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Philippines | Edward Rodriguez, SSD Communication Department

Immediately after the announcement of the division presidents, division caucuses convened to elect the executive secretary and treasurer of their respective divisions. After deliberation and many prayers, Elder Wendell Mandolang, the current ministerial secretary of the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, was elected as the new executive secretary. Elder Jacinto Adap, the current undertreasurer, was elected as the new treasurer, replacing Elder Max Langi, who announced his retirement early this year.

Mandolang has been in this ministry for nearly 40 years. He is a pastor’s kid from the West Indonesia Union Mission. He served in several capacities, such as district pastor, church pastor, mission departmental director, conference executive secretary, division director, union executive secretary, union president of the West Indonesia Union Mission, and currently, Division Ministerial Association secretary and Chaplaincy Ministries director.

Mandolang is married to Etty Simanjuntak. They are gifted with two children, Waldemar and Euclea, who are physicians, both having finished their medical doctor degrees at the University of Northern Philippines in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. 

Jacinth Adap has served the church in various capacities since 1984. He started as a church auditor and accountant at the Central Luzon Conference before moving to the North Philippine Union Mission. He became the financial controller of the Southern Asia Pacific Division in 1997. In 2004, he answered the call to become associate treasurer in the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division in Zimbabwe and South Africa. At present, Adap is serving as the undertreasurer of the division. 

Adap is married to Darlene, who is currently serving as the Risk Management director in the same organization. They are blessed with two sons, JD and Dwayne, both with their own families and ministries.

This article was originally published on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division’s news site