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

Raquel Queiroz da Costa Arrais presently holds the position of associate director for Women's Ministries at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Raquel Arrais is the wife of Pastor Jonas Arrais who is the associate ministerial secretary at the General Conference and both were elected to their current positions in 2005. They have two sons, Tiago and Andre, daughters' in-law, Paula and Natalia, and four young grandchildren. Raquel grew up in a pastoral family and is a third generation Seventh-day Adventist.

Prior to coming to the General Conference, Raquel was Women's Ministries and Shepherdess associate director for the South American Division (2000–2003) and Children's Ministries director (2004–2005).

For twenty years Raquel worked as an educator and administrator in Brazil. She holds a bachelor's degree in education and earned a master's degree in pastoral ministry in 1997 from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, USA. She is currently reading for a master's degree in Arabic studies from Middle East University, Beirut, Lebanon.

Raquel loves reading, walking, playing the piano, and collecting pictures of women's faces. She enjoys spending time with women, ministering to them, and learning from them.

She desires to see more women accepting God's call and being involved with the mission of the church.

Her favorite word is courage and her favorite Bible text is Joshua 1:9.