Staffing changes and new employees appointed to the editorial department of Adventist Media (AM) will help to improve the quality and efficiency of print publications and digital communications in the South Pacific Division.
Danelle Stothers has joined the AM team as a part-time assistant editor for Adventist Record, alongside new Signs of the Times associate editor Jesse Herford.
“We are very happy to have both Danelle and Jesse join the team. By the end of 2021 we were two team members down, so to have a full team this year is exciting,” said managing editor Jarrod Stackelroth.
Mrs Stothers will replace Maryellen Hacko, who held the role for two years. “Maryellen was a wonderful team member and we’re sad to see her go, but we wish her all the best as she pursues her passion for illustration,” said Mr Stackelroth.
Before joining Adventist Media, Mrs Stothers worked as the marketing and communications coordinator for a national veterinary group in New Zealand, looking after the marketing function for 18 vet clinics across the country.
“I also had a period of maternity leave between these roles after the birth of my daughter, Lacey,” said Mrs Stothers.
Born and raised in Sydney, she and her family recently returned to her hometown after her husband, Pastor Joshua Stothers, was appointed Castle Hill Adventist Church associate pastor. They lived in New Zealand for five years where Pastor Stothers served in pastoral ministry in the Manawatu and Waikato regions.
“I am excited about working with the Record team and all the great things that I can learn in this position, as well as getting back into the social media space,” Mrs Stothers said.
While Mrs Stothers will be working more closely with Record, Pastor Herford joins the editorial team in a new full-time role focusing on the Signs of the Times ministry.
“With Jesse’s background in ministry, we’re hoping to take Signs magazine’s ministry component to a new level this year. Signs has always been a wonderful evangelism tool and having Jesse on board will really help us,” said Mr Stackelroth.
Originally from the Southern Highlands (NSW), he returned to Australia after working in pastoral ministry in New Zealand for the past six years in local church ministry and school chaplaincy.
“I loved serving the Church and living in New Zealand. We will in particular always treasure our Kiwi family in Palmerston North, ” Pastor Herford said.
Switching from pastoral ministry to media outreach, he’s looking forward to serving the Church in a new way. “I’ve always had an interest in media and writing, and to be able to use that to glorify God is an exciting prospect for me,” he added.