ferguson

Claudia Ferguson

Vice President for the Caribbean

Minister Claudia Ferguson was baptised at the age of 9 years and has been involved in Christian ministry since then. She is World Federation Vice President for the Caribbean and, with the support of the Jamaica SDB Conference Missions Committee, led out in founding the Cayman Islands SDB Group for which she provides pastoral oversight.In the Jamaica Conference she is a past-President and serves as Chairman of the Evangelism Committee, President of the National Intercessory Prayer Force, and Secretary/Treasurer of the Jamaica SDB Bible Institute. She is a Conference Bible teacher, trainer, and church planter.

João Teles dos Santos

João Teles dos Santos

Brazilian SDB Conference President

Pastor João Teles dos Santos was born in a Catholic home. He became a Seventh Day Baptist in 1976, when his family received a visit of a SDB Pastor, who shared SDB Beliefs with his entire family. He was baptized on September, 18, 1976. In 1981 he was consecrated to the diaconate, having served in this ministry at First SDB Church in Joinville until 1990 when he was ordained to the Sacred Ministry of the Word. As a Pastor he served the First SDB Church in Joinville and currently serves the Second SDB Church in Joinville.

John J. Pethtel

John J. Pethtel

After pastoring SDB churches for over 10 years, John now serves SDBs in the USA & Canada as the Director of Church Development & Pastoral Services. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior after the gospel was presented to him at a summer camp at the age of 13.