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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 and Leadership, Southern Adventist University, 2011–2017
  • Professor, School of Education and Psychology, Southern Adventist University, 2011–2017
  • Professor of church leadership, School of Religion, Southern Adventist University, 2000–2001
  • Ministerial director, British Columbia Conference, 1997–2000
  • Pastor, Penn Valley Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1994–1997
  • Church planter, Rocklin Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1990–1994
  • Minister of evangelism and church growth, Carmichael Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1986–1990
  • Pastor, Anniston/Gadsden/Pell City District, 1984–1986
  • Minister of church growth and church planting, Birmingham Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1983–1984
  • Seminary student and 12-month intern with Mark Finley in Chicago, 1980–1983
  • Pastoral intern and Bible worker, Jackson Seventh-day Adventist 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, Tenn.), and Elisabeth (a master’s student in British Columbia).

Administrative assistant to the vice president for student life

Sheila Meharry

(509) 527-2511

(509) 527-2674 FAX

Last update on October 16, 2018