GAiN Jamaica: “Connect and Share”

Guest Presenters

Here is an highlight of our highly-skilled presenters.

Williams Costa Jr.Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
Williams Costa Jr.Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
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Abel MarquezCommunication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Abel Márquez is a commissioned minister who has served the church from 1992 always in the area of communication. He has been media center director, designer and producer at union level and also has served as university professor, university department head and university communication director.

He has a master’s degree in corporate and institutional communication and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and graphic design.

From 2008 to June 2015 he served as Associate Communication Director for the Inter-American Division and at GC Session 2015 in San Antonio was elected as Communication Director.

He also manages Hope Channel Inter-America, the three TV official channels of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Abel MarquezCommunication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Abel Márquez is a commissioned minister who has served the church from 1992 always in the area of communication. He has been media center director, designer and producer at union level and also has served as university professor, university department head and university communication director.

He has a master’s degree in corporate and institutional communication and a bachelor’s degree in visual arts and graphic design.

From 2008 to June 2015 he served as Associate Communication Director for the Inter-American Division and at GC Session 2015 in San Antonio was elected as Communication Director.

He also manages Hope Channel Inter-America, the three TV official channels of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Libna StevensAssistant Communication Director, Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
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Sam NevesAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

After 11 years as a local church pastor, Sam Neves now serves as the Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sam coordinates the branding and digital evangelism strategy of the world church. He was born in Brazil but moved to England as a teenager, eventually completing a Masters degree in Theology with emphasis on Evangelism to post-moderns. Sam and Amy are parents to three very energetic boys in Silver Spring, MD, United States.

Sam NevesAssistant Communication Director, General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

After 11 years as a local church pastor, Sam Neves now serves as the Associate Director of Communication for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Sam coordinates the branding and digital evangelism strategy of the world church. He was born in Brazil but moved to England as a teenager, eventually completing a Masters degree in Theology with emphasis on Evangelism to post-moderns. Sam and Amy are parents to three very energetic boys in Silver Spring, MD, United States.

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Damian ChambersCommunication Director, Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Damian Chambers is an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He has served the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as Pastor and Conference Director for over 10 years. He has been serving as Communication Director of CJC since 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He is passionate about sharing the gospel using technology, writing and preaching. He is the author of the Basic Bible Doctrines Bible Study Guides, and the Special Study on the Righteousness of Christ (Study Guide), published by the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He hosted two devotional radio programmes and one lifestyle interview programme on behalf of CJC for a combined 4 years.
Pastor Chambers has completed several ministry software projects. Some of the major ones include a Desktop Application for Church Membership and Treasury Management that is used in CJC since 2013, the Content Management System (CMS) for the websites of the five Local Conferences in Jamaica and the Online Giving Website (https://give.centralja.org) for CJC.
Pastor Chambers holds a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology (2017) from the Inter-American Division Theological Seminary (IATS). He is also currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems (2020) from Northern Caribbean University (N.C.U) and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool Online (2018).
He is married to Roxanne Mckoy, a teacher by profession. They have two children, Jaheem Ricardo and Janae Avielle. In his leisure time, Pastor Chambers also enjoys Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Computer Programming, Football and Cricket.

Damian ChambersCommunication Director, Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Damian Chambers is an ordained pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist church. He has served the Central Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as Pastor and Conference Director for over 10 years. He has been serving as Communication Director of CJC since 2014 and re-elected in 2018. He is passionate about sharing the gospel using technology, writing and preaching. He is the author of the Basic Bible Doctrines Bible Study Guides, and the Special Study on the Righteousness of Christ (Study Guide), published by the Inter-American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. He hosted two devotional radio programmes and one lifestyle interview programme on behalf of CJC for a combined 4 years.
Pastor Chambers has completed several ministry software projects. Some of the major ones include a Desktop Application for Church Membership and Treasury Management that is used in CJC since 2013, the Content Management System (CMS) for the websites of the five Local Conferences in Jamaica and the Online Giving Website (https://give.centralja.org) for CJC.
Pastor Chambers holds a Master of Arts Degree in Pastoral Theology (2017) from the Inter-American Division Theological Seminary (IATS). He is also currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Systems (2020) from Northern Caribbean University (N.C.U) and completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering from the University of Liverpool Online (2018).
He is married to Roxanne Mckoy, a teacher by profession. They have two children, Jaheem Ricardo and Janae Avielle. In his leisure time, Pastor Chambers also enjoys Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis, Computer Programming, Football and Cricket.

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Trudi-Anne HoweAttorney
Trudi-Anne HoweAttorney
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Damion MitchellChair, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, NCU

Damion Mitchell was born and raised in the community of Coleyville, in Manchester. He attended Manchester High School, where he graduated in 1997. He later matriculated at the Northern Caribbean University and pursued a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Sciences. In 2009 he enrolled at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he pursued the Masters in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems with an emphasis in Information Assurance and Security from the Dakota State University. He is a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester. Damion is the recipient of national awards such as: Prime Minister’s Youth Award for International Excellence, Governor General Award for International Excellence, American Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. He has served for over 15 years in academia, and his driving force in life is: “with hard work and determination, you can achieve”. Damion currently serves as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, at Northern Caribbean University. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist at Waltham in Mandeville, Manchester. His hobbies include working with computers, playing badminton, reading, singing, preaching, and playing the keyboard. He is married to Syrie (Sir-I) Mitchell, and the union has produced one daughter, Zoie Jenesis Mitchell.

