Profile of Deans

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Timothy Nelson
is the dean of men for Morrison Hall. After graduating from WAU/CUC he decided to join the Morrison Hall team initially, as the assistant dean of men and has now been head dean for eight years. He continues to be an excellent leader at Morrison Hall. In his spare time Dean Nelson enjoys talking with God, being active, and spending time with his wife.

Phone: (301) 891- 4046


Morrison-Hall-Dean-1In 2012 Jean Innocent acquired the role of assistant dean which allowed him to be involved in a personal way with the residents of Morrison hall. Dean Innocent takes great pleasure in the encouragement and uplifting of students campus wide and is not afraid to share his testimonies of God’s goodness to those who are going through struggles and to those who are seeking to know more about him. In his spare time he enjoys spreading God’s love to others, experiencing new things, and cooking.

Phone: (301) 891- 4045



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.”



Sydney Henry                sydney henry

Chaplain of Ministry


Sydney Henry was born and raised in Detroit, MI.  An identical twin, she is the second eldest of three siblings. Upon graduation from high school Sydney attended Eastern Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor of Science focused on communication and management. It was there that her passion for ministry grew as she led out in various organizations and choirs. However, struggling to fully believe that God had a plan for her life, but wanting to dedicate her gifts and life towards ministry, Sydney began and completed graduate school at the University of Michigan where she earned a Master of Public Administration with a graduate certificate in nonprofit leadership with the intention of entering the nonprofit sector. She hoped that she could someday work in a faith-based nonprofit.

God however had other plans. For her, ministry has been the only door God has opened. In 2010, Sydney along with her sister started Uprise a young adult ministry reaching the unchurched and those disengaged from church located in Midtown Detroit. Well rounded, she is also an independent recording artist.  In 2014, Sydney graduated from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University with a Master of Arts in Youth and Young Adult Ministry and she currently serves as the Chaplain of Ministry at Washington Adventist University. Her desire is to abandon comfort and safe living for risk taking and a mission driven life.





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 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.”






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It only takes 1 click and 1 second to sign up for Service Day – Wednesday, April 3.  Sign up RIGHT NOW to register for the upcoming projects that will be organized especially for you! Come and support Service Day. You do not want to miss this event!

Select the organization that is of interest to you to learn about their Service Day activities

Capitol Area Community Food Bank Capitol Area Food Bank is committed to uplifting those in need and helping those who are without the means to help them selves. This project is important because no one should go with out food.  Tasks include packing and sorting food.

Sligo Adventist School Reading to students, and assisting teachers at local schools: This project is important because the students at Sligo Adventist School are in need of our help to support learning in our Adventist community. Tasks include reading to students, office work, and grading.

JNA School Cleaning up playgrounds, reading to students, and assisting teachers at local schools: This project is important because the students at John Nevins Andrews School are in need of our help to make their school a better place to learn and grow. Tasks include ground work, correcting papers, maybe reading to students.

Days End Horse Rescue Visit a Maryland Farm and take care of horses that have been retired. Involves animal care and clean up.

Friends of Sligo Creek Clean up and Tree Planting: Outdoor projects are important because it gives us an opportunity to give back, and take care of the world we use, and live in everyday. We need to take care of the parks, streets, rivers, and trees of our community so that we can survive and thrive in the world God created for us.

WAU Beautification There are several projects right here on our own campus that need our attention. By renewing our home we will improve our daily experience and present a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Health Screening – Downtown Silver Spring --only open to Junior and Senior Nursing Majors-- Students be prepared for this day which will be held outside by bringing your blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, pen, paper, watch with second hand, clinical white nursing shoes, slacks, no jeans. The project involves taking blood pressure readings, BMI, and lifestyle counseling.

Mental Health Screening Join fellow Psychology Majors in providing mental health screening for people in Downtown Silver Spring.
Health Screening is important because there are so many people in our community who cannot afford to visit physicians when ill or for regular preventative check-ups. We can handout books and bring Christ into the lives of those who need Him. This project is important because everyone needs Jesus in their lives, and everyone can benefit from knowing Christ better.

Impact Silver Spring – Book Give-Away Impact Silver Spring with positive Christian books and other materials to bless the lives of those who need a spiritual connection and support in living a victorious life.

Takoma Park Elementary School Assisting teachers at local schools: This project is important because the teachers at Takoma Park Elementary School are in need of our help to lend support to those people who work hard everyday to teach the children of our community. Tasks include grading and office work.

