Shawn Boonstra Elected Speaker/Director
The Voice of Prophecy Executive Committee met April 30 and elected Pastor Shawn Boonstra the new speaker/director of the Voice of Prophecy.
"Shawn has clearly demonstrated that he has a heart for evangelism and for reaching those who need to hear the messages of Christ's love and redemptive power," said Dan Jackson, chair of the VOP Executive Committee and president of the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists.
"I have no question about the future of the Voice of Prophecy," says Boonstra. "It's the same thing that gave birth to this ministry more than 80 years ago: evangelism. Right now, millions of people need Christ, and they need Him desperately. I'm convinced we can reach them.
"We live in a moment when people respond to the gospel with an unprecedented openness and receptivity. I have seen more people turn out to listen to the gospel in recent years, not less. The crowds are swelling, the responses are faster and stronger.
"I know the brightest days for the Voice of Prophecy are still ahead, and that God is going to honor the vision of its founder H.M.S. Richards until the day that Jesus comes."
A native of British Columbia, Boonstra and his wife, Jean, were baptized and joined the Adventist Church after attending an It Is Written evangelistic series. Both committed their lives to gospel ministry.
Boonstra then graduated with a degree in political science from the University of Victoria (British Columbia), followed by theological training at Andrews University.
Most recently, Pastor Boonstra served as an associate ministerial director at the NAD, where his role was to inspire, train, and equip pastors and churches for evangelism.
Prior to this assignment, he served for seven years as speaker/director for It Is Written, presenting its telecasts and daily online devotional messages, as well as conducting dozens of major evangelistic campaigns on every continent but Antarctica. These included Phoenix, Portland (Oregon), Los Angeles, and Rome, Italy. Among his series by satellite are Revelation Speaks Peace (with Henry Feyerabend), Out of Thin Air (creation/evolution debate), The Presence (the Sanctuary), and The Appearing (the Second Coming). Thousands of churches have downlinked and hosted his various satellite events.
He previously served as speaker/director for It Is Written Canada and pastored a number of churches in British Columbia. He has authored more than 15 outreach-oriented books.
Jean Boonstra has written eight books in the Adventist Girl series, four based on the history of the Millerite movement in the early 1840s and four based in the late 1890s in Australia, all of them through the eyes of young girls. She has also served as children's ministries coordinator for It Is Written.
Shawn and Jean have two daughters.