Photo courtesy of Joel Sutherland
Kentucky-Tennessee Conference administration is pleased to announce that, after much prayer and consideration, the Executive Committee extended an invitation to Joel Sutherland to be the new ministerial director. He will start the position on May 15, 2022, following the retirement of Kieth Noll, current ministerial director, on March 29, 2022.
Sutherland was born in Alaska. He felt the call to ministry in his teenage years, and, after receiving guidance from his father and a mentor, he enrolled at Southern Adventist University to pursue a B.A. in theology. While at Southern, he completed the Soul-winning And Leadership Training (SALT) program — an evangelism course conducted in partnership with It Is Written.
During his time as a student, he also worked as First Year Experience mentor, completed a year as a Bible worker coordinator in the Chattanooga First Church, served as the Student Ministerial Association (SMA) president, and interned as the interest and media coordinator for the Washington Conference Youth Rush. He graduated in 2014 and began his ministry in the Kentucky-Tennessee Conference, first working in the Camden, Parsons, and Lobelville, Tenn., churches, and then transferring to the Pulaski and Lawrenceburg churches. He was ordained on July 28, 2020.
In 2021, he completed a master of ministry degree from Southern Adventist University and accepted the call to work as a pastor at the Pennsylvania Conference. Sutherland has a heart for mission. Throughout his life, he has worked on evangelistic mission trips in the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and North Carolina.
“I am excited to start this new position,” said Sutherland. “One of my passions is equipping and empowering people. I look forward to working with the Conference staff, and supporting the incredible set of pastors in Kentucky and Tennessee. I am just happy and humbled to be a part of what God is already doing in this Conference.”
The Kentucky-Tennessee Conference family looks forward to welcoming back Joel Sutherland, and his wife, Chelsea.
Kentucky-Tennessee | May 2022