How We Serve
The Columbia Union Conference’s motto is Experience the Mission, and the Evangelism Department’s purpose is to, regardless of age, empower every member and institution in our territory to have the life-changing experience of sharing the joy and hope found in Jesus.
To help achieve this, we:
1) Support evangelistic initiatives in the eight conferences within the Columbia Union
2) Develop motivational evangelism seminars for local churches
3) Offer training and seminars on topics including:
a) Sharing personal testimonies
b) Creating and running small groups and home churrches
c) Evangelism training seminars for laity
d) Preparing and hosting public evangelism weeks
About José D. Espósito
José D. Espósito serves as assistant to the president for Evangelism at the Columbia Union.
Espósito is the third son of a family of Seventh-day Adventist missionaries. Having more than 38 years of experience in pastoral ministry, he has served as an evangelist, a director at ADRA, and a youth, Pathfinder and ministerial director in South America.
From 1997–2006, he served in the Potomac Conference as a district pastor and evangelist. In 2007, he was elected as Hispanic Ministries director and Ministerial associate director for Potomac, serving in that capacity for 15 years. He has served in his current position since January 2022.
Espósito has a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Adventist University of the Plata in Argentina. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from the Adventist University of Chile through Loma Linda University (Cali.) In 2010, he finished a doctorate degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary (Mich.) His doctoral thesis was based on home churches/small groups as a healthy growth model for the church.
He has presented evangelistic series and seminars for pastors and laity in almost every country in North America and South America, as well as places in the Caribbean and Europe. An author, he has published three books and numerous articles in denominational magazines.
Espósito is married to Carmen, a guidance counselor at Chesapeake Conference’s Spencerville Adventist Academy (Md.). They have three adult children: Paolo, who works as a pastor, and daughters Romina and Melisa, both medical doctors.
His passion is to present Christ in evangelistic series, train new evangelists, and involve every person so that evangelism—the Good News—becomes a lifestyle. One of his favorites verses is:
“For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Cor. 4:20, AKJV).
Getting in Touch
Office of Evangelism
Telephone: (410) 997-3414
Assistant to the president for Evangelism
José D. Espósito