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Vice President for Student Life

Douglas Tilstra



  • 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).
Last update on September 17, 2017