Local Adventist Church Elder Appointed to Papua New Guinea Government


In dedication service, church leaders ask appointee Samuel to “lead in the fear of God.”

Koney Samuel, an associate senior church elder at Gordons Seventh-day Adventist Church in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG), has been appointed by the PNG government as acting secretary for the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.

Before his appointment as secretary, Samuel completed his master’s degree in public administration and is currently the longest-serving officer in the planning department. A native of the Roma village in Maprik, East Sepik, Samuel, along with his wife, Nancy, and their three daughters, has been active in building the village’s local church, pastor’s house, and other projects, as well as efforts in Gordons, where they now reside.


  • Martin Sungu (far right) shares a devotional thought at a special dedication service in Koney Samuel’s new office. [Photo: Adventist Record]
  • Rex Koi (second from left) offers the dedicatory prayer over Koney Samuel (center) and his staff. [Photo: Adventist Record]

Before taking his new seat, Samuel invited Central Papua Conference secretary Rex Koi, stewardship director Fred Malawae, Gordons Seventh-day Adventist Church pastor Wali Kapi, and ADRA planning director Darren Yori to lead out in a special dedication service for his office. Also present was Sepik Mission secretary Martin Sungu, who flew in from Wewak.

“God has called you, Koney Samuel, and it’s time to lead in the fear of God!”

Reading from the book Pastoral Ministry by Ellen White, Sungu reminded Samuel and his staff of the importance of “not building walls” to separate them, as believers, from a dying world.

“We should not hide our Bibles under the office table and lead this nation according to our own wisdom,” he said. “God has called you, Koney Samuel, and it’s time to lead in the fear of God!”


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