Kendra Haloviak Valentine '89
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.
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. 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.
In 2009 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 and she met Gil Valentine while guest lecturing at Avondale College, just north of Sydney, Australia. They were married the following year.
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).
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).
Janelle Walwyn, Junior, Social Work Major
While at WAU she served as a missionary in Tanzania; cruise with a purpose, Haiti, Mauritius, and India. She has made service her life’s mission and accepts an opportunity given to advance the kingdom of God. Her favorite Bible text is Jeremiah 1: 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” She believes God has set her apart to serve others locally and globally.
Vincent Wilson, Junion, Religion Major
While at WAU he has served in several of the different ministries on campus; he know is a leader for crossroads. Crossroads is a weekly church service of Sligo held on the campus for the students. His favorite Bible text is Matthew 28:19 ”Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” WAU has provided him the opportunity to live out the calling that God has placed on his life to my disciples of all the nations.