Meet our Administration Team






Ray Hartwell, President


Growing up in an Adventist family in a small town in Florida, Ray was blessed to attend a Seventh-day Adventist church school through grade 10, and fully participated in all the Pathfinder activities as long as he could. Graduating from Forest Lake Academy near Orlando, FL, Ray then participated in a 15 month-long young adult mission program in Northern Florida, giving Bible studies, assisting in an evangelistic meeting, helping to plant and construct a new church, and supporting local church ministries such as the church school and the Pathfinder club. After graduating from Southern Missionary College (now Southern Adventist University) and marrying his wife Jeanne, Ray was called to provide pastoral leadership in Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, and South Carolina before coming to Pennsylvania.

Ray and Jeanne enjoy nurturing plants and fruit trees in their yard, early morning walks together with their Westie, kayaking, motorcycle jaunts and serving the Lord together in ministry.  The joy of their life is their two adult children.

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Will Peterson, Vice President of Mission
and 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 over a year of marriage and shortly after Darlene graduated from Slippery Rock University with an Elementary and Special Education Degree, Will and Darlene and 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 Degree program.  After graduation they served twelve years as a Pastor-Teacher team in the Gulf States Conference;  Six years in Alabama and six years in Mississippi.   There were three church schools between the two districts and Darlene taught at each one while at the same time earning her Masters in Education Degree. 

They moved to 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 is a Major in the United States Army.  Richard 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.

Will Peterson, Vice President of Mission
and Administration




Jeff Bovee, Vice President of Education


Jeff grew up on the campus of an Adventist boarding academy in southern Oregon.  He is the youngest of four boys.  He is blessed to be born in to an Adventist family that believed strongly in Adventist Education.  His parents relocated the family to the campus of and Adventist academy so that they could afford for all four boys to receive and Adventist education through twelve 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 the Primary Sabbath School lesson 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. He met his lovely wife, Marianne, while serving as a student missionary teaching conversational English in Taiwan R.O.C.   Jeff and Marianne have two children.  Kristie is a medical student at Loma Linda School of Medicine and Ryan is a student at Andrews University.

Jeff taught in both public and Adventist schools before going into school administration.  He has served in California, Oregon, Washington, Ohio and Pennsylvania.



Ron Christman, Treasurer


Ron was raised by missionary parents in South America as one of four boys.  His family became known for its family “orchestra” with Ron playing the violin, viola and trombone.  His first introduction to the world of finance was practicing his instruments for 5 cents an hour.  Later, he and his brothers sold church outreach magazines on the streets of Porto Alegre, Brazil.  When he moved to Lima, Peru, he and his brothers would buy bows, arrows and other native indian artifacts and sell them to tourist shops in Lima.  As a youth, Ron witnessed the power of the Gospel by visiting whole villages converted and changed by the Gospel.

Ron pursued both his love for the Gospel and business in his training and has a Master’s in Religion, an MBA and a CPA.  Ron is married to Joyce Pierce and has two sons that work for the Adventist Church.  He has served as a pastor in Texas and Kentucky, a business manager and an auditor for the General Conference Auditing Service. 





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