Elden Ramirez joined the Walla Walla University Board of Trustees after his election as the president of the Montana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in August 2017.
Ramirez began his full-time ministry for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1996, working for eight years in Iowa-Missouri Conference as academy chaplain, pastor, church planter, youth camp director, youth and family life director, among other responsibilities. He spent eight more years as youth director and executive camp director with the Central California Conference prior to taking on his most recent role at the NAD.
He is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, a published author, has hosted and produced radio and television programs, and is a dedicated team builder for the mission of the church.
Before beginning his formal role with the church, Ramirez worked to stop violence among city gangs as a youth civic leader in San Francisco, Calif. He provided additional guidance for young drug addicts and was instrumental in multi-service educational and recreational programs for at-risk students. While there, he recognized that his efforts for good would be worthless unless he didn't help people ultimately meet Jesus. This led him to complete a degree in theology and accept the call to gospel ministry in 1996.
And now it leads him and his wife, Jenny, to, in his words, "graciously accept the honor to serve our brothers and sisters in Montana."
Elden and Jenny have two daughters, Elennie and Jasmine, ready to respectively tackle 11th and 8th grades. Jenny is a registered nurse.