ADRA Appoints Annetta Gibson as New Vice President for Finance

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has announced the appointment of Dr. Annetta “Ann” Gibson as vice president for finance. Dr. Gibson began her appointment, effective December 4. Dr. Gibson steps into the role previously held by Michael Kruger who now serves as president of ADRA.

“Ann is a widely respected leader and we’re pleased to welcome her to ADRA as our newest executive team member,” says Ella Simmons, board vice chair and general vice president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the world headquarters of the Adventist church. “She has extensive experience with ADRA and across various business and finance sectors. Her extraordinary commitment to stewardship and financial expertise, coupled with a forward-thinking approach, makes her an ideal person for this important leadership role and will certainly benefit ADRA as the network continues to serve the global community.”

“I’m humbled and honored to join ADRA’s senior leadership team,” says Dr. Annetta Gibson. “ADRA has a long history being a leading humanitarian agency in the world, and I believe ADRA’s potential to grow is tremendous, given the already talented and passionate staff I have worked with and met. I look forward to working with leadership to build upon ADRA’s financial foundation that has been established by our predecessors.”

About Dr. Annetta Gibson

Prior to joining ADRA, Dr. Gibson was employed at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as the assistant to the treasurer and served on ADRA’s board since 2005. She previously held considerable financial positions as: dean of the School of Business at Andrews University; chair of the department of accounting, economics, and finance, also at Andrews; a university professor; auditor; certified public accountant; and, in other finance-related roles.

She has also been published in the Journal of Business, Ethics, Issues in Accounting Education, the Journal of Adventist Education, the Journal of Applied Christian Leadership, and many others. Additionally, she has presented at national and international business- and finance-related conferences and was honored the Siegfried H. Horn Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship in 2016, the J.N. Andrews Medallion in 2007, named among Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 1996, and awarded for other notable mentions. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Society of CPAs.

Dr. Gibson earned a PhD in accounting from Washington State University and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Andrews University and a bachelor’s degree in Business from Walla Walla University.


The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the globe by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. For more information, visit

This article was written by Kimi-Roux James and originally appeared on the ADRA website.

Photo courtesy of ADRA.

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Wonderful! Much success in your new position. :slight_smile:

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Although I might have missed it, I think that this otherwise excellent article does not mention that Doctor Gibson spent one of her sabbaticals from Andrews University at the Loma Linda University Center for Christian Bioethics doing research for a book on business ethics. She and her co-author Daniel Augsburg, a longtime specialist in modern languages and Christian history and theology at Andrews University, have since published it as “Honorable Business: Business Ethics from a Christian Perspective” (Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2019). It has 294 pages and weighs 1.24 pounds. My wife and I saw her and her husband the same month it was published, January of this year, at the annual meetings of the Society of Christian Ethics which had convened at Louisville, Kentucky. As the above photograph conveys, she is as joyful as she is smart, so much so that one feels better about one’s own life after interacting with her.


Thank you for the reminder about Dr. Gibson’s new book, @davidrlarson. Spectrum interviews editor Alita Byrd recently did an interview with Dr. Gibson about the book. Here’s the link for anyone who’s interested:

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I suspect that she will have her hands full with all the chaos that is overflowing in the world.

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This is a fine interview. I hope that she gets to write her book on Adventism’s financial issues from 1888 - 1905. Thank you!


“Chaos” in the world is always around…:grin: She seems to be qualified to handle it.

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