What is ACF?
Adventist Christian Fellowship (ACF) is the official organization of the Ontario Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church for Public Campus Ministries on non-Adventist college and university campuses. This ministry is hosted within the Youth Ministries Department and has 12 chapters across Ontario. Within the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists, including the US, Canada, Bermuda and Guam, ACF is a network of over one hundred chapters!
Who Are We?
This is a ministry led by students, made up of students and is for students. Our focus is to create safe and vibrant community on secular campuses across Ontario in order to be witnesses of Jesus and reflections of His infinite love & flawless character! The college & university years are a time of transition. Students are expected to achieve independence and maturity. They make friends, develop skills and form values that shape the rest of their lives. Developing a faith in God that is vibrant and personal is an important part of this journey.
Not only is ACF a safe community, but it is a mission field. We can be the hands, heart and feet for Jesus on our public campuses in a tangible way. If we make Jesus known on our campuses in a manner that is palpable and experiential, then non-Adventist students will know Jesus, embrace His mission, get baptized and carry back that everlasting hope to their village, town, city and or community all over the world. This is front line mission work and helps us to advance the work of preaching the gospel to all the world.
For these reasons and many more, ACF serves as a place of connection—connection with others of similar & different beliefs, connection with God, and connection with a loving community.
Reach The Campus, Change The World!
Build Christian fellowship chapters on non-Adventist campuses that honour God and nurture the spiritual lives of students.
Engage students in the mission of the Church through relational evangelism and Christ-like student fellowships.
Empower local ACF chapters, churches and sponsors through pastoral support, professional training and access to resources.
There is an executive team in place to lead, manage and actualize the goals of the ministry while working with local chapters & students to fulfill their needs. Each of the team members have a burden for this ministry, love the Lord and have a passion to serve Christ with all their heart!
Chris CardozaAssociate Co-Chair
Leshona LennardAssociate Co-Chair
Evans Mosomi JrAssociate Co-Chair
Pamela OngAssociate Co-Chair
Pastor John ScottYouth Ministries Director
Pastor In Pyo HongAssociate Youth Ministries Director
Pastor Richard RoschmanChaplain
President's Council 2023/2024
The President's Council is comprised of the leaders of the different ACF chapters across Ontario. They meet on a monthly basis to discuss chapter needs, issues and upcoming events while also guiding the executive committee on planning conference-wide events and implementing the vision and goals of the ministry.
The Building Blocks of ACF
The Biblical philosophy for this ministry is delineated with ten essentials. The first four essentials form the foundation, and are therefore given more explanation. The last six essentials build on the first four to provide a framework for programming and activity.
It is essential that ministry with college students be built on and centered in Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God . . . . and the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:1, 14). Every relationship as well as all programming and activities should be created and evaluated by the presence of Jesus in them. While this is true for all ministries, it is particularly important for this ministry because college students are in the process of forming foundational views on life and they need to learn of Jesus, the foundation of all true faith. All doctrines are meaningless to someone who does not first know or believe the Gospel of Christ.
It is essential that ministry with college students be designed to foster friendship. Just as Christ came to be with us, “the Word became flesh,” so we could learn about the Father, so we must be with others so they too can learn of Him. Jesus said in John 17:10 of all disciples, “My life is on display in them.” The presence of older members in the lives of young Adventists is vital to spiritual development. A network of Christian friendship among peers provides support and accountability. People are won to Christ best through unconditional friendships. This ministry is about investing in meaningful relationships.
Come It is essential that ministry with college students have an active Christian community for support and spiritual accountability. Friendships expand to become community. Jesus extended a very simple invitation when calling His disciples. He simply said, “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:18). He then spent the next three years creating a community out of a very diverse group of people who ultimately took on the role of revealing God’s plan of salvation through Christ to the world. Community is a transparent witness for Christ. We are called to worship in community and to serve our world in community. When we include others in our group we are inviting them into the community of Jesus as a tangible witness of His kingdom. “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name,” Jesus said, “there I am among them” (Matthew 18:20).
It is essential that ministry with college students challenges them to serve, to lead and to share. Jesus said, “Because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I have been doing” (John 14:12, Message). It is out of community centered in Christ that we are sent. God never sends us out alone, but He has sent us. The Holy Spirit and collective prayers of our communities are always with us and while it is never our job to convert people, we are given the privilege of bringing Christ’s restorative power to our world. Often God’s love is revealed even without His name being spoken, through a listening ear or healing touch. Other times the command to go means that we proclaim with confidence our living Lord.
It is essential that ministry with college students partners with others for Christ’s mission in their lives, on their campus and in the world. “I thank my God,” Paul said, “because of your partnership in the gospel” (Philippians 1:4, 5).
It is essential that ministry with college students creates dynamic ministries for a diverse, constantly changing world. “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’” (Revelation 21:5).
It is essential that ministry with college students includes sharing the gift of the story of salvation in Jesus. “Freely you have received,” Jesus said, “freely give” (Matthew 10:8).
It is essential that ministry with college students includes components that help young men and women know Christ so fully that they are able to share the Gospel with humble confidence. “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God,” John wrote to his fellow believers, “so that you may know that you have eternal life” (I John 5:13).
It is essential that ministry with college students is able to communicate Christ in the context of today’s culture. When he wrote, “Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2), Paul reminded the Corinthian believers of the urgency of receiving the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ today.
It is essential that ministry with college students honors the inclusive invitation of Jesus with activities and programs that convey a welcoming attitude for all. “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people” (Titus 2:11).
Our Fundamental Beliefs
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians. Currently, Seventh-day Adventists hold 28 fundamental beliefs that can be organized into six categories—the doctrines of God, man, salvation, the church, the Christian life and last day events. In each teaching, God is the architect, who in wisdom, grace and infinite love, is restoring a relationship with humanity that will last for eternity. If you click on any our beliefs, you'll be brought to a page that further explains that Fundamental Belief.