Dr. Angeline David’s passion is to make nutrition and healthy living practical, understandable, and enjoyable for everyone. She believes strongly that comprehensive health work includes physical, mental, social, and spiritual wellbeing — a belief that drives her to seek for evidence based methods of reaching the needs of individuals, families, and communities with a message of hope and restoration. This approach to health ministry developed over years of experience with health education and mentorship from a number of health professionals.
When she was six years of age, Angeline’s family immigrated to the United States, where she was raised in the state of Maryland, attending public schools and graduating from the Science & Technology program at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. She then attended the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Bachelor of Science in Physiology/ Neurobiology.
Shortly thereafter, Angeline began to explore the field of Public Health, desiring to build a career that involved personal contact with the community. This led to matriculation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After graduating in 2003 with a Master of Health Science degree in Epidemiology, she was employed as Senior Research Assistant at her alma mater. Her work included coordinating the Johns Hopkins-based site of a national collaborative study on autism funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She also traveled to China to assist with a research project with the Beijing University.
At the same time, Angeline was actively involved in health ministries at her local church. She also served for many years as a Sabbath School teacher for children, which provided training on how to provide education in an understandable and enjoyable way.
Angeline then decided to pursue further education in the area of Nutrition, which had long been a personal interest. In 2012, she graduated with a Doctor of Public Health degree from the Loma Linda University School of Public Health. Her research topic utilized secondary data from the Adventist Health Study-2 to investigate the relationship between cognitive function and dietary nut intake. Preliminary findings were presented at the International Academy on Nutrition and Aging at the University of New Mexico.
In 2013, Angeline completed the requirements for registration as a dietitian, and in 2014 she began work at the Seventh-day Adventist Guam Clinic, where she served as Director of the Wellness Center and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. In addition to providing one-on-one dietary and wellness consultations with patients, Angeline also coordinated numerous wellness programs and provided health and nutrition lectures for community organizations and local businesses.
Angeline began her role as Health Ministries Director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists in April 2016. She is looking forward to sharing the good news of good health, the benefits and blessings of a healthy lifestyle, and how all can be part of a community that seeks to nurture hope and wholeness.