Our Staff

James Hartley

Position: President

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James was raised a Roman Catholic and re-introduced to Jesus through an Adventist family running an organic farm in Italy. After receiving missionary training at Wildwood, he served as Wildwood’s director of education for 7 years before going full-time to help develop LIGHT ministry. James was married to Danielle in 2010, who now serves with him in full-time ministry.

Benjamin Kim

Position: Media and Communications

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Benjamin was born in California, but he considers himself raised in Montana. Homeschooled for all his life and a fourth generation adventist, he moved with his family and served as a foreign missionary in Bolivia for 4 1/2 years where he helped start a Medical Missionary training center called Instituto Quebrada León before moving to work at the main LIGHT Office.

Joanna Kim

Position: Korean Director

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Joanna Kim was a student and missionary in South Korea at Achinae Institute and Waldensian Valley Academy for 12 years. She also has a variety of experiences in various departments at other self-supporting institutions such as Cave Springs Home, Chestnut Hill, and Wildwood Lifestyle Center, totaling 30 years of self-supporting missionary experience. She worked in China, Japan, and 5 other countries as a medical missionary. Joanna strongly feels that God will use the Korean people to spread the Everlasting Gospel to Asia and the whole world in a special way. Because of this belief, she wrote a book and produced a DVD named “Natural Healing Talk 58” to help train Korean medical missionaries. Joanna is currently serving as our Korean Director and has the specific task of developing LIGHT’s Korean Online School. Joanna has worked together with 7 ordained pastors and 9 laymen to develop this training in Korean. Her long term goal is to establish a medical missionary training school in South Korea.

Cynthia Bonas

Position: Caribbean Director

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In 2007 Cynthia attended a seminar for health professionals located on the Wildwood Campus. At the end of that seminar, she decided to take the six-month training and dedicate herself to continue working for God. As a Registered Nurse, she has worked as staff nurse and manager for over 30 years, and completed additional training as a naturopathic doctor a few years ago. She has worked in the Lifestyle Program and as a Teacher in Wildwood as well. Very passionate about mission work, she is always ready to accept Christ’s call to “go…teach all nations”. She has travelled to many different countries bringing the good news about God’s methods of health and healing to our churches and continues to do so as our Caribbean Director.

Celly Gomez

Position: Inter-America Regional Director

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Celly Gomez comes originally from Panama, but has lived in the US now for many years. She is a Registered Nurse and has extensive nursing experience in Central America and the US. She is also a Naturopathic Doctor. She graduated from, and later served for many years at Uchee Pines Institute at their wellness center as director of patient care.
She is married to Gabriel Gomez. Besides serving as health and temperance director of several SDA churches, lecturing on health on 3ABN Latino and at the NAD health summits, she has done lecturing in many Latino and English churches across the US and internationally in more than 12 countries. Her passion is to share God’s love, and specially through the Health Message. Currently, Celly is our Inter-America Regional Director responsible for Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Cuba & Puerto Rico.

Serghei Costash

Position: Middle East, North Africa, and Europe Divisional Director

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Serghei Costash is a third generation Seventh-Day Adventist.  In 2004 he received training at our Medical Missionary School in Moldova. Following his training, Serghei spent the next eight years working at the school, first as Assistant Director and second as Director. He has a vast amount of experience in the mission field including the last three years while helping the Ethiopian Union Mission organising evangelistic campaigns and medical trainings for pastors and lay members. Serghei then received a call to work full-time with LIGHT at the end of 2012.

Alain Bautista and Family

Position: Southeast Asia Regional Director

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Alain and Irene dedicated themselves to full-time service for God in 2004 while working in Loma Linda, California. This decision led them and their two boys to Wildwood’s College of Health Evangelism to gain a medical missionary training. After finishing both the six-month and Advanced Health Evangelism courses God called them to return to Alain’s original home in the Philippines to help begin the first six-month LIGHT school in SE Asia. After developing this model outpost project in northern Luzon, Philippines, Alain is now working to advance the work of LIGHT throughout SE Asia.

Daniel Djami and Family

Position: Indonesia Coordinator

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Daniel and Rosauli Djami first got involved in this work when they stepped out in faith by selling their home in Loma Linda and moving to the hills of Georgia & Wildwood Lifestyle Center. After taking both the six-month Health Evangelism course followed by an Advanced course they stayed on as staff for several years. Through this time they made several missionary journey’s to Indonesia teaching short LIGHT courses. As a result of those efforts a school has been born through the combined efforts of the Healing Way Indonesia ministry and LIGHT. Daniel and his family currently spend nine months each year in Indonesia helping to develop that program and searching where else LIGHT may spread.

Rodney Bowes

Position: Africa/Asia Divisional Director

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Rodney and his wife, Julie, met while attending Weimar in 2001.  They attended both Weimar College and AFCOE together and then went to Union College in Nebraska where Rodney studied religion and evangelism with a missions emphasis.   Shortly after they were asked to move to Northwest Arkansas where Rodney was the bi-vocational pastor for the Decatur Seventh-day Adventist church and both he and Julie worked with Wellness Secrets (a wellness center connected with the church).  From 2005 to 2010 they worked at Wildwood and LIGHT and traveled throughout Africa and South Asia helping to encourage medical missionary work.

In 2010 they moved to California to continue ministry with LIGHT.  Rodney is currently the divisional director for Africa and South Asia.

Linda Horner

Position: South America Divisional Director

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Linda Horner: Has a deep interest in health and disease prevention, young people, and missions. She spent a little over six years in Africa as a missionary—as an elementary teacher and health educator. After returning to the US, she underwent training at Uchee Pines Institute, and later served as their Patient Care Coordinator and Educational Director for five years. She has her RN and BSN in nursing, and worked in various nursing capacities as well as teaching at two small Christian colleges. Currently working with LIGHT as our Divisional Director for South America, as well as helping to further develop materials for use in Health Promotion activities around the world.

Charles Cleveland

Position: Chairman of the Board

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Pastor Cleveland M.Div. M.P.H, was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1975 by the Michigan Conference. Through a providence of the Lord in 1975 he shifted his service from denominational employment to supporting ministries where he has served as an administrator of Uchee Pines Health Institute and later Vice President of Wildwood Lifestyle Center and Hospital in Georgia. From 2003-2006 he served as Vice President of OCI (Outpost Centers International) and is currently President of Health Education Resources, a non-profit organization that produces health education materials that are used all over the world. Pastor Cleveland has traveled extensively the past 20 years assisting in the establishment of lifestyle centers particularly in Europe and whose guiding influence and counsel has helped develop what LIGHT is today.

Salvatore Cutrona

Position: Media Director

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Salvatore Cutrona was born to a Seventh Day Adventist family in Rome, Italy. In the summer of 2007, after completing a 2 week medical missionary training course taught by LIGHT, he started to produce various sermons and lectures on the role of mass media and it’s effect on the Christian life. In 2012, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Communications, he founded the first Italian Adventist Internet TV, a project called “Televive”; in the same year he worked in Germany for Light Channel Germany, an adventist Web TV. In 2013 he moved to Wildwood, where he completed a six month Health Evangelism course before joining LIGHT in 2013 as our Media Director.