GC Children's Ministries Department

Linda Mei Lin Koh, Ed.D.


Linda was born and raised in Singapore. Prior to her appointment to the General Conference Children’s Ministries Department, Linda served for nine years as director of Children’s, Family, and Women’s Ministries of the Southern Asia Pacific Division, based in the Philippines. She obtained her Doctor of Education degree in Educational Psychology and Counseling from Andrews University, Michigan, USA, and has 24 years of teaching experience behind her, ranging from elementary to the college level.
She is happily married to Oliver Koh, former Associate Education Director of the Southern Asia Pacific Division. They have two grown sons, Terrence and Marvin, and five grandchildren. She enjoys working with children and people from all walks of life. She has served as a resource person for the Singapore government, giving talks and conducting seminars on child development, parenting, and family life relationships.

She enjoys writing and has co-authored the book, God Loves Me 28 Ways with Charles Mills. She has also contributed numerous articles for several magazines in Singapore, such as Motherhood, Teens, and Families Today. She also writes for the Adventist Review, Adventist World, Elder’s Digest, Vibrant Life, Kids Ministry Ideas, and other church publications.

Saustin Sampson Mfune

Associate Director

A native of Malawi, Saustin comes to the Children’s Ministries Department with great experience. Prior to his appointment to the General Conference, Saustin has served the church in different capacities; as the President of Malawi, Lecturer at Solusi College, Head of Theology Department, pastor, departmental director on the conference and division levels in children’s and youth ministries, chaplaincy, and Sabbath School.

Saustin obtained his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Andrews University, Michigan, USA. He has great musical abilities and enjoys working with children. Thus, he enjoys composing songs and writing musical dramas for children, and working with children’s choirs. He has authored three books, Parenting for Heaven, 111 Tips for Raising Godly Kids, and African Adventure Stories Vol. 1-2; and has also written for the Ministry Magazine as well as for local newspapers in Malawi.

He is married to Gertrude who holds a Masters degree in Family Consumer Sciences (Food and Nutrition). They have two grown up sons, Dumisani and Dingani, who live in Malawi, and two adopted children who live with them in the United States. The joy of their life right now is their granddaughter, Shaneequa.

Tanya Muganda

Administrative Assistant

Tanya serves as the administrative assistant at the General Conference Children’s Ministries Department. Her passion for children led her to work for this department. Before coming to GC Children’s Ministries, she worked at the North American Division in the Retirement department. She obtained her B.A. degree in Religion and Pre-Law from Washington Adventist University.

In 2014, she received her Masters in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel University.

Tanya feels that God has led her to the Children’s Ministries department for a great purpose and hopes to bring a young and fresh perspective in this area of ministry. She hopes to use her gifts and training to serve the children in our church.

Our History

While it is true that Children’s Ministries did not become a full fledged department of the General Conference until 1995, the Seventh-day Adventist Church had long recognized the importance of ministering to children even back in the 1800’s.

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Our Philosophy

While Sabbath School provides for religious education once a week, Children’s Ministries looks at the whole child and seeks to provide multiple ministries that will lead children to Jesus and disciple them in their daily walk with Him.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Children’s Ministries Department is to nurture children into a loving, serving relationship with Jesus.

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