Michael Orellana, graduate assistant

Michael Christian Orellana Méndez is a graduate assistant at the NAD Evangelism Institute working with the Theological Field Education (TFE) program. The TFE program connects Master of Divinity students at the Andrews University Theological Seminary with pastors in local churches. This gives students the opportunity to experience pastoral ministry in a local church setting. Michael plays a key role by meeting with students and providing individual consultation on TFE goals, and connecting with local pastor mentors.

Michael comes to us from the country of Peru. He has a Bachelor in Theology from Peruvian Union University. Michael spent his first years working as a chaplain and Bible teacher in Adventist educational institutions, and later as senior pastor of Contamana district in the jungle of Peru. He remembers these early seven years as the golden age of his ministry as this work reinforced his passion to minister to others. It was during that time when he met Ruth Castro who became his partner and wife. Later the Latino-American Adventist Seminary in Peru (Peruvian Union University) called him to the position of professor of Old Testament for undergraduate studies. There, he concluded his Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and Theology.

Currently, he is studying the Ph.D. program in Bible and ANE archaeology at Andrews University. His favorite topics are Christian discipleship, the Hebrew Bible, the Sanctuary Doctrine, Science and Faith, and Biblical Archaeology.