Damion MitchellChair, Department of Computer & Information Sciences, NCU

Damion Mitchell was born and raised in the community of Coleyville, in Manchester. He attended Manchester High School, where he graduated in 1997. He later matriculated at the Northern Caribbean University and pursued a Bachelors of Science in Computer Information Sciences. In 2009 he enrolled at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, where he pursued the Masters in Computer Science. He is currently pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems with an emphasis in Information Assurance and Security from the Dakota State University. He is a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of Manchester. Damion is the recipient of national awards such as: Prime Minister’s Youth Award for International Excellence, Governor General Award for International Excellence, American Chamber of Commerce, to name a few. He has served for over 15 years in academia, and his driving force in life is: “with hard work and determination, you can achieve”. Damion currently serves as Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer & Information Sciences, at Northern Caribbean University. In addition to his professional duties, he currently serves as the First Elder of the Seventh-day Adventist at Waltham in Mandeville, Manchester. His hobbies include working with computers, playing badminton, reading, singing, preaching, and playing the keyboard. He is married to Syrie (Sir-I) Mitchell, and the union has produced one daughter, Zoie Jenesis Mitchell.

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David MartinTeacher of Graphic Arts and Animation

National Centre of Training and Innovation in St Vincent and the Grenadines

David MartinTeacher of Graphic Arts and Animation

National Centre of Training and Innovation in St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Senator Floyd MorrisLecturer, Disability Advocate and Motivational Speaker
Senator Floyd MorrisLecturer, Disability Advocate and Motivational Speaker
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Justine CollinsAttorney-at-law, Hart Muirhead Fata

Justine Collins is an Attorney-at-law, who is an Associate at Hart Muirhead Fatta.

Ms. Collins was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2016, after having completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Ms. Collins is also the holder of a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial and Corporate Law with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London. While she was a Research Assistant at Queen Mary, she conducted research into applications of Blockchain technology beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She has an avid interest in technology law, with a research focus on blockchain applications, computer law, financial technology (Fintech) and E-commerce law. Ms. Collins is a member of the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance and also has a certificate in Fintech Law and Policy from Duke University.

Ms. Collins has published articles for the International Journal of Law and Information Technology; the Social Science Research Network (ssrn.com); and the Jambar Journal. She has presented at the 14th Annual Regional Investments & Capital Markets Conference of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; Annual Conference of the Jamaican Bar Association; the 2nd Annual Conference of the Barbados Bar Association; the 4th Annual Mona Law Symposium at the University of the West Indies; and seminars of the General Legal Council of Jamaica. In addition, Ms. Collins has presented submissions on the Data Protection Bill to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
Ms. Collins is a member of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Sub-Committee and the Commercial Law Sub-Committee of Bar Association of Jamaica.

Justine CollinsAttorney-at-law, Hart Muirhead Fata

Justine Collins is an Attorney-at-law, who is an Associate at Hart Muirhead Fatta.

Ms. Collins was called to the Bar in Jamaica in 2016, after having completed her studies at the Norman Manley Law School. She received a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) with honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.

Ms. Collins is also the holder of a Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial and Corporate Law with Distinction from Queen Mary, University of London. While she was a Research Assistant at Queen Mary, she conducted research into applications of Blockchain technology beyond Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. She has an avid interest in technology law, with a research focus on blockchain applications, computer law, financial technology (Fintech) and E-commerce law. Ms. Collins is a member of the Caribbean Blockchain Alliance and also has a certificate in Fintech Law and Policy from Duke University.

Ms. Collins has published articles for the International Journal of Law and Information Technology; the Social Science Research Network (ssrn.com); and the Jambar Journal. She has presented at the 14th Annual Regional Investments & Capital Markets Conference of the Jamaica Stock Exchange; Annual Conference of the Jamaican Bar Association; the 2nd Annual Conference of the Barbados Bar Association; the 4th Annual Mona Law Symposium at the University of the West Indies; and seminars of the General Legal Council of Jamaica. In addition, Ms. Collins has presented submissions on the Data Protection Bill to the Joint Select Committee of Parliament.
Ms. Collins is a member of the Telecommunications, Broadcasting and Technology Sub-Committee and the Commercial Law Sub-Committee of Bar Association of Jamaica.

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Topics

Here are some of the topics that will be covered during the Conference

Adventist Global Identity
Animation
Cinematography
Copyright and Defamation
Crisis Management
Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Technology
Cyber Security
Digital marketing
New Technologies in Medicine
News Summit
News Writing
Photo Journalism
Robotics and artificial intelligence
Social media and the gospel
Social Media vs Main Stream Media
Website Development and Maintenance

FAQ

Frequently asked questions about this event.

  • What is GAiN?
    Global Adventist Internet Network (GAiN) is a conference of the Seventh-day Adventist World Church designed to foster the use of technology, media and the internet to help in the outreach mission of the Church. Through annual, worldwide events, GAiN seeks to educate and train communication and technology professionals in finding new ways to reach their communities. It is a conference for people who work in communication, media and technology both professionally and in their churches.
  • Who should attend?
    Seventh-day Adventist communication and media practitioners and technology enthusiasts.

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