Hartland welcomes Ferdi Sastropawiro to the College Education Department. Ferdi, Karina, Daniella (age 7), and Diego (age 4).
What did you do before coming to work at Hartland?
I was the Bible worker for the Rocky Mount SDA Church and the wellness coach for the Rocky Mount Lifestyle Health Center here in Virginia. Before that I taught in Adventist academies in the Texico, Oklahoma, Nevada-Utah, and Northern New England Conferences.
How did God lead your family to Hartland?
We enountered Hartland for the first time when the Three Angels’ Chorale came to minister to the Rocky Mount Church through songs and testimonies. We began attending Hartland’s convocations, and these visits were the beginning of God’s leading for our move. When I received an email from Cody Francis asking me to consider the education advisor position, the Lord reminded me of a time when I had previously felt God’s calling to work in a college setting. Now He was more fully making His plan known to me. The Lord opened doors, and my family answered the call.
Describe your duties.
I serve as academic advisor for the Education Department, providing educational and spiritual guidance to our education majors by planning schedules, recommending courses, and determining appropriate education solutions for different types of students. I am also the principal at Hartland Day Academy.
What is your vision for the Education Department?
The choice to be a teacher in the Lord’s work is life-changing. By God’s grace, our education program will provide the highest preparation for our students by pointing them to the words, the life, and the methods of the Prince of Teachers. When they complete the program, they will have a strong desire to lead students to Jesus, be enthusiastic and well versed in classroom management, lead strong academics and positive interactions with students, and have experience working with students in lower to upper grades. They will be team players, unafraid to extend themselves beyond the curriculum.
Recently we have been exploring the possibility of adding two courses to our program: Child Evangelism and ESL Certification. We are praying for more students to come and join us!