NORTH AMERICAN DIVISON
ADVENTIST CHAPLAINCY MINISTRIES
Gary R. Councell, Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Retired, ACM Director
Chaplain Councell assumed duties as the Director of ACM on 1 May 2008 after serving as the Associate Director since 1 December 2005. During more than four years in the U.S. Army Reserve and 32 years of active duty as a U.S. Army Chaplain, he maintained active pastoral involvement in the Church, completed a year of Clinical Pastoral Education (parish model) and earned an additional master’s degree in counseling. Chaplain Councell sees chaplains, who share God’s love in institutions, organizations and situations often restricted to others, as trusted and accountable stewards worthy of enabling support from their Church. Besides his departmental responsibilities, he is the primary contact for community, corrections and military-related chaplaincy ministries. He also directs and oversees the National Service Organization chapter of ACM, and is the Chairman of the Whitecoat Foundation Board of Directors.
Mario E. Ceballos, D.Min., B.C.C., Associate ACM Director
Chaplain Ceballos was elected as the Associate Director of ACM at the 2008 General Conference Springs meetings and assumed his duties 1 June 2008. Mario holds a Doctor of Ministries degree on Religion Culture and Society from Boston University. He is a board-certified chaplain by the Association of Professional Chaplains. In addition, he also serves as a chaplain in the United States Navy Reserve with the rank of Commander. Before coming to the General Conference, Mario served as Vice-President of Spiritual Services and Mission Outreach at Kettering Adventist Healthcare. His passion is for service, ministry and spiritual/pastoral care. He believes in training and nurturing ministers serving God in all aspects of ministry, and especially the specialized field of chaplaincy.
Dina Guzman-Muldoon, Senior Office Assistant
Dina Guzman-Muldoon transferred into the ACM Department Staff as Senior Office Assistant during October 2006 after working in the General Conference since 1989. Dina is bi-lingual (English and Spanish). Dina provides support for community, corrections and military chaplains. In addition, she is responsible for the many details involved in supporting military members with Bible kits, devotionals, religious materials, outreach literature, subscriptions, etc. Among her many other duties, she also serves as Church Clerk for the Adventist Military Church.
Deena Bartel-Wagner, Editor
Deena Bartel-Wagner began editing ACM journals in 2006 and has been instrumental in changing them from a newsletter into a professional magazine. She is the spouse of an Adventist minister in the New York Conference and has extensive background in communications and journalism.
DEPARTMENT FIELD REPRESENTATIVES
Chaplain McLaughlin has served as an ACM Field Representative since March 2001. As the first Hispanic Seventh-day Adventist Naval Chaplain, Jose served both with Marines and the Navy. His last military assignment was with the First Marine Division as the Divisions Operations and Training Chaplain. Following retirement from the Navy Jose worked as a healthcare chaplain prior to joining the ACM team. For Jose working with ACM has been a dream come true. "I count it a privilege to do what I love." He loves being able to share the Good News of the Gospel, whether to recruits, church members, academy students, chaplains, pastors, administrators or others that may be in crisis. It's important that they know that God is with them and the battle has been won.
Dr. James J. North, D.Min, Professor of Chaplaincy and Church Ministries, SDA Theological Seminary, Andrews University
Chaplain Arthur Slagle, Assistant ACM Director for Southeastern NAD
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Chaplain Arthur Slagle has been actively involved in pastoral ministry full time since 1975. He worked in the Greater New York Conference in both a Jewish outreach, sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as pastor of the Staten Island Church. From 1984 to 2000 he served as an active duty Navy-Marine Corps Chaplain. His military retirement in 2000 was the culmination of 27 years of combined Marine Corps and Naval service. Slagle then taught in the Potomac Conference in secondary/elementary education from 2000-2003. From June 2003 to May 2012 he served as the Director, Pastoral Care Department at Park Ridge Health, a hospital in the Adventist Healthcare System South.
Chaplain Slagle brings a rich background to his new job with experience as a military, hospital, law enforcement, fire & rescue and Civil Air Patrol Chaplain.
Chaplain Slagle and his wife Genie reside in Candler, in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. They have a blended family of the three sons, two daughter-in-laws, a daughter and son-in-law and a beautiful granddaughter Caroline Winona Bata.