A fourth-generation Adventist and Michigander by birth, Joel Nephew began denominational work in 1988 as a Literature Evangelist. He started pastoring in the New York Conference in 1992, where he was later ordained to the gospel ministry. He and his wife Corina have two adult sons, Justin and Alex, and one daughter-in-law, Rachel, Justin’s wife. In his leisure time Joel enjoys cutting wood, beekeeping and short-term building projects; but his passion is for enlarging the kingdom of God.
Gene Hall was born in Owosso, Michigan and is married to Ciliciana, his wife of 44 years. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren. Gene began working full time as a Literature Evangelist in June, 1976 and continued in that field for 21 years. In February 1996 he was called to pastoral ministry in Indiana. Then in May, 2000, he came back to Michigan and served the Jackson/Bunkerhill churches for nine years and the Holland Church for the past five years, before joining the Men’s Ministries department at the Michigan Conference in June 2016. Gene has been married 47 years and has 8 grandchildren.
Jody Murphy has been employed at the Michigan Conference for over 25 years. Currently, among other departments, she works with the Men’s Ministries Department. She and her husband Bob have two married sons and four grandchildren. In her free time she enjoys baking and camping.