Meet the Staff

Almir Marroni | Director

Almir was born in Brazil to a third-generation Adventist family. After finishing his studies in Theology at Brazil Adventist University he has served the church for more than 35 years, 30 of which as Publishing Department director at conference, union, division levels and now at the General Conference.

Prior coming to the General Conference he served as South American Division vice president for four years. He is married to Wiliane Marroni and they have two daughters, two sons-in-law, and two grandsons. Almir’s passion is inspiring young people to accept God’s call to mission.

Stephen Apola | Associate Director

He has served as a district pastor, conference and union Publishing department director in Kenya. Prior to joining the GC team, he pastored in Indiana Conference as he completed his MA in Communication at Andrews University.  His passion is helping people understand the character and love of God.

He has 20 years of experience in ministry with over 14 in Publishing. Stephen is married to Peris and they are blessed with four children.



Michael Eckert | Assistant Director

Michael Eckert was born and raised in Germany. Adventist literature played an important role in his conversion story. He spent a number of years in the United States, first as a student literature evangelist (LE), then as director of student LE programs. In 2013 he was called to the Middle East and North Africa Union and served first as Publishing Ministries associate director, then as Publishing director and publishing house manager. In November Eckert joined General Conference Publishing Ministries as an assistant director in charge of the SCORE (Supplying Contextualized, Open-accessed Resources for Evangelism) project.  

Michael and his wife, Jaimie, enjoy traveling, eating Middle Eastern food, and spending time in nature.

Adriana Duarte-Rodrigues | Administrative Assistant




Viviene Martinelli-Covarrubias | Editorial Assistant