New associate general secretary for SPD
Wahroonga, New South Wales
Dr Danijela Schubert was appointed on Tuesday as the associate general secretary of the South Pacific Division (SPD).
Dr Schubert replaces Dr Brad Kemp in the administrative role. Dr Kemp has been called to be president of the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference.
Originally from Croatia, Dr Schubert began her career in education. She then went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Health Ministry, another in Theology and most recently her doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, US.
“I have been amazed at what assignments God asked me to do,” said Dr Schubert. “And by His grace and power, I was able to do them well. So I trust this will continue now too.”
Dr Schubert lived and served in a number of countries, including Pakistan and Papua New Guinea. In Pakistan she was head of the religion department of Pakistan Adventist Seminary from 1998-2001 and headmistress of Pakistan Adventist Elementary School in 2001. In Papua New Guinea she was a lecturer in the school of theology at Pacific Adventist University, from 2002 to 2010, when she became special assistant to the president of the SPD, Dr Barry Oliver.
Dr Danijela Schubert poses for a photo with Pacific Adventist University students.
“I am delighted that Dr Danijela Schubert has been appointed to the position,” said Dr Oliver. “This is a particularly critical and influential role in the life of the Church and Danijela brings a depth of experience and knowledge to the role which will well equip her to fulfill her responsibilities. I have been personally blessed by her service and ministry as she has been serving as the special assistant to the president and look forward to ongoing close working relationship as she takes her place among the senior leadership team for the South Pacific Division.”
Dr Schubert is fluent in Croatian and English but understands and speaks Urdu, Tok Pisin, French and Italian.
Her husband, Dr Branimir Schubert, is leadership and professional development manager at the SPD. They have two adult children.
*Click here to watch the RECORD InDepth interview with Dr Danijela Schubert.