OUR ADMINISTRATION

<a href="mailto:papresident@paconference.org">Gary Gibbs</a>

Gary Gibbs

President

Gary Gibbs

President

Pastor Gary Gibbs spent his childhood in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, before moving to Louisiana when he was eight years old. His desire is to see the body of Christ grow, see people giving their lives to Jesus, and advance the mission of our church. Before joining our Conference team, Gibbs served as the Chesapeake Conference Ministries Development director, responsible for evangelism, church growth and church revitalization. He was previously the vice president for the Hope Channel. Ordained in 1989, Gibbs has pastored in both Alabama and Mississippi. Gibbs was an integral part of the Amazing Facts ministry, including founding the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is the author of several books, including The New Winsome Witnessing and Prophecies of Hope Bible study guides. He has served as a pastor, evangelist and church growth consultant. Gibbs and his wife, Sherilyn, have two teenage daughters, Carissa and Christina.

<a href="mailto:wpeterson@paconference.org">Will Peterson</a>

Will Peterson

Vice President for Administration

Will Peterson

Vice President for Administration

Will grew up in the small town of Greenville, located in Western Pennsylvania. He was raised in another faith, but after attending a Prophecy Seminar with his future wife, Darlene, he converted to being a Seventh-day Adventist Christian. In a little more than a year of marriage, and shortly after Darlene graduated from Slippery Rock Univeristy with an Elementary and Special Education degree, Will and Darlene, along with their son, Richard, moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan. While there, Will earned a Masters of Divinity Degree from the Andrews University Seminary and Darlene earned a PHT Degree (Put Hubby Through), and began her Masters Program. After graduation they served as a Pastor-Teacher team in the Gulf States Conference–six years in Alabama and six years in Mississippi. They moved in Pennsylvania in 2000 where Will began serving as the Assistant to the President for Mission and eventually as Vice President for Mission and Administration. Darlene has taught third and fourth grades at Reading Junior Academy since 2001. Their son, Richard, a Major in the United States Army and his wife, Stephanie, have blessed them with their grandson, Richard. Will and Darlene enjoy being outdoors and are seeking to grow in Christ together each day.

<a href="mailto:ccharnichart@paconference.org">Carlos Charnichart</a>

Carlos Charnichart

Treasurer

Carlos Charnichart

Treasurer

Before joining our Pennsylvania team, Carlos Charnichart served the Hope Channel as their accountant. Prior to this, he was the treasurer of HHES at the Review and Herald. Carlos has a rich experience not only in accounting, but also as a business owner, manager, and sales and marketing executive. He significantly expanded sales for several companies in the Inter-American Division as wells as his own company that he grew into a successful enterprise before moving to the United States. Carlos has served as an adjunct professor at Washington Adventist University and was the dean for the School of Accounting and Business Administration at Montemorelos University in Mexico. Carlos has a masters in Business and Administration, a bachelor’s in Accounting and Administration, and a doctorate in Business Administration.

Carlos and his wife, Liz, have two college-aged children. Their daughter, Paola, graduated from the nursing program at Southern University. Charlie, their son, is a freshman at Montemorelos University.

<a href="mailto:jbovee@paconference.org">Jeff Bovee</a>

Jeff Bovee

Vice President of Education

Jeff Bovee

Vice President of Education

Jeff grew up on the campus of Milo Adventist Academy in southern Oregon. He is the youngest of four boys. He is blessed to be born into an Adventist family who believed strongly in Adventist Education. His parents relocated the family to the campus of an Adventist academy so that they could afford all four boys to receive an Adventist education through twelfth grade. He attended Milo Adventist Elementary School for grades 1-8 and Milo Adventist Academy for grades 9-12. Jeff was active in pathfinders and even helped his mother teach primary Sabbath school lessons while growing up. His junior year of academy, he earned the necessary funds to go on a mission trip to build a church in the Cayman Islands during his Christmas vacation. He met his lovely wife, Marianne, while serving as a student missionary teaching conversational English in Taiwan, ROC. Jeff and Marianne have two children. Kristie is a doctor doing her residency at Loma Linda University and Ryan graduated from Andrews University with a degree in computer science and recently returned from serving for a year at Taiwan Adventist International School in Taiwan, ROC.

Jeff taught in both public and Adventist schools before going into school administration. He has served in California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.  He earned his PhD in Leadership in Education Administration from Capella University in 2012.