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Pastor R. Orlando PuleDirector Family, Men, and Singles Ministries
Robert Orlando Pule was born and raised in New Zealand. His family is a blend of Samoan and Tongan heritage, which are islands part of the Polynesian culture in the South Pacific.
Orlando felt the distinct call to ministry early on in high school and at the age of 16 he made plans to study theology after graduating. His parents had always emphasized the importance of serving Christ and sharing the gospel; the whole family sang in a music group called the ‘New Life Singers’ traveling in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Hawaii and Los Angeles with their music ministry.
Orlando pursued his Bachelor’s of Theology degree in Fiji (1993-1995) at Fulton College, and in Papua New Guinea (1996) at Pacific Adventist University. Upon completing his studies he was called by the Samoa Mission to under take four churches at the age of 20. Even though he did not know fully how to speak the Samoan language he still went having faith that God was going to work it out, and God did just that. For the next five years he pastored four churches in American Samoa under the South Pacific Division – Samoan Mission. During this time he was involved in diverse evangelistic meetings, working with our schools and growing the Adventist ministry. Although the ministry was thriving in American Samoa, Orlando wanted to continue his education and applied to take his Master’s of Divinity at Andrews University.
In December 2003 he received his Masters of Divinity from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Michigan. Upon his MDiv completion he joined the SDA Language Institute in South Korea as a missionary teaching English and Bible. Orlando was busy again conducting mission days at the institute, visiting other language institutes sharing Jesus while teaching English to both children and adults.
After 14 months of teaching and preaching in Korea, Orlando made the big move to Toronto. On July 3, 2005 Orlando married Elizabeth Rosete at the Willowdale SDA Church. His wife, Elizabeth Pule is the Youth Pastor of the Willowdale Seventh-day Adventist Church and on December 12, 2006, they welcomed their son Gabriel Ben Lavea Pule.
From the beginning of September 2005 Orlando has served as the Assistant Pastor of the Immanuel SDA Church. He has had the advantage of being exposed to a myriad of cultures and churches. This has enabled him to bring a unique ministry to the Immanuel church family. Orlando has dedicated much time to building the youth ministry at Immanuel, placing a heavy emphasis on leadership training for the leaders and small group ministry for the young people and teens.
The Immanuel church family is diverse in culture and tradition. Together with Pastor Gregory Arutyunyan (Senior Pastor of Immanuel SDA Church), Orlando has been a part of bridging the cultural barriers and introducing new methods to meet the needs of the community and grow the church family. Apart from regular preaching and committee meetings, Orlando is conducting regular teen and youth bible studies, gives premarital counseling, regularly visits infirm and hospitalized members and offers baptismal study to both adults and youth. Since September 2005, Pastor Antonio Bueno has been instrumental in mentoring Orlando through the different facets of ministry and acclimating him to the work in the Ontario Conference.
Since September of 2005, He has served in pastoral ministry around the GTA at the Immanuel Church, Willowdale Church and most recently at the Ottawa Seventh-day Adventist Church.
He is married to Pr Elizabeth Pule who both serve as Co-Directors at the Ontario Conference Overseeing ministries to Family, Singles, Men and Women. They have 3 Sons- Gabriel, Isaiah and Samuel who bring joy to our family.
He believes his life’s calling is not only to “BE” a Disciple of Christ but to also be a disciple maker in the urban context.
*Bio courtesy of Ontario Connect