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Douglas Tilstra

Vice President for Student Life

(509) 527-2511 


  • B.A., 1979, Pacific Union College, Theology
  • M.Div., 1983, Andrews University
  • Ph.D., 2007, Capella University, Organization and Management, Leadership Specialization

Previous Experience

  • Director of Outdoor Education & Leadership, Southern Adventist University, 2011-June 2017
  • Professor, School of Education & Psychology, Southern Adventist University, 2011-June 2017
  • Professor of Church Leadership, School of Religion, Southern Adventist University, 2000-2001
  • Ministerial Director, British Columbia Conference, 1997-2000
  • Pastor, Penn Valley SDA Church, 1994-1997
  • Church Planter, Rocklin SDA Church 1990-1994
  • Minister of Evangelism and Church Growth, Carmichael SDA Church, 1986-1990
  • Pastor, Anniston/Gadsden/Pell City District, 1984-1986
  • Minister of Church Growth and Church Planting, Birmingham SDA Church, 1983-1984
  • Seminary Student & 12-month Intern with Mark Finley in Chicago, 1980-1983
  • Pastoral Intern and Bible Worker, Jackson SDA Church, 1979-1980


Doug and his wife, Lorraine, have three children: John (married to Lisa and living in the Netherlands), Stephen (a physical therapist in Chattanooga), and Elisabeth (a master's student in British Columbia).

Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Student Lif

Sheila Meharry

(509) 527-2511

(509) 527-2674 FAX

Last update on April 30, 2018