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.”