Pastor Elden Ramirez has recently been elected to serve as the new Undersecretary for the North American Division of the General Conference. He has began the transition, and the Montana Conference Board of Directors has initiated the new president's search process. 

Pastor Ramirez served as president for the Montana Conference from 2017-2021. Prior to his current responsibility he served as Director of the Office of Volunteer Ministries for the North American Division of the General Conference. He was responsible for overseeing missions for the Adventist Church within this territory and focused on connecting Seventh-day Adventist volunteers from throughout North America to mission opportunities around the world. He provided leadership to this ministry that serves as the processing center for over 70,000 volunteers serving in short-term and long-term mission assignments. 

Prior to his assignment at the North American Division, he served as Assistant to the President of the Central California Conference where he also served as Director of Youth Ministries and Executive Director for Camp Ministries. In the early 90’s, he worked as a young adult civic leader in the Criminal Justice Department at San Francisco City Hall, developing public policies for children and youth. He was part of a citywide leadership program that provided solutions on youth issues and worked with city gangs to stop youth violence. He also worked with “RAP” (Real Alternatives Program) a multi-service program for at-risk students integrating educational and recreational programs that served the San Francisco Mission District; providing youth counseling, orientation, and serving scores of young drug addicts. 

While working with San Francisco City Hall, he was able to help his best friend find peace in Christ after a cousin’s murder. “It was the best thing I’d ever done,” he remembers. “I realized that everything I was doing for young people was worthless if I didn’t help them meet Jesus.” For this reason, he pursued his undergraduate education completing a BA in Theology and accepted the call to the gospel ministry in 1996. Later in 2004 he continued his education and attended The Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University where he also had the privilege of serving as the President of the Andrews University Seminary Student Forum.

Throughout his ministry he has served in 5 different states as academy chaplain, youth pastor, senior pastor, church planter, and departmental director in the areas of family life, camp ministries, health and temperance, national servicemen organization and youth ministries. Pastor Elden’s wife, Jenny, is a registered nurse who has been his greatest supporter. In over 22 years of marriage she has been his right hand in ministry and continues to be an integral part in accomplishing the great commission. They have two daughters, Elennie and Jasmine, who have an active gospel ministry. His favorite scripture is Joshua 1:5, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” 

matthew kirk

VP for finance and administration

Pastor Matthew Kirk is an ordained minister with a business background. He holds a Master of Divinity degree as well as a bachelor’s degree in business. Pastor Kirk has also completed three units of clinical pastoral education and training through Adventist Health in Bakersfield, California. He has also begun studies for a doctor of ministry degree with an emphasis in leadership at Andrews University. 

Prior to his pastoral training and experience, Pastor Kirk served as treasurer and a teacher for SOULS-West, an affiliated ministry of the Pacific Union Conference. He also provided business-consulting services and spent three years as a communication specialist for the Yavapai County sheriff’s office in Prescott, Arizona. 

"I have been involved in ministry in one form or another since 1998, and in 2010 God called me to full-time ministry in an unmistakable way" says Pastor Kirk. "After making my decision to surrender fully to God's will for my life I have experienced tremendous peace and satisfaction. I especially enjoy serving in the area of finance because I get to see God's church in action in a special way. The constant flow of means that God has blessed His church with in order that each member can partner with Him in furthering the mission of sharing the Gospel opens up many ways to see and celebrate the glory and goodness of God." 

His wife, Mari, has been the greatest blessing in his ministry. She is a registered nurse and together they have two beautiful children named Molly and Makson. 

One of his favorite Bible passages is John15:14-15, "You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you."