Our Possibility Ministries Office Team

Ernesto “Douglas” Venn

Ernesto “Douglas” Venn currently serves as the Assistant to the President for Adventist Possibility Ministries (APM). Pastor Doug is married to his “forever bride” Dawn Jacobson-Venn, and they have two children. Prior to this role he served as the Director of the Global Mission Urban Center and coordinated the “Mission to the Cities Initiative”. His formal education includes a bachelor’s degree in theology with a minor in business administration from Walla Walla University, and MDiv from Andrews University. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Missiology from Andrews University. For the past thirty-two years, Pastor Venn has uplifted Christ by mentoring teams to start new groups of believers in the cities around the world using comprehensive health ministry, and urban centers of influence. He is the host for an urban mission reality TV show called “I Want This City” filmed in 2010 aired on 3ABN / Hope Channel.

In this role, Pastor Venn seeks to bring Awareness, Acceptance, and Action (3 A’s), to the Adventist Church, of God’s calling and gifting of all persons who have possibilities! This global initiative of the Seventh-day Adventist Church encompasses ministry for and with those with different abilities, such as the Deaf community and others with hearing impairments, individuals who experience blindness or low vision, orphans and vulnerable children, and those with mental health / learning disabilities and mobility challenges. It also seeks to provide support for caregivers of these groups. The motto for this initiative is “All are gifted, needed, and treasured!” Each one can do their part to make disciples and share the Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14:6-12 to the 1.3 billion people in these groups, many of whom are unreached by the last day message of hope as shared by the Adventist Church.

Jeffrey Jordan

Pastor Jeff is the Deaf Pastor of Southern Deaf Fellowship near Collegedale, Tennessee. He was born deaf from an unknown cause, and American Sign Language (ASL) is his first language. He received his M.Div. degree from Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in 1996. In 2016, Jeff was appointed to serve as the Associate Coordinator for Deaf Ministry for the General Conference while he continues to pastor full time in the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. Jeff is married to Melissa, who interprets for “It Is Written” and “Every Word in ASL”, and they have four sons.

Colin Preston

Colin is the Community Manager for Hope Channel-Deaf on Amara, a web-based platform for creating subtitles,
and is also the webmaster for the Adventist Possibility Ministries website. He is a native of South Africa, born in East London.

He earned a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and later also earned a Systems Analyst degree from the River Plate Adventist University.

He has worked for the Voice of Prophecy Bible Correspondence School in Cape Town, South Africa, providing IT support and maintaining their website. Colin is married to Noelle, who is completing her medical studies.

Micheline Barbe

Micheline comes from the beautiful Island of Mauritius. On July 1, 2018, her family moved to Maryland where her husband serves as associate director for the Stewardship Ministries. In 2019 she started as an administrative assistant in the Presidential office. Prior to this assignment, Micheline worked as an administrative assistant in the private corporate world in Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean Union Conference, Madagascar and also in the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division (SID), South Africa.

Micheline is compassionate and seizes every opportunity to serve God through serving others.