ASI Mid-America 2018 Convention

April 12th - 15th

Location of Event

Ramada Plaza Northglenn
Denver North
10 East 120th Avenue
Denver, CO 80233


Thursday   6:30 - 8:30pm
Friday         8:00 - 11:15am    2:15 - 4:15pm    6:30 - 9:00pm
Saturday   8:00am - 12:30pm    2:15 - 4:30pm    6:30 - 9:00pm
Sunday       8:45 - 9:30am

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Pastor Peter Neri is a convert from Catholicism. At the age of 26, he attended an Evangelistic Meeting in Duluth, Minnesota, and was baptized following the meetings. He has taught church school, pastored for 35 years in six states, and has been Ministerial Director of the Indiana Conference. He is currently the Senior Pastor of the Paradise SDA Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. His wife’s name is Jennie, and they have two married sons, Roland and Samuel, and three granddogs!

Jon Wood is President & Co-Founder of Jesus for Asia, Inc. with his wife, Natalie. JFA is an ASI Member SDA Supporting Ministry. They have a passion for reaching the unreached and for re-engaging the church with foreign missions. They are
parents of two children – James and Mary Ann.  When Jon was two months old, his parents took him to New Guinea where they were missionaries for five years. Jon has experienced mission fields in Africa and Asia, as well as North America. JFA facilitates over 50 projects around Asia – including India, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, and other more closed countries. These projects cover areas of education, evangelism, missionaries, and media. He has also produced a 13-part series for the GC Office of Adventist Mission called “I Want This City,” with Pastor E. Douglas Venn, who was church planting in Bangkok, Thailand, at the time. Check out more on their website:

Gary Thurber joined the ministry team of the Mid-America Union Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska on September 1, 2015 and serves as president.  Prior to coming to MAUC, he was executive secretary of the Lake Union Conference. 
Ordained in 1987, Thurber has served as a teacher, pastor, director of Youth, Camp and Family ministries, assistant to conference president, conference president, and Union executive secretary. Elder Thurber completed his bachelor's degree at Southern Adventist University, and earned his master’s degree in religion at Andrews University.  Gary is married to the former Diane Wynn.

Dr. John Kelly completed his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, graduating Summa Cum Laude as a McMurran Scholar. He completed the Dual MD/MPH Degree Program at Loma Linda in Epidemiology with honors. He is trained in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine, and has done private and government-funded research in Lifestyle Medicine. He was founding President of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, co-authored the 2017 Board Review Course in Lifestyle Medicine, is founding Chair for the Expert Lifestyle Medicine Panel, and serves as adjunct faculty at two medical schools. He currently practices Lifestyle Medicine at the Black Hills Lifestyle Medicine Center in Hermosa, SD, where he has launched a leading-edge LM Fellowship and training program.