Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Regional Office of African American Affairs

Virgil S. Childs, director

Elder Virgil S. Childs was born in Pensacola, Fla. He is the first-born of eight children, a graduate of Golden Gate Academy in Oakland, Calif., holds a B.A. degree in Theology from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Ala., and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. Elder Childs is currently writing his Ph.D. dissertation for Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind. in the field of conflict resolution.

Coming from the Northern California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, he has served as an assistant pastor with the Market Street church (Oakland), senior pastor Pittsburg (Pittsburg), Elmhurst (Oakland), Mayfair (Stockton), Market Street (Oakland) churches.

Elder Childs served for 10 years as director of African-American Ministries, Inner City Ministries, Men’s Ministries and Prison Ministries for the Northern California Conference. On February 1, 2016, he began serving as the Director of Regional Affairs for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Community-minded and focused on collaboration, Elder Childs is a member of the Oakland Faith Advisory Council and is a recipient of the 2015 Pastor of the Year award, presented by “One Thousand Mothers Against Violence” based in Oakland, Calif. He has conducted numerous Prophecy seminars, evangelistic meetings, conflict resolution workshops and enjoys teaching religion at elementary and high schools.

He and wife, Patricia Woods- Childs, are the parents of three adult children and have three grandchildren. Elder Childs has a passion for connecting communities with Christ.

Phone: 805-413-7388

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Sali Butler, MPH, administrative assistant

Both my parents were "preacher's kids" so there is a legacy of serving God and His people. I serve the Regional Directors Coordinating Committee alongside of Pastor Virgil Childs by providing technical support, managing the Message campaign, Capital Reversion funding, North American Division Graduate Scholarship applications, Three-Way Scholarship applications, Winifred Stevens Foundation funding, and other funding resources; all to promote the mission of the church and impact our 65 plus African American churches in the Pacific Union Conference and the communities they serve. I assist with coordinating events for Bible instructors, laity leadership training and the annual pastoral retreat. Respond to inquiries from leadership of 64 churches, pastors, Bible instructors and church members. I have been in the Office of Regional Affairs since 1999.

I earned a bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication (Emphasis Advertising/Public Relations) and a Masters of Science in Public Health from Walden University in 2012. I'm a Master Trainer for community health workers focused on helping faith-based organizations develop sustainable health promotion programs to prevent and reduce chronic disease among the body of Christ and the communities they serve.

My time is shared with the department of Communication & Community Engagement.

Phone: 805-413-7388

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