About Us


John Mathews is an ordained minister who as a boy dreamed of becoming a country music singer. He has pastored in Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, and Nebraska. Currently, he serves as stewardship director for the North American Division and travels within Bermuda, Canada, U. S. and Guam-Micronesia.

John is a graduate of Southern Adventist University and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Andrews University. He maintains the following certifications: North American Division Stewardship Certification, Certified Stewardship Professional; (CSP) from Christian Leadership Alliance, North American Division Planned Giving and Trust Service Certification, and Certified Specialist in Planned Giving (CSPG) California State University.

His passion is teaching stewardship principles, especially as they relate to the spirituality of money management in postmodern culture.

John is married to Janice Schram Mathews, MSN, a Nurse Practitioner. They have one married daughter, Angela, and are proud grandparents. He enjoys hiking, running, playing the guitar, singing country gospel concerts, and sleeping late in the morning.

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bonita Shields (associate DIRECTOR)

Bonita ShieldsBonita Shields joined North American Division Stewardship Ministries on February 21, 2016. She has served as a local church pastor, assistant editor of the Adventist Review  and  Adventist World  magazines, assistant director of discipleship in the Sabbath School and Personal Ministries Department of the General Conference, and as an editor of several Sabbath School publications. Most recently, she served as editor of the Collegiate Quarterly for the world church. 
Pastor Shields brings with her experience in speaking and training in local churches, camp meetings, women's retreats, and in the world field. Her unique perspective on stewardship will be very helpful in developing practical skills for daily living. She received her undergraduate degree in theology from Columbia Union College (now known as Washington Adventist University) and her master’s in pastoral ministry from Andrews University.
She enjoys reading, writing, and taking walks with her husband Roy of 32 years. She plays racquetball (when she can find a court and a willing partner), creates culinary "experiments," and, along with her sanguine husband enjoys opening up their home to family and friends to celebrate life together.