Billy Biaggi, Main Speaker
Our theme is “Back to the Basics,” and Dr. Biaggi will be our evening speaker Tuesday – Sabbath. Each evening Dr. Biaggi will share amazing stories of God’s miracles in missions and how they relate to the gospel. His stories will engage and bless the whole family. You won’t want to miss them!
Guillermo E. “Billy” Biaggi has served as president of the Euro-Asia Division since 2010 and prior to that served as treasurer of the same division from 2000-2010. Biaggi’s previous church work includes administration and finance throughout several church organizations around the world for more than 40 years.
His leadership in the Euro-Asia Division has seen the expansion of evangelism impact in urban centers in dozens of cities across the territory. In addition, Adventist schools increased in number under his leadership from 5 to 26, and a theological seminary in Ukraine was established. Born in Argentina, Biaggi worked 25 years in the South American Division as vice president of financial affairs at the River Plate Adventist University, Argentina. He also served as treasurer of the Austral Union Conference and secretary-treasurer of the Uruguay Mission, as well as senior accountant and assistant accountant.
Biaggi, 62, is a certified public accountant, holds bachelor’s degrees in business and theology, and completed a master’s degree in administration and a doctorate in ministry from Andrews University. He speaks fluent Spanish and English, and understands Portuguese and basic Russian. Biaggi and his wife, Sybel, have four adult children all working for church organizations. They have three grandchildren.
We want to present Bible-based principles of administration, faithfulness and generosity – what the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy are advising us on how we could live accordingly to those principles, and how we could teach our children simple stewardship principles as well.
We want to reflect on God’s concern about human behavior such as failing to be honest with Him, in tithe and offerings (see Malachi 3:6-12), and try to encourage all of us to become faithful and generous with what God is allowing us to have (little or much), knowing that such management will demonstrate our understanding of relationship to and love to our Lord and Savior.
We will consider and reflect on all God’s gifts to us, which we need first to accept and later to develop, and then to give back to Him through faithful management of them and honest tithe and generous offerings. And for that to be so, we need to always put God FIRST.
We will try to explain how God delights in blessing His sons and daughters, but also the fact that in this life we may face trials, hardships and difficulties (both in our personal lives, and in our family lives) which should NOT change our attitude of faithfulness and generosity because they are based in the solid foundation of our love to Him as our answer to His unconditional love to us!
We will try to provide practical examples of how we should manage our family resources, prayerfully establish goals, design the proper financial budget, as well be wise considering credit opportunities versus savings.
Also we will try to explain and provide adequate answers to different questions on how to calculate tithe and what assets should be subject to tithe. We will consider how we should be involved in a promise to God regarding our offerings which should be systematic, proportional to our income, and given with joy. If time allows us, we want to consider some advice regarding savings for the education of children, for purchasing a home, and for the retirement stage of life. We may discuss other important subjects such as insurance coverage and investments.
Let’s join in prayer for the Lord to bless our seminars, that we may have a better understanding and greater commitment to be faithful stewards, always putting God FIRST.
Brief Bio: Brian Hindman was born in Virginia but grew up all over North and South Carolina as a pastor’s kid. He attended Southern Adventist University and initially studied Theology before graduating with a degree in Religious Education. After graduating he taught Bible and History at Georgia-Cumberland Academy and Mount Pisgah Academy for a total of 18 years. While teaching Bible classes at MPA Brian became convicted that he wanted to serve the Lord in full time pastoral ministry–if it was God’s will for him to do so.
After having this conviction for several years, he finally resigned his job as a teacher in 2015 and enrolled in the Amazing Facts evangelism training program in Sacramento, CA. While at Amazing Facts, Brian received a call to serve as the Associate Pastor of the Hendersonville SDA Church in Hendersonville, NC. For the past 3 1/2 years Brian has had the privilege of serving as a pastor there preaching, teaching, and studying with both members and new Bible study interests alike. He has been married to his wife Teresa for almost 22 years, and they have one son, Jacob, who is attending Weimar Institute. Brian believes that Jesus is coming very soon, and He wants everyone to be ready to meet the Lord—especially our youth and young people!
Seminar Description: The Bible is composed of 66 books and over 31,000 verses. It contains prophecy, poetry, history, and theology. All of it is important too! So what are the basics of studying the Bible? How do I get started? Where do I begin? What lies at the foundation of Bible study? Why should I even study the Bible? Come and see, as we explore evidence from the Bible itself and the Spirit of Prophecy and see divine principles that we can apply to our lives in a meaningful and practical way.
Donna & Mark Mashburn
Seminar Topic: Resolving Everyday Conflict
Everyone encounters conflict-whether it is with a fellow church member, a co-worker, family member, friend, or complete stranger. Yet we all desire harmony in our relationships.
Resolving Everyday Conflict is a practical, Biblical, and concise guide to peacemaking in everyday life that can turn troubled relationships into true, life-changing reconciliation by following Biblical guidance.
Seminar Topic: Journaling
Have you ever wondered about how to start journaling, or how to be more purposeful? Directive Journaling is aimed at increasing your spiritual and emotional growth. Come explore a new way to journal and receive information, energy, and ideas around the practice, as well as journaling prompts to get you started. Prompts include questions that Jesus asked. All prompts promote personal awareness.
Esther Lipscomb currently works for Sproutly, LLC as a Life Coach. Check out sproutly.io. Her seminar will be repeated daily.
Seminar Topic: Mental Health, Trauma and Resilience: Bringing to Light those Hurting in Darkness
The health movement that has been part of the Seventh-day Adventist church for decades has been instrumental in bringing healing to multitudes of hurting people. Sharing God’s love through this ministry of healing has also given hope for a future when God “will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4). Mental Wellbeing is a part of that hopeful message in Revelation. This seminar is an introduction to mental health, trauma, and self-healing communities. Basic information on these topics will be shared and participants will have opportunities to process what is learned.
- Day 1: Mental Illness and its Impact on Individuals
- Day 2: Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Trauma
- Day 3: The Community’s Role in Promoting Resilience
Shannon Urum, BSW; Prevention Services Coordinator at Northwestern Community Services Board with over 10 years experience preventing substance misuse and suicide and promoting mental wellness. Mental Health First Aid Instructor; ACES interface Master Trainer.
Seminar Topic: The Quest for Respect
Ephesians 5:33 talks about love and respect. It is only through demonstrating unconditional love that we gain respect. Men, come join us as we explore the keys to a man’s personal fulfillment, happiness and, ultimately, respect using Biblical principles teaching us about love for God, love for our wives and families and love for others through our work.
- Day 1: Love for God
- Day 2: Love for family
- Day 3: Love for work
Tony Reyes – Trusts, Wills, Gift Giving – “Do you have a plan?”
If you are called to take a nap before Jesus comes, do you have a plan? Who will take care of your children? What will happen to the many blessings God has bestowed upon you? Would you like to include your local church or school or any other SDA ministry as part of your Stewardship plan? Who will make financial and/or medical decisions for you if you are incapacitated by accident or disease??
There are different ways the Potomac Conference can help you establish a plan:
- Last Will and Testament
- Advance Medical Directives
- Power of Attorney for Finances
- Trust(s) and Annuity
- Blended Gifts
If it is your desire to include the SDA church (or its ministries) as part of your stewardship plan, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540-886-0771 ext 202.
Remember that if you don’t have a plan, the state has one for you. It just might not be what you want!
Tony Reyes will have office hours 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Wednesday – Friday. There will be a signup sheet outside his office at the church to sign up once you arrive on campus.