Kendra Haloviak Valentine was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in the Maryland suburbs. After graduating from Takoma Academy, she attended Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) and received a B.A. in 1989, majoring in theology and English.
After graduating from college, Kendra spent a year as an intern pastor at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ohio. In 1990 she began work on an M.A. in religion from Andrews University Theological Seminary. During her year at Andrews, Kendra was the associate pastor of the All Nations Seventh-day Adventist Church in Berrien Springs, Michigan.
In 1991, Kendra was invited to join the pastoral staff of the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church in Takoma Park, Maryland. It was a joy to return to the church where her parents, Bert and Mary Haloviak, had been long-time members. She joined the Religion Department at Columbia Union College in 1993, teaching courses to students studying for Adventist ministry and to students taking general education religion credits.
She pursued a developing interest in the book of Revelation in a doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, including a dissertation entitled, “Worlds at War, Nations in Song: Dialogic Imagination and Moral Vision in the Hymns of the book of Revelation.” Banners depicting the seven churches in the book of Revelation surrounded Kendra and her colleagues Norma Osborn and Penny Shell as they were ordained to gospel ministry on September 23, 1995 at the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist church.
In July, 2001, Kendra accepted an invitation to teach New Testament studies at La Sierra University, in Riverside, California. The year 2009 was especially rewarding for Kendra. Professionally, she received tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor where she now serves students of the H.M.S. Richards Divinity School at La Sierra. Personally, she met Gil Valentine while guest lecturing at Avondale College, just north of Sydney, Australia. They were married in 2010. They enjoy discussing many different topics during their morning walks together.
Her recent publications include “The Book of Revelation,” in The Dictionary of Scripture and Ethics, Joel Green, ed. (Baker Academic, 2011) and Signs to Life: Reading and Responding to John’s Gospel (Signs Publishing, 2013).
A sixth-generation Adventist who cherishes her heritage, Kendra’s motivation and hope for ministry are captured in Scripture’s final invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.” And let everyone who hears say, “Come.” And let everyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who wishes take the water of life as a gift” (Revelation 22:17).