Pastor Ramirez came to us from the North American Division (NAD) where he served as Director of the Office of Volunteer Ministries. He was responsible for connecting Seventh-day Adventist volunteers from throughout North American to mission opportunities across the NAD and around the world. He provided leadership to this valuable ministry that serves as the processing center for the Adventist Church in North America, with over 58,000 volunteers serving in short-term and long term mission service.
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 90s, he worked as a Youth Civic Leader in San Francisco City Hall, developing public policies for children and youth. He was part of a citywide youth leadership programs that provided ideas 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 working with the educational and recreational programs that served the Mission District; providing youth counseling, orientation, and working with high numbers of young drug addicts.
While working with San Francisco youth, 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 undergrad 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 Andrews Theological Seminary where he eventually served as the President of the Seminary Forum. Throughout his ministry he has served in 4 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.
His primary goal is to train and equip youth leaders. “By training young people we can multiply our efforts and reach countless for Jesus Christ,” he explains.
Pastor Elden’s wife Jenny is a registered nurse who has been his greatest support. Over 20 years of marriage she has been his right hand in ministry and continues to be an intricate 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 will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you."