Joo, Min Ho, Director
Dr. Min Ho Joo, PhD is the Assistant to the President for General Affairs, effective March 1, 2013. His job responsibilities are Director of Public Affairs and Religious Liberty(PARL); Coordinator of Adventist Laymen's Services and Industries(ASI); Coordinator of Library, Leadership Training, and Special Needs Ministries.
Dr. Joo's ministerial career began as a local church pastor, followed by various assignments that include Korean Union Conference(KUC) Associate Director of SS/PM, and Director of the 1000 Missionary Movement (1000MM) in the Philippinces.
Before he joined the NSD he served at the KUC Adventist Training Center as a business Manager. His main role was training church pastors. Dr. Joo holds a PhD in Missiology from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS).
The Religious Liberty Department was first organized in 1902, at the General Conference, the world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, PARL supports religious liberty internationally as one of the fundamental principles of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and as a God-given right.
NSD PARL(Public Affairs and Religious Liberty) represents the Northern Asia-Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on government issues. The General Conference PARL has an office at the United Nations, and hosts many diplomatic meetings to reinforce relations between church and different countries.
PARL also initiates and maintains open communication with religious leaders and government officials to strengthen better understanding and broaden knowledge about the Church's beliefs and principles.
The Department supports other international organizations which champion religious freedom, and gives strong promotion to the International Religious Liberty Association (IRLA) with chapters in many countries providing seminars and congresses around the world. PARL administrators survey legislation concerning religious freedom generated in other countries and communicate with those leaders, striving to prevent the passage of restrictive laws.
PARL advances the principle of religious freedom for every individual. Our offices are situated throughout the Seventh-day Adventist organization worldwide.