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The Seventh-day Adventist headquarters in South America appoints foundation directors

The Seventh-day Adventist headquarters in South America appoints foundation directors

The leaders were appointed to administrative roles at the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in South America and at one of its institutions (Photo: Gustavo Layton)

On Sunday, May 5, the South American Seventh-day Adventist Branch Appointments Committee, formed by members of the General Steering Committee, approved the directors of a new health foundation and the associate financial director for the church’s office in eight countries.

With the retirement of Rev. Marlon Lopez, who served as CFO of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, Rev. Edson Medeiros, then CFO of the church. Brazilian Publishing House (CPB)It has been recommended to take this position.

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Voted directors of Adventist Health, a recently established Adventist organization in South America that was created through the restructuring of health plans, hospitals, clinics and healthy living centers.

Rev. Gilne Abreu, who until then had been the CFO of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the state of São Paulo, was chosen as general director. He was born in Rio Grande City, Rio Grande do Sul, and earned a degree in accounting and religious studies. After graduating in Business Administration, he obtained an MBA in Finance, Control and Auditing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and an MBA in Leadership and Innovation from the same institution.

He began his work in 1997 at Associação Sul-Rio-grandense, one of the administrative headquarters of the Church in part of Rio Grande do Sul, where he was an accounting assistant. Later, he became an accountant at the Instituto Adventista Cruzeiro do Sul (IACS). He served as Assistant Treasurer of the Associação Sul-Paranaense and in 2006 was appointed Finance Director of the Associação Sul-Paranaense. New Time Communications Network. Two and a half years later, he was selected as assistant financial director for the South American Adventist branch. In 2017, he was appointed CFO of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Midwestern states. In 2021, he took over the financial management of the church in the state of São Paulo. He is married to Melania Abreu and has two children: Guilherme and Matias.

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Also for Adventist Health, Anderson Erthal has been named CFO. He has served as Assistant CFO of the South American Seventh-day Adventist Chapter since 2021. Born in Cambara, Paraná, he holds a degree in accounting and a graduate degree in finance. He began his career in the service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1996 as an accountant at the Associação Sul-Rio-grandense, where he remained until 1999, the year in which he was transferred to the Instituto Adventista Cruzeiro do Sul (IACS) to occupy the position. Same role.

In 2001 he returned to Associação Sul-Rio-grandense. At the beginning of 2004 it was transferred to União Sul Brasileira, headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. observerWhere he later also worked as a financial assistant.

In 2009, he accepted the invitation to take over the financial management of Rede Novo Tempo de Comunicação. In early 2015, he moved to Brasilia to serve as Assistant CFO for the South American Seventh-day Adventist Chapter. In the same year he was appointed financial director of the Associação Planalto Central, the sect’s administrative office in Brasilia and its surrounding areas. In 2021, he returned to the South American headquarters as Assistant CFO, where he remains to date. He is married to Luciana Erthal and has a daughter named Anna Erthal.

To fill the role left by Andersson Erthal, accountant Martim Distler has been appointed. He graduated in Accounting Sciences from Centro Universitário Unieuro, and received his MBA in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV).

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He began his work in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in November 2000 at the Rio Grande do Sul Assembly as Bill Collector and Treasurer in the Ministry of Education. In 2002 he began working as a cashier and accountant at the Seventh-day Adventist headquarters in South America. In 2009 he joined the team at Associação Mato-Grossense, office of the Mato Grosso congregation, as Religious Assistant and Educational Assistant. In 2011, he worked as a teaching assistant at Associação Planalto Central, the headquarters of the church in Brasilia and its surroundings.

In 2016, he took on the same role in the Brazilian Central and West Union, which serves several states in this region. In April 2017, he was appointed CFO of the Instituto Adventista Paranaense, now known as Faculdade Adventista do Paraná (FAP). In March 2021, he was selected as CFO of the Rio Grande do Sul Association, and in November 2023 he assumed the position of CFO of the Instituto Adventista de Jubilação e Assistência (IAJA). He is married to Thiel Alvis Distler, and has three children: Thisy, Melina, and Matthews.


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