High Point High School Give presentations on College and Career preparations. The mission of the school is to ensure that all students acquire information and skills and the ability to apply their knowledge to become lifelong learners and poductive citizens in a diverse/global society.

Takoma Park Recreation Department The Recreation Department is a place where children in our community can have a little fun and participate in important physical activities. Improving their experience there will go a long way to keeping them spending their time with positive outlets. Tasks include fixing up vehicles and cleaning the facility.

Takoma Academy Assisting teachers at local schools: This project is important because the students at Takoma Park Academy are in need of our help to support learning in our Adventist community. Tasks include reading to students, office work, and grading.

Takoma Park City Gardens Clean up and Tree Planting: Outdoor projects are important because it gives us an opportunity to give back, and take care of the world we use, and live in everyday. We need to take care of the parks, streets, rivers, and trees of our community so that we can survive and thrive in the world God created for us.

Food and Friends The mission of Food & Friends is to foster a community caring for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. Tasks will be preparing meals.

Crossway Community - Social Work Majors We maintain a deep belief that every individual and family is capable of success when equipped with a set of educational, professional, and personal tools. Tasks: Assisting in classrooms and light cleaning.

Martha's Table
Provides meals to the homeless 365 days a year at various sites throughout the city, as well as providing meals to senior shut-ins and community holiday meals. Tasks: Making emergency food bags, washing bins, and cleaning facility.

Pay It Forward- Langley Park
Witness to the community, by displaying Christ's character through acts of kindness.

Physical Assessment Screening - Silver Spring
Screening will focus specifically on a persons physical health.

Service Day

SERVICE-20DAY Fall2014

Service Day

April 1, 2015
 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

1. Adventist Community Services
Students will help by filing, organizing and doing some yard work. *Students must dress in clothes for yard work, and bring their own gardening gloves.*

2. Crossway Community
Students will do some cleaning and organizing, and may also do some yard work. *Students must dress in outdoor attire.*

Sign up in the Social Work Department

3. Food and Friends
Students will package food and do deliveries.

Sign up in the Radiography Department.

4. Friends of Sligo Creek
Trash clean up along the creek, tree planting preparation. *Students must dress in outdoor attire.*

5. Nursing
Students give free health assessments such as blood pressure screenings. *NURSING STUDENTS ONLY*

Sign up in the Nursing Department

6. Pay It Forward
Students perform acts of kindness towards the public in Langley Park.

Sign up in the English & Modern Languages Department

7. Physical Assessment
Students give free health assessments to the public.

8. Takoma Park City Gardens
Students will do yard work in the local gardens and parks – mulching and landscaping. *Students must wear outdoor attire.*

9. Piney Branch Elementary School
Students will spend time with the kids during recess; they may read to the kids. Students may also help out with cleaning during lunch time.

Sign up in the Education Department

10. 10 Second Witnessing
Students will witness to the public to give little blessings here and there.

11. Takoma Park Elementary School
Students will create bulletin boards, prepare meals for children, and have recess duty. *Students MUST bring their ID – whether it is their license or school ID. You will not be able to participate on this project if you don’t have your ID*

12. Business Clean Up
Students will help clean up near businesses in the community. *Students must wear outdoor attire.*

13. Rolling Terrace Elementary School
Students will spend time with the kids at recess; they may also do some yard work. *Students must wear outdoor attire.*

Diversity Program

Washington Adventist University aims to be a premiere place to learn, grow, and work and recognizes that people are mostly likely to flourish and experience transformative growth when they are supported by a community that truly cares. The University therefore will seek to become a model caring community and will pursue this goal through its commitment to intentionally embrace diversity and intercultural understanding. All groups on campus regardless of their ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, and physical condition are gifted, valued, appreciated and included. The diversity program at Washington Adventist University is spiritual focused.


  • Assist the office of the President in developing and facilitating understanding and benefits of practicing principles of diversity in the light of Washington Adventist University core values

  • Coordinates campus wide program in cooperation with Administration, deans of the three schools, and diversity committees.

  • Developing helpful programs.

  • Looking out for minority students and faculty that are underrepresented on campus.

  • Work with and through the office of Vice President for Student Life to coordinate minority organizations on campus.

  • Offer diversity training and development, and conflict resolutions.

  • Other special needs.