Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Meet the Team

MinistryBarakaMugandaBaraka Muganda

VP of Ministry

Baraka Muganda holds a doctorate in education, a master's degree in religion, and a bachelor's degree in theology.

A graduate of Solusi College and Andrews University, Muganda knows the importance of a well-grounded, Christian education.  For this reason, he knew Washington Adventist University would be a good fit for him. Over the years he has proven that his heart and passion is in serving youth. Prior to joining the Washington Adventist University community, Muganda served as the World Youth Director of the Seventh-day Adventist Church from June 1995 to June 2010. His role offered him a wealth of multicultural and multinational experience. In addition to his many responsibilities, he also lectures on youth ministry leadership at the Adventist University of Africa and is an advisor in the doctoral program at the Andrews Seminary in Michigan. He also served as the president of the Tanzania Adventist College in 1984. Over the years, he has held several positions in the Seventh-day Adventist organization.

Muganda enjoys spending time with his wife, Anne, their three daughters, Anita, Tanya, and Diana, his son-in-law Lassana Perry, and his two granddaughters Diana Anne and Angelina.

A life-long learner and a lover of higher education, Muganda is happy to be investing time at Washington Adventist University, where he can continue impacting the lives of young adults.

To summarize his excitement for the youth of this church in one sentence, Muganda says, “I love the youth of this church and have a burden to see all of them saved in God’s Kingdom.”

MinistryKaneil-WilliamsKaneil Williams

Director of Missions

Kaneil Williams is a 2007 graduate of WAU, where he received a bachelor's degree in theology. He also holds a master's degree in educational administration and policy from Howard University’s School of Education (2011). His experience in global missions includes educational development, humanitarian work, church construction, and evangelism across Central America, the Caribbean, and East and West Africa.

Williams’ experience in the non-profit sector, therapeutic youth residential services, youth pastoral ministry, international speaking, and education  serves him well as Director of Missions.  According to Williams, his motivation to serve comes from Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

"From my first mission experience to El Salvador in 2006, I have felt the calling of God to live a life of service. My prayer is that Washington Adventist University lives up to it's potential as a gateway, and inspires the commitment of life-long missionaries and servants."

Lorena MartinezLorena Martinez

Administrative Assistant

Lorena is originally from Guatemala City, Central America where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education. She has been married for 30 years to her husband, Edwin, and has two children, Andrea and Joshua. Prior to her arrival at WAU in April 2004, she worked 9 years as an employment and training coordinator for Rural Opportunities Inc. Some of her favorite things about her job at WAU are helping and getting to know students. Her favorite bible text is Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

- THE SCHOOLS -

School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.