Heather-Dawn Small

Director

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6636
[email protected]

Heather-Dawn Small presently holds the position of director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Heather-Dawn is the wife of Pastor Joseph Small and the mother of a daughter Dalonne and a son Jerard.

Prior to coming to the General Conference in 2001, Heather-Dawn held the position of Children's and Women's Ministries director for five years for the Caribbean Union Conference located on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Heather-Dawn earned a master's degree in leadership with emphasis in pastoral care to women. She is presently a candidate for a doctorate degree in Inter-Cultural Studies.

Heather-Dawn loves air travel, reading, embroidery, scrapbooking, and stamp collecting and she enjoys ministry to women. As she travels the world she has three passions – to see more women involved in evangelism, to encourage women to be involved in ministry to others – especially young women, and to share the joy that God has given her in spite of life's many challenges. Her favorite word is JOY and her favorite saying is "Don't let anyone steal your joy."

Nilde Itin

Associate Director

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6608

We are happy to announce that GC Session 2022 delegates voted Nilde Itin as GC Women's Ministries associate director, June 8, 2022. More about Nilde coming soon!

Premila Pedapudi

Administrative Assistant

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland USA 20904-6600
1 (301) 680-6636
[email protected]

Being associate pastor and ordained church elder has provided manifold blessings through her work in multiple ministries at various Seventh-day Adventist churches in Maryland, including mentoring and nurturing youth; ministries for adults, women, children, and deaconesses; outreach and evangelism, Pathfinders, and also Sabbath School. Her love of singing, reading, teaching, and preaching are a great resource in serving God.

Her husband, Joseph Kelly, son Praveen, twin daughters Serena and Selena, sons-in-law Samuel and Ebenesar are a great support in her ministry. The excitement about the arrival of her first grandson, born in July 2019, is still fresh!

Premila holds a master’s in business administration, a bachelor’s in business administration, and a bachelor’s in education. Passionate about women’s ministries, her desire is to encourage and empower women to live a God-inspired life. She firmly believes God’s Word in Jeremiah 29:11, “I know the plans that I have for you…”

Rebecca Turner

Editorial Assistant

General Conference Women's Ministries
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA 20904-6600
Tel: 1 (301) 680-6608
[email protected]

Rebecca Turner became editorial assistant in August 2016 following her position as administrative assistant to Heather-Dawn Small which began in February 2012. Prior to this, she worked for vice presidents at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for more than twenty-one years.

Educated in English literature and composition, journalism, and elementary education, Rebecca created the first women’s ministries newsletter in 1991, simply because her office was situated close to Rose Otis, then director of the office of women's ministries—and because Rebecca was willing to help. That newsletter was not continued. Ardis Stenbakken initiated Mosaic newsletter in 1994. She finds it incredible that one of her responsibilities now is producing the women's ministries newsletter.

Rebecca loves learning and then sharing what she’s learned. She shares her passion for Scripture when she leads small group Bible study and when she writes and presents seminars about Biblical characters. Her favorite Bible text is Lamentations 3:22-23, "Mercies...are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness."