During the last two and a half decades, Eduard and Sonia Schmidt have worked for the North American Division Evangelism Institute at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary developing and teaching Master’s and Doctoral level classes in the areas of equipping and mobilizing people for evangelistic ministry, strategic church growth, personal and friendship evangelism, and pastoral ministries. During this period, they have been involved with mentoring students in visitation and gaining decisions for Christ. As they conduct reaping series and visit those who attend, they find their greatest joy in helping people experience the fullness of salvation in Christ and sharing with them practical ways to live the distinctive Adventist message of hope and wholeness. Their passion is to equip church members to become disciples who live up to their full, God-given potential by ministering to the community and the church. They have been invited to many church and conference gatherings in the NAD and abroad to equip members in strategic planning for growth, mobilizing for evangelistic ministry, personal evangelism, and pastoral ministries. Dr. Schmidt also serves as a consultant for church revitalization and Natural Church Development.
Eduard Schmidt was born in Argentina and at an early age his family moved to the United States where he was raised. He returned to Argentina to study and graduated from River Plate College with a BA in Theology. He also holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before joining the Evangelism Institute as an Associate Director in 1993, he and Sonia worked and ministered in the Southwestern United States.
Today Dr. Schmidt serves as the Director of the NAD Evangelism Institute and Theological Field Education Program. He also oversees the Equipping University, a certificate program that allows church members to participate in a variety of the most comprehensive and practical seminary courses, presented directly to local conferences and churches.