Melgosa Honored for Professional Contributions to Adventist Church

Professor Receives Award at LLU

By: Emily Forshee

Julian Melgosa

Seven Adventist professionals who contribute to the spiritual and mental health of the Seventh-day Adventist Church were honored at a special ceremony held at Loma Linda University in October. Seven individuals were honored for their outstanding dedication and work in these areas. 

Walla Walla University’s dean of the School of Education and Psychology, Julian Melgosa, was one of the seven chosen to receive the award for “Outstanding Service to the Emotional Health of the Church.” 

Melgosa writes a blog for the Gleaner (the regional magazine for the North Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists), and has published several books including, “To Adolescents and Parents,” “To Couples,” and “Less Stress!”  Most recently Melgosa published the book “Developing a Healthy Mind” in the spring of 2007. 

Recipients of the award came from diverse professions including chaplaincy, psychiatry, social work, psychology, medicine, and nursing.  “Honorees hail from Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Argentina and the U.S.,” says Melgosa. 

The committee which selected award recipients was composed of ministry directors of the General Conference and faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the Loma Linda University School of Medicine. Recipient nominations came from the committee’s network of educators, mental health professionals, and ministry leaders. 

About 400 individuals attended the awards ceremony at LLU, the first year the awards have been presented.  

Melgosa says, “It was a surprise [to receive this award] because I see my contribution to the emotional health of the church as a very small portion by comparison.  I would like to take this recognition as a challenge to make this goal a more integral part of my ministry.”

In addition to Melgosa the other awardees were Siriporn Tantipoonvinai, Mario Pereyra, B. Lyn Behrens, George T. Harding IV, Edith Fraser, and Juan Carlos Picasso. 

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