It is estimated that over 1.5 million college and university Adventist students are studying on non-Adventist public and private campuses around the world. According to University World News, “the number of students around the globe enrolled in higher education is forecast to more than double to 262 million by 2025.” Colleges and universities have become one of the most strategic mission fields in the world.
PCM (Seventh-day Adventist Public Campus Ministries) envisions to inspire and transform Seventh-day Adventist students into campus ambassadors through intentional mentoring and discipleship. To this end, PCM will provide a ministry presence and nurturing environment for students, both on campuses and in local churches, utilizing communities of mentors who are committed in caring and mentoring/discipling the students. PCM plans to educate, equip, and empower students, PCM leaders, and mentors to be ambassadors, messengers, and missionaries of Christ, practicing His compassion and selfless and self-sacrificial service in their churches, campuses, and communities.
Follow Jesus, embrace His mission, change the world one life at a time!
Inspiring quote by Ellen G. White: “[Satan] well knows that there is no other class that can do as much good as young men and young women who are consecrated to God. The youth, if right, could sway a mighty influence. Preachers, or laymen advanced in years, cannot have one-half the influence upon the young, that the youth, devoted to God, can have upon their associates…You can do a work that those who minister in word and doctrine cannot do. You can reach a class whom the minister cannot affect”. – Messages to Young People, p. 204 & p. 207.
Dr. Jiwan S. Moon is the inaugural Public Campus Ministries Director of General Conference World Headquarters of Seventh-day Adventists. Dr. Moon, a third generation Adventist pastor, was born in Seoul, South Korea, whose father was the first missionary sent out by the Korean Union of the Adventist Church. He, a Korean-American-Canadian, grew up on the mission field and has always lived in multiculturalism, relating to and collaborating with persons of all backgrounds. He speaks three languages: Korean, English, and Tagalog.
He graduated with a B.A. in Religious Studies and Minor in Practical Theology from Southern Adventist University, an M.A. in Youth Ministry and a D. Min. in Youth & Young Adult Ministry from Andrews University. His dissertation is on mentoring and discipling adolescents. He has served as a youth pastor since 1991 and was ordained in 2003.
In 1998 Dr. Moon first began mentoring a group of university students at University of Toronto and York University and continues to mentor university groups today. His focus is on the Christian young person’s identity and how to fortify it when the student is exposed to the secular mindset on a public college or university campus. He will be building strategy to meet the needs of our Adventist youth on public campuses, involving a movement of mentorship and discipleship calling on local congregations to form support systems and the formation of Adventist youth ministry presence on the campuses of public schools.
Dr. Moon has served in several capacities outside of being a pastor during his years living in Ontario Canada—he is a disaster relief and crisis intervention chaplain, served as an on-call chaplain for two hospitals for many years, and also as a volunteer chaplain for a federal women’s correctional facility over ten years. He is an endorsed Seventh-day Adventist Campus Chaplain with full ecclesiastical authority and rights.
He loves singing and playing instruments. He enjoys playing and watching all sports, but especially soccer. One of his favorite Bible verses is Galatians 2:20, NIV: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”