Jose Cortes, Jr

Associate Director for Evangelism , North American Division

Pastor Jose is a friend of God, a fourth generation Seventh-day Adventist, and a second generation Seventh-day Adventist ordained minister. He is also a graduate of Washington Adventist University (Columbia Union College) and the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He is presently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree (D. Min). His pastoral experience began in 1992 in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area (Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), where he served for 11 years as youth pastor, associate pastor, senior pastor, and associate youth director. There he led hundreds of people to Christ and planted three new churches. He also served as an adjunct professor in the Religion Department of his alma mater, Washington Adventist University (Columbia Union College). In September 23, 2000, he was ordained to the gospel ministry in Silver Spring, Maryland.

In January 2003, Pastor Jose and his wife, Joanne, accepted the invitation to go to the Greater New York area, where he served as the director of Adventist Youth Ministries for the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

On June 12, 2011, Pastor Jose was elected Youth Director of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Pastor Jose believes young people and adults need each other to finish the proclamation of the gospel, and that the only way to keep youth and young adults faithful to Jesus and active in the church is to give them assurance of their salvation, hope in the second coming of Christ, and encouragement to keep working on behalf of others. He also upholds that youth ministries must happen daily at the local church, not only within its walls but outside in the community as